Prepare for severe weather before it happens.

Storms can happen without warning, as in the case with a tornado or flash flood, or they can be forecast, which provides some time for planning and preparation. The information on this page is intended to help you prepare for storms in advance, when possible, and also provides links to helpful resources you might need in the unfortunate case of a severe weather-related disaster.

Flood Insurance

A homeowners insurance policy DOES NOT cover damage caused by a flood. Visit www.FloodSmart.gov, the official site of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), to access the resources needed to determine if your residence is in a flood zone and to find an agent near you that offers flood insurance.

Latest Storm Warnings and Updates

  • Visit the National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration (NOAA)

Disaster Information

  • Visit the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Web site to monitor conditions in your area

Pennsylvania Residents

  • View state-wide conditions from the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA)

Maryland Residents

 

How to Care for Your Home and Property Before and After a Storm

Click on a topic below to learn more about how to protect yourself, your family, and your property–before, during, and after a storm.

Avoid Scams After the Storm – Don’t become a victim of high-pressured sales tactics by unscrupulous contractors who take advantage of people after a severe weather event.

Disaster Preparedness – Create an emergency kit, an evacuation plan, and stay informed before, during, and after the storm.

Emergency Supply Kit for Your Auto – Don’t be caught off guard without emergency supply materials in your auto. Here’s what every well-prepared driver should keep in a vehicle.

Family Communications Plan During Disaster – Your family might not be together when disaster strikes. Use “ICE” contacts in cell phones and personal contact cards to help family members find each other in the event of an emergency.

Flood Preparation – If your house is in a flood-prone zone, prepare before the rains come down.

Generator Safety – Generators can help keep your family safe and comfortable during power outages. But, they can also be deadly if you do not operate them properly.

Home Emergency Supply Kit – Create an emergency supply kit for your family in case severe weather or other emergencies keep you confined to your home.

Hurricane Preparedness – Know what to do if a hurricane is headed your way.

Hurricane Preparedness for Your Business – Minimize the potential of wind and flood damage to your facility with these planning and action tips.

Pet Safety In Disasters – Plan now so you can keep your pet safe in the event of an emergency.

Prevent Frozen Pipes – When temperatures drop, pipes can freeze and cause thousands of dollars in damages. Learn how you can prevent or reduce those damages.

Prevent Ice Dams on Your Roof – Why it’s important to inspect your roof drainage before and after winter storms.

Prevent Roof Collapse on Homes – Do you know how to cope with the potentially dangerous collection of ice and snow on your roof?

Reduce the Risk of Water Damage in Freezing Temperatures – Freezing pipes that burst can cause extensive damage to your home. Preseason maintenance is the best way to reduce your risk of freezing pipes. 

Selecting a Roofing Professional – It’s not everyday you purchase a new roof for your house. Make sure you choose a reputable roofing professional.

Tornado Preparedness – There is usually not much time to act if a tornado is headed your way. Take time now to develop an emergency plan for your household.

Winterize Your House – Prepare your house for winter weather before the cold sets in.