It is the time of year to prepare for the Atlantic tropical storm season. To help you and/or your business mitigate tropical cyclone risks, Merriam Insurance would like to provide you with access to the following resources which can prove to be invaluable when it comes to preventing significant property losses caused by tropical systems.
- Reduce Hurricane Damage to Homes. An important part of emergency preparedness is knowing how to prepare your home for a hurricane. Use these hurricane safety tips when preparing for a hurricane. Importantly, don’t wait until the last minute to gather all of the emergency essentials on your hurricane supply list.
- Reduce Hurricane Damage to Businesses. Many businesses are not prepared to respond to a man-made or natural disaster. Statistics show that of the businesses that close because of a disaster, at least 1 in 4 never reopens. Small businesses are particularly at risk because typically they only have one location—the one that is damaged or destroyed. That’s why disaster planning is a critical part of every business’ operational objectives.
- Stay Safe After the Storm. Always be careful when entering a damaged building. If there is serious structural damage, contact local officials before entering. Report downed power lines or gas leaks. Keep electricity turned off if the building has been flooded. IBHS provides post-hurricane safety tips, generator safety tips, and insurance claim guidance to help you deal with the aftermath of a hurricane.
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If you would like to learn more about protecting yourself and/or your business against hurricane and tropical storm risks, please contact Merriam Insurance today.
Source: Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS).