What To Do After A Tornado: Tips for Residents in Central Arkansas

What To Do After A Tornado: Tips for Residents in Central Arkansas

April 30, 2024

Over the last decade, we've had some serious tornadoes come thru the area. Vilonia, Little Rock, Mayflower, several more locations throughout the state. We see the devastation and heartache these events can cause, and the last thing you want to worry about is the rebuilding process. Here are some tips on what to do after a tornado and how to make the claims process a bit easier in the midst of the chaos. 

What to do After a Tornado

Many want to check on loved ones, or assist in looking for those unaccounted for, but to do so safely, so as not to tie up resources with another incident, here are a few things to look out for. 

Do not enter a damaged building- buildings can sustain structural damage during the storm and sometimes, you can't always see it from the outside. Maybe the storm happened after dark, or the building has more settling and moving to do, but either can cause a massive hazard to you and you should let the professionals search these areas. 

Be aware of nails, boards, and broken glass- These storms can create all sorts of destruction which is hard to see if its storming or dark. Be aware of your surroundings, get some thick soled shoes on, and keep to areas you can see. 

Use a flashlight, NOT matches, a candle or lighter- Using any of the items that produce a flame, could ignite a hidden gas leak. 

Drinking Water- make sure to check local announcements about drinking water, sometimes it can be unsafe to drink after a tornado. 

Document- As soon as your able, take photos of your damage, document things you know you are missing, and contact your insurance carrier. Filing a claim directly with the carrier can prevent miscommunications and get the claims process started as soon as possible. You can also contact your insurance agent, who can contact claims for you to start the process. Getting the process started and getting documentation and estimates to your adjuster will help speed the process along as much as possible for you. 

Using these tips, we hope you stay prepared for tornado season. As always, Arkansans band together when the worst happens, and we love the sense of community we see when the weather disrupts people's lives. Let this serve as a reminder to stop and assess your emergency preparedness, insurance, and other things you can do to stay on alert this spring.