Storm Response

Storms with extensive rain and high winds can cause severe damage and create hazardous conditions such as fallen trees, downed power lines, broken glass, damaged commercial signs, and scattered road signs and building pieces. After the storm passes, you should be extremely careful while sorting through the damage to assess the loss. Consider the following storm tips to stay safe:

Tree downed by storm

Post Hurricane Safety

During a hurricane, the Georgia Farm Bureau team has your home, business, and property covered. The most important protection is that of your family and loved ones. Your level of preparedness will increase that protection and the speed of your recovery. Consider the following tips after a hurricane subsides:

  • Check in with friends and family using your communication plan, social media, or text
  • If you have become separated from your family, use your family communications plan or contact the American Red Cross at 1-800-RED-CROSS
  • If you evacuated, return home only when officials say it is safe
  • If you cannot return home and have immediate housing needs, text SHELTER+ your zip code to 43362 (4FEMA) to find the nearest shelter in your area
  • Pay attention when driving through barricades

Tornado Safety

Tornadoes are one of the deadliest natural disasters that occur in Georgia. Their winds alone can destroy homes, uproot trees, and down powerlines. It’s important to understand the difference between a tornado watch and a tornado warning. A tornado watch means a tornado is possible and a tornado warning means a tornado has been spotted and you should take cover immediately. Consider the following tips to stay safe during a tornado:

  • Avoid windows and doors
  • Keep a battery-operated radio nearby for updates
  • Seek shelter in a basement
  • Stay away from overpasses 
  • Stay off the roads

Thunderstorm Safety

Georgia is more susceptible to thunderstorms than tornadoes and hurricanes. And, every thunderstorm contains lightning, which kills more people each year than other storms. Lightning is the third largest cause of storm deaths in America. Thunderstorms can also cause high winds and heavy rains. The following tips will assist you and your family in staying safe during a Georgia thunderstorm:

  • Avoid areas that have standing water
  • Avoid windows and electrical equipment
  • Be on the lookout for flash flooding while traveling
  • Bring pets inside
  • Pay attention to downed power lines and falling trees
  • Secure loose objects
  • Stay away from bodies of water
  • Stay off the roads

The Georgia Farm Bureau team hopes you and your family stays safe during every storm. If your property has been damaged, don’t hesitate to call our Claims Department at 855-432-2567 for assistance.