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Hurricane Preparedness: Develop an Evacuation Plan
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Hurricane Preparedness: Develop an Evacuation Plan

Do you know if you live in a hurricane evacuation zone?

Knowing this information beforehand can help you when a hurricane or tropical storm approaches.

Check now

Visit the Florida Disaster Map Hurricane Evacuation Zone Locator and see if your home or business lies in an evacuation zone!

Voluntary vs. Mandatory Evacuations

Technically, the government cannot force people to leave their homes… even when a hurricane is approaching the coast. As a hurricane approaches, you will hear the terms “voluntary” and “mandatory” evacuations… so what does that really mean?

When officials say “voluntary evacuation” that means the governor of Florida has not issued an official evacuation order. So why do they urge “voluntary evacuations” when the governor hasn’t made an official declaration? Because local and state authorities are trying to cut down on panic and traffic congestion for when the actual decree is given.

When the term “mandatory evacuation” is thrown out, that means the governor has officially released an evacuation order. Local services such as police and 911 will still be available, however only emergency personnel will respond depending on conditions and how many requests for help are being received. As you can surmise, waiting until you need the help of local authorities is not advisable. Anyone with health issues or disabilities needs to evacuate when orders are given or ahead of the storm to assure proper (and timely) attention is given.

WHEN IT COMES TO DEALING WITH DISASTERS…

We have 40 years experience and have seen it all. We put together this guide to help you serve your policyholders the best you can. We want you to be successful.  Reach us 772-567-4435 anytime of the day or night.

Hurricane Preparedness: Get a Disaster Plan
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Hurricane Preparedness: Get a Disaster Plan

Being prepared for a tropical storm or hurricane will help with the stress of preparing for a hurricane.

You never know where and what you will be doing when that tropical storm warning comes about. You could be coming back from vacation, a business trip or out of town altogether.

Ask these 4 questions of your employees and family members to start putting together your disaster plan:

How will you receive emergency alerts and warnings?

  • Do you have a weather radio? If not, now is the time to get one.
  • Have you subscribed to Weather Emergency Alerts from your local news? 

What is your shelter plan?

  • Identify safe places in your home to weather the storm. Make sure your safe place is:
    • Area with no windows or doors
    • Stocked with emergency supplies
    • Access to food & water

What is Your Evacuation Route?

  • Leave early enough to not be caught in traffic
  • If you cannot leave sooner, think about the best ways to get out of Vero Beach that will be the least congested
  • Develop a plan in case you get seperated from your family members
  • Keep extra gas at your home so you are ready to leave without being stuck at the gas pumps
  • Put an emergency kit in your car
  • Have a plan to evacuate family members that are disabled

What is your communication plan?

Download This Template

FEMA has developed an easy-to-use template to put together your family emergency commmunication plan.

WHEN IT COMES TO DEALING WITH DISASTERS…

We have 40 years experience and have seen it all. We put together this guide to help you serve your policyholders the best you can. We want you to be successful.  Reach us 772-567-4435 anytime of the day or night.

Hurricane Preparedness: Assemble Disaster Supplies
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Hurricane Preparedness: Assemble Disaster Supplies

Beat the rush: Get your supplies now

Waiting until a hurricane has got our area in its sights is a bad time to be thinking about hurricane supplies. People panic and store shelves become empty within a few hours of the news stations proclaiming we are under a tropical storm/hurricane warning or watch. Gas stations get pumped dry and lumber for boarding up homes become scarce. Gather all these things now so you can be ready when a storm hits!

What to include in your supplies preparation:

(Source: Ready.gov)

  • Water – 1 gallon per day/per person
  • Food – three-day supply of nonperishable food
  • Can opener (if your kit contains canned food)
  • Weather radio – hand crank or battery-powered
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • First-aid kit
  • Whistle
  • Dust mask, plastic sheeting, duct tape
  • Moist towelettes, baggies with ties
  • Wrench or pliers
  • Local maps

Additional Items to Consider:

  • Prescription medications
  • Eye glasses
  • Infant formula
  • Diapers
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  • Sleeping bag/blanket
  • Change of clothing
  • Important family documents in a waterproof container
  • Cash, traveler’s checks and change
  • Matches in waterproof container
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Bleach
  • Books, puzzles or other activities for children
  • Extra food and water for pets
After you assemble your kit...
  • Store your emergency supplies in a cool, dry place
  • Make sure all family knows where the supply kit is
  • Pay attention to expiration dates
  • Make a supply kit not only for your home, but for your car & workplace

WHEN IT COMES TO DEALING WITH DISASTERS...

We have 40 years experience and have seen it all. We put together this guide to help you serve your policyholders the best you can. We want you to be successful.  Reach us 772-567-4435 anytime of the day or night.

Hurricane Preparedness: Get An Insurance Checkup
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Hurricane Preparedness: Get An Insurance Checkup

Did your policyholders know standard insurance policies do not cover flooding?

It takes 30 days for a new policy to be issued!

During this time right before hurricane season starts (it begins June 1st), you should be doing policy check-ups with your policyholders. 

Just a few things to evaluate:

  • Has the home increased in value?
  • Have any new contents that have been acquired since the last check up covered?
  • Have any new types of property (renter, vehicle or business) been acquired that will need coverage?

Arm your policyholders with:

  • An inventory the home or business
  • Recommendations to keep important documents & records in a safe place
  • Make insurance policy numbers & contact information handy
fema has developed a great resource

Share the below document with your insured’s to make sure they are properly prepared for the upcoming hurricane season!

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May is Hurricane Preparedness Month

Hurricane season starts june 1st

Forecasters are calling for anywhere between 14-18 named storms this 2018 hurricane season. Of those named hurricanes, 7 of those are supposed to become hurricanes!

Follow these hurricane preparation tips (and share with your friends!):
get an insurance checkup

Get an Insurance Checkup

Before a storm hits, make sure you know your insurance coverage limits and what it includes. See what you should look for.

Assemble Disaster Supplies

Assemble Disaster Supplies

Once a storm hits, all food supplies & water quickly disappear! Get your non-perishable foods and water ready now. See what you need to include on the list.

Complete a written plan

Get a Disaster plan

Make sure your plan is easily accessible and that all interested parties know what it is and have access! Get your template now

Develop an Evacuation Plan

how will you evacuate?

Knowing the highways and freeways will be clogged once a potential hurricane landfall is announced... what is your evacuation plan? Get local tips

Determine Your Risk

determine your risk

What is your home or property most at risk for? Learn how to find out

Strengthen Your Home

now is the time for home projects

Instead of waiting until the hurricane has Indian River County in its sights, get your home repairs done now! See the suggested property evaluation & repair list.

Help Your Neighbor

give back

Are you aware of any disabled neighbors or community members that might need help preparing? Doing the work now is better than waiting until the impending landfall of a hurricane. See how to get involved.

when it comes to dealing with disasters...

We have 40 years experience and have seen it all. We put together this guide to help you serve your policyholders the best you can. We want you to be successful.  Reach us 772-567-4435 anytime of the day or night.