The violent winds, rains and storm damage from hurricanes can devastate communities and cause billions of dollars worth of destruction. The losses from hurricanes this year alone have surpassed that from almost any other natural disaster in years. The risk to your home and possessions can be enormous and you really should be considering insurance cover for hurricane damage if you live in an area that is exposed to the risk of hurricane. As well as insurance cover, however, there are other steps you can be taking to prepare for, and minimise the damage to your property and risk to your family that hurricanes pose.
Since the Atlantic hurricane season in June and continues through until the end of November, there is a sign of the year during which you should be in some way for hurricane threats. Some of the preparations below will be required by insurance policies, others will not but are still helpful to you and your family. Some of them may even be able to bring down your insurance policy price as the insurance company recognizes that you are safer than you otherwise would be and are therefore less likely to be making a claim.
First of all you should be familiar with the terms of your insurance policy and any disaster preparedness and response plans they have. These will help you in the case that disaster does strike or you find yourself in need of making a claim.
If you think you may need to evacuate your area, you should contact the appropriate authorities beforehand to know what those requirements will be. You should have a plan formulated in advance and if there are shelters nearby you should know where they are and how to get to them.
Keep supplies such as food, water, gasoline, portable radios and batteries stored somewhere safe so they will be available to you in the emergency. Several flashlights with extra batteries should be included. Copies of important identification and insurance documentation would also be useful in certain situations to speed up applications in the event that wide spread devastation occurs. Medical supplies such as aspirin and aspirin free painkillers, antacid, bandages, gauze and disinfectant are also useful.
While insurance is a very important step</b> you should be taking to protect your possessions and family in the event of disaster, there are many other steps you can take to prepare for the situation also.