This September marks the 13th year of National Preparedness Month. It has been three years since an EF 3 tornado ripped through Brookport, Illinois, killing three people and destroying dozens of homes.
Many remember November 17th, 2013 like it was yesterday. September is Storm Preparedness month. A time to remind you and your family to prepare now, just in case a disaster happens.
FEMA's severe weather checklist includes:
Making sure you and your family have a survival kit ready and easily accessible
Developing an emergency family communication plan
Practicing your plans
Making sure everyone in your family knows how and when to call 911 for help
The tornado that came through Brookport was an EF3 tornado that had a peak winds of 145 mph. The process can start with a conversation with your family and even neighbors.