Hazardous Winds

Damaging winds can wreak havoc on your property. A high wind event can crash debris through your windows, strip your siding, down trees on your property, peel shingles off your roof, and fling back the flashing.

Far in advance of a wind event, you can take steps to ensure that your property stays secure. Prepare now to minimize the risk of damage to your property or injuries to your people. Start by reading the articles below: Prepare for High Winds and Defend Your Property Against High Winds.

Use the additional free resources to help protect your church, Christian camp, school or college from the devastating effects of a high wind event.

  • Hail Damage: Ding, Dent, or Scratch? Or Something More?

    When hail strikes, the damage report you receive from your insurance adjuster may include the terms “cosmetic damage” and “structural damage.” What’s the difference and what does it mean to the overall integrity of your ministry buildings?  

  • Strong through the Storm: Choosing Wind-Resistant Construction Materials

    Your buildings serve as a safe space through the storms of life—a place where people can find a community and a support system. But how can you protect your ministry from the literal storms that threaten your property? Here's how wind-resistant construction materials can increase your resilience and reduce the risk of severe wind damage.

  • Did an Act of God Topple Your Tree?

    If a tree on your property falls because of high winds and destroys your neighbor’s fence, is an Act of God to blame? Learn the other defenses that may come in to play when someone makes a claim of property damage against your ministry.

  • Harvest the Fun, Not the Risk

    Ensuring a fun fall festival takes careful planning and a good understanding of the risks involved. Read our safety tips for all things related to fall festivals, such as hayrides, dunk tanks, inflatables, trunk-or-treats, and more. Plus, read a few things to think about before you use a drone to capture your event.

  • Prepare for High Winds

    Windstorms aren't just associated with tornadoes, hurricanes, and blizzards. Learn what a high wind warning means for your ministry, how to protect your property before the wind blows, and what to do if high winds are imminent. 

  • Defend Your Property Against High Winds

    Tornados, hurricanes, and derechos wreak havoc on everything in their path and the damage to ministry property can be substantial. You may feel powerless when it comes to these intense weather events—but you’re not. While the weather is calm, check on these eight things.

  • Tornadoes: Returning to Damaged Areas

    Tornadoes damage power lines and gas lines and cause cause fires and equipment explosions. It is important to follow safety guidelines when returning to areas or buildings affected.

  • Prepare for Hurricane Season

    The time to prepare your ministry to withstand a hurricane is now, not after a watch or warning has been posted. Read these tips on protecting your ministry from severe tropical weather.

  • Power Outages: Out of Darkness and Into Light

    In some ways, preparing to lose power is like preparing for every disaster, all at once. But you are not powerless—there are things you can do before the lights go out. 

  • Property Inventory

    Without a proper inventory, it is next to impossible for a church to be confident that it has the proper amount of contents insurance.

  • High Winds: How to Protect People During Outdoor Activities

    Storms can spring up suddenly, surprising you with wind gusts of 60 miles an hour or more. If you supervise outdoor activities at a school, camp, or ministry, it’s important to know what to do if you get caught outside in dangerously high winds.

  • Developing a Disaster Plan

    Storms, illness, or security threats can disrupt your activities. Here are 5 steps to developing a disaster plan that can help your ministry achieve operational resiliency.

  • Hurricanes: Returning to Damaged Areas

    After a hurricane passes, the goal is to return to your ministry’s mission and help others hurting from the storm. Safety should be your first priority. 

  • Tornadoes: Be Prepared in Every Season

    Tornadoes are not just a springtime menace. They can strike in any month, in any state, day or night. And when one approaches, you may only have moments to reach safety. Your ministry needs a plan. 

  • Hail Damage Checklist

    A hailstorm has just passed over your ministry. Do you know all the places to look for damage? Enlist a few people from your ministry then use this list to help inspect your property.

  • Brace for Safe Construction

    Structures that are in the process of being built are especially vulnerable to collapse. Temporary bracing during the construction project can improve stability and safety.