Be Prepared During Hurricane Irma
With Hurricane Irma approaching the Carolinas, we want to make sure you’re prepared. Having a plan to reduce potential loss during severe weather conditions can be beneficial after the storm has passed. Here are some precautionary steps you and your family can take:
Create a corresponding communications plan. Decide how you will contact one another during a storm. Have every family member carry contact cards, and program emergency contacts in their cell phones. Come up with a predetermined meeting place and designate an out-of-state contact who can relay messages to family members in case local phone lines are down or overloaded.
Draft a family evacuation plan. Having a plan is the first step to staying safe. Determine where you will go and how you will get there. Learn hurricane evacuation routes and the locations of local shelters. Don’t forget to include pets as part of the plan.
Stock a disaster supply kit with first aid supplies, water, and batteries. Make sure you also have enough pantry supplies and gas in your car. According to Ready.gov, a basic disaster kit should include a gallon of water per person for at least three days, a three-day supply of food, a battery-powered radio, a flashlight, a first-aid kit, a whistle, dust masks, moist towelettes, a wrench, maps, a can opener, and cell phone chargers.
Protect your car. Since your vehicle is one of your biggest investments, make sure you safeguard it during hurricane season as well. Make sure you know what is covered in your vehicle's automobile insurance policy in case of storm damage. If a storm is in the forecast, make sure your car is gassed up and parked in a garage if possible, or at least next to a building to protect it from high winds. Should you have to drive your car through a downpour, avoid cruise control and never drive through standing water. If your vehicle glass is damaged during a storm, our partnership with Safelite can get you repaired back on the road quickly and easily.
Make sure you and your family know what to do in the event of a hurricane and are prepared in the case of a storm in your area. If there is damage, take any steps necessary to prevent further damage and contact our AAA Insurance claims department at 800-228-9224.