15 Tips to Prepare for Spring Storms and Dangerous Weather

Prepare for spring weather with these 15 tipsSpring is notorious for bad weather in much of the country –tornadoes, flooding caused by heavy rains, and even snow storms. With April showers just around the corner, you may find yourself battening down the hatches at your home.  Let’s take a look at some precautions and tips from Zywave that you can use to prepare your family and home for spring storms and other damage:  

 

Flood Precaution Tips

• Learn the flood risk for your area by visiting www.fema.gov

• Be alert to the possibility of flooding if it has been rainign hard for a few hours, or steadily for several days

• Fill up your car’s gas tank just in case an evacuation notice is issued and you need to leave quickly

• Collect food, water and other emergency supplies, like flashlights and batteries, and create an emergency kit

 

Fire Precaution Tips

• Check all cords, outlets and electrical appliances for loose or frayed cords or plugs and  make sure they are in good working condition

• Keep portable space heaters at least three feet away from flammable objects and place space heaters in areas where children or pets can’t knock it over

• Keep the fireplace clean and covered with a screen to contain sparks and never leave a fire unattended

• Install smoke alarms on each level of your home and replace batteries at least once a year

 

Earthquake Precaution Tips

• Identify the shutoff valves for water, gas and electricity in your home and learn how the valves work before a quake

• Bolt your refrigerator, water heater, furnace and gas appliances to wall studs if recommended by your gas company

• Install an automatic gas shutoff with sensors that are triggered by strong vibrations

 

Tornado Precaution Tips

• Tornados develop quickly, so create a plan that outlines where to seek shelter if a tornado warning is issued and where to meet after a tornado strikes

• Place items that can protect you (mattresses, sleeping bags, etc.) near your shelter area

• Create an emergency kit that includes water, non-perishable foods, flashlights and batteries, and a battery operated radio

 

You should review your personal insurance yearly (or more frequently when you have major life changes, like marriage or purchasing a new home) to identify areas for new or increased coverage. Set up time with your agent to discuss your personal insurance policy and make sure your valuables and assets are fully covered against springtime storms.

Are you ready to react to potentially damaging weather this spring? To learn more about personal insurance, visit: AssuredPartners NL Personal Lines or click here to contact an agent.

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