Hurricane season is here; are you prepared?

By on July 2, 2013 at 7:52 AM

Posted in: Claims, Safety and Insurance Issues

Hurricane preparedness infographic

With the devastation of Superstorm Sandy last year, we all know that it only takes one major storm to cause serious destruction to homes and businesses. This year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is forecasting an active hurricane season, with the likelihood of 13 to 20 named storms in 2013.

GEICO has outlined several hurricane preparedness tips to help you protect yourself, your loved ones and your property during the hurricane season. For instance, do you have an out-of-town emergency contact? If not, now’s the time to set one up, so they know your whereabouts in case of a storm.

I’ve never experienced a hurricane up close, thank goodness. But thanks to GEICO, I now have some guidance that might help me survive one.

Do you have any other preparedness tips? Please share in the comments below.


8 responses to “Hurricane season is here; are you prepared?

  1. Will Huskey says:

    Keep at least half a tank of gas in your car. Remember the lines for gas after Hurricane Sandy.

  2. Daniel Wengier says:

    Having gone through more then 6 hurricanes in south florida here is my hurricane list
    1 gallon of water per per son and pet per day ( at least seven day supply)
    1 gas powered generator at least 2500 watts to run minimal daily electronic necesities
    at least 4 gallons of gas for generator and veh per day seven day supply
    at least 5 gallons propane to use gas grill to cook and boil water if nec.
    enough canned and preserved food to last 7 day for whole family and pets
    2 flaslights per person with enough replacement batteries to last 7 days
    1 portable air conditioner for use at night that will cool one room that entire family can sleep in

    while this may seem excesive in a major hurricane most roads become impassable and a lot of gas stations and stores do not have eergency power. It may take a week to get your power back and thewse supplies will ensure you do not have to go into dangerous areas to get needed supplies

  3. Michelle says:

    Don’t forget to prepare a hurricane prepareness bag for your pets! 

    Same as humans, they need enough food and water to last seven days (see post above for great guidelines on how much to take).

    If you have to evacuate, be sure to bring the following also:

    Crates/kennels. Dogs don’t necessarily have to travel in them (for the sake of room in your vehicle), but cats would do better traveling in their carrier. (I found that large dog kennels are great for packing supplies in and carrying it in the bed of the truck or lashed to the car roof).

    Muzzles.  No, I don’t like to have them on my dogs either; however pets can be unpredictable during emergencies, especially if you end up staying at an emergency shelter.  Also if you have to depend on public transportation, the drivers will be more willing to allow your animal on if muzzled.

    Extra leashes, collars, blankets or towels, pet beds, toys, litter boxes, litter, Thundershirt(s) and pet meds.

    Leashes for your cats (yes, you read that right).  Essential when you let your kitty out at the hotel or if he/she needs to use the litter box at the shelter. Get a good cat harness and leash at the pet store. Yes, you kitty will hate you forever, but at least you can get ahold of him/her when they hide under the beds or make a run for the hotel door.

    Carry shot records. Keep shots up to date.

    Fabreze. You never know.

    Get your animal microchipped beforehand.

    Moving one or two animals isn’t that big of a deal, but when you have more like, *ahem*, seven, having a plan is imparative.  Be sure large items such as horse trailers are in good working order. 

    If you have to evacuate, never, ever leave your pet at home or worse, leave them outside in the yard. But I’m sure no one here would do that. :D

  4. MR says:

    Get a battery powered recharger for you smart phone and tablet if needed so you can keep in touch with the news.

  5. Samreen M says:

    Yes, we remember the devastation of Super storm Sandy. It was the most destructive hurricane. Good way to make people aware and prepare of the impending danger! Daniel Wengier and Michelle have also made good points. Samreen

  6. Lauren says:

    My family and myself were not prepared for Superstorm Sandy.  Thankfully, our friend around the block had a generator and was able to go over there while we waited over a week for power to come back.  My two cats were having a hard time, trying to curl up next to me to keep warm at night. 

    Learned our lesson, we are in the processing of buying a generator as well as a few gallon cans for the cars and generators. 

    Will be buying lots of batteries and all of the essentials.

    Hopefully, we will never have to go through another Superstorm like we did with Sandy. 

  7. Tamara Sutcliffe says:

    Daniel seemed to cover everything as far as having enough water, to say the least!

    My family and I lived in Florida when Hurricane Andrew hit, we actually moved there a few days prior. We were unable to find any water containers on such short notice, so my parents filled up the sinks and bathtubs with clean tap water. That way, we had water on hand in case we needed it.

    Luckily, we didn’t even lose power, but its one of the few things I remember about preparing for the storm, and could help in case someone needed a last minute suggestion for having water nearby.

  8. cindy southward says:

    What happen to the the GECKO did he brake his tail is he in the hospital if so we need his room number or to know something about him we miss him so let use know so we can send cards come on .                                                Cindy L. Southward