Family Preparedness Checklist From: The Weather Channel

Family Preparedness Checklist From: The Weather Channel

A great checklist for hurricane season! 

  • Remove dead or rotting trees that could fall on your house or property if struck by lightning.
  • Move inside your house or garage anything on your property that could become flying debris.
  • Unplug any appliances or electronic equipment.
  • Inventory all valuables in the home with pictures or video. Note the approximate value of each item and date of purchase.
  • Make sure important documents, such as an insurance policy or mortgage papers, are stored in a safe-deposit or safe box.
  • Read and understand your insurance policy, especially disclosures.
  • Examine your homeowners’ coverage, as well as auto policies.
  • Be sure you have adequate coverage and deductibles reasonable for your needs.
  • If you have expensive or specialty items (e.g. jewelry, furs, silverware, cameras, collectibles, etc.), speak with your agent about broader coverage, as limits do apply under a homeowners’ policy.
  • Sign up for The Weather Channel’s severe weather mobile alerts.
  • Listen to NOAA Weather Radio for important updates.
  • Consider buying a whole-house surge protector. Whole-house surge protection can protect against lightning strikes or damaged power lines that could cause a fire.
  • Protect mementos in waterproof containers and/or take the items with you if you evacuate.
  • Take care of your pets. Doghouses aren’t lightning-safe, and dogs that are tied to trees or other tall objects can also be hit by lightning.


If you’re inside when severe weather strikes

  • Avoid contact with corded phones, electrical equipment and plumbing.
  • Don’t use your cell phone during a thunderstorm.
  • Don’t wash your hands, take a shower, wash dishes or do laundry.
  • Stay away from windows, doors and concrete items.


If you’re outdoors when severe weather strikes

  • Seek shelter when you first see dark clouds, lightning or hear thunder.
  • Squat low to the ground. Place your hands on your knees with your head between them. Make yourself the smallest target possible.
  • Get out of water and avoid metal. They both can carry an electrical current.
  • Get inside a completely enclosed building immediately if one is accessible.
  • Don’t go into a carport, open garage or covered patio.
  • If you can’t find a completely enclosed building, find a hard-topped, all-metal vehicle.
  • Avoid leaning against vehicles. Get off bicycles and motorcycles.
  • If you’re in a group of people, spread out.
  • Stay away from tall, isolated objects.
  • If you’re driving during a thunderstorm, get off the road. A lightning bolt could strike your car and temporarily blind you. See driving safety tips for every weather situation.
  • If you’re boating or swimming, get to shore immediately.


Finally, make sure your emergency supply kit has all the essentials to surviving a disaster.

2021-04-08T13:33:31+00:00August 25th, 2011|

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