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Weathering the Storm: Handling Wind and Hail



Your church's building is more than just a physical space; it's a sanctuary for worship, fellowship, and community outreach. However, natural disasters like wind and hail can pose a significant threat to the integrity of your property. The aftermath of severe weather can be daunting, from damaged roofs to broken windows. Here are some practical tips to help your ministry avoid and navigate wind and hail damage:

 

1. Inspect Regularly: Regularly inspect your property, paying close attention to the roof, windows, and exterior walls. Look for signs of wear and tear, such as loose shingles, cracked glass, or damaged siding.


2. Reinforce Weak Points: Strengthen vulnerable areas of your building to withstand strong winds and hail. Consider reinforcing roof trusses, installing impact-resistant windows, and securing loose outdoor fixtures and signage.


3. Trim Trees and Branches: Overhanging branches can threaten your property during high winds or hailstorms. Keep trees well-trimmed and remove any dead or weak branches that could potentially fall and cause damage.


4. Secure Outdoor Equipment: Secure outdoor furniture, equipment, and decorations to prevent them from becoming projectiles in strong winds. Don't forget to store or anchor items like benches, flagpoles, and signage to minimize the risk of damage to your property and surrounding structures.


5. Invest in Insurance: Ensure your ministry has adequate coverage tailored to your specific needs and risks. Partnering with a reputable insurance provider can provide peace of mind, knowing that your property will be protected.


6. Create a Response Plan: Develop a comprehensive emergency response plan that outlines procedures for assessing damage, securing the site to prevent further damage, contacting authorities, and initiating repairs following a severe weather event. Educate staff and volunteers on their roles and responsibilities to ensure a coordinated and efficient response.


7. Stay Informed: Stay informed about weather forecasts and warnings in your area. Monitor updates from local meteorological agencies and be prepared to act if severe weather is imminent. A reliable communication system can help disseminate important information to your congregation and community members.

 

At the United Methodist Insurance Program, we are committed to supporting your mission by providing comprehensive insurance solutions and valuable resources to help you protect what matters most. For insurance solutions tailored to your ministry's requirements, reach out to your trusted denominational insurance agent, United Methodist Insurance Program and our exclusive agent, Sovereign Insurance Group.


 

This content has been prepared by United Methodist Insurance Company (UMI) for informational purposes only. No article or document may accurately contemplate all possible scenarios or church resources. As such, this information is meant to foster discussion by the individual church and its members to develop a plan tailored to its own circumstances. UMI is providing this information with no warranties or guarantees of any kind and it should not be viewed as legal, financial, or other professional advice. All liability is expressly disclaimed. Any claim examples described herein are general in nature, may or may not be based on actual claims, and are for informational purposes only. Any coverage available for a claim is determined from the facts and circumstances of the claim as well as the terms and conditions of any applicable policy, including any exclusions or deductibles. In the event of a conflict with the content herein, the terms and conditions of any issued policy will control. Individual coverage may vary and may not be available in all states.


The commercial insurance coverages for United Methodist Insurance are sold and serviced directly or indirectly by Sovereign Insurance Agency (CA Lic. No. 0B01380) ("Sovereign") and underwritten by various available insurance markets. Sovereign pays United Methodist Insurance a royalty for the use of its intellectual property.

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