Don’t get blown away this tornado season: GEICO offers tips to help you stay safe

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–According to the National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
(NOAA), approximately 1,200
tornadoes hit the U.S. each year. GEICO offers a few important tips to
help you protect yourself, your family and your belongings:

  1. Put together a disaster supply kit – Gather important supplies
    such as battery-powered flashlights and radios, extra batteries, a
    first-aid kit, blankets, personal hygiene products, and a spare change
    of clothes. Also consider specialty items for children, elderly and
    pets.
  2. Build an emergency communication and evacuation plan – Pick a
    safe place to meet in the event that your family is separated during a
    storm. Determine how you will get in touch with loved ones to let them
    know you are safe.
  3. Designate a safe room within your home – Select a place in your
    home where you and your family will be most safe during a storm. The
    basement or an interior room on the main level typically provides the
    best protection against severe weather.
  4. Stock up on food and water – Always keep a supply of
    non-perishable food and water to last each family member at least a
    week. One gallon of water per person, per day is the suggested amount.
    Also make sure you have access to a manual can opener and other
    important utensils you may need.
  5. Store important documents in a safe location – Consider
    investing in a safe box to store your important documents, photos and
    other valuables.
  6. Create a home inventory – Keep an up-to-date inventory of all
    items in your home. Include photos of valuables such as electronics
    and jewelry. This may help speed up the claims process if damage
    occurs as a result of the storm.
  7. Review your insurance coverage – Contact your insurance carrier
    to find out if you’re fully protected. Use your home inventory to help
    determine if you have purchased enough insurance.
  8. Pay attention to weather alerts – Be aware of weather alerts
    and updates. In the event that a tornado watch or tornado warning is
    issued, seek shelter immediately and follow any official instructions
    from local or national officials.

For more information on how to stay safe when a tornado hits, visit GEICO’s
Catastrophe Center
. In the event of a severe tornado, GEICO’s
Catastrophe Response (CAT) Team
will be on standby to assist. GEICO
policyholders who need to report a loss can log on to the new
mobile app
, GEICO’s
Claims Center
, or call 1-800-841-3000 24 hours a day.

Contacts

GEICO Communications
301-986-3271
gcorpcomm@geico.com
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