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Posted by Transylvania County on July 26, 2021

Before a Storm

  • Make a family disaster and communication plan.   
  • Analyze your homeowner’s insurance policy.
  • Keep a written inventory of your possessions. Take photos or videotape of each room and the exterior of your home to keep with your inventory.  
  • Consider purchasing flood, wind and hail coverage. You may have to buy separate policies to cover wind, hail, and flood damage.   
  • Garage or store vehicles that are not being used.  
  • Trim trees, shrubbery, and dead limbs, especially ones close to your home.  
  • Repair or replace broken or damaged fences.  
  • Inspect the roof for loose tiles, shingles or debris. Consider replacing old or damaged shingles with new ones.  
  • Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts.  

 During a Storm 

  • Stay up to date on all weather updates. Evacuate if told to do so. 
  • If you are sheltering in place, stay inside, far away from windows. 
  • Do not attempt to walk, swim, or drive through flood waters. Remember: turn around, don’t drown! 
  • Do not use sinks, showers, tubs, or other water sources during a storm.  
  • Turn off and unplug electronics to avoid surges.  

After a Storm 

  • If you have storm or water damage, notify your insurance company.
  • Continue to heed the advice of local weather and public safety professionals.  
  • If you have been evacuated, only return home once it is safe to do so. 
  • If your power is out, opt for flashlights rather than candles. Leave one light-switch on to alert you once the power is restored.  
  • Disconnect appliances that auto cycle when power is cut on such as air conditioners, dryers, and other items.  
  • Disconnect electronics that could be affected by a power surge.  
  • Avoid opening freezers and refrigerators so that food does not spoil. 
  • Avoid fallen electrical lines, as well as downed trees and debris.  
  • Report all outages and downed lines.  
  • Follow all instructions carefully when using generators.