What do I do after a Tornado?

In the wake of the violent Tornado activity that ripped through the Midwest yesterday, we wanted to provide you with some recovery tips from the Red Cross.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the families affected, and hope for speedy recovery. 

Continue listening to local news or a NOAAWeather Radio for updated information and instructions.
❐ If you are away from home, return only when authorities say it is safe to do so.
❐ Wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt and sturdy shoes when examining your walls, doors, staircases and windows for damage.
❐ Watch out for fallen power lines or broken gas lines and report them to the utility company immediately.
❐ Stay out of damaged buildings.
❐ Use battery-powered flashlights when examining buildings—do NOT use candles.
❐ If you smell gas or hear a blowing or hissing noise, open a window and get everyone out of the building quickly and call the gas company or fire department.
❐ Take pictures of damage, both of the building and its contents,for insurance claims.
❐ Use the telephone only for emergency calls.
❐ Keep all of your animals under your direct control.
❐ Clean up spilled medications, bleaches, gasoline or other flammable liquids that could become a fire hazard.
❐ Check for injuries. If you are trained, provide first aid to persons in need until emergency responders arrive.

Fall in Love with these 5 DIY Decor Ideas

In our markets like Indianapolis, leaves are changing colors, temperatures are falling and football is back! There is much to love about the season, including the opportunity to warm up your M/I Home with the colors of autumn and taking on a new DIY décor project! The following ideas will offer season-appropriate style that will add a dash of fall indoors.

1.       Gourd Vases

Bring deep, jewel-tonedimage019 flowers of fall to your kitchen counter or end tables with this simple to make gourd vase. Gourds are abundant during fall and are the perfect shape to use as a natural vase. Cut the top 3/4 off of a gourd and fill with fall flower favorites like Goldenrods, Helenium and Sedum.

2.       Fall Glass Candle Holder

Nothing quite comparesimage020 to a comforting aroma throughout a home during the fall! Purchase inexpensive glass candle holders from retailers like Target and fill with seasonal items such as candy corn, corn kernels or plastic acorns from a craft store. Nestle in your favorite seasonal Yankee Candles and scatter throughout the home. Switch out the candy corn for cinnamon sticks as the weather gets colder and let the beautiful scent fill your M/I Home!

3.       Leaf Letter Wreath

Looking for a cleverimage021 way to use the colored leaves falling from the trees? Spend an afternoon gathering unique leaves (great activity for the kids). Pick up a paper mache’ letter from Hobby Lobby to represent your last name and paint orange. Glue leaves to the letter, and hang with fishing wire.

4.       Fall Mantle Piece

Decorate the mantleimage022 with this quick and thrifty DIY! Purchase four black pictures frames, four sheets of fall colored scrapbook paper and print the letters “F-A-L-L” from your home computer. Cut scrapbook paper to the dimension of the frame and cut out printed letters. Paste one letter on each piece of scrapbook paper and place in frame. This is a very inexpensive, but very cute update for the season!



5.       Spray Painted Pumpkin Centerpieces

Glamorize pumpkinsimage023 for a chic look as a centerpiece for the dining room or accents on a coffee table. Pick up three pumpkins in different shapes and sizes to meet your preference. Spray paint each pumpkin with a metallic gold, silver or white color and add your own special touch with glitter, buttons or stencil on a design.



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