Tornado season begins anew every spring in Illinois, as do the reminders to homeowners to prepare against them.
In 2012, Illinois saw eight tornado-related fatalities and 111 tornado-related injuries, due primarily to the devastating early-in-the-season tornado that hit Harrisburg at the end of last February.
With tornadoes in Illinois typically peaking between April and June, now is a good time for homeowners to prepare themselves. And that includes urban and suburban homeowners too; the Chicago metropolitan area is not immune to tornadoes, says Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel, especially in the western and southern parts.
After a tornado and the threat of danger has passed, get in touch with your property insurer as soon as possible to begin to assess any potential damage to your home. A home inventory (a detailed list of all your possessions) can help streamline things should you ever need to make a claim. You can make a manual list, or use a home inventory app on your phone, which can speed up the process, help you physically document your things with photos and videos, and can even store the inventory and keep it safe from an event that would likely spur a claim.
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