Hurricane Disaster Prep
Hurricanes can leave devastating effects that may last long after the storm passes. To protect your family and minimize property damage, it's important to be prepared before a storm is imminent. Hurricane season runs from June Through November. Below are tips from www.InsureUonline.org to prepare for hurricane disaster. Click here to download the guide.
Have a plan. Know your community’s designated evacuation routes.
- Prepare your home and car. Place emergency kits in your home and car. Cover up windows and outside doors with storm shutters or plywood.
- Store insurance info safely. Make regular updates to your homeowners or renters insurance policy and home inventory. Store both in a secure place, such as a waterproof safe, a safe deposit box or online. Keep contact information for your insurance agent and insurance company on hand.
- Stay informed. Check local radio, TV or online sites for emergency information. A ‘Hurricane Watch’ means weather conditions could produce a hurricane. A ‘Hurricane Warning’ means a hurricane has been spotted or is about to start.
- Evacuate promptly. Depart hurricane-risk areas early to avoid travel delays. Follow recommended evacuation routes to avoid closed roads.
- Protect yourself. If you’re indoors, stay inside and away from windows. If possible, stay in a closet or bathtub with a sheet of plywood over you to protect from flying debris.
- Be cautious. Do not go outside until local authorities tell you it is safe. Use local alerts, radios and other sources – such as apps from the Federal Emergency Management Agency or the American Red Cross – for timely information.
- Photograph property damage. Call your insurance agent or insurer’s claims hotline as soon as it is safe. Your policy might require that you make the notification within a certain time frame.
- Avoid fraud. Home repair fraud is common after a major weather event. Be wary of aggressive contractors or demands for up-front repair payment. If you have concerns, contact your state insurance department.
This content is adapted from the Disaster Prep Guide on hurricanes from www.InsuranceUonline.org.