Winter storms can occur at temperatures that are near or below freezing. Many can be accompanied by dangerously low temperatures, strong winds, icing, sleet and freezing rain.
Severe storms are on the rise. When they meet our outdated electric power infrastructure, the result is often widespread power outages. The time to prepare is before severe weather hits. Backup power is one way to be ready for storms, but there are many steps you can take to protect yourself and your family when the weather turns particularly nasty.
High winds can accompany a storm, or they can be a storm unto themselves. In either case, they can damage power lines, causing widespread power outages.
Thunderstorms can produce hail, wind gusts, heavy rain, and lightning, causing flash flooding, wind damage, downed trees and utility lines and widespread power outages.
Peak season in the southern states is March through May; in the northern states it is late spring through early summer. However, tornadoes can form any time of the year and occur in every state in the country.
Create a Family Disaster Plan
Know the Difference Between a Watch and a Warning
Inspect Home and Yard for Potential Hazards
Protect Your Home's Openings
Secure Backup Power
Download the Severe Weather Preparedness Checklist
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