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The Atlantic Hurricane Season begins June 1 and ends November 30, but severe storms and weather events can happen any time of year. It’s important to have a severe weather plan in place, as well as the insurance you need to protect your home, vehicle and business.
Our local insurance agencies all have emergency plans designed to serve you even if we are relocated. Your Correll agent will be able to handle your calls and questions at any time. Check your local agency’s website or Facebook page for regular updates.
Follow these steps to ensure you and your family are prepared and safe before and during a severe weather event.
There is no substitute for knowing what you are going to do if you suddenly have to leave your home or if an evacuation is ordered. Consider the following:
Most experts say to plan for a minimum of three days away. This will vary based on the severity of the storm and the amount of damage to your area. Take clothes, medicine, phones and chargers, and a list of key contacts and their phone numbers. This site has a useful checklist of supplies and other items you’ll want to pack: hurricanesafety.org.
The safe time to return will be determined by local and state government officials. Do not return until they notify you. Our agencies will have personnel in the area early trying to assess any damage to our clients.
We realize these are trying times. Make sure to use reasonable care in returning. Keep in mind the danger of downed power lines that may still be active. Also, trees that have fallen or are leaning can shift. If a tree is on your home, keep a safe distance from the damaged area as debris may continue to fall. Make sure drinking water has been determined safe by the local officials.
Always evacuate if you are directed to do so or if you feel it might be unsafe to remain in your home. If you choose to remain in your home, follow these tips to help you and your family stay safe during the storm:
If you aren't sure you have the insurance you need to protect your home and/or business through a severe weather event, please give us a call. We'd love to talk to you and find an insurance solution to fit your needs.