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KWWL Severe Weather Special

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We know severe weather is going to happen. Don't be that person who thinks...it won't happen to me. Having a plan before the storm is important. Stay up to date on the weather forecast. Know when severe weather is possible and where. Everyone should have two or threes ways to get warnings.

Plan what to do now, on those sunny days, so when severe weather does occur you can act quickly to know the best protection for you and your family.

Pick the best spot in your location for shelter during severe weather. Make sure everyone knows the location. Stay in touch with loved ones afterward. Texting is often better than calling. Choose a good meeting location after the storm. You might get separated....so having this location is important. You might want to have an out of town or state contact where people can check in that are not impacted by the storm.  Click here for a form to help you with making your plan. 

Review your homeowners and renters insurance policy and make or update a list of items in your house. Video taping or taking pictures are helpful. Walk around your house and document everything. Keep the video/folders as well as important documents in a waterproof and fireproof box.

If you property gets damaged document everything and then call your insurance agent. Try and prevent any further damage that insurance might not cover.

If you are impacted by a storm and are experiencing emotional distress two weeks later it might be time to get some help. Here is a Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990. It is a 24/7, 365-day-a--year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories.

Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.

Family Emergency Communication Guide 

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