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Thunderstorms - What to do Before, During, and After

Author: Doug Lefeber

Category: Personal Insurance

Warmer weather is here and with that comes the chance for severe thunderstorms. Here are some safety tips for before, during, and after a thunderstorm. 

thunderstorm safety before, during, and after

Before

  • Make a plan of action and ensure all family members know the plan. Don’t forget about planning for your pets.
  • Assemble an emergency kit.
  • Get rid of dead and rotting trees that could fall and injure someone or cause property damage.
  • Secure outdoor objects and doors
  • Close the blinds, shades, or curtains.
  • Unplug electronic equipment and appliances.

During

  • Use a battery powered weather radio.
  • Avoid contact with corded phones and devices. Cell phones that are not plugged in for recharging are fine.
  • Avoid contact with plumbing. Don’t get in the shower, wash your hands, or do the dishes or laundry during this time.
  • Don’t lie on concrete floors or lean against concrete walls.
  • Avoid contact with anything metal including motorcycles, golf carts, golf clubs, bicycles, and tractors.
  • If you’re in a vehicle, pull over safely, put the emergency flashers on, and avoid touching metal.

After

  • Don’t drive through a flooded roadway.
  • Resist the urge to go look at storm damaged areas.
  • Stay tuned to the weather radio.
  • Keep a close eye on your animals.

Ready.gov and the National Weather Service are two excellent resources for information on this topic if you'd like to research further. Have a safe and enjoyable summer!

About the Author

Doug Lefeber

Posted in: Personal Insurance

Posted by Doug Lefeber

Doug has over 30 years of insurance industry experience, and has been with Hausmann-Johnson Insurance since 2014. He oversees the sales and service of about 2,000 Personal Lines accounts and welcomes the opportunity to interact with clients whenever they have an insurance need. As a manager, he believes that if you take good care of your employees, they will in turn take good care of your customers. Doug holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. Prior to joining Hausmann-Johnson Insurance, he gained experience as a manager and producer for AAA, Rural Mutual Insurance, and Met Life. He is a member of the Northside Business Association and the East Side Club and volunteers with them regularly. He also enjoys spending time with his family and attending summer music festivals in the area.

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