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									Severe Weather Awareness
Farm Bureau Financial Services Provides Free Resources to Help Protect Families and Property

March 30, 2011 11:45 AM Eastern Daylight Time 

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Severe Weather Awareness Week, scheduled in
U.S. states throughout the months of March and April, is a reminder that some simple, proactive planning can help
families stay safe throughout a season of potentially volatile weather.

Based on climate trends, extreme weather-related events are increasing in frequency and magnitude1. While no one
can prevent the storms that come with the season, Farm Bureau Financial Services offers three free resources to help
families and individuals prepare for the unexpected.

    l   Keep your family safe by making sure everyone knows what to do in the event of storm. Develop a family
        contact plan that designates where to meet or where to go during an emergency and how to contact one
    l   Take stock of all personal property. Create a home inventory list with details and values of all belongings.
        If a disaster were to occur, this will become an invaluable aid in remembering your possessions.

    l   In the event of a storm, use a storm recovery checklist to stay organized and help ease the process of
        starting a claim.

Many states have a Severe Weather Awareness Week, sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration (NOAA), as a reminder that severe weather can strike without warning. “That’s why we encourage
everyone to review their coverages with their agent and do some proactive planning. The peace of mind that results
is invaluable,” says Noel McKibbin, Property-Casualty Claims Vice President, Farm Bureau Financial Services.

1. The American Meteorological Society. AMS Journals Online – CO Sensitivity of Extreme Climate Events in the Western United
States. Accessed March 3, 2011.

About Farm Bureau Financial Services

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underwrite, market and distribute a broad range of financial services products, including life insurance, investments,
annuities, property-casualty insurance products and services and more, to individuals and small businesses within a
marketing territory that includes 15 states. For more information about products and services, visit
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Farm Bureau Financial Services
Nancy Doll, 515-226-6215

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