First the storm, then the aftermath…

    There is a lot to know about dealing with a storm and much you can do before and after to keep yourself and your loved ones safe.

    Read the articles in our GET HELP and GET PREPARED sections for information.

    WHN TIP – Be safe, be smart and be prepared!

  • Water Damage in Your Home? Here’s What to Do!

    Homeowners are 26 times more likely to experience a flood than a fire, according to the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America. So, if your home experiences water damage (and given those odds, it looks likely….), here are some water damage and mold clean-up tips from Greg Kistler, a ServPro cleanup and restoration specialist […]

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  • When a Severe Storm Watch or Warning Is Issued

    At Home Be safe, be smart. Stay alert. Monitor your local radio or TV stations for the latest updates, news or evacuation information. Online, visit the National Weather Service’s homepage for current watches, warnings, statements and advisories. WHN TIP – Tornadoes: Tornadoes may develop from severe thunderstorms along and ahead of cold fronts, according to NOAA. If your area […]

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  • 5 Tips for Dealing With Mosquitoes

    Large amounts of pooled water after a flood or other natural disaster could lead to an increase in mosquito populations. The majority of these mosquitoes will be pests and will not carry communicable diseases. Here are some mosquito facts and prevention tips: Mosquitoes are most active at sunrise and sunset Local, state, and federal health […]

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  • When a Flood Watch or Warning Is Issued

    Be safe, be smart. Stay alert. Monitor your National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather radio or local radio or TV stations for the latest news or evacuation information, and the status of flood watches and warnings. Online, visit the National Weather Service’s homepage for current watches, warnings, statements and advisories. Gather everyone in the house and […]

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  • Flood Watches and Warnings

    FLOOD WATCH is issued for situations related to widespread general flooding. FLOOD WARNING is issued when flooding of a normally dry area near a stream or other water source is expected RIVER FLOOD WARNING is issued when a river at a gauge site is expected to, or has, exceeded flood stage. FLASH FLOOD WATCH is […]

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  • Purchasing Flood Insurance

    One of the most important things that you can do to protect your home and family before a flood is to purchase a flood insurance policy – even if you don’t live in a flood-prone area. Flood insurance provides year-round financial protection and improves your ability to quickly recover when severe storms strike and cause […]

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  • Farm Animals and Natural Disasters

    Farm animals not only can suffer injuries during a disaster but can also receive fresh injuries after the storm if not handled properly. Here are some of the things that can be done in the immediate aftermath of the storm or flood when animals must be handled, relocated or examined. Take Proper Precautions Ensure your own […]

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  • Returning Home After a Disaster: What Supplies to Bring

    If you are returning home to clean or salvage items, here’s a list of suggested supplies and items to bring with you. WHN Expert TIP – Water Damage Clean-Up Tips: Greg Kistler, a ServPro cleanup and restoration specialist from South Washington County in Minnesota, provides water damage cleanup advice in this podcast. Was the disaster fire-related? Greg also […]

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  • 5 Key Facts About Hurricanes and Tornadoes

    Hurricanes and tornadoes form in warm, damp air when winds blow into each other from opposite directions. Wind speeds from tornadoes far exceed hurricanes, though hurricanes typically cause more damage. Here are five key facts about hurricanes and tornadoes from the National Weather Service. Hurricanes SPEED: A hurricane is a tropical storm with sustained winds of 74 […]

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  • Property Damage: 8 Actions to Expect From Your Agent

    What Your Agent Will Do Here are some actions your insurance agent may take after you file a claim. Meet with you in the first few days after the loss (or when it is physically possible) to review additional living expense requirements. (See 17 Items to Gather and Tasks to Do After a Disaster) Provide money to pay living expenses, but […]

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