Be Ready for Hot Weather

Heat is the number one weather-related killer in the U.S. and, in a normal year, more people die from heat-related illness than from floods, lightning, tornadoes, and hurricanes combined.


Even if it doesn't seem hot outside, the temperature on the inside of a vehicle can climb very quickly. The temperature can rise as much as 20 degrees in only 10 minutes. Leaving the windows cracked won't do much of anything to keep the inside of the car cool. Make sure when you leave your vehicle for any period of time that no children or pets are still inside. Beat the heat – check the backseat!


Some basic things to remember when the mercury rises:

  • Drink plenty of water, regularly.
  • Limit intake of alcohol.
  • Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  • Avoid too much sunshine, and use a sunscreen high in SPF.
  • Reduce, eliminate, or reschedule strenuous activities.
  • Stay indoors as much as possible. If air conditioning is not available, stay out of the sunshine on the lowest floor.

Visit our Heat page for more information.


Be prepared for any emergency, any time of the year


Photo of a destroyed home in Parkersburg, Iowa, in May 2008Emergencies are part of life. Fire, police and emergency medical services may be delayed in an emergency or unable to respond. Whether it's tornadoes, flooding, winter storms or an act of terrorism, emergencies can occur quickly and without warning. Although we cannot prevent emergencies, there we can prepare for them.


There are three simple steps you can take:

  • Build a kit. Your emergency supply kit should have everything you need to sustain you and your family for 3-5 days. Get a checklist you can use to put together your own kit.

  • Make a plan. Knowing what to do in the event of an emergency is key. Make sure everyone in your family knows what to do. Get your family plan here.

  • Be Aware. Learn about the hazards that can affect your community, and learn how to get information about current weather and road conditions.