AIA Emphasizes the Importance of Preparedness for 2015 Hurricane Season

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The American Insurance Association (AIA) today emphasized the importance of being prepared for hurricane season, which runs June 1 – November 30. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is predicting the likelihood of six to 11 named storms, three to six of which could become hurricanes.

The American Insurance Association (AIA) today emphasized the importance of being prepared for hurricane season, which runs June 1 – November 30. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is predicting the likelihood of six to 11 named storms, three to six of which could become hurricanes.

“Despite predictions of a quiet hurricane season, we cannot emphasize enough the importance of preparing ahead of the storm,” said Jim Whittle, AIA assistant general counsel and chief claims counsel. “Don’t wait until it’s too late.”    

Policyholders are encouraged to work with their agent or insurer, to ensure that they have the right amount of coverage. Tools such as the Know Your Stuff app can help policyholders create a home inventory of their personal belongings. Additionally, the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Ready.gov includes tips for preparing before the storm, what to do if a storm is in your area and steps to take after the storm.

“From harsh winter weather to flash flooding, we’ve already seen the fury of Mother Nature this year and hurricane season is no different,” says Whittle. “A successful recovery starts with being adequately prepared before the storm. With all natural disasters, we strongly recommend that policyholders practice safety first and listen to the direction of emergency services personal.”

Further resources for hurricane season, including: preparedness guidelines, key insurance coverage tips, insurer claim contact information and additional insurer and government resources may be found on AIA’s Catastrophe Central webpage.

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