|[March 14, 2013]
Be Prepared When Wicked Weather Strikes: Tips from Farm Bureau Financial Services
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa --(Business Wire)--
An estimated 100,000 thunderstorms occur in the U.S. each year according
to the National Oceanic (News - Alert) and Atmospheric Association (NOAA), and around
10 percent of those reach severe levels. A number of dangerous weather
conditions are associated with thunderstorms including hail, wind gusts,
lightning, flash floods and tornadoes. Before wicked weather strikes,
these tips can help you be prepared.
Know the difference between a watch and a warning. As you see and
hear the weather alerts sounding on the television or radio, be sure
everyone in your family knows how to respond. The attached graphic
describes the differences between watches and warnings.
Develop a family emergency plan. Your family may not be together
when wicked weather occurs, so develop a family emergency plan in
advance. Discuss how your family will make contact in different
Designate a safe area. Depending on the type of weather or
disaster, designate a specific safe place for family members to gather,
and don't forget your pets. If severe weather is approaching, take
shelter on the lowest level of your home in a room without windows.
Take inventory of your belongings Create a list of valuable items
in your home such as electronics, appliances, furnishins and
collectibles. An online home inventory can help you note the contents of
your home and their value.
Put together a disaster supply kit. Before wicked weather hits,
take time to put together items you might need in case of a disaster.
Some recommendations include a flashlight, batteries, bottled water,
first-aid kit, radio, and blankets.
Review your insurance with your agent. Make sure you have the
coverage you'll need to meet your needs should a disaster occur.
Learn more about steps you can take to minimize your severe weather
risks at www.FBFS.com/weather.
About Farm Bureau Financial Services
Through an exclusive,
multi-state agent force, the companies affiliated with the Farm Bureau
Financial Services brand underwrite, market and distribute a broad range
of insurance and financial services products to individuals and
businesses. Learn more about us by visiting www.fbfs.com.
Or, visit us at www.facebook.com/farmbureaufinancialservices,
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