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TIPS FOR YOUR CLIENTS

According to the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the U.S. experiences over 1,000 tornadoes each year, far more than any other country. Agents can help their clients be more prepared by offering a few important safeguards.

  • Make sure the property is adequately insured.
  • Create an evacuation/safety plan for family (including pets) and keep a hard copy handy for quick exits.
  • Assemble an emergency kit with essential items like medical supplies, a flashlight, battery-powered radio, spare batteries, water, snacks, etc.
  • Secure entry doors, including garage doors, and prepare plywood covers for all windows that are not impact-resistant.
  • Identify or create a shelter area in/around your home. The basement is the safest place followed by the center of the house. Avoid windows and doorways as much as possible. No area is safe in a mobile home.
  • Know the location of your local emergency shelter and various routes to get there.
  • Stay away from bridges and highway overpasses. Remember to wear your seatbelt if you are in a vehicle.

Prepare now for peak tornado season in the U.S. which runs from May through July. Additional resources can be found at ready.gov, fema.gov, redcross.org, and weather.gov.

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