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Monday, June 1st marked not only the first day of a new month and the first day of summer (from a meteorological perspective, that is), but it has another distinction as well:  it launched the 2015 hurricane season.
 
While experts contend that this year’s hurricane forecast looks to be relatively quiet, just because these storms are statistically predictable doesn’t make them any less disastrous. Anyone who has been through a hurricane knows that they can cause catastrophic damage not only on the coastlines but also several hundred miles inland. For this reason, it’s important to take storm planning extremely seriously.
 
1. Draft a family evacuation plan. 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.
 
2. 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.
 
3. 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.
 
4. Be ready to secure your property. Reinforce garage doors and board up your windows with permanent storm shutters or plywood; do not tape them shut.
 
5. Consider getting flood insurance. Flood coverage is not usually included in basic homeowner policies, but it’s a smart investment, as minimal flooding can result in maximum damage.
 
On that note, don’t face a proverbial storm—make sure you have effective insurance coverage. The good news is that AAA is here to help! Just give us a call to discuss your needs.
 
The other good news? Hurricane season ends November 30th.
 

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