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WeatherSafe is included in Homeminders subscriptions (see more details) and provides expert advice on how to prepare, react and recover from severe weather that might pass by your home. This feature includes checklists for preparing your family and property far in advance of inclement weather. Subscribers receive email alerts when the National Weather Service issues a severe warning (these can be sent to all family members). The alerts are combined with expert advice on how to quickly react during and after the storm.

NOTE: WeatherSafe only generates warnings for the United States at this time.

To sign-up, just register for your Homeminders subscription and you automatically get the WeatherSafe feature!

Please note: Before a weather alert is ever issued, you should take the precautions outlined in the information and links below.


The Basics

When considering disaster preparedness, there are things you can do to help in any situation. Here are the top 4:

  1. Put together a disaster supplies kit. Periodically check to be sure you know where it is and that it remains stocked.
  2. Create an escape path. Practice that plan with the family and loved ones at least once a year.
  3. Be Informed and practice your plan. Be sure every member has an emergency contact card with him or her at all times.
  4. Print a list of supplies you should have on hand for any emergency.

Severe Weather Warnings will include:

The Weather Warning links below contain information and checklists detailing steps you should take NOW to help you be prepared when severe weather strikes. We’re grateful for the combined efforts of the Coalition of Organizations for Disaster Education (participating organizations include: The American Red Cross, FEMA, Institute for Business and Home Safety and over 20 others) in creating expert advice on preparation measures. Read more details about the organization (also known as C.O.D.E.) and their Standardized Language. Information below was pulled from C.O.D.E. and is deemed to be accurate as of this posting date (9-1-09). Newer and or updated advice may be available.


Severe Thunderstorm Warning - The National Weather Service (NWS) considers a thunderstorm severe if it produces hail at least three-quarters of an inch (2 centimeters) in diameter, has wind gusts of 58 miles (93 kilometers) an hour or higher, or produces a tornado.


Tornado Warning - A tornado is a violently rotating column of air extending from the base of a thunderstorm to the ground. Tornadoes have been reported in every state. They generally occur during spring and summer, although they can happen in every season.


Flood and Flash Flood Warning - Flash floods can occur without warning. Flash floods take from several minutes to several hours to develop but generally occur within six hours of a rain event, or after a dam or levee failure, or following a sudden release of water held by an ice or debris jam.


Winter Storm Warning - Severe winter storms are often accompanied by dangerously low temperatures and sometimes by strong winds, icing, sleet, and freezing rain.


Wild Fire and Red Flag Warning - High wind (Red Flag) advisories may precede a Wildland Fire warning. There are three different classes of wildland fires. Surface fires, Ground fires, and Crown fires. All are to be considered dangerous and can cause property damage, injury, and death.