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What to do when a storm strikes?

While no one can guage the severity of a storm before it strikes, there are steps you can take to reduce its impact on your property.

Warning or Watch?

A storm watch from the local or national weather bureau means there's a chance that a hurricane, tornado or thunderstorm may hit a given territory. In contrast, a storm warning means that storm activity has already been reported in the area. At either phase of the storm's path, it's wise to do as much as possible to try to minimize property damage and ensure personal safety.

As the storm season approaches

  • Review and update disaster plan.
  • Test disaster plan.
  • Review evacuation procedures.
  • Conduct needed building repairs, such as roof.
  • Determine the property that would need to be secured and have the necessary equipment/supplies available to do so.

During a storm watch

  • Stay tuned to your local radio or TV station.
  • Fill fuel tank in car.
  • Secure watercraft.
  • Refull prescription medicine.
  • Make sure radios and flashlights have fresh batteries.
  • Keep an extra set of fresh batteries.
  • Secure lawn furniture.
  • Tape, board or shutter windows.
  • Clean rain gutters and downspouts.

During a storm warning

  • Stay tuned to your local radio or TV station.
  • Move valuables to upper floors.
  • Fill bathtub, fill containers with drinking water.
  • Turn up refrigerator to maximum cold and open only when necessary.
  • Fill coolers with ice.
  • Use phone for emergency calls only.
  • Stay indoors and away from windows.
  • Unplug nonessential appliances.

During an evacuation

  • Shut off water and electricity at mains.
  • Take important papers and essential valuables.
  • Lock the house.
  • Follow evacuation procedures.
  • Listen to the car radio during evacuation.

After the storm

  • Check for gas leaks upon returning home.
  • Report utility damage.
  • Discard spoiled food and water.
  • Assess damages.

If you have a loss...

  • Take steps to control the damage.
  • Move property out of harm's way.
  • Contact your insurance agent to report the loss.

Source: Chubb Group of Insurance Companies, Form 40-01-0098 (Ed. 4/00)

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