After the storm
Severe weather events can continue to be dangerous even after the storms have passed. Make sure that you and your family are safe and secure before venturing out to assess the damage! After a storm hits, the National Weather Service recommends the following:
- Continue listening to local news or a NOAA Weather Radio.
- If you are away from home, return only when authorities say it is safe to do so. Listen to the radio, TV or other trusted media for updates.
- Tornado debris may include sharp or dangerous objects. When walking through a tornado-stricken site, wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt and sturdy shoes.
- Watch out for fallen power lines or broken gas lines. Report downed lines immediately to your local power company.
- Stay out of damaged buildings.
- Use battery-powered flashlights when examining buildings. Do NOT use candles which could start a fire.
- If you smell gas or hear a blowing or hissing noise, open a window and get everyone out of the building quickly. Once everyone is out, immediately call the gas company or fire department.
- Carbon monoxide poisoning is one of the leading causes of death after storms when areas are dealing with power outages. Never use a portable generator inside your home or garage. For additional generator operating tips, read this brief guide for generator safety from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
- Use the telephone only for emergency calls so rescue operation lines aren't tied up.
- Check for injuries. If you are trained, provide first aid to victims in need until emergency responders arrive.
- Once the danger is over and your family is safe and secure, please contact us to report a claim if you have storm damage.