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Lightning across an evening sky in a suburban neighborhood.
Some people are fascinated by lightning. But it’s important to remember that those incredible flashes of light can also present a serious threat to you and your home, with the…
tree being blown over in a windstorm.
You don’t have to live in a hurricane or tornado zone for your home to sustain wind damage. Anyone in an area that experiences thunderstorms can also be at risk,…
Tornado in a field.
Have you ever wondered how meteorologists measure tornado intensity? They rank tornadoes using the Enhanced Fujita (EF) Intensity Scale, a 2007 update of the original Fujita Scale developed by Tetsuya…
Coffee cup on table by fireplace.
Homeowners typically know they need to protect the outside of their homes from winter weather extremes. But what about maintenance to help you stay comfortable and safe inside when the temperatures drop?…
20 Days to Ready: Fix Up a First Aid Kit (Day 9)
20 Days to Ready is a series of simple, daily tasks to help you better prepare for emergencies and protect your family when disaster strikes. Follow along, day by day,…
lightning in the sky
A lightning bolt can be an awe-inspiring, dramatic phenomenon. But, along with its striking appearance comes potential risks. Every thunderstorm is dangerous, Ready.gov reports. That’s why it’s important to know what to…
parked cars on the street covered in snow.
Winter can be a beautiful time of year, with its snowy landscapes and clear, starry nights — but cold weather can bring its challenges, too. Whether you’re hibernating at home or…
snow and icicles on the roof's edge of a home.
Perhaps you saw them around the holidays: white or blue outdoor lights that simulate sparkling icicles. Or maybe they were on holiday card, hanging from the eaves of a picturesque…
icicles hanging off a frozen pipe.
For anyone living in an area where temperatures regularly dip below freezing, a few precautionary steps to help protect your plumbing can be a cost-effective way to help avoid cleaning…
power outage supplies.
You may want to plan for the possibility of a power outage now, instead of scrambling for a flashlight when the lights go out. Here are four categories to keep…