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In many parts of the U.S., it has been a stormy autumn. In October, Hurricane Matthew caused thousands of people to be evacuated in the Southeast, and more than 100,000 people in North Carolina lost power for several days. And some meteorologists are predicting a winter of extreme cold and heavy snowfall.

As you are well aware, severe weather events can wreak havoc on roof systems, and many homeowners and building owners are not well-informed regarding how to prepare their roofs for winter or find a professional roofing contractor to assist them.

NRCA's consumer website, www.everybodyneedsaroof.com, can help. The website offers a wealth of information to consumers about weather-related events and their effects on roof systems, an FAQ section, a From the Experts section where contractors share important advice, as well as a Find the Contractor function where owners can locate NRCA contractor members by the type of roofs they install or repair and within a specified ZIP code radius.

NRCA also offers resources to its contractor members. In the Crisis Management Plan subsection of the Members Only section on NRCA's website, www.nrca.net, there are free, customizable PDF files and PowerPoint presentations contractors can provide to their customers regarding the following weather-related events: earthquakes, fires, floods, hailstorms, hurricanes, snowstorms, tornadoes and strong winds.

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