Sep 05, 2017
Being prepared for a hurricane requires constant updates and evolving actions. A true state of preparedness means you are ready for something, but more importantly, you are aware of the ever-changing nature of, well…Nature.
Anyone who lives or works near coastal waters, plans to visit them or has family and friends in those areas takes the time to become educated on hurricane awareness and preparation. A great online resource is The National Hurricane Center’s website. There you can download the Tropical Cyclone Preparedness Guide (PDF 6.2MB) that not only explains what a hurricane is in great detail, but gives you a starting point on how to recognize and prepare for the disaster before it strikes.
Those who reside further inland may ask “why would I ever need to prepare for or even be concerned about a hurricane?” In 2008, Hurricane Ike caused wind and flood damage in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois and Pennsylvania, to name just a few states. Remnants of Ike even caused damage in Canada. So much for hurricanes only being a concern for the coastal states!
Keeping track of hurricanes as they move inland is just as important as tracking hurricanes on the coasts. The NOAA’s National Weather Service can keep you apprised of what might be coming your way. Know the difference between a hurricane watch and a hurricane warning.
Here are some things you as a property owner can do before a catastrophe hits that will help you in the event you need to file an insurance claim for property damage. Keep in mind, this is certainly not all-inclusive, and true preparation will be specific to the event and the property involved.
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