Things To Do At The Start Of Each Season

First Things First…

  • Check your insurance coverage; make sure you have enough to rebuild your home and replace your possessions.
  • Locate and know how to shut off electricity, gas and water at main switches.
  • Re-check manufactured home tie-downs.
  • Check for and repair any deep plaster cracks in ceilings and foundations.
  • Remove dead limbs from trees.

Documents

  • If you have not placed your important documents in a bank safe-deposit box, collect them, copy them and take them there.
  • Store all important documents and valuables in waterproof containers and place them up high, out of the reach of floodwater.
  • Consider as you prepare: birth certificates, mortgages, deeds, any records detailing your home’s worth, insurance policies, car titles, passports, visas, wills, Social Security cards and back-up disks of home-computer records.
  • Photograph each room of your house to show the conditions of the rooms, furnishings and possessions.
  • Update and copy the inventory of your possessions.
  • Know the difference between a watch and a warning.

Have a family emergency plan. Make sure sure your family knows where their safe places are and what they should do in various situations. Have a prearranged meeting spot for before and after the storm. Know how you will contact each other.

DANGEROUS MYTHS THAT CAN GET YOU KILLED
…Don’t open windows.
…The southwest corner of a building is not necessarily the safest location.
…Highway overpasses do not provide protection.

HOME WITH A BASEMENT
…Seek shelter in the basement.
…Get under a sturdy object such as a large table, workbench or pool table because debris may fall into the basement.

HOME WITHOUT A BASEMENT
…Seek shelter on the first floor in an interior small room, such as a closet or bathroom.
…Try to shelter in the part of building opposite to approach of storm.

MOBILE HOME
…DO NOT GET CAUGHT IN A MOBILE HOME.
…More than 50% of tornado fatalities occur in mobile homes.
…Leave mobile homes for a safe shelter before a tornado threatens.
…Seek safety in a designated safety shelter.
…As a last resort, lie down in a ditch or depression or culvert.

CAR/TRUCK
…DO NOT GET CAUGHT IN YOUR VEHICLE.
…Vehicles are usually tossed into the air and destroyed.
…If you are in a vehicle during a tornado, drive away from the storm’s path.
…Stop and go in a substantial building if available.
…If no substantial shelter is available, abandon your vehicle and lie in a ditch or culvert.
…Choose a location such that the vehicle won’t roll over on you.

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