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Tornado Tough: Navigating the Storm with Confidence


Tornadoes can strike with little warning, causing widespread devastation and posing significant risks to life and property. As we face this year’s storm season, here is a quick refresher with some essential safety tips to help you and your loved ones navigate the storm with confidence.


Before the Tornado: Prepare and Protect


1.     Create a Safety Plan: Develop a comprehensive tornado safety plan for your business and/or household. Identify safe shelter areas, such as basements, storm shelters, or interior rooms on the lowest level of your building. Practice tornado drills regularly to ensure everyone knows what to do in an emergency.


2.     Build an Emergency Kit: Assemble an emergency kit containing essential supplies such as non-perishable food, water, flashlights, batteries, a first-aid kit, and any necessary medications. Keep your emergency kit in a readily accessible location and ensure everyone knows where it is located.


3.     Secure Your Property: Take proactive measures to safeguard your business and/or home against tornado damage. Trim trees and remove dead branches that could become projectiles in high winds. Reinforce doors and windows, and consider installing storm shutters or impact-resistant glass for added protection.


During the Tornado: Stay Safe and Seek Shelter


1.     Take Shelter Immediately: When a tornado warning is issued or if you observe signs of an impending tornado, seek shelter immediately. Move to the designated safe area of your building or home, away from windows and exterior walls. If you're outdoors, seek shelter in a sturdy building or lie flat in a low-lying area, covering your head with your hands.


2.     Monitor Weather Alerts: Stay informed about tornado warnings and updates by monitoring local weather alerts through a battery-powered weather radio, smartphone apps, or other reliable sources. Pay attention to emergency notifications and follow instructions from local authorities without delay.


3.     Protect Yourself: If you're unable to reach a designated shelter area, take cover under heavy furniture or mattresses to protect yourself from flying debris. Avoid seeking shelter in vehicles or mobile homes, as they offer little protection against tornado-force winds.


After the Tornado: Assess Damage and Ensure Safety


1.     Wait for the All-Clear: Remain in your sheltered location until the tornado has passed and local authorities have issued an all-clear signal. Exercise caution when venturing outside, as downed power lines, debris, and other hazards may pose risks.


2.     Assess Damage Safely: Once it is safe to do so, carefully inspect your property for damage. Check for structural damage, gas leaks, electrical hazards, and other safety concerns. Avoid entering damaged buildings until they have been inspected and deemed safe by qualified professionals.


3.     Contact Your Insurance Provider: In the event of tornado damage to your property, promptly contact your insurance provider to report the damage and initiate the claims process. Document the damage with photographs or videos and keep records of any repairs or expenses incurred.


By following these essential safety tips before, during, and after a tornado, you can minimize risks and protect yourself, your loved ones, and your property from harm. At Tedford Insurance, we're here to support you every step of the way and provide guidance on the insurance claims process in the aftermath of a tornado. Stay safe, stay informed, and remember that preparedness is key to navigating the storm with confidence.



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