LAKELAND, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Coming on the heels of Hurricane Harvey, GEICO would like to offer a few reminders on how to prepare for more severe weather. Hurricane Irma could reach Florida and the U.S. Eastern coastline over the weekend, and a little preparation could save you a lot of time and money.
- Determine your risk – The effects of a storm can reach hundreds of miles inland. Will you need an evacuation plan? Do you have sufficient food and supplies on hand for the family, including medicine and pet supplies?
- Remove potential hazards –Trim trees and remove dead branches. Pick up debris and loose objects in the yard to minimize flying objects.
- Follow the directions of your local authorities – Officials will inform you of any evacuation plans or other safety procedures. Check radio, television or other media for emergency information.
If you should get caught in heavy rains:
- Avoid walking or driving through high water – Six inches of moving water can knock you down, and a foot can sweep your vehicle away according to Ready.gov.
- Reduce your speed – If you need to drive in the rain, reducing your speed reduces the chances of hydroplaning. If you hydroplane, immediately take your foot off the accelerator. A rotating tire has traction, while a sliding one does not.
- Maintain a safe distance – Increasing the distance you would normally have between the vehicle ahead reduces the chance of a collision.
- Turn on your headlamps – Simply turning on your head lamps makes you more visible to others.
- When to abandon the car – Ready.gov recommends that you only abandon your vehicle if the flood water is rising around your vehicle, but is not moving. Then proceed to higher ground.
If you have a loss please report it as quickly as possible, using GEICO Mobile, log in at GEICO.com or call (800) 841-3000 24 hours a day.
Click to learn more about GEICO’s Catastrophe Response Team. For a complete hurricane preparation checklist, log onto GEICOMore.com and additional tips. Should you need to evacuate please click on safe driving in the heavy rain and getting your home Flood-Ready.
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