Video: During Tornado Season, Make Sure Your Family is Prepared for the Worst

Property Claims Reinspector Doug Walton met with Eric Emery, an ERIE Policyholder, to assess the damage to his home following a hail and windstorm in March.

June 12, 2009 - A 95-mile-per-hour tornado that swept through Lancaster, Pa., in the spring left homes and businesses in disarray. The path of the F1 tornado spanned 1.25 miles. But that wasn’t the worse part. The hail and wind that followed caused a 10-mile stretch of damage.

Policyholders Amy and Eric Emery had some hail damage to their home in Ephrata, Pa. The downed trees missed their house and the windows withstood the severe winds. When the storm was over, the couple said they were grateful that their family was safe.

“An hour and a half after the storm,” Eric said, “we still had hail laying around in the yard. It was that big.”

Each year thousands of tornados are reported in the United States, the majority occurs during the spring and summer months. Tornados can occur in almost every state — not just Pennsylvania or Kansas. That’s why advance planning and quick response time is key to protecting your property and surviving a funnel-shaped disaster.

Watch a video featuring the Emerys and Property Claims Reinspector Doug Walton, who worked with the couple on their claim. They describe their experiences with the spring storm and share details about how to stay safe during severe weather events.

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