brier July 19, 2012 No Comments

Florida residents usually have several days’ notice to prepare for a hurricane; however hurricanes can spawn surprise tornadoes. When a hurricane makes landfall, the friction sometimes causes winds, at different points in the storm, to change directions, creating wind shear that may spark tornadoes. Now that hurricane season has begun, you may want to contact your Tampa insurance agent to make sure you have the coverage you need in case your home and property suffer damage or destruction from a hurricane or a tornado. Insurers are understandably unlikely to offer coverage once a hurricane is on the way!

Should a tornado suddenly spin off from a hurricane or other heavy storm while you are in your home, it might be best to get your entire family into the basement. If you don’t have a basement, take cover in a space in your home that has no windows. It may be wise to get your family under a large sturdy table away from shelves or objects that could fall and injure someone.

In the event you are driving in your car when a tornado develops, it may be unwise to try to outrun it. You may want to try to find shelter in an underground parking garage. An underpass may not be safe as flying debris could be deadly. If your car or your home sustains damage from a hurricane or tornado, it is important that you contact your insurance agent right away to get the claims process started.