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Severe Weather: Preparing for the Storm
Determine your severe weather insurance eligibility now.
Find out more from:
Your insurance agent
National Insurance Consumer Helpline (1-800-942-4242)
The Insurance Information Institute (1-800-331-9146)
Learn how your town handles emergencies by contacting:
Your local Emergency Management Agency (EMA)
Pay attention to local weather reports. Purchase a NOAA Weather Radio and sign up
for The Weather Channel's alerts for your mobile phone and email.
Develop a Family Preparedness Plan that includes the following:
Decide where to go if at home, school, work, outdoors, or in a car when a winter storm
warning is issued. Update these plans every school year, and as places of
employment and residence change.
Designate a friend or relative outside your town as your contact in the event you are
separated from family members during a severe winter storm.
Agree upon a place where family members can meet if separated.
Your Family Emergency Supplies Kit. These contents can be assembled over a
five-month period on a weekly basis, and all perishable items should be changed or
replaced every six months.
Prepare Your Home
Make your home safe for the winter with insulation, weather stripping, and storm windows.
Set up emergency heating equipment, such as a fireplace with wood or coal or a camp
stove with fuel.
Be sure you know the proper usage and provide proper ventilation for space heaters.
Keep space heaters at least three feet way from furnishings, drapes, and all
flammable objects. Turn them off when you leave a room.
NEVER drape wet clothes, gloves, hats, or socks over a space heater to dry.
Insulate pipes with layers of insulation or newspaper wrapped with plastic. Let faucets
drip and learn how to shut off water valves.