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Preparing for a Blizzard or Winter Storm

With winter right around the corner, people are starting to get ready for the frigid temperatures, blustery winds and freezing precipitation. Here in Minnesota, we get plenty of snow and bad weather every winter, so it is important for you and your family to be prepared in case there is a power outage or in case your home sustains any damage as a result of bad weather. If your home gets damaged and you need help with insurance claims management in the Twin Cities, you can call us for help.

In the meantime, here are a few things you should be aware of when making your preparations.

First things first: know the difference between a winter storm outlook, advisory, watch and warning.

Outlook: There is a possibility of winter storm conditions within the next two to five days.

Advisory: Winter weather is expected to cause inconveniences when traveling and maybe become hazardous. Use caution and these situations should not be life-threatening.

Watch: Winter storm conditions might occur within the next 36 to 48 hours. People are warned to stay updated on weather conditions and to get ready for the possibility of a storm.

Warning: Severe and life-threatening weather condition have either already started or will start within the next 24 hours. Those who live in an area with one of these warnings should immediately start getting ready for the upcoming storm.

Before the winter weather starts to hit your area, make sure you have a fully stocked emergency kit in your home. It should include items like bottled water, batteries, a battery-powered radio, a flashlight or two, candles and matches, nonperishable food, sand or kitty litter, extra blankets and jackets and extra bottles of necessary medication. You should also have a first aid kit handy in case someone gets injured.

Make sure every member of your family knows what to do if there is a bad winter storm, especially if everyone is not together in the same house. Be sure everyone knows how to get in touch with one another and how to get back together after the emergency is over.

Finally, keep an eye on the weather. Avoid travelling, unless it is an emergency, if the weather is forecasted to get bad.

After the storm, take a close look at your home and property and take pictures of any damage. Then contact us to learn about our insurance claims management service and how we can help you.

If you would like more information on insurance claims management in the Twin Cities and how we can help you, call Norcia Insurance Consultants at 866-512-LOSS (5677) or Request a Free Consultation.