Protect Your Property From a Tornado

Protect Your Property From a Tornado


Tornadoes Can Cause Massive Damage

Tornadoes can actually cause substantial damage to both coastal and inland properties. You need to check that be sure to have homeowners or renter’s insurance. More importantly, read the exclusions of your home or rental insurance policy to see if tornado damage is included. You will very often find that this is not the case and you will need to organize some separate insurance against tornado damage. In the meantime, what can you do to minimize the damage caused by the tornado?


Tornado Damage Mitigation

  • Bring in any outdoor furniture, fixtures and fittings, garbage cans, etc. Whatever isn’t fastened down should be brought inside.
  • Make sure that all of the trees and shrubs close to your property are kept neatly trimmed to make them more wind resistant.
  • Turn off all of the utilities in your property as instructed. It is handy to turn the refrigerator to the coldest setting and keep the door firmly closed for the majority of the time to maintain the cool temperature.
  • Turn off any propane tanks which you may have.
  • Have an emergency generator installed as power is often lost for a substantial amount of time during and after a tornado.
  • Have your garage doors reinforced. If the wind manages to get into the garage, it can cause very dangerous and expensive damage to your property.
  • Don’t forget to keep your larders well-stocked with non-perishable foods. You never know how long it will be before “normal services” are resumed.
  • Make sure that you have plenty of water available. Fill up bathtubs and any other large containers. You will need water to drink, as well as lots of water for flushing the toilet, washing, and other sanitary purposes.
  • Stay informed. A tornado watch means that there is the chance of a tornado touching down in your area. A tornado warning, however, means that a tornado is expected to touch down in your area. If the local authorities tell you to get out, evacuate immediately.


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