|Don't get "twisted"!||Important tornado tips|
Did you know...
- That tornados strike every month of the year and in almost every state.
- Peak tornado season: April to August.
- States by the most tornadoes in 1993: Texas (117); Kansas (113); Florida (85); South Dakota (85); Colorado (71); and Nebraska (70). Total number of U.S. tornadoes in 1993: 1,173.
Before a Tornado:
- Make a written or videotaped inventory of household possessions/property and store in a safe place with insurance policies, documents and other valuables.
- Identify a safe location in your home--a basement, center hallway, bathroom or closet on the lowest floor.
- Take a first aid class from your local Red Cross Chapter.
- Assemble a disaster kit including: first aid kit, medications, battery-powered radio, flashlight, extra batteries, canned food, can opener, bottled water, sturdy shoes and work gloves.
- Make a utilities checklist with instructions on how to turn them off.
- Conduct periodic tornado drills.
- Listen to your local radio and TV stations for updated storm information and for instructions if a disaster occurs.
- Check your homeowners insurance policy to make sure you're covered for damage due to tornadoes.
After a Tornado:
- Call your independent insurance agent as soon as possible.
- Make temporary repairs to prevent further damage.
- Delay permanent repairs until your insurer approves reimbursement.
- Get any necessary construction permits from your community.
- Keep all receipts.
- Prepare an inventory of all damaged or destroyed personal property.
- Take photos of damaged areas.
- Save remnants of damaged or destroyed property for your insurance company adjuster.
- Meet with your adjuster first, before signing anything with contractors, lawyers or public adjusters.