AIA Emphasizes Preparedness as Part of National PrepareAthon Day

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The American Insurance Association (AIA) is emphasizing the importance of planning and preparedness when it comes to natural disasters as part of America’s PrepareAthon! National Day of Action.

The American Insurance Association (AIA) is emphasizing the importance of planning and preparedness when it comes to natural disasters as part of America’s PrepareAthon! National Day of Action. Organized by the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA), National PrepareAthon Day is committed to encouraging households, communities and businesses to make an emergency preparedness plan for future disasters.

“We cannot emphasize enough the importance of being prepared for several types of weather events,” says Jim Whittle, AIA’s assistant general counsel and chief claims counsel. “Whether it’s a hurricane or tornado, wildfires or harsh winter weather, having a preparedness plan in place is the first step toward a successful recovery.”

Policyholders can start their preparedness planning by doing the following:

Listen to emergency personnel. Always listen to emergency services personnel and remember that safety must always be your first priority.

Take Action. Familiarize yourself with different severe weather hazards and what you do to prepare for them.

Make an emergency communications plan. Using FEMA’s Make a Plan website, create an emergency communications plan to be used in the event of a disaster.

Catastrophe Central Consumer Resources. AIA is providing the following informational fact sheets and links to resources that should be helpful to insurance consumers seeking to protect their home or business from the risk of natural catastrophes. Policyholders will find insurance claim contact information, as well as fact sheets about key insurance coverages and tips on preparing for, and recovering from, natural disasters.

Know your belongings. Create an inventory list of the personal belongings in your home. Don’t forget commonplace items like toys and clothing. If possible, try to photograph or videotape the appropriate items. Use the free Know Your Stuff app to get started.

Check your policy. Using your home inventory, review your insurance coverage annually to make sure you have the right type of policy and correct amount of coverage.

For more information on National PrepareAthon Day, please visit Ready.gov.

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