Severe weather can strike at any time. Thunderstorms occur most often in the spring and summer months, but can happen year round. They are most likely to hit in the afternoon and evening, but can happen at any time of the day or night. Power outages are one of the most common occurrences from severe weather. Preparations should be made in advance in case of long term power outages. Severe weather can be deadly. Lightning injures 300 people and causes 80 deaths each year. Flash flooding is unpredictable and kills far mar people than any other danger associated with severe weather.
Be Flood Ready
FEMA and NOAA have created an interactive “flood impact map” that features localized, searchable data about the scope and severity of flood events in recent years. The map is available at www.floodsmart.gov/noaa, and the new web page contains tips on what to do before, during, and after a flood, and encourages flood insurance protection among other measures. FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) makes flood insurance available to renters, homeowners, and business owners through approximately 85 insurance companies in more than 20,800 participating communities nationwide. Flood coverage can be purchased for properties both in and outside of, the highest risk areas. We are encouraging individuals to learn more about seasonal flood risks and what to do to prepare by visiting www.floodsmart.gov, or calling 1-800-427-2419.