State Farm offers safety tips ahead of tropical systems

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JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – With two tropical systems in the forecast for the Gulf of Mexico, Mississippi homeowners could be impacted by the storms.

According to State Farm, homeowners can protect themselves with a few easy steps:

  • When severe weather threatens, tune in to a NOAA Weather Radio or battery-powered radio for updates. 
  • high wind advisory means that sustained winds of over 25 miles per hour are predicted.
  • Thunderstormtornado, and hurricane warnings should be taken very seriously, as they mean that severe weather has been spotted and is on its way.

Find shelter during severe weather.

  • When severe winds occur, move to the middle of your home or basement, away from windows and glass doors. 
  • Try to take cover under a staircase or a heavy piece of furniture. 
  • Do not stay in a manufactured home during severe winds. They are easily overturned by high winds, and flying debris can puncture their light frames and exteriors.
  • If you live an area prone to severe winds, you may want to build a safe room in your home. A safe room is an area of your home that has been reinforced to provide protection from broken glass and flying debris. 
  • An experienced contractor can build a safe room with a reinforced roof, walls, and ceilings in a new or existing home.

Wherever you seek shelter, be sure to bring your family disaster kit with you.

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