Tornado Survival Lessons from 2012 Christmas Day Storms

Santa Claus delivered a dose of tornado survival this week in the southeastern parts of the United States. As the video above shows, Mobile, Alabama, experienced a deadly tornado on Christmas Day. Two are reported dead from the storm.

In terms of preparedness, the holiday tornado survival scenario presented three important items to consider.

Weakness of Home Survival Kits

The tornado survival situation in Mobile caught many off guard. Some were away from home visiting relatives. Others were hosting loved ones for the holiday. Both cases exposed the weakness inherent in home survival kits.

Most home survival kits only plan for whomever is present at the time of planning. Mom, dad, kids and pets, for example. They don’t typically account for dozens of guests. What would happen if the power went out and the roads were impassible? How would the hosts provide for the guests?

The inverse is also true. If you’re a guest, what would happen if you couldn’t get home right away following a storm? Do you have enough critical medicine on-hand? Are there people or pets are home who need assistance in the short-term?

If a home survival kit already took these things into account, great. If not, they’re worth considering. Maybe a car survival kit could double as an extended stay option. Or perhaps a home survival kit could be expanded.

Gawking = No Common Sense

Quick, what do all home videos of tornadoes have in common?

Answer: None of them use common sense.

A tornado survival situation is bad enough. Filming a dangerous storm at a window or outdoors is unnecessary at best and physically harmful at worst.

Sure, the videographer’s shot might wind up on TV or a Living Ready post about tornado survival. But it’s just not worth the risk.

Survival and preparedness is a numbers game. Always choose options that most reduce risk. There’s a 100% chance tornado survival depends on making smart decisions.

False Sense of Security

Christmas and other holidays offer a chance to kick back and relax. They’re supposed to be times of happiness, not an exercise in survival. It’s easy for people to let their guard down.

But as this recent tornado survival scenario demonstrated, Mother Nature doesn’t take holidays. Enjoy time with family and friends, but keep an eye on the weather reports.


The Perfect Tornado Survival Gear: JetBoil Sol

JetBoil Sol is perfect for tornado survivalUnlike hurricanes, tornado survival situations usually involve short-term power outages. That makes all-in-one canister cookers like the JetBoil Sol ideal for those living in tornado-prone areas. It’s a Living Ready top pick for short-term home survival kits.

  • Contains everything you need (fuel, canister, stand) in one bundle.
  • Will boil .5 liters of water in about two minutes.
  • Works in windy conditions.
  • Eat or drink out of the canister.
  • Easy ignition.

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