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, 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)

Pennsylvania Residents

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

Disaster Information

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

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.

Family Communications Plan

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…

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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…

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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. ( offers information on…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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