Monday, December 3, 2018

Tips on what to do after a tornado

Tips on what to do after a tornado, Metamora Herald

With the recent weather activity that swept through Central Illinois, State Farm® would like to provide the following tips on what to do stay safe and assess your property damage from these storms:
After the Tornado: 
  • Remain aware of your surroundings and to be extremely cautious. Check yourself and the members of your family for injuries.
  • Do not attempt to move someone who is seriously injured, unless they are in immediate danger of further injury. The tornado has more than likely damaged power lines, gas lines or electrical systems, so remain aware of your surroundings and the possibility of explosion. A study of tornado injuries after a tornado in Marion, Illinois, revealed that 50% of all tornado related injuries were suffered during rescue attempts.
  • It is important to listen to public safety officials, as going into damaged areas by yourself may impede rescue efforts and jeopardize your own safety. The period following a tornado can be confusing and emotional, but it is important to take every precaution to ensure the safety of yourself and others.
Home Damage: 
  • Be sure you understand how to handle property damage immediately following a tornado.
Tips for homeowners with property damage:
  • Call your insurance company right away. State Farm customers can call 1-800-SFCLAIM (800-732-5246), file a claim on Pocket Agent for Android or iPhone, or got to and file online
  • Take pictures of your damaged property. Keep notes and use an inventory list to help adjusters assess the damage.
  • Remove all tree debris from the structure and place it on the ground.
  • If it is safe to do so, make temporary repairs to your home to prevent further damage. You may tarp your roof, cover broken windows with plywood or tarps, etc. Be sure to keep a record of time spent and all receipts for work done on your property.
  • If the power has gone out, unplug any small electrical items to prevent electrical spike damage.
  • Do not dispose of any damaged contents until authorized by your agent or claim representative.
  • Contact licensed vendors for repair estimates. Make sure the estimates are signed by the vendor and approved by your adjuster or agent before having major damage repaired.
  • Listen/obey local authorities.
  • Use safety precautions when removing debris.

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