Be Prepared for Unexpected Severe Weather Events

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When it comes to central Illinois weather, if there is one thing you can count on, it’s that it is unpredictable.  Throughout the winter months, snow, ice, and freezing temperatures are a constant threat.  In the spring, severe thunderstorms, flooding, and even tornados can occur without much warning.  Whatever the season, the bottom line is that you need to be prepared – and not just for the direct threat from the weather events themselves.  You also should be prepared for the disruptions that can accompany severe weather.  Here are some tips to help you be ready for whatever Mother Nature throws at you!

Prepare Your Family

When storms or other weather events occur, they often take down the normal modes of communication that we rely on every day.  Thus, it is important to have a plan before disaster strikes.  Talk with your family about how you will handle specific situations in the midst of weather events.  Will each member stay where they are?  Should they try to get to a central location?  Have this all agreed upon so that you can minimize the uncertainties in the midst of the chaos.

Prepare Your Information

In addition to getting separated from your family, severe weather can separate you from your important records and documents as well.  Since you may not be able to get back to your home, you will want to have remote access to your essential information.  Luckily with smart phones, it is relatively easy to have digital copies of important documents, such as insurance policies.  You’ll also want to be sure to have contact information for local authorities, your insurance agent, and your healthcare providers.

Prepare Your Finances

In the midst of a weather emergencies, your finances may be the last thing on your mind.  However, in the event of an extended disruption of utilities, transportation, and communication, you will need to have access to your accounts.  You may not be able to get to the bank to get cash, but you can use technology to stay connected with the funds you need.  Federated Bank provides tools such as mobile banking, mobile wallet, and Popmoney that give you the ability to handle any financial needs that may arise during a weather disaster.

You can’t predict the next weather emergency, but you can prepare.  You can protect the things and people that are important to you by putting in a little bit of thought and effort while the sun is still shining. And when the storm hits, you’ll be glad you did.

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