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Tornadoes Happen Every Year - Are You Prepared?

You don't have to be directly hit by a tornado in Minnesota to experience damage. Taking some time to prepare could save you thousands of dollars and hours of clean-up.

Know What Your Insurance Covers and How Much You Need

In an average year, 800 are reported nationwide, but in April of 2011 alone, 875 tornadoes were reported and making it the deadliest tornado year in U.S. history. Oftentimes, homes and businesses close to a tornado are damaged or destroyed by wind, rain and flying debris. We are safe here in Minnesota though, right?  Wrong.  In 2010 Minnesota led the nation with 104 tornados and "normal" weather patterns for our region seem to be changing each year. Review your insurance policy with your agent and make sure you have the proper replacement cost coverage on your home.  The last thing you want to deal with if you home is damaged by a tornado is worrying if your insurance is going to cover you or not.

You Can Take Action to Reduce Damage

You can’t make your home or business tornado-proof, but you can take steps that improve the odds of surviving the high winds. Ideally, you may want to call on professionals for the more technical jobs.

  • Start at the top – your roof. Fix any areas that need repair. If you are planning to replace your roof, select materials that are designed to withstand high winds.
  • If you are planning to replace your windows, select impact-resistant window systems, which have a much better chance of surviving a major windstorm.
  • Anchor door frames securely to wall framing. Make certain your doors have at least three hinges and a deadbolt security lock with a bolt at least one inch long.

If a Tornado is Headed Your Way

  • If you are in a building, move to an underground shelter, an interior room or a hallway on the lowest floor.
  • Stay away from windows and corners.
  • If you’re in your car, get out immediately and find safe shelter or lie flat in a ditch. Do not take shelter under an overpass or bridge.
  • Flying debris causes most injuries and fatalities, so use your arms to protect your head and neck.

Additional Resources

Check out some of these additional resources or let Lakeside Insurance find the right insurance protection for you:

It’s necessary to get the right insurance protection for you. For more information on your policy or if you’d like to ask about additional coverage, please contact us or give us a call at 952-854-0109.