Jun 1, 2017
LOS ANGELES, June 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The Atlantic hurricane forecast recently announced by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) should serve as a warning to residents along the Eastern Seaboard and Gulf of Mexico. The prediction is for an "above-normal" hurricane season with 11 to 17 named storms in the Atlantic basin, up to nine of which could become hurricanes with four major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5). Mercury Insurance (NYSE: MCY) is urging Americans to take precautions and prepare themselves, their families and property in advance of the Atlantic hurricane season (June 1 until November 30).
"Now is the time for residents on the East Coast and Gulf of Mexico to make a plan and begin preparations before a tropical storm or hurricane threatens residents and properties," says Randy Petro, Mercury's chief claims officer. "Discuss with your family where to go, what to pack and how to get your home ready to weather the storm. This way, you'll be prepared if a hurricane is heading your way and officials instruct you to evacuate. You should also know how to get alerts about the status of these storms."
Here are a few things you can do to prepare for a hurricane.
"Homeowners insurance doesn't usually cover weather-related flooding, but flood insurance is available through the National Flood Insurance Program. If you live in a high-risk area, consider purchasing a policy," adds Petro. "If your vehicle is damaged in a hurricane, it may be covered by your auto insurance policy if you carry comprehensive coverage, but it's best to make sure. Your local Mercury Insurance agent is able to help verify what is and is not covered in the event you're affected by a hurricane."
Petro also advises policyholders to follow a few simple procedures to help speed up claims if your home or vehicle is impacted by a hurricane.
When filing a claim
Steps after filing a claim
Visit Mercury's blog to learn more tips to protect your home and family.
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