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Staying Safe for the Atlantic Hurricane Season

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

If you have lived in Florida for at least a year, then you have made it through at least one hurricane season, and we are in the midst of the next one. According to the experts at NOAA, the season will remain active with more storms on the way. Between 3 and 5 of the projected storms could potentially be major hurricanes, a menacing prospect for Florida residents! In a recent article, it was recommended “now is a good time to prepare for hurricanes, especially if you live along the coast.”  Hurrican_Fran_-_Prior_Atlantic_Season.gif

With Superstorm Sandy still fresh in the mind of many, it’s even more important for you to be prepared for this Atlantic hurricane season. Here are some tips for you and your family to stay safe for the Atlantic hurricane season:

  • Review Your Insurance Coverage: The most inconvenient time to update your coverage is after a storm hits. Check your coverage now to make sure it is up-to-date and ensure you also have flood insurance (flooding is a great risk after a big storm!). Make sure your valuables are also covered along with your home. It’s also a good idea to have comprehensive automobile coverage in case of physical damage to your vehicle during a storm.
  • Walk-thru Your Property Before a Storm: Before a storm warning is issued, it’s a good idea to walk your property and ensure that there aren’t any branches or limbs that might break windows or cause damage.Secure your property as best as possible in preparation for a storm.
  • Keep a list of your possessions: In case of a big storm, your property might experience a flooding or sustain other damage. By tracking your most important items with their model numbers (if relevant), you can be mindful of any items damaged or lost.
  • Have a Plan and Safe Room: It’s always a good idea to have both a plan and a safe room with supplies in case of a major storm. Your safe room should be away from windows in the interior of your home.
  • Keep an Emergency Kit: Your emergency kit should be accessible and include water for several days, non-perishable food and a manual can opener, a battery-powered flashlight, and a first-aid kit along with any prescription medication.
  • Have a Pet Plan: Because many emergency shelters cannot allow you to bring pets with you due to allergens, it’s a good idea to have a plan for these extended family members.

By taking a little time to follow these steps, you will not only be more prepared for hurricane season, but you will have peace of mind. For sound advice on how best to update your insurance coverage, call your friendly team at the Salmon Agency at 407-365-1766. We will navigate you through the proper steps to ensure you and your loved ones are prepared for the storm.

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