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Bad Weather Across the United States Can Affect Us All

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Sometimes watching the news is hard, especially when there seems to be tragic events happening all over the world.  The worst are the events that cannot be stopped like tornados and other weather related tragedies.  For example, the tornado that ripped through Moore, Oklahoma killing at least a dozen people spread like wildfire all across the nation’s news channels for days.  It will take a long time for residents and loved ones of Moore to recover from the devastation.

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While hearing about that type of news can put a knot in your throat, it can also be beneficial in helping us all prepare for occurrences like that in our own backyards.  Unfortunately, bad weather is something that cannot be stopped.  It can be well predicted, but there is nothing we can do to keep it from its destructive path once it starts.  Making sure our homes are secure and our loved ones have a place to go during bad weather is the best thing we can do.
Start with a written emergency plan for your family.  Sit down and have a real family meeting to discuss the best options for each other during emergency situations like big storms.  Write down all the pertinent information like emergency phone numbers, evacuation routes, and where important documents or other things are located so they can be easily obtained it needed.  Have a back-up plan in case your first plan does not work.
Make an emergency kit with first aid supplies, food, water, and other necessities in case your power goes out or your water is unusable for a while.  The rule of thumb when it comes to water is to have at least one gallon of water for each person for at least three days.
Of course, find out about your insurance coverage and how it pertains to storm damage.  Make sure you have adequate coverage before the next storm hits.  Remember, your regular homeowner’s policy does not cover flood damage.

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