6/12/14

6 Steps to Prepare for Hurricane Season

Information provided by Evelyn Murphy, Allstate Agent
Being prepared is the most important thing you can do!
Take these 6 simple steps that will help you be better prepared in the event of a catastrophe:

STEP 1: Store insurance policy information. Place your insurance policy information in a few safe places (electronically and hard copy). This will help you start the claims process after a storm.

STEP 2: Create an inventory of your valuables. Take pictures of or videotape all valuables covered under your insurance policy(s). Use the free Allstate Digital Locker application at digitallocker.com; your valuables will be captured online and easily accessible in the event you have to file a claim.

STEP 3: Prepare your property. Take a walk around your property and assess items that may be wind hazards. Trim loose shrubbery, store furniture and secure any loose materials in your yard.

STEP 4: Create an emergency supply kit. Stock up on bottled water, non-perishable food items, first aid supplies, a battery operated radio, flashlights, batteries, basic tools, work gloves, medications, car keys, eyeglasses and cash. Find a complete shopping list here.

STEP 5: Plan your evacuation route. Learn the best evacuation routes and plan a meeting point at least 50 miles inland in case your family gets separated.

STEP 6: Take caution during a storm. Evacuate to a safe area prior to the storm.
For more hurricane preparation information, click here.

Need a fabulous Allstate agent?
Contact mine: Evelyn Murphy, 1-512-327-8424, e.murphy@allstate.com

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6 comments:

  1. Perhaps the most important: When they tell you to leave, leave.Do not try and be a "hero" or "tough guy" and ride out the storm

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    1. Good point! There is almost always a sad story accompanied by "and since he survived the last hurricane, he thought he'd just stay."

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  2. Make sure the entire family knows what the procedures are; this will make them feel less stressed. Often times we decline to tell teenagers and older children what is happening or even listen to what they have to say.

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    1. Yes! Teenagers can be quite helpful. They offer extra hands to carry supplies and can help keep younger siblings calm.

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  3. Great tips and suggestions. I don't miss living near the coast for this very reason. ;)

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    1. I wish I lived near the coast, actually right on the beach would be my preference.

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