Disasters and emergencies can strike any time – during the morning when everyone is home, during the day when family members are both at work and at school, and on…
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.
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)
- View state-wide conditions from the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA)
- Visit the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Web site to monitor conditions in your area
- View state-wide conditions from the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA)
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.
Prevent Frozen Pipes
The damage caused by frozen pipes can cost thousands of dollars in repairs. The following tips will help prevent this from happening in your home. Maintain the temperature inside all…
Prevent Roof Collapse on Your Home
Before the snow starts to fall and build up on the roof of your house, take the time to know how much snow your roof can support. Evaluate your risk…
Be Prepared for Tornadoes
Building an emergency kit and creating a family communication plan are vital steps for families to take well before severe weather such as a tornado strikes. (Ready.gov offers information on…
Emergency Supply Kit for Your Auto
Are winter storms common in your area? If so, you need to prepare to keep you and your family safe during and after the storm. Protecting your house and creating…
Winter Storm Safety
Severe winter weather is on it’s way. Winter storms in the Mid-Atlantic region can bring ice, snow, sleet, and freezing rain. Winds that accompany these storms can cause blowing and…
Hurricane and Other Wind Storm Safety
Prepare for hurricanes and other severe wind storms before they happen. Wind storms, such as hurricanes, are usually forecast hours or days before the storm hits. This allows some time for planning…
Winterize Your House
Is cold weather on the horizon? Take time now to prepare for the effects that winter weather can have on your house. From cleaning the chimney flu to draining outdoor…