ST. JOHNS, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Floridians should be on alert for the impacts of a tropical depression that the National Hurricane Center said Friday morning could form as soon as this weekend in the eastern Gulf of Mexico and directly impact the state early next week, according to the Insurance Information Institute (Triple-I). The next named Atlantic basin storm will be called Idalia.
The Triple-I offers these preparedness tips for all residents in the path of the storm:
- Review your evacuation plan and, if you have a pet, your pet's evacuation plan
- Make sure your hurricane kit includes a minimum 14-day supply of non-perishable food and drinking water (one gallon per person, per day) for all family members and pets, as well as a two-week supply of medications for everyone in your household
- Write down the name and phone number of your insurer and insurance professional and keep this information either in your wallet or purse
- Purchase emergency supplies, such as batteries and flashlights
- Fully charge your cell phones so you can receive weather alerts
- Prepare your yard by removing all outdoor furniture, lawn items, planters and other materials that could become airborne due to high winds
- Fill your car's gasoline tank
Damage caused by hurricanes and tropical storms are covered under different insurance policies, according to the Triple-I.
Property damage to a home, a renter’s possessions, and a business – resulting from a flood – is covered under a FEMA National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) policy or a private flood insurance policy, if the homeowner, renter or business has purchased one.
Private-passenger vehicles damaged or destroyed by either wind or flooding are covered under the optional comprehensive portion of an auto insurance policy. Nearly 80 percent of U.S. drivers choose to purchase comprehensive coverage.
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