What To Do NOW:
• Prepare a personal evacuation plan. Identify several places where you could head for safety.
• Maintain a list of telephone numbers, along with area maps.
• Make trees more wind-resistant by removing diseased and/or damaged limbs and strategically removing branches so wind can blow through.
• Place all important documents including insurance policies, birth and marriage certificates, Social Security card, etc., in an easily accessible folder and/or filing cabinet. You may want to consider scanning documents to store them electronically on a USB drive for easy access and portability.
What To Do As The Hurricane Approaches:
• Listen to NOAA Weather Radio or local radio or TV stations for evacuation instructions.
• Be prepared to take medications, clothing, bedding, bottled water, battery-operated radio and extra batteries.
• Grab your folder/USB drive of important documents. This will help to expedite all loss recovery and financial assistance.
• Install hurricane shutters or purchase precut ½” plywood boards for each window of your home.
What To Do AFTER The Hurricane:
• Keep listening to NOAA Weather Radio or local media for instructions.
• Return home only when local officials say it’s safe to do so.
• Inspect your home for damage.
• Use flashlights in the dark, not candles.
Call your independent State Auto agent to begin the claim process, or call State Auto’s 24-hour claim contact center at (800) 766-1853.
Courtesy of the Insurance Information Institute (http://www.iii.org/)