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.

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  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

    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."

  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.

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

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

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


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