GEICO urges Florida and Gulf Coast residents to get hurricane-ready

LAKELAND, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–According to the National
Weather Service
, Florida experiences the highest frequency of
thunderstorms in the U.S., averaging from 80 to 100 storms annually.
Luckily, these storms don’t always transform into a hurricane. With that
in mind, GEICO is recommending that residents in storm-prone areas
double-check their level of preparedness and get their action plan in
place.

Here’s how to prepare now:

  • Load up your emergency kit. This will all come in handy: a three-day
    supply of drinking water (one gallon per person) and non-perishable
    food, an emergency contact list, flashlights, essential medicines,
    sleeping bags and a first aid kit. Don’t forget to include a
    battery-powered weather radio, a portable cell phone charger and
    copies of important documents.
  • Create an emergency communications plan for your household. You can
    use Ready.gov
    as a good resource. Designate a safe location in your house for the
    household to gather during the storm. Also, identify familiar places
    outside of your town where family members can go to reunite. Remember
    to have regular household meetings and practice your plan in advance.
  • Find out how your state agencies communicate with the public about
    severe weather, road closures and emergency support. Monitor weather
    updates continuously and pay close attention to official emergency
    announcements.
  • Keep small cash bills and coins on hand just in case banks and ATM’s
    are closed for an indefinite period. Build an emergency fund in the
    bank that can help cover insurance deductibles, basic home and vehicle
    repairs, and other necessities.
  • Update your insurance coverage, making sure you have the right type
    and right amount of coverage. Protect your home from flood damage with
    a policy through the National
    Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)
    . Under this program, insurance
    companies issue flood insurance and the federal government administers
    the program.

For more information, visit GEICO’s
Safety Information Center
. GEICO policyholders can report a loss
using the GEICO
mobile app
, GEICO’s
Claims Center
, or calling (800) 841-3000 24 hours a day.

Contacts

GEICO Communications
gcorpcom@geico.com
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