Tips to Stay Safe for the Remainder of Hurricane Season from North Carolina’s All About Insurance

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North Carolina insurance agency encourages residents to stay prepared in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

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As the hurricane season comes to a close, the agency is reminding North Carolina homeowners of how they can stay safe in case of an unexpected storm.

As many have experienced and seen, Hurricane Sandy ravaged the East Coast, bringing about unprecedented damages. Although it seems like the storms are dying down, All About Insurance doesn’t want its customers to let their guard down too soon. As the hurricane season comes to a close, the agency is reminding North Carolina homeowners of how they can stay safe in case of an unexpected storm.

Researchers at North Carolina State University predicted an average hurricane season this year, expecting between seven to ten named storms in the Atlantic basin. However, they indicated that four to seven may grow strong enough to become hurricanes, with one to three having the chance to become a major hurricane. All About Insurance encourages residents to realize that although hurricane season usually runs from June 1 through November 30, it is crucial that they are aware of how to stay safe during such dangerous events. Being prepared by listening to the hurricane warning messages and planning ahead can reduce the chances of injury or major property damage.

Before a Hurricane:

  •     Know where local emergency shelters are by contacting the National Disaster Office.
  •     Have disaster supplies on hand, such as flashlights and extra batteries, portable battery-operated radio and extra batteries, a first aid kit, non-perishable (canned food) and water, a non-electric can opener, essential medicines, cash and credit cards, and sturdy shoes.
  •     Protect windows with permanent shutters. A lower-cost approach is to put up plywood panels. Remember to mark which board fits which window. Do this long before the storm.
  •     Trim back branches on trees away from the home and cut down all dead or weak branches.
  •     Families should check into auto insurance and homeowners insurance in NC from All About Insurance by confirming that policies are valid and coverage is appropriate.
  •     Make arrangements for pets and livestock by contacting the local humane society for information on animal shelters.
  •     Develop an emergency communication plan by teaching family members how and when to turn off gas, electricity, and water and who to call for emergency information.

During a Hurricane:

  •     Listen to the radio or television for hurricane progress reports.
  •     Check emergency supplies.
  •     Secure buildings by closing and boarding up windows.
  •     Turn refrigerator and freezer to coldest settings.
  •     Store drinking water in clean jugs and bottles.
  •     If evacuation is required, lock up home and go to the nearest shelter.
  •     Store valuables and personal papers in a waterproof container on the highest level of the house.
  •     Stay inside, away from windows, skylights, and glass doors.
  •     If power is lost, turn off major appliances to reduce power “surge” when electricity is restored.

About All About Insurance:

Established in 1993, All About Insurance started as one office in Chapel Hill, NC and since then has expanded to encompass 10 convenient locations throughout North Carolina. The insurance agency provides personal and business lines of insurance throughout the state and is committed to providing professional insurance services and expertise to clients. All About Insurance is also Nationwide Insurance Company’s largest insurance agency and has been honored by Nationwide each year with its most prestigious award for quality service and production.

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