Blizzard Disaster Preparedness
BEFORE A BLIZZARD
As beautiful as new fallen snow can be, it can also be disruptive, destructive, and deadly. Heavy snow on roadways can make for dangerous driving. Snow on power lines can also cause power outages that can last for days. Being prepared for heavy snowfall and having extra emergency supplies on hand is the best way to make sure your family stays safe both during and after the storm.
Iowa, like many states in the northern part of the country, can have very harsh winters. The damage snow and ice have the potential of causing is just one more reason why everyone needs to invest in Iowa homeowners insurance. Consider the widespread effects of the Groundhog’s Day Blizzard of 2011.
This was a large winter storm that struck multiple parts of the United States and Canada between February 1st and February 3rd of 2011. In fact - according to the BBC News - the storm covered an area of about 2,000 miles at its peak, and possibly over 300,000 homes were affected by the storm. In addition, according to the Hydrometeorological Prediction Center, parts of Iowa experienced over 11.5 inches of snow while other states had more than 20. Along with snow, the severe weather system brought ice, high winds, and flooding.
What sort of damage could such a strong storm cause? The gusts of wind could lift roofs off houses, blow over sheds, and break windows. The heavy snow could cause roofs to collapse. Ice could make the walkway to your home a treacherous and highly dangerous path to navigate. As the snow melts, the water could seep into your home and cause damage.
Such consequences of winter storms could become very costly. How much could your family cover out of pocket? With the right amount of Iowa homeowners insurance, you could receive aid in paying for these expenses. At Doubleday Insurance Agency, Inc. call us...we can help!!!
Basic Emergency Supply Kit:
- Water, one gallon of water per person per day for three days (both drinking and sanitation)
- Food, three-day supply, non-perishable
- Battery or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries
- Flashlights and extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Dust mask, plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags, plastic ties (personal sanitation)
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Manual can opener for food
- Local paper maps
- Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
CLOSURES FOR SCHOOLS & DAYCARES
Family Communication Plan:
- Your family may not be together, plan how you will contact one another.
- Create a contact card for all family members and keep them in a wallet, purse, backpack, briefcase, etc.
- Check emergency plans with your children’s day care or school.
- Identify a non-local friend or relative household members can notify when they are safe, they may be in a better position to communicate between separated families.
- If you have a cell phone, program that person(s) as "ICE" (In Case of Emergency) in your phone. If you are in an accident, emergency personnel will often check your ICE listings in order to get a hold of someone you know.
- Text messages can often get around network disruptions when a phone call might not be able to get through.
HERE ARE SOME LINKS TO HELP YOU PREPARE AND STAY SAFE:
- Download & Print the FEMA Emergency Supply List:
- Winter Storm Preparedness:
WE CARE ABOUT YOUR SAFETY! PLEASE LET US KNOW IF WE CAN DO ANYTHING, WE ARE HERE FOR YOU. PLEASE TAKE CARE, HEED THE WARNINGS AND STAY SAFE!!