Wilkinson Insurance Encourages Tennessee Residents to Prepare for Tornado Season After an Early Storm Comes Through the Region

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A strong tornado traveled through the Gulf Coast Region heaping snow and ice off of rooftops that killed three.

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Often unpredictable and dangerous, tornados can bring heavy rains, winds and hail

Tornado season reaches its peak at different times throughout the United States. In the Gulf Coast region, where Tennessee is located, the peak of tornado season is usually later in the year, according to Mother Nature Network. However, recently, a powerful spring storm unleashed heavy winds and a tornado in Tennessee, reports ABC.

Often unpredictable and dangerous, tornadoes can bring heavy rains, winds and hail. Due to the timing of this recent storm, winds heaped snow and ice off of the rooftops of houses, resulting in the death of three people. High winds left many without power and trees were down throughout the region. The heavy snow and ice has made it difficult for power to be restored immediately, and many homeowners and business owners have been without power in the region. At Wilkinson Insurance, the local agents want to offer advice to help residents prepare for tornado season, and keep safe during dangerous storms.

  •     First, secure all windows. Homeowners will want to be cautious of breaking glass from strong winds. There are impact-resistant systems that can be installed but plywood or cardboard can be of assistance in a pinch.
  •     Ensure all of the doorways are properly locked and anchored.
  •     Utilize sandbags to secure your doorways and lower level windows. This can help with the threat of flooding and secure these areas from strong winds.
  •     It is advisable to inspect your roof before the beginning of tornado season to avoid any flying debris from your rooftop.

During the tornado:

  •     Immediately go to the lowest point in your home and stay away from the windows
  •     Keep a radio nearby to listen for breaking news updates as well as your cell phone
  •     Do not remain in your vehicle or attempt to outrun the storm

According to the NOAA there are tornado watches – which mean tornadoes are a possibility and to be on alert and tornado warnings – which mean that the storm has been sighted and is approaching. No matter the warning, it is important to begin preparing. And remember, there is always the chance tornadoes will damage your home. In order to file a claim with your homeowners insurance, you will want photos. Take them before the storm hits and of the damages after!

Tennessee residents with concerns about their homeowners insurance or tornadoes are encouraged to call the local agents. At Wilkinson Insurance, the agents are always willing to help!

About Wilkinson Insurance:
For more than 50 years, Wilkinson Insurance has been helping Tennessee and Kentucky residents with all of their insurance needs. A third generation, family-owned agency, their mission is to serve their clients with the same expectations that they would want met. Their commitment to raising the standards and staying abreast of any changes in the industry is what sets them apart. They strive to always stay informed and to be a resource for Tennessee and Kentucky residents. At Wilkinson Insurance, residents can get help deciding the type of policy that is right for them, obtaining it, and maintaining a protected lifestyle. Residents and business owners alike can call the agency at 888-235-9656, fill out an online quote form, or stop by the White House, TN office today.

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