The Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI) is remembering the lives lost and those who were significantly impacted by the aftermath of Hurricane Charley nearly 10 years ago this month. As we mark this historic anniversary, PCI reminds homeowners, renters, and business owners that the active part of hurricane season is just beginning. In addition, PCI encourages those living in hurricane prone states to use the anniversary as an opportunity to take necessary steps now to prepare for the remainder of the 2014 storm season.
“Hurricane Charley made landfall as a strong category 4 storm with winds up to 150 mph and it packed a major punch to southwest Florida” said PCI’s counsel for state government relations, Donovan Brown. “I witnessed first-hand how this storm ripped through communities and uprooted thousands of lives. While the state of Florida bounced back even stronger after Charley and the four hurricanes that hit the state in 2004, it’s important to remember that it takes just one storm to cause billions of dollars in damage and alter lives. PCI and its members encourage you to take steps now to stormproof your home and become both financially and physically prepared for severe weather. Although you can count on the insurance industry being there in the aftermath of a storm to help policyholders get back on their feet, we can’t stress enough the importance of advance preparation.”
If you haven’t already done so, PCI recommends you contact your insurance company or agent and review your insurance policies, including your hurricane deductible and coverages. For more Hurricane Preparedness Tips, visit PCI’s Hurricane Headquarters.
Attached is a Hurricane Charley Info-graphic, and PCI’s Donovan Brown is available for interviews.
It Only Takes One: PCI Mitigation Steps to Prepare Your Property
Evaluate your home and other property for vulnerable points. Review building codes. Fortify your windows, doors and roof.
Keep plywood, extra parts for hurricane shutters, and other storm-proofing items on hand.
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 damage
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.