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Homeowner Insurance Coverages During Tornado Season

Unfortunately, tornado season has been a rough one this year. We have witnessed much devastation and couldn’t help but think, “I hope they had good homeowner insurance coverages”. This thought is not from a selfish standpoint, but rather a professional who knows the risks and can help people avoid total loss in the event of a covered peril.

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Virginia Home Insurance | Protection Before Tornado Season

What’s in Your Policy? Do You Have The Right Coverages?

The Insurance Advisor | Virginia Home Insurance | (804) 638-9024 First, let’s start with the safety factors for tornado season. We’re going to cover Virginia Home Insurance | Protection Before Tornado Season.  While no home can ever be made “tornado-proof,” homeowners prepare for tornadoes ahead of time can improve the odds of their home surviving high winds by taking these precautions.

According to wikipedia, a tornado watch is issued when weather conditions are favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms that are capable of producing tornadoes.  In most cases, the potential exists for large hail and/or damaging winds in addition to tornadoes.

A watch does not mean that the severe weather is actually occurring, only that atmospheric conditions have created a significant risk for it. If severe weather actually does occur, a tornado warning or severe thunderstorm warning would then be issued. Note that a watch is not required for a warning to be issued; tornado warnings are occasionally issued when a severe thunderstorm watch is active, or when no watches are in effect), if a severe thunderstorm develops and has a confirmed tornado or strong rotation.

Take these additional steps to protect yourself and your family:

  • Decide where your safe place is going to be.  An interior room, basement or local shelter.  When a tornado approaches, go there immediately. If you have no time to get to shelter, head to the center most part of your basement or home — away from windows and preferably under something sturdy like a workbench or staircase. The more walls between you and the outside, the better.
  • Become familiar with your community’s severe weather warning system and make certain every adult and teenager in your family knows what to do when a tornado watch or warning sounds.
  • Learn about your workplace’s disaster safety plans and similar measures at your children’s schools or day care centers.
  • Create a family plan in case you are able to move to a community shelter and identify escape routes from your home and neighborhood and designate an emergency meeting place for your family to reunite if you become separated.
  • Establish a contact point to communicate with concerned relatives. Keep in mind, when a tragedy hits a large geographical area, everyone is calling someone, or emergency departments from their cell phone.
  • Keep an emergency kit readily available.  Include a three-day supply of drinking water and food you don’t have to refrigerate or cook; first aid supplies; a portable weather radio; a wrench and other basic tools; a flashlight (there are flashlights with a wind up power source versus the need for batteries.  Consider extras like work gloves; portable lanterns; clothing; blankets; baby items.
  • Move anything in your yard that can become flying debris inside your house or garage before a storm strikes. Do this only if authorities have announced a tornado watch, however. If authorities have announced a tornado warning, leave it all alone.
  • Don’t open your windows. You won’t save the house, as once thought, and you may actually make things worse by giving wind and rain a chance to get inside.

A tornado can seriously impact many areas of your life – your home, your apartment, your car, your business!  WE CARE!

 

The Insurance Advisor | Virginia Home Insurance | (804) 638-9024 There are many ways to purchase Virginia Home Insurance.  For homeowners to make sure they have the right protection in place, it is highly recommended to meet with a licensed insurance professional to review your policy.  There are many choices in coverages, endorsements, discounts, and more.  It can be a bit overwhelming, and our agents at The Insurance Advisor can help.

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So, let’s get together and review your homeowners insurance policy to make sure you have sufficient coverage to rebuild your life and home after a tornado. Report any property damage to your insurance agent or company representative immediately after a natural disaster and make temporary repairs to prevent further damage. For information about filing an insurance claim after a natural disaster, contact The Insurance Advisor.

Here are a few link for you to become prepared, protect your family – including your pets!  

The Insurance Advisor | Virginia Home Insurance | (804) 638-9024 Here in the USA, tornadoes have occurred in every month, so any time is a good time to review tornado safety procedures – for home, for school, for work, in the car, and while out and about. And if you are considering a storm shelter, take a look at Tornado Project Online to learn more about shelters.

If you don’t regularly watch or listen to the weather report, but strange clouds start moving in and the weather begins to look stormy, turn to your local radio/television station or visit www.weather.com to get the weather forecast.

Remember, if a tornado “watch” is issued for your area, it means that a tornado is “possible.”  If a tornado “warning” is issued, it means that a tornado has actually been spotted, or is strongly indicated on radar, and it is time to go to a safe shelter immediately.

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Source: Institute for Business and Home Safety. IBHS is a national nonprofit initiative of the insurance industry to reduce deaths, injuries, property damage, economic losses and human suffering caused by natural disasters.

 Virginia Home Insurance | Protection Before Tornado Season

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Home Owner Insurance TIP | The Insurance Advisor | Richmond Virginia | (804) 638-9024

 

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The Insurance Advisor, LLC is the “2015 Best of Richmond Award” recipient for the Virginia Insurance Company category. This makes the third year in a row we have received this award (2013, 2014, & 2015)!  Thanks to our clients, carriers, service providers, Smart Choice, and associates!!

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Home Owner Insurance TIP

 

Virginia Home Owner Insurance Tip | The Insurance Advisor  |  (804) 638-9024

If you have a washing machine, please check the connecting water hoses. They should be the new flexible steel hoses — if you still have rubber hoses — you are likely to have a very bad water damage problem at some point. If you do have rubber hoses, please turn the water off to the washing machine when you leave for a few days–like on vacation. Water running out of your front door when you return home is not a fun experience.

More Insurance Tips about preventing claims and saving money coming soon!   The Insurance Advisor® of Chesterfield (804) 638-9024