Familiarize yourself with these terms to help identify a thunderstorm hazard:
Severe Thunderstorm Watch - Tells you when and where severe thunderstorms are likely to occur. Watch the sky and stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio or television for information.
Severe Thunderstorm Warning - Issued when severe weather has been reported by spotters or indicated by radar. Warnings indicate imminent danger to life and property to those in the path of the storm.
Learn about the emergency plans that have been established in your area by your state and local government. In any emergency, always listen to the instructions given by local emergency management officials.
If thunderstorm and lightning are occurring in your area, you should:
Flooding is a threat from coast to coast. Sometimes floods develop slowly and forecasters can anticipate where a flood will happen, but flash floods can occur within minutes. Being prepared can save your life, help protect your home and belongings, and give you peace of mind.
Tornadoes are nature's most violent storms. Spawned from powerful thunderstorms, they can devastate a neighborhood in seconds with little to no warning. Here are some quick facts you should know about tornadoes:
If you are not in a sturdy building, there is no single research-based recommendation for what last-resort action to take because many factors can affect your decision. Possible actions include:
In all situations:
After a tornado strikes:
Find additional information on how to plan and prepare for a thunderstorm and learn about available resources by visiting the following websites:
Facts, information and safety recommendations in this article are provided by FEMA and Ready.gov.
Taking these simple precautions along with investing in the right insurance coverages can help provide peace of mind for homeowners. If you have questions regarding your policies and coverages, please contact your agent. For information about insurance products through Centauri Insurance and other tips, visit us online at www.centauriinsurance.com and talk to your local insurance agent.