26
Oct

Hurricane Sandy Precautions

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Hurricane Sandy is forecast to bring significant impacts to the U.S. East Coast throughout the weekend and into next week.

American Insurance Services Agency wants to alert our valued clients to be prudent during this time and take all the necessary precautions.

Below is some information that we hope you find helpful.

To prepare for a hurricane, you should take the following measures:

  • You should build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan.
  • Know your surroundings.
  • Learn the elevation level of your property and whether the land is flood-prone. This will help you know how your property will be affected when storm surge or tidal flooding are forecasted.
  • Take video or digital photos of your home, inside and out, and store at a location that is off premise.
  • Learn community hurricane evacuation routes and how to find higher ground. Determine where you would go and how you would get there in the event of an evacuation.
  • Make plans to secure your property,
  • Cover all of your home’s windows. Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection for windows. A second option is to board up windows with 5/8″ marine plywood, cut to fit and ready to install. Tape does not prevent windows from breaking.
  • Install straps or additional clips to securely fasten your roof to the frame structure. This will reduce roof damage.
  • Be sure trees and shrubs around your home are well trimmed so they are more wind resistant.
  • Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts.
  • Reinforce your garage doors; if wind enters a garage it can cause dangerous and expensive structural damage.
  • Plan to bring in all outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans and anything else that is not tied down.
  • Determine how and where to secure your boat.
  • Install a generator for emergencies.
  • If in a high-rise building, be prepared to take shelter on or below the 10th floor.
  • Consider building a safe room.

Here are some links you may find helpful also:

http://www.weather.com

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov

Hurricanes cause heavy rains that can cause extensive flood damage in coastal and inland areas. Everyone is at risk and should consider flood insurance protection. Flood insurance is the only way to financially protect your property or business from flood damage. To learn more about your flooding risk and how to protect yourself and your home or business, contact American Insurance Services Agency.

In the event of a disaster emergency please contact one of our National Network of Fire and Water Damage Clean Up and Restoration Specialists who are Available 24/7

Paul Davis Restoration


1-888-4-PDR-NOW (1-888-473-7669)

 


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