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.