How to prepare for a severe weather storm
- Posted on Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Springtime is here … and so is severe weather season
We're all glad that the weather is finally warming back up. But this is also a dangerous time of year — those warming temperatures can bring severe weather and serious, even catastrophic, damage. Preparedness is particularly important. As an independent agent, people come to you for their insurance because they need someone they can trust. Part of building that trust is helping your clients plan ahead.
The best way to deal with an emergency is to be proactive.
Helping your clients learn how to prepare for emergencies is a great way to build trust. To get you started, we’ve provided a few helpful tools that you can share with your customers right now across your social networks and in your day-to-day communications.
Survival Kit Checklist
A proper emergency kit should have enough supplies to carry your family through the initial aftermath of a
disaster, up to two weeks. Be sure to include:
Clean drinking water — a gallon per family member, per day
Daily prescriptions and routine medical supplies —especially if someone in your household is treated
for diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, or seizures
Food — energy bars, canned fruits, canned meats, or military-style ration packs
Flashlight or lamp — with extra working batteries
Cell phone — with extra charged batteries
Battery chargers — hand-cranked or solar-powered for all your battery types
First aid supplies — clean bandages, sterile gauze, iodine, antibiotic ointment, etc.
Radio — solar-powered or hand-cranked, preferably a NOAA weather radio
Manual can opener
Signal mirror, whistle or air horn — to alert others if you become entrapped
Bicycle helmets — especially for the kids
Baby needs — diapers, formula, etc.
Pet food — and any pet medications
Copies of important documents — birth certificates, Social Security cards, insurance policies,
immunization records and medication lists
Extra cash — you may not have banking access for an extended period after a disaster