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Are you prepared for the unexpected?  That is what you need to ask yourself whenever hurricane season is in effect.  Hurricane season will be in full swing starting on June 1st so don’t wait until it’s too late!  Many people don’t take the proper precautions necessary to help protect themselves and their families against one of these unexpected and very unfortunate tragedies.  As many of you may already be aware this week is hurricane preparedness week and we have taken the time to create a list of some key essentials we feel you should have ready at all times during hurricane season in case of an emergency:

1.      Devise a plan:  Develop a plan with your friends and family on where the safest place would be to go and how you plan on handling the situation before it even happens.

2.      Emergency Kit:  Some key essentials you should always include in your emergency kit are:  duct tape, flashlight, extra batteries, extra phone battery, whistle, sheets, garbage bags, sanitation wipes, pliers, cell phone, medications, fire starting tools, emergency contact info, can opener, map, extra bedding, etc...

3.      Take an inventory of your household goods:  This will help if you have a loss and are looking to file a claim for the damage.  You will have an estimated amount of the loss that you incurred.

4.      List of emergency contacts:  Have at least 3 emergency contact numbers written down on a piece of paper and place them  in secure spot (emergency kit).

5.      Stay informed:  Make sure that you stay informed and up to date on all the emergency procedures and don’t get caught off guard by anything.  An easy way to do this is by staying in tune with your local weather broadcasts along with follow pages such as Read.gov or the NOAA National Hurricane Center. 

6.      Food (Non- Perishable goods):  canned tuna/salmon/chicken/turkey, canned soups, canned vegetables, power bars, dried fruits, Gatorade/Powerade, bottled water, multivitamins, salt & pepper, etc…

7.      ICE (In Case of Emergency) on your cell phone:  Always have this enabled on your cell phone because it allows emergency personnel to pinpoint an area in which somebody might be in trouble during a tragedy such as a hurricane or tornado.

Every year hurricanes big or small continues to drastically affect people’s lives all around the world.  Sometimes even the most minor disaster can become our biggest problem if we don’t take the necessary precautions ahead of time.  Don’t let this be the year a hurricane tragedy takes your family by storm by just taking advantage of these few minor recommendations provided above.  If you ever have any questions about your insurance policy or how hurricane coverage works, please feel free to give us a call at (843) 839-9229.

For additional information please visit these sites.

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/prepare/ready.php

http://www.nws.noaa.gov/com/weatherreadynation/hurricane_preparedness.html

https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1409003345844-0e142725ea3984938c8c6748dd1598cb/How_To_Prepare_Guide_Hurricane.pdf

 

 

 

 

 

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