Hail safety tips

Hail Safety Tips: What to Do Before, During, and After a Storm

Published March 27, 2024

When dark clouds roll in and hailstones start to fall in Nebraska, it’s crucial to be prepared and know how to stay safe during a hailstorm.

Hail can be unpredictable and cause significant damage to property and pose risks to personal safety. Here are some essential hail safety tips to help you prepare before a storm, stay safe during the event, and handle the aftermath.

Before the Storm:

  • Stay informed: Keep an eye on weather forecasts to stay informed about hailstorm warnings in your area.
  • Secure outdoor belongings: Before a storm hits, bring inside or secure any outdoor furniture, toys, gardening tools, or other loose items that could become projectiles in high winds.
  • Park your vehicles: If possible, park your vehicles in a garage or under a sturdy shelter. If you don’t have access to covered parking, find a spot away from trees and power lines that could be damaged by falling hail or strong winds.
  • Reinforce windows: Consider installing storm shutters or reinforcing windows with impact-resistant materials to protect your home from hail damage.

During the Storm:

  • Seek shelter: The safest place during a hailstorm is indoors. Stay away from windows, skylights, and glass doors to avoid potential injury from shattered glass. Move to a small interior room or basement if available.
  • Stay off the road: Avoid driving during a hailstorm, as it can be extremely dangerous. Hail can reduce visibility, create slippery road conditions, and cause damage to your vehicle. If you’re driving, pull over to a safe location away from trees or power lines and wait out the storm.
  • Protect yourself: If you’re caught outside with no shelter, find a low-lying area and protect your head and body by covering them with your arms, using a helmet, or a sturdy object for additional protection.

After the Storm:

  • Assess the damage: Once the storm has passed, carefully inspect your property for any damage. Check your roof, windows, and exterior surfaces for signs of hail impact. Take photographs or videos of the damage for insurance purposes.
  • Address immediate safety concerns: If you notice any downed power lines, gas leaks, or structural damage, contact the appropriate authorities immediately. Do not attempt to fix these issues on your own.
  • Contact your insurance company: If your property has been damaged, contact your insurance provider to initiate the claims process. Provide them with the necessary documentation, including photos and videos, to support your claim. Our team at Midwest Bank Agency stand ready to help you assess the damage and get your claims started immediately following a storm.
  • Document the repairs: Keep records of any repairs or restoration work done on your property after the hailstorm. This documentation will help during the insurance claim process and future reference.

Hailstorms can be unpredictable and cause significant damage, but by following these hail safety tips, you can minimize risks and protect yourself and your property. Remember to stay informed, seek shelter during a storm, and take necessary steps to assess and repair any damage afterward. Stay safe and be prepared for whatever nature throws your way!

Disclaimer: The information provided in this blog post is intended for general guidance only. Always follow the advice and warnings provided by local authorities during severe weather events.

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