NOAA Projects This Hurricane Season Will Be Severe, Cunningham Financial Group Wants Louisiana to Be Prepared

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With as many as eleven hurricanes predicted this year, preparing homes for the season is imperative for Louisiana residents.

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Warmer than average temperatures are just one of the factors that NOAA contributes to the increased threat this year’s hurricane season poses.

Louisiana is no stranger to hurricane season. Although the official start this year was marked by June 1, the threat of a hurricane is a worry residents will not soon forget. With storms such as Isaac, Rita and Katrina being just a few of many that have brought devastation to the state, preparedness is imperative. This year, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts that hurricane season will be above-average, with as many as eleven hurricanes possible, reports Raycom News Network.

Warmer than average temperatures are just one of the factors that NOAA contributes to the increased threat this year’s hurricane season poses. In Louisiana, federal and state officials are urging residents to be prepared. At the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness, the theme is to “Get a Game Plan”. Residents can download the app in iTunes, or learn more information about severe weather preparedness online.

At Cunningham Insurance, the local insurance agents recall all too well the devastation that major storms have brought to homeowners in Louisiana over the years. This is exactly why they urge residents to prepare now, as storms can hit fast.

Here is what the local agency recommends:
1.    Create an emergency kit: This should include at least three-days of water and food, a change of clothing, a battery powered radio, a first aid kit, a flashlight, batteries, an extra set of car keys and paper and pencil.
2.    Store important family documents in a waterproof container: In the event of flooding, homeowners will want to have on hand important family documents such as birth certificates, social security cards, and homeowners insurance information.
3.    Think of the pets, too: Remember that family pets could be without food, too. Store extra food and water for them, too!

In the unfortunate event that a major storm is predicted, it is important to pay attention to weather updates. Storms can move from minor to severe to major quickly. NOAA predicts that there is a 96% chance that any hurricane of any strength will hit. In the United States, there is a 72% chance that one of those hurricanes will make landfall. This means that the start of hurricane season is the time to prepare. Families are encouraged to talk out an emergency plan and understand where to meet if people are separated when a storm hits.

Once the storm is over, Cunningham Financial Group encourages homeowners to take photos immediately and contact their homeowners insurance carrier if there are any damages. The sooner claims are made, the faster repairs can be made and life can return to normal. Homeowners with questions about their homeowners insurance are encouraged to give the local agents a call today.

About Cunningham Financial Group:

Proudly located in Natchitoches & Mansfield LA, Cunningham Financial Group is the area’s leading local insurance agency; dedicated to serving the insurance needs of Louisiana individuals, families and businesses for over 75 years. As a well established agency, Cunningham Financial Group represents various nationwide insurance carriers, allowing its dedicated agents to effectively compare rates and coverage to ensure clients receive the quality protection they deserve. The agency’s broad network of providers ensures that they can secure superior Louisiana insurance, and the most affordable online insurance quotes, for all coverage needs!

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