Important Tips for Severe Weather Preparedness

Before the storm, it is always good to take preparedness actions around your home or business. By taking some simple preventive actions now, you can lessen the impact or damage caused by severe weather. Now is the time to tackle these preparedness tips, BEFORE the threat of storms is imminent. Tom Ecker, Executive Director for Madison County Emergency Management & Department of Homeland Security says “To many times we hear that citizens were not prepared for the storm and it cost them their home, their cars, or worse, their family. It is our job as Emergency Managers to help educate and keep our citizens informed and through our Outreach and Public Information Division we are trying to make a difference.”

Here are some very important Preparedness Tips to follow Before the Storm:

 Keep trees trimmed to prevent limbs from falling onto buildings,
cars or people.
 Contact insurance provider to purchase flood insurance.
 Be aware of flood plains or areas that repetitively flood in the area.
 If in a flood plain, put hot water heaters, electrical panels and
furnaces away from the ground.
 Have basements waterproofed.
 If flooding is possible, try to create a barrier between homes and the water.
 In case of evacuation, make sure that preparedness kits are portable.
 Build a disaster preparedness kit for your family . Disaster Kit – Build it 1 item a week for 52 weeks
 Have a plan at home, work and at school where to shelter in place during a tornado warning. Additional Tornado Shelter Tips

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