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  • Storm Chasing 101

    If you’re interested in getting involved in storm chasing, storm-chaser Tony Perkins offers these top tips: Take a Skywarn training class. Most of these are free and offered through government agencies every spring. This will help you identify server weather correctly, report it, and most of all make you aware of your potentially dangerous surroundings. Educate […]

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  • Storm Chasing: A Real-Life Story

    Storm chasing isn’t always as thrilling as in the movies – no houses on their way to the land of Oz, no flying cows – but with patience, you can see some pretty amazing displays of weather wonder. Tony Perkins, a recreational storm chaser from Minnesota, shares his storm chasing experiences. Storm Chasing During the […]

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  • What Is a Tornado?

    Twisters, cyclones, waterspouts, whatever you might know them as – tornadoes are the Earth’s most violent storms. Here is a definition of tornadoes plus links to Web sites to learn more. What is a tornado? A tornado is a violent windstorm characterized by a twisting, funnel-shaped cloud. It is spawned by a thunderstorm (or sometimes […]

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  • When a Severe Storm Watch or Warning Is Issued

    WHN TIP – Get the FEMA App: Download the free FEMA Alert App to get severe weather alerts, maps of disaster resources and other helpful information in case of natural disasters. Information is in English and Spanish and available for Apple, Android, and Blackberry mobile devices. At Home Be safe, be smart. Stay alert. Monitor […]

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  • When a Tornado Watch or Warning Is Issued

    WHN TIP – Evacuate! Need to go? Ready.gov has tips on its Evacuation page. Map safe road routes inland to higher ground. You may need to drive 20 to 50+ miles inland to locate a safe place. Be safe, be smart. A WATCH means a tornado is possible in your area. A WARNING means a tornado has been […]

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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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