Tornado Safety: Be Prepared
One of the most alarming aspects of tornadoes is their randomness. Your best defense is to be alert and prepared. The time to begin is now.
Determine your insurance eligibility now. In addition to high winds, rain and floods are sometimes associated with tornadoes. However, damage caused by flooding is not usually covered in regular homeowners’ insurance. The federal government insures against flood damage.
Find out more from:
- Your insurance agent
- National Insurance Consumer Helpline (1-800-942-4242)
- The Insurance Information Institute (1-800-331-9146)
- The National Flood Insurance Program
Learn how your town handles emergencies by contacting:
- Your local American Red Cross chapter.
- The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM)
- Pay attention to local weather reports.
- Purchase a NOAA Weather Radio and sign up for The Weather Channel’s free alerts on your mobile phone or by e-mail.
- Develop a Family Preparedness Plan
- Decide where to go if at home, school, work or in a car when a tornado warning is issued. Update these plans every school year.
- Compile a family emergency supply kit.
- Make certain everything you need is in one specific, easy-to-access location.
- These contents can be assembled over a five-month period on a weekly basis
- Perishable items should be changed or replaced every six months.
For more information, visit the American Red Cross’ web site.