Storm season is always a hectic time in Oklahoma, especially when tornadoes decide to make their appearance. Although you can’t prevent tornadoes, you can at least prepare to protect your family, pets, and yourself. It’s important to have a plan in place before bad weather strikes.

Here are a few helpful tips when creating your storm plan.

1. Clean out shelter

If you have a storm shelter, you’ll want to clean it out before the storm season hits. Shelters collect dirt, spiders and their webs, other bugs, and more. Nobody wants to be stuck in an enclosed space with dirt and dust, and especially not any creepy crawlies. 

Shelters should have some type of lighting so you can see. Some people place shelves in their shelters to store canned food, water, and any other essentials they may need. It’s a great way to prepare when you aren’t sure how long you’ll be in the shelter.

2. Trim down trees on property

Trimming the trees on your property will prevent potential damage to your home. Branches and leaves tend to break off during bad storms with high winds and heavy rain, which can fall onto or hit your windows and roof, causing damage and frustration. Not all insurance policies include tree damage.

3. Take fresh pictures of property

Many people don’t think to do this or forget, but be sure to take fresh pictures of your home for your insurance company. This allows them to see before and after photos of the damage that has occurred. 

Before a storm hits, have your insurance company’s number ready just in case any damage is caused to your home.

4. Make an emergency kit

Having an emergency kit comes in handy. This will be your go-to during extreme weather. Your emergency kit can be a duffle bag, suitcase, etc. If you aren’t sure what to include in it, here is a small list of items to consider:

  • Flashlight(s)
  • Batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Can opener
  • Bottled water
  • Blanket and/or sleeping bag
  • Portable charger for cell phone

These are only a few items you can include in your emergency kit. It will vary depending on the situation, whether you have children, pets, prescription medications, etc. Cater it to you and your family’s needs. 

Storms can be unpredictable, especially in Oklahoma. It’s better to have a plan beforehand than regret it later! We hope everyone stays safe and prepared. 

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