Hurricane Preparedness

August 15, 2012

During the 2012 Hurricane Season, we want to make sure our insureds are prepared with general safety guidelines and tips, as well as giving you interesting hurricane tidbits! 

Tips before the hurricane season

  • Determine safe evacuation routes inland
  • Learn locations of official shelters in your area
  • Check emergency equipment, such as flashlights, generators and battery-powered equipment such as cell phones and your NOAA weather radio
  • Buy food that will keep and store drinking water
  • Buy plywood or other material to protect your home if you don't already have it
  • Trim trees and shrubbery so branches don't fall/fly onto your home
  • Clear clogged rain gutters and downspouts
  • Decide where to move your boat in the even of severe weather
  • Find pet-friendly hotels on your evacuation route
  • Review your insurance policy, and call us with any questions you may have regarding your coverage

Tips when a storm is approaching

  • Frequently listen to the radio, TV or NOAA weather radio for official bulletins of the storm's progress
  • Fuel and service family vehicles
  • Inspect and secure mobile home tie downs
  • Ensure you have extra cash on hand
  • Prepare to cover all windows and doors with shutters and other shielding materials
  • Check batteries and stock up on canned food, first aid supplies, drinking water and medications
  • Bring in light weight objects such as garbage cans, garden tools, toys and lawn furniture
  • If you have children, make sure to pack a bag with toys and other kid-friendly activities

Tips during the storm

  • Closely monitor radio, TV or NOAA weather radio
  • Close storm shutters
  • Follow instructions issued by local officials.  Leave immediately if ordered!
  • Stay with friends or relatives at a low-rise inland hotel or at a designated public shelter outside the flood zone
  • DO NOT stay in a mobile or manufactured home
  • Notify neighbors and a family member outside of the warned area of your evacuation plans and route
  • Take pets with you if possible, but remember, most public shelters do not allow pets other than those used by people with disabilities.  Identify pet-friendly hotels along your evacuation route ahead of time

Quick hurricane tidbits!

  • Our normal hurricane season is from June 1 to November 30, with the peak season being mid-August to late October.  Interestingly, over the past 100 years, the most storms have developed on September 10!
  • According to NOAA, an average of 5 hurricanes strike the US coastline in a 3-year period.
  • Hurricanes are not named until sustained winds of 39 MPH are reached.  In 1979, a six-year rotating list of names was developed, alternating between male and female names.  Names are only retired if a particular storm with the respective name causes significant damage or death.
  • The Galveston Hurricane of 1900 is still considered the deadliest weather disaster in US history, with over 8,000 deaths contributed to this storm.
  • Statistics show that forecasters can accurately predict a hurricane return period for any geographic location.  A return period is the frequency at which a certain category storm will hit a location in a 100 year period.

If you have damage during a storm:

Our office is equipped with a full-size generator, which allows us to be open and available to our insureds in the even of a hurricane and other severe weather.  We will make every effort to have open phone lines and open our office, even if the rest of the city is battling power outages. 

In the event of an approaching hurricane, we will post several contact phone numbers on our website for staff in our agency for your use. 

Stay informed and safe this hurricane season!

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