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    Tornado Season Insurance Information

    Tornado Season Is Upon Us

    Tornado season just began! Tornadoes are more likely to form from April through July. Tornado information follows:

    Tornado Watch means: Conditions are conducive to the development of tornadoes in and close to the watch area.

    Tornado Warning means: A tornado has actually been sighted or indicated on radar and is occurring or imminent in the warning area.

    Did you know that tornadoes are ranked on the Enhanced Fujita Scale from EF0 (weakest) to EF5 (strongest)? (The tornado that just hit Missouri has been ranked as an EF4.

    Secure major appliances with “L-brackets” to lessen the chance that they’ll shift or fly through the air during a tornado.

    Learn how to quickly disconnect breakers in the service box for your water, gas and electric. If there’s time before a storm, turn off these utilities.

    In case of a tornado, always make sure your insurance policy is up to date and provides enough coverage for your home and belongings.

    The American Red Cross is providing food, shelter and emotional support in Missouri, Minnesota and other parts of the Midwest.

    To make a donation to the American Red Cross’ Disaster Relief, visit its online donation page. Once there you can enter the zip code for Joplin, 64801, to make sure that the money will be directed to their local Joplin chapter.

    You can also call 1-800-RED-CROSS or text “REDCROSS” to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to your local Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013.

     World Vision teams are heading to Joplin, Mo., and northern Minneapolis, Minn., to assess the tornado damage. World Vision focuses on aiding children and is providing hygiene kits, cleaning supplies and other relief and building items.

    To donate $10, text the word “TORNADO” to 20222 or call 888-56-CHILD.

     To donate to the United Way, call 417-624-0153.

     The Salvation Army‘s emergency disaster services teams are helping to feed residents and first responders in Joplin; Reading, Kan.; and parts of Minnesota affected by the storms.

    To donate to the The Salvation Army’s efforts, visit and click on the donation page.

    You can call 1-800-SAL-ARMY and donors can text “JOPLIN” to 80888 to make a $10 donation. And you can mail a donation to Joplin Tornado Relief, The Salvation Army, 3637 Broadway, Kansas City, Mo. 64111

    To Help and Find Relatives

     The American Red Cross’ Safe and Well website helps friends and family connect with those in devastated areas.

     On Facebook, several pages have been created to assist concerned relatives in finding loved ones and getting information on how to help: Help Joplin and Joplin, Mo., Tornado Recovery.

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