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The united states of severe weather

Know what storms are likely where you live — and what you can do to prepare.

The United States of Severe Weather infographic

Know what storms are likely where you live - and what you can do to prepare. Severe weather can strike in every part of the country. Follow these tips for protecting your home and belongings from severe weather risks in your region.

Earthquakes

  • Where:
    • West Coast
    • Alaska
    • Hawaii
  • Shaking can dislodge heavy objects around your home and cause serious damage.
  • How to protect your home:
    • Regularly inspect the foundation for structural issues such as foundation cracks.
    • Place heavy objects and furniture away from sitting and sleeping areas, and secure them to the wall when possible.
    • Know where utility shut-offs are located.

Tornadoes

  • Where:
    • Midwest
    • Southeast
    • (but they have occurred in every state in the U.S.)
  • Tornadoes can happen with little to no warning, ripping apart homes and destroying all objects in their path.
  • How to protect your home:
    • Identify, build or install a a safe room, a secure and stocked space, on the first floor or in the basement of your home.
    • Move cars, outdoor furniture and other objects inside to help minimize flying debris when severe weather is expected.
    • Keep windows closed if you spot funnel clouds, and avoid windows, doors and outside walls.

Severe Thunderstorms

  • Where:
    • Southwest
    • Midwest
    • Northeast
    • Southeast
  • Strong winds, hail and lightning can pose a threat to your home.
  • How to protect your home:
    • Unplug and turn off electronics.
    • Close all window coverings to minimize broken glass inside the house after hailstone or wind damage.
    • If it is safe to go outside, move potentially wind-borne outdoor objects to a garage or shed, if possible.
    • When it's time to replace your roof, consider installing impact-resistant roofing materials.

Hurricanes

  • Where:
    • East Coast
    • Gulf Coast
  • Hurricanes with sustained winds of 73 mph and higher, can demolish homes, and flooding can cause extensive damage.
  • How to protect your home:
    • Reinforce all points of entry with hurricane-resistant doors and frames.
    • Choose shredded bark over rock or gravel for landscaping.
    • Seal all cracks or holes with caulk.

Heavy snowfall

  • Where:
    • Midwest
    • Northeast
  • Snow and ice buildup on your roof can cause property damage and personal injury.
  • How to protect your home:
    • Know the warning signs of roof collapse, such as a sagging ridgeline, interior water leaks and jammed doors.
    • Add insulation to your attic to help prevent ice dams.
    • Hire a professional to clear ice dams and snow from your roof.

For every severe weather scenario:

  • No matter the type of severe weather, prepare your family by assembling a disaster survival kit and an emergency plan. Learn what to include in a disaster preparedness kit.

Protect your home with home insurance. Your State Farm® home insurance policy may cover damages from:

  • Fire
  • Lightning
  • Wind
  • Hail, too-heavy snow or ice
  • (Earthquake coverage can be purchased in most states via an endorsement.)

If you live in a severe weather rise area, talk to your State Farm Agent for more information about how to prepare.


The information in this article was obtained from various sources not associated with State Farm®. While we believe it to be reliable and accurate, we do not warrant the accuracy or reliability of the information. These suggestions are not a complete list of every loss control measure. The information is not intended to replace manuals or instructions provided by the manufacturer or the advice of a qualified professional. Nor is it intended to effect coverage under our policy. State Farm makes no guarantees of results from use of this information.


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