Among the most common and damaging of natural hazards are thunderstorms, also referred to as severe convective storms. Lightning, tornadoes, straight-line winds, hail and torrential rain from these weather events result in substantial property damage.
Research shows that advanced preparation can reduce the financial impact of storms. A study by the National Institute of Building Sciences found that for every $1 spent on hazard mitigation, $6 could be saved in future disaster costs.
Nationwide and the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) have partnered to provide you with resources to help your customers protect their homes from inclement weather.
With storm-related losses on the rise, there's never been a more important time to help your customers prepare for spring weather. Reference this article that provides the latest researched-back storm preparedness information, an infographic with tips for before, during and after a storm, and these best practices:
In addition to sharing information with your customers, you can help them prepare for storms by encouraging them to review their homeowners insurance policy. Customers will want to consider the storm forces they are most likely to experience in their area in light of their current policy selections.
According to the Insurance Information Institute (III), some of the most expensive and common homeowner losses related to storms are caused by:
While severe storms can be unpredictable, Nationwide's support for you and your customers never wavers. Count on us to share valuable insights that may help protect your customers from nature's wrath and minimize their time to return to normal should storm-related damage occur. By sharing tips like the ones found in this article through your social media presence or via email, you could help mitigate losses.