Hurricane Sandy devastated parts of the Northeast, but this summer's brush with the remnants of Hurricane Isaac reminded Illinoisans that severe weather from these types of storms can affect us too. Rogue tornadoes have been known to hit the Midwest during the winter months, so having a plan to evacuate or seek cover is a must for the time of the storm or flood. In the hours and days following a severe weather event, many people are left with little or nothing if they did not think to insure their belongings.
Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation spokesman Mark Terry says once it is safe to do so, evaluate the damage, take pictures, and make any needed emergency repairs as you wait for the insurance adjuster to call.
Illinois has experienced some of the worst tornadoes in U.S. history. The infamous Tri-State tornado occurred on March 18, 1925, leaving 695 dead and 2000 injured. A tornado that tore through Alton, Fosterburg, Bunker Hill and Gillespie in March of 1948 killed 33 and injured about 450 people.