Take a moment and get the Tornado app from the Red Cross (it is FREE). You can put in multiple locations (home, work, school) so that you can monitor all your locations. It will send you an alert if there is a severe weather warning and sound a siren if there is a tornado. There is no location in the continental US that is safe from tornadoes. There are an average of 1000 tornadoes PER YEAR in the US ( you read that right: ONE THOUSAND). Yesterday, the Tornado app alerted me to a Severe Thunderstorm warning before the radio or the National Weather Service.
Also, you can sign up for severe weather text and email alerts from The Weather Channel (FREE). If your phone is dead, etc, you will still get email updates so sign up for both!
Please take severe weather warnings seriously. Advanced warning is critical to survival.
My thoughts and prayers go out to all those families who have lost their children in the Oklahoma tornado. I cannot begin to contemplate the horror of waiting through a search and rescue. I hope survivors will still be found.
I will update this later with a list of simple things you can have on hand. You can also search back on my blog to find a comprehensive list.