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How to Stay Safe in a Severe Thunderstorm

Thunderstorms have a certain allure to them and even though they don't get as much media coverage as hurricanes, thunderstorms can definitely do some damage. Heavy rains, hail, strong winds, and tornadoes are all severe weather that can occur during thunderstorms.

Keeping your family and your home safe is always a top priority. So make sure to be aware of severe weather in your area and make preparations. When facing severe thunderstorm warnings in your area, follow these tips to get ready, stay safe during the storm, and manage any potential damage afterward.

Be Aware Of Severe Weather In Your Area

  • Thunderstorm warnings are usually issued by county so its good to know the name of your county, the surrounding counties, and all major landmarks nearby.

  • During thunderstorms, its not uncommon for your power to go out; have a battery-powered weather radio on hand to listen to weather updates as the storm progresses.

  • If you live in an area that experiences severe weather from time to time, it's good to review your homeowner's or renters' insurance to see what is covered. Most homeowners insurance will cover storm damage, including wind, hail, and lighting. Call your insurance agent today to double-check.


Before The Thunderstorm

  • Get some landscaping done by removing all dead or rotting trees and branches near your home. They will be prone to falling because they cannot withstand strong wind.

  • Charge all phones and electronic devices that you may need.

  • Move computers and electronic devices off of the floor.

  • Turn off circuit breakers to avoid power surges from lightning strikes.

  • Bring in any outdoor pets or make sure they have secure housing. Dog houses are not considered sturdy enough to withstand a storm.

  • Secure any outdoor furniture that could be blown around by strong winds.


During The Thunderstorm

  • Go inside and stay away from windows and doors.

  • Give pets a comfortable place to hide, like a crate or other enclosed space, but leave the door open.


After The Thunderstorm

  • Stay inside at least 30 minutes after the last sound of thunder to ensure the storm has passed.

  • If a fuse blew, do not replace it with wet hands or standing on a damp surface.

  • If you smell gas, notify emergency authorities immediately.

  • Be mindful of driving through flooded roadways and puddles, they could be deeper than you think.

  • Watch out for downed power lines, fallen branches, and other potentially dangerous debris when going outside.

  • Don't let your pets free outside; keep them on a leash until you know the area is safe.


Severe weather in any form can be really scary. The best thing you can do is be aware of severe weather warnings in your county and make the necessary preparations to keep your family, home, and property safe during a severe storm.


We want you and your family to stay safe. This includes ensuring that your home and property are prepared and protected. Call us today to find out what your home insurance covers or get a competitive quote from one of our experienced insurance agents.

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