For those living or working in areas at risk of experiencing a tropical storm or hurricane, June 1st rarely passes unnoticed. At Setnor Byer Insurance & Risk, we understand that preparing for Hurricane Season is rarely easy and often stressful. We also understand that a lack of awareness and preparation can make a bad situation worse, and that the best way to limit the risk is to take preventative steps now.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) estimates a 70 percent probability that the 2013 Hurricane Season will bring:
- 12 – 18 Named Storms (winds of 39 mph or higher)
- 6 – 10 Hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher)
- 3 – 6 Major Hurricanes (winds of 111 mph or higher)
These estimates indicate that activity will exceed the seasonal average of 11 named storms, six hurricanes and two major hurricanes.
According to NOAA administrator Jane Lubchenco, Ph.D., “the United States was fortunate last year. Winds steered most of the season’s tropical storms and all hurricanes away from our coastlines…However we can’t count on luck to get us through this season. We need to be prepared, especially with this above-normal outlook.”
Though different situations call for different measures, the following tips can assist you in developing your own plan for dealing with the 2013 Hurricane Season.
Before the Storm
- Monitor the news to allow time to prepare.
- Identify all tools and equipment that will be needed to secure property before a storm and limit the damage after the storm (flashlights, batteries, caulking, tarpaulins, sandbags, cutting and fastening equipment, etc.).
- Clear drains and downspouts to minimize the risk of flooding.
- Move items inside.
- Unplug electrical equipment and move property away from windows.
- Check and secure all documents and records.
- Take or update photographs of real and personal property.
- Gather insurance policies and agent/insurer contact information.
After the Storm
- Only after it has been declared safe to do so, look for any property damage and take reasonably necessary steps to protect against any further damage.
- Report fallen power lines to power company immediately–stay away from them!
- Check exterior walls and roof for damage from wind, rain, flying objects and rising waters (flood insurance).
- Check all interior perimeter walls, floors, and roof for leaks and water damage.
- Document all damage with photographs and video.
- Prepare detailed damage reports.
- Call your insurer or agent as soon as possible to report damage.
While preparing for Hurricane Season is never easy, our team of experienced and responsive professionals can work with you to make sure that your home, cars and property are protected.
For over 30 years, Setnor Byer Insurance & Risk has been helping our clients prepare before the storm and rebuild after. Our clients benefit from a Hurricane Insurance Program that includes an emergency and after hours claims service hotline in addition to guidance for disaster planning.
If you would like more information about how Setnor Byer Insurance & Risk can help you prepare for the 2013 Hurricane Season, contact us.
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