Tornado Season: Are You Ready?

Each year, many people are killed or seriously injured by severe storms and tornadoes despite advance warning. Some didn’t hear the warning, while others received the warning but did not believe a tornado would actually affect them. After you have received the warning or observed threatening skies, you must make the decision to seek shelter before the storm arrives. It could be the most important decision you will ever make.

Disaster-readiness resources from MU Extension

University of Missouri Extension has resources to help you and your family prepare for and recover from disasters.

Disaster preparedness and recovery

Family disaster plan template (fillable PDF)
A family disaster plan tells everyone in the household what they will do during an emergency. Having a plan reduces the stress of coping with the after math of a disaster.

A free, downloadable guide to putting together a disaster supplies kit is available from MU Extension at

Be prepared

Take control of your finances

Protect yourself from possible theft if you've lost important financial documents.  Included is information on bank statements; credit, ATM and/or debit cards; how to obtain free credit reports; and agency contact information. Tips to take control of your finances (PDF)

Making financial decisions after a disaster

Strategies for staying focused on financial priorities following a disaster. Making financial decisions after a disaster: stay focused on priorities (PDF)

Avoiding home repair fraud

While there are many legitimate businesses that offer home repair services, it is important to be cautious in order to avoid home-related repair fraud. Watch for these warning signs Read more

How to replace lost documents after a disaster or loss

Replacing important family documents after a flood or other disaster can be a time consuming and costly exercise in frustration.  Follow this process Read more

Flood Recovery

“Missouri Flood Info” is Most Recent Disaster-Response Community on Facebook from MU Extension

A community page for organizations and individuals to share information related to flood conditions in Missouri. Individuals and organizations are welcome to post any related information.

Resources for your flooded home

Cleaning up after a flood takes special care. Families returning to their flooded homes should exercise caution before and during the cleanup process.

Mold control

MU Extension flood resources

Other relevant information from MU Extension specialists


  • EMW1023, Quick Tips for Cleaning Up After a Flood – Tips on protective equipment; deciding what can be salvaged and what should be thrown away; safely drying, cleaning and disinfecting materials; and what to do before installing new drywall and insulation.
  • MP904, Resources for Your Flooded Home – Downloadable 24-page publications offers information about electrical systems, repairing walls, cleaning furniture, flooring and floor coverings, bedding, kitchen items, and controlling mold and mildew. Other information includes financial advice, filing insurance claims, avoiding fraud and hiring a contractor.
  • EMW1026, Safe Drinking Water in an Emergency – Downloadable guide sheet on storing and purifying drinking water during an emergency.