WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1, through November 30. GEICO wants to help you prepare for this season by offering the following safety reminders.
Determine your risk – While the brunt of a hurricane’s force often strikes coastal areas, its effects can reach hundreds of miles inland. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Interactive flood information Map can help identify the different flood risks in your community and help determine how best to protect your property.
Create an evacuation plan – Identify a safe place. It doesn’t have to be hours away as long as it’s out of the danger zone. Discuss how you will communicate should you be separated from your family and plan to get in touch with relatives. The Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.) provides a “Know Your Plan” app, to map out the best route to reach your safe location in your area.
Create a home inventory – Make a detailed home inventory and photograph of all your possessions. This will help to substantiate any losses and speed up claims process if needed. I.I.I. features a “Know Your Stuff” mobile app that is free and easy-to-use.
Review insurance coverage – Make sure your homeowners or renters insurance coverage is up-to-date. Have proper coverage for your belongings and confirm flood damage is included in your policy.
Build a disaster kit – A good disaster kit includes a three-day supply of food and water, cash (power outages), blankets, medications, toiletries, batteries and a radio.
Click on to learn more about GEICO’s Catastrophe Response Team, for a complete hurricane preparation checklist, log onto GEICOMore.com and for additional tips. Please click for information on safe driving in the heavy rain and getting your home Flood-Ready. For customers that wish to review policy or get a rate quote log in at GEICO.com or call (800) 841-3000 24 hours a day.
GEICO (Government Employees Insurance Company) is a member of the Berkshire Hathaway family of companies and is the second-largest private passenger auto insurance company in the United States. GEICO, which was founded in 1936, provides millions of auto insurance quotes to U.S. drivers annually. The company is pleased to serve more than 15 million private passenger customers, insuring more than 24 million vehicles (auto & cycle).
Using GEICO’s online service center, policyholders can purchase policies, make policy changes, report claims and print insurance ID cards. Policyholders can also connect to GEICO through the GEICO App, reach a representative over the phone or visit a GEICO local agent.
GEICO also provides insurance quotes on motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), boats, travel trailers and motorhomes (RVs). Coverage for life, homes and apartments is written by non-affiliated insurance companies and is secured through the GEICO Insurance Agency, Inc. Commercial auto insurance and personal umbrella protection are also available.
For more information, go to www.geico.com.