Hurricanes & Protecting Your Valuables
From June through November, hurricanes are at their peak. During a hurricane, heavy rains and catastrophic winds barrel through coastal areas and can severely damage or destroy homes and businesses. According to CoreLogic, a property information and analytics company, an estimated 8.5 million properties were under significant risk of potential property damage, due to extreme weather conditions from the latest Hurricane Irma. Your home is one of your most valuable possessions and a place to feel safe. To protect your home from hurricanes, it’s important to be prepared before, during and after a storm:
When a Hurricane Threatens
- Plan evacuation routes and designate a “post-disaster contact person” that family members know to call once the storm is over.
- Use appropriate precautions to secure/ cover windows, doors and outdoor furniture.
- Make sure you have three gallons of water per family member and all other necessary supplies such as: canned goods, pet food, manual can/bottle opener, flashlights, battery-operated radio, nails, tarps and plywood.
- Refill your prescriptions, fill up your car with gas and withdraw a week’s worth of cash since power outages may interrupt these services temporarily.
- Place important, valuable papers such as your log of possessions in waterproof bags.
- Keep a log of all of the items in your home, with photographs and/or videos, if possible. This will make it easier to file an insurance claim if any of your possessions are lost or destroyed during a storm.
- If you live in a trailer home and are told to evacuate, do so immediately.
During a Hurricane
- Seek shelter in an interior room away from windows if you cannot leave the immediate area of a storm. If you hear the winds subside, do not assume that the storm is over, the calm may be the eye of the storm.
- Remain calm and listen to your battery-operated radio for instructions from the local authorities on evacuation and safety guidelines.
- You should have canned food for at least three days and a can opener.
After a Hurricane
- When inspecting your home for damage, wear appropriate shoes and protective clothing.
- Contact a trained expert to turn off damaged utilities and appliances instead of trying to do it yourself.
- Drink only bottled water until tap water is deemed safe.
Keeping your home and family safe is an absolute priority. Our Auto Insights Tips will help to navigate smoothly through severe weather. By using some of the simple tips listed above, your family can stay safe and secure through these rough seasons.