For Immediate Release: June 1, 2016

5 Things You Can Do Now to Prepare for Hurricane Season

Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin offers insurance tips for North Carolinians

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin wants to remind all North Carolinians to be prepared for the 2016 hurricane season, which begins June 1 and ends Nov. 30.

“Fortunately there has been little hurricane activity in North Carolina for the past few years, but now is not the time to lower your guard,” Goodwin said. “I encourage everyone to take simple steps now to be better prepared for severe weather.”

Here are five things that will help you prepare:

  1. Make sure you have adequate insurance coverage. Know exactly what your insurance policy does and does not cover. Homeowners policies do not cover flooding; you can only purchase flood insurance through the National Flood Insurance Program. However, there is typically a 30-day waiting period before flood policies take effect, so don't wait until a storm is approaching to purchase coverage. If you live in a rental property, your landlord's insurance only covers the building. None of your personal belongings are insured unless you purchase your own renter's policy.
  2. Compile important documents. Gather important paperwork, including insurance policies, medical records, prescriptions, etc. Be prepared to bring copies with you if you evacuate your home.
  3. Create a home inventory. Go room to room in your home and write down the brand name, description, estimated value and date of purchase of items in your home. It is also helpful to compile receipts, appraisal documents and serial numbers. Take videos or photographs of your belongings. Store your home inventory and related documents in a safe, easily-accessible place online, on your smartphone, on your computer or in a fire-proof box or safe deposit box.
  4. Identify potential hazards around your home. Hanging tree branches, loose shingles, patio furniture and other outdoor objects can cause damage or injuries in a storm. Make repairs or secure large objects to reduce the threat.
  5. Review contact information. Make sure you have up-to-date contact information for your insurance agent and insurance company, and make sure they have accurate contact information to reach you.

Learn more about preparing for a hurricane or disaster at www.nchurriclaims.com or by calling the N.C. Department of Insurance at 855-408-1212.

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