GEICO offers seven tips to help you prepare for a tornado

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 8, 2018 – The dangers of a tornado can easily extend one mile in any direction from its center. Starting as a severe thunderstorm, a tornado can include heavy rains, hail and sustained wind gusts sometimes reaching over 200 mph. The result could be millions of dollars of destruction. GEICO offers some tips to help you prepare for a tornado.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the top 10 active storm days of 2017 occurred by mid-June and contained 4,444 incidents of tornadoes, hailstorms and windstorms.

All states can be at risk, however, the most violent tornadoes typically occur during the spring in the middle of the country, particularly Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas and Wyoming.

GEICO offers seven tips to help you prepare for tornadoes and the severe weather they bring.

  1. Put together a disaster supply kit – Include supplies such as a radio, flashlights, extra batteries, a first-aid kit, blankets, personal hygiene products and medicines. Keep a supply of non-perishable food and water to last each family member at least a week. One gallon per person, per day, is the suggested amount of water. Pack a manual can opener and other necessary utensils. Also, consider specialty items for children, elderly and pets.
  2. Build an emergency communication and evacuation plan  Pick a safe place to meet if your family is separated during a tornado. Determine how you will get in touch to confirm everyone's safe. Look into smartphone apps that can communicate when cellular services are down.
  3. Designate a safe room within your home  Select a place in your home where you and your family will be the safest during a storm. The basement or an interior room on the main level typically provides the best protection against severe weather.
  4. Store important documents in a safe location  Consider investing in a safe box to store documents, legal papers, photos and other valuables.
  5. Create a home inventory  Keep an up-to-date inventory of all items in your home. Include photos of valuables such as electronics and jewelry. This may help speed up the claims process if there is damage.
  6. Review your insurance coverage  Contact your insurance carrier to find out if you are protected. Use your home inventory to help determine if you have purchased enough insurance.
  7. Download GEICO Mobile if you’re a GEICO policyholder The app allow you to file a claim, and much more. You can request roadside assistance, report glass damage, find a gas station, get an easy estimate or grab a LYFT.

GEICO policyholders can also file a claim by calling 1-800-841-3000 24-hours a day. Others can report their loss at the GEICO's Claims Center. For more information on how to help stay safe when a tornado hits, visit GEICO's Catastrophe Center. Tornadoes myths: Fact vs. Fiction can be viewed at GEICO More. Click on GEICO's Catastrophe Response Team to learn more about how we serve customers after severe storms.

GEICO (Government Employees Insurance Company), the second-largest auto insurer in the U.S., was founded in 1936 and insures more than 27 million vehicles.

To make changes, report claims, print insurance cards and purchase additional products, policyholders can log into their car insurance policy, connect via GEICO Mobile, phone or by visiting a GEICO local agent.

Homeowners, renters, condo, flood, identity theft and life coverages are written through non-affiliated insurance companies and are secured through the GEICO Insurance Agency, Inc. Commercial auto and personal umbrella coverages are also available.

Visit www.geico.com for a quote or to learn more.