Tornadoes are among the most dangerous and unpredictable natural disasters. Most tornadoes look like a narrow funnel, a few hundred yards across, with a small cloud of debris near the ground. The rotating winds area, however, is much bigger than the visible funnel. Wind speed is the most dangerous and destructive force in a tornado. The most extreme tornadoes can attain wind speeds of more than 300 miles per hour, enough to lift heavy trucks from the ground and wipe out entire neighborhoods.
When it comes to tornadoes, preventive measures and scientific knowledge are crucial.
There are many myths surrounding these natural phenomena; for example, some people believe that they are more protected from tornadoes by living in a city, near a river, or behind hills and mountains. Be aware that tornadoes can cross major rivers, climb mountains, and affect entire city centers. In short, no area is safe from their devastating effects, though some zones are more susceptible than others. If you live in an area that is prone to be affected by tornadoes, always be in the alert for tornado watches and warnings. If a tornado hits, you must go to a basement or to an interior first-floor room of a sturdy building; it will greatly increases your chances of survival.
If you’ve been affected by a tornado, we can help.
Call Omni Claims Consultants as soon as you can. Our experienced public adjusters will visit your property to evaluate your damages, review your policy, and assess the viability of your claim. We will help you to meticulously document your claim in order to prevent it from being denied or minimized by the insurance company.
By becoming involved since the beginning of the claim process, our experts can set the tone for the entire negotiation and ensure that you receive a good settlement from your insurance company; that’s why we insist that you call us immediately. Omni Claims Consultants will work only on your behalf, representing your interest, not the insurance company. We will be there to advocate for you and your property.
In addition to calling us, you may also take additional steps to secure your property and prevent further damage and fatal accidents.
Here’s a short list of recommendations and advice from our experts:
- Where possible, try to mitigate the damage. For example, if your roof is damaged try to put a tarp on it. If your windows are broken try to cover them with plywood. (Remember that it is your responsibility to prevent further damages from affecting your property).
- Document all damages to your property. Take as many photographs and videos as you can.
- Make a written list of everything that was damaged by the tornado.
- If, due to damage, your property becomes unlivable and you have to make additional expenses such as accommodations, food, hotels, etc., we recommend that you keep all receipts for these expenses.
Repairing a property that has been affected by a tornado is a very expensive process. It’s important to have Omni Claims Consultants on your side right from the beginning. Please, call us immediately.