2008-07-18 / Community

Plan Now For Summer Hurricanes

If a hurricane hit where you live, would you be ready?
This is a question that PIANY, Professional Insurance Agents of New
York Inc., is asking residents of Rockaway.
Hurricanes mainly affect coastal areas, but also cause great damage hundreds
of miles inland.
PIANY has gathered a list of steps that could help you protect your home
and property should a hurricane strike:
Videotape the contents of your home.
Put the tape in a safe place.
It could prove invaluable should a disaster of any kind occur.
Cover doors and windows (for example, install shutter coverings)
Check for and repair any loose roof shingles or tiles.
Anchor or remove any unsecured outside objects.
Secure roof trusses.
Make arrangements for pets.
Keep an emergency kit handy as well as food and water, a portable can
opener, clothing, blankets, flashlights, extra batteries, first-aid supplies,
cell phone and a battery operated radio in case you are left without electricity.

Also, PIANY suggests ideas for what to do after a hurricane.
Check on neighbors to see if they are okay.
Treat the injuries you can with the first-aid kit.
Don't touch downed power lines or nearby trees.
Alert your insurance agent or company.
Read your policy and follow the claims procedures.
Photograph damages.
Protect property by making temporary repairs.
Keep receipts of repairs and supplies.
Compile a list of damaged items.
Don't discard anything before the adjuster arrives.

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