The Atlantic hurricane season begins today, June 1st. Florida has been incredibly lucky in the past ten years, as fewer storms and no major hurricanes have made landfall. This calm has allowed Floridians to become complacent with hurricane readiness and storm preparation plans. However, a single storm can have devastating consequences and cause major disruptions, as was the case of hurricane Wilma in 2005, which resulted in $29.3 billion in damage and the single largest power outage in Florida's history when it made landfall, catching residents off-guard and unprepared. Over 97% of affected residents lost electricity and were forced to stand in long lines to obtain basic needs - including water and ice. Our streak of good luck is sure to run out, and when it does, we must be ready to face any weather-related hazards.
Weather service and government agencies are attempting to promote hurricane preparedness and safety awareness via the social media campaign #HurricaneStrong, a new public outreach campaign formed through a collaboration between Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH)®, FEMA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and The Weather Channel. This initiative provides lifesaving information, mitigation information, and risk assessment links used to determine your property's hurricane vulnerabilities in an effort to minimize the threat to your life and property by providing tips to properly secure your home and keep your family safe and protected.
Taking the appropriate actions before and during a hurricane will increase your chances of survival and minimize devastation to your community:
- Prepare a family evacuation plan. Know your evacuation zone and plan alternate routes to safety in case roads are blocked.
- Be sure your homeowners' insurance is up to date - with the right coverage - and purchase a flood policy if you are in or near a flood zone. Keep in mind there is a mandatory 30 day waiting period before a new flood insurance policy can become effective.
- Strengthen your home. Put away or secure outdoor furniture and loose items. Keep trees and shrubs well- trimmed to minimize damage from broken branches. Have hurricane shutters ready and easily accessible.
- Encourage your neighbors to get hurricane ready and offer assistance to those in need.
Be sure to involve small children in all hurricane and storm preparations, as this can be a scary time for them. At #HurricaneStrong Kids
they can learn about storms through an interactive mock-hurricane tracker, participate in a mock Hurricane Drill, and other activities. Stay informed with weather alerts, safety tips, and assistance with locating shelters or recovery centers by downloading the FEMA app
on your mobile device. The better prepared
we are, the easier it will be to recover from the aftermath once the storm has passed. Keep in mind, it only takes one storm to cause devastating damage!
Florida Peninsula Insurance Company is one of Florida's top homeowners insurance companies. Our cutting-edge technology combined with old-fashioned values, enables us to provide outstanding customer service and claims processing. Visit the Tips and Tools section on our website for Pre-Hurricane Checklist and additional storm preparation tips. Should catastrophe strike, we have you covered. Click here to report a claim or call our dedicated 24/7 Claims and Water Mitigation Hotlines at (877) 994-8368.
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