A strong storm has made its way to the Ohio Valley and Great Lakes Region and BBB is warning residents to be prepared for severe weather. Consumers should have a plan and know where to turn after the storm. 

BBB warns homeowners to beware of door-to-door solicitations. Severe storms can bring fly-by-night contractors to the area. Often these contractors solicit work door-to-door, have no license or contact information and require high, upfront fees before beginning any work. BBB recommends researching the business at before agreeing to have any work done. 

For more information on weather alerts, check out BBB's Natural Disasters site.

For more than 100 years, Better Business Bureau has been helping consumers find businesses and brands they can trust. In 2013, consumers turned to BBB 131 million times for Business Reviews on more than 6.5 million businesses, all available for free at  The Council of Better Business Bureaus is the umbrella organization for 113 local, independent BBBs across the United States, Mexico and Canada, as well as home to its national programs on dispute resolution and industry self-regulation.