Don’t Let a Tornado Topple You

Winston-Salem, NC 3/21/2011

Tornadoes are one of nature's most powerful and destructive forces; an F5, the strongest and most violent of tornadoes, can level almost any house and its occupants. Thankfully, F5 tornadoes are rare. Most are weaker and can be survived. And now is the time to prepare for them if you haven’t already. Tornadoes are most common from early spring through mid-summer.

Tips for tornado season:

Here’s what to do before and during a tornado:

  • Know where you can take shelter in the event of the storm. Practice a family tornado drill once a year.
  • Prepare by gathering emergency supplies, including nonperishable food, water, medication, batteries and flashlights. Keep the emergency kit packed and easily accessible.
  • Know the signs of a tornado: persistent winds, swirling dust or debris under a cloud base, loud continuous roar or rumble.
  • Know the difference and help your children understand the difference between a tornado watch and a tornado warning.
    • Tornado Watch: Current weather conditions could create a tornado, so be on the lookout.
    • Tornado Warning: A tornado has been sighted in the area. Seek shelter immediately and listen to the radio for further updates. A tornado warning is much more serious than a tornado watch.  
  •  If a tornado is likely or known, take shelter indoors, preferably in a basement or interior first-floor room or hallway.
  • Avoid windows and seek additional protection under large furniture or mattresses. This will protect you from flying debris.
  • After a tornado has struck, stay out of heavily damaged homes or buildings. Keep clear of downed power lines, broken glass and other debris. Avoid lighting matches and cigarettes due to possibly ruptured gas lines. Try to stay calm. Help will arrive.
Review your insurance coverage
Be prepared financially, before a storm ever hits. Don’t let nature blow away what you’ve worked hard to build. If you’ve made improvements to your home or purchased large ticket items, let us know. We can ensure they are properly insured. To help you record an accurate assessment of your belongings, complete this household inventory. Should a loss occur, your inventory can help you indentify the extent of the loss.

Our agency can also help you review your Erie Insurance homeowners policy anytime so you’re aware of the coverage limits and can adjust them as needed.
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What Our Customers Say!
Several months ago we had a flood in our home due to a defective valve in our guest bathroom. Needless to say we came home to a disaster. We immediately contacted our agent, Linda Welborn. Right on the spot she gave us the name and phone number of a company to call (Disaster One). They came out that evening (around 11:30pm) and worked through the following morning around 6:30am. They did an outstanding job! We were so impressed with their "sense of urgency" and "expertise" we assigned all of our repairs to their company. The insurance adjuster(Erie Insurance) cut no corners when it came to replacing damaged items. They issued repair orders on things we weren't even aware we needed to look for. They too did a great job in getting everything processed quickly. It's great to have such a Professional agent who treats us like we are her only customer. I have been so impressed with her outstanding customer service that I refer many people to your agency because of the great care and attention she gives to her customers. Thank you Linda for your outstanding service! We look forward to working with you in the years to come.
Linda Martinez, Merfin Systems, LLC

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