LAKELAND, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#HurricaneIrma–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
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
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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