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When A Hurricane Watch Is Issued: A hurricane can strike anywhere. Would you be prepared?

Even if your community has never experienced a hurricane, there’s always a first time.  While these storms can be frightening and destructive, there are things you can do to keep your family and property safe. At Strickler Insurance, it’s our business to insure your home in the event of weather-related damage—but it’s also our mission to provide you with information and resources that can help you protect your family and your property

Keep track of a storm by staying tuned to local weather.

Be sure to know the difference between a watch and a warning.

WATCH: Hurricane conditions are possible in the specific area of the watch, usually within 36 hours.

WARNING: Hurricane conditions are expected in the specific area of the warning, usually within 24 hours.

What To Do Before A Hurricane Hits:

Prepare an evacuation plan.

• Identify ahead of time how to get out of your area and where you should go.

Assemble a disaster safety kit with the following items:

• First aid kit

• Canned food and can opener

• Bottled water

• Rain gear, sleeping bags and bedding

• Battery-powered radio and flashlight with additional batteries

• Important documents

• Maps

• Stay tuned to NOAA radio or your local TV and radio stations;

• Prepare to evacuate;

• Fuel your vehicle; and,

• Check your safety kit to make sure everything is there and in working order.

When A Hurricane Warning Is Issued:

• Listen to local authorities and NOAA and evacuate if you are told to do so;

• If you are not told to evacuate, stay indoors away from windows;

• Be alert; and

• Stay away from flood water—if a road is flooded, turn around and find another route.

After A Storm:

• Listen to local authorities and only go back to your home when allowed to;

• Keep listening to NOAA radio for updates;

• Inspect your home for damage;

• Make sure that if you have a generator, you use it safely; and,

• Do not drink the water unless you are sure it is okay.

If your property has sustained damage, contact us right away to report your claim. Protect your property the best you can from further damage.

Early preparation will go a long way to help you before, during and after a storm. Don’t ignore the risk of a hurricane just because there hasn’t been one in your area recently. Please take precautions and stay safe.

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