Bonnie Schneider: June 6, 2018

WHAT TO DO WHEN WICKED WEATHER WALLOPS YOUR TOWN 

EXTREME WEATHER IS ON THE RISE. HOW CAN

AMERICANS PREPARE FOR POTENTIAL WEATHER EMERGENCIES IN THEIR AREA

 

 

Bonnie Schneider

National television meteorologist and author of the book Extreme Weather

 

Turn on the news on any given day and you’re likely to see coverage of wild weather whipping the country. From raging wildfires out west, tornados tearing through Tornado Alley to hurricanes along our coasts, it doesn’t only seem like extreme weather events are on the rise – they are. How can we prepare for the worst weather ahead for 2019?

 

Did you know?

●         In 2018, there were 14 separate billion-dollar weather and climate disaster events across the United States, with a total cost of $91 billion. These included devastating hurricanes, like Florence and Michael, baseball-sized hail storms, and California’s costliest, deadliest and largest wildfires in history.

●         So far this year (as of April 2019), there have already been extreme weather and natural disaster events with losses exceeding $1 billion each across the United States. These events included flooding in the Midwest, severe storms across the U.S., and destructive tornadoes. Alabama, for example, has already endured an above average number of tornadoes in the state.

●         June 1st brings the start of Hurricane Season in the Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean. Colorado State University is predicting at least five hurricanes with two potentially as major storms – Category Three or higher.

 

The widespread threat of weather disasters stretches from coast to coast, so even if you don’t think you are in an area prone to a threat, it’s important to be prepared for whatever weather event might strike. In this satellite interview, meteorologist Bonnie Schneider will share the science behind extreme weather and reveal top, life-saving tips that Americans can take to be equipped to survive Mother Nature’s worst.

 

Some of Bonnie’s tips include:

●         Get together your basic disaster supplies which include things like a three-day supply of non-perishable food, three-day supply of water, photocopies of your credit cards and ID, and batteries.

●         In case of loss of power, be sure that your electronics are fully charged as technology can provide key information during a disaster.

●         Create a family disaster plan for everyone living inside your home, including how to evacuate people and pets.

●         Be sure to check that you’re properly covered (and understand your insurance coverage) well before a disaster hits, otherwise it will be too late. 

●         Bundle home and auto insurance. With Esurance, for example, if both your home and car are damaged in the same disaster, you only need to pay one deductible.

●         Think out of the box – or out of the sky! Hail is becoming a bigger and bigger issue and it’s important to protect your property (and yourself), and make sure you have the right coverage if there is damage.

 

Produced by: Esurance

 

ABOUT BONNIE SCHNEIDER:

Bonnie Schneider is a national television meteorologist and author of the book Extreme Weather, published by Macmillan. Bonnie is the Co-Executive Producer and On-Camera Extreme Weather Expert of the DIY Network TV special, “Last House Standing.” Bonnie connects with her fans and answers their weather questions through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and her website, BonnieWeather.com. Previously, Bonnie worked as an On-Camera Meteorologist for The Weather Channel. She also covered Hurricane Sandy as a Special Correspondent for Bloomberg TV providing analysis on weather’s economic impacts. Prior to that, she was at CNN Worldwide, regularly appearing on CNN, HLN and CNN International. Bonnie held weather and reporting positions at various local TV stations across the country. Bonnie has been awarded the American Meteorological Society’s Seal of Approval for achieving the highest standard of excellence in both technical weather knowledge and communication skills. Bonnie has been featured on CNN, Inside Edition, Fox News, Bloomberg, Mashable, Red Eye Radio, and many other media outlets.

 

 

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