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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Store important documents in a safe location – Consider investing in a safe box to store documents, legal papers, photos and other valuables.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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) is a member of the Berkshire Hathaway family of companies and is the second-largest private passenger car insurance company in the United States. GEICO, which was founded in 1936, provides millions of car insurance quotes to U.S. drivers annually. The company is pleased to serve more than 16 million private passenger customers, insuring more than 27 million vehicles (car & cycle).
Using GEICO's online service center, policyholders can purchase policies, make policy changes, report claims and print insurance ID cards. Policyholders can also connect to GEICO through GEICO Mobile, reach a representative over the phone or visit a GEICO local agent.
GEICO also provides insurance quotes on motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), boats, travel trailers and motorhomes (RVs). Coverage for life, homes and apartments is written by non-affiliated insurance companies and is secured through the GEICO Insurance Agency, Inc. Commercial car insurance and personal umbrella protection are also available.
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