April showers bring May flowers but can also bring severe storms that pack a lot of hail in Nebraska. According to state Farm Insurance, Nebraska ranked 5th among states for hail claims in 2014 with 21,328 filings.
Spokesperson Ann Avery has some recommendations on how to protect your family, vehicle and home from damage. She says personal safety is the number one priority when a hailstorm hits. Hail can shatter windows so close blinds or window shades to reduce the amount of glass that may blow inside. Stay away from doors and skylights.
State Farm also recommends automobile owners plan ahead if hail is in the forecast. Park your car in a garage or carport. If one is not available invest in a specially designed car cover to minimize vehicle damage. A think blanket placed over the vehicle can also help protect it.
Never park your vehicle under a tree to protect it from hail. Falling branches could do more damage. It is also a good idea to prune trees and remove diseased, damaged or dead branches to help reduce the possibility of future storm damage.
When it comes to your home, Avery says, “If you are thinking about building a home or remodeling a home in the near future you might want to think about impact resistant roofing which is a special type of shingle that is designed to withstand hail and can reduce the hail damage. That is something to ask about.”
Damage to homes and vehicles as a result of hail cost State Farm policyholders $2.4 billion in 2014.