GEICO says preparation is best protection as hurricane season officially gets underway

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
is predicting a
near-normal Atlantic hurricane season this year: 10 to 16 named storms,
four to eight hurricanes, and one to four major hurricanes. Even with a
near-average prediction, there is still a chance for more hurricane
activity than recent years. Tropical
Depression Bonnie
has already gotten the season off to a drenching
start.

Whether forecasters are calling for an active season or a more moderate
forecast, GEICO offers these reminders to help you protect your family,
property and vehicles from severe weather.

  • Create an emergency plan. Review and practice an evacuation
    plan with everyone in your household. Select an emergency meeting
    place away from home and map out the best route to reach a safe
    location.
  • Listen for official instructions. Stay alert for advisories,
    and know the difference between a “watch” and a “warning.” Follow
    instructions from your local authorities regarding evacuation
    procedures. (A “watch” means hurricane conditions are possible. A
    “warning” means hurricane conditions are expected.)
  • Storm-proof your home. Clean gutters, drains and downpipes to
    prevent blockages. Trim tree branches to make them more wind
    resistant, and secure outdoor items that could blow around in heavy
    winds. Consider investing in storm shutters for additional protection
    on your windows.
  • Assemble a safety disaster kit. Prepare a necessities kit that
    contains drinking water, non-perishable food items, first-aid,
    blankets, batteries, radios and flashlights.
  • Do a home inventory. Take an inventory (video and photographs)
    of your home’s personal property. It will help you gain a better
    understanding of the costs associated with replacing your stuff if
    it’s ever damaged during a storm.
  • Gather important documents. Make sure all documents such as
    insurance cards, bank account numbers and IDs are placed in a
    water-proof container.
  • Consider signing up for first-aid training. Contact your local American
    Red Cross
    chapter about enrolling in a first-aid course. It’s
    always handy to know critical emergency skills such as treating burns,
    covering cuts and administering CPR.
  • Check your insurance coverage. Call your insurance carrier and
    inquire about your policy coverage and limitations. Identify next
    steps just in case you need to file a claim.

For more information, visit GEICO’s
Catastrophe Center
. GEICO policyholders can report a loss using the new
mobile app
, GEICO’s
Claims Center
, or calling (800) 841-3000 24 hours a day.

Contacts

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