It’s that time of the year! The wonder, anticipation, and preparedness of Hurricane Season.
Hurricane season begins on June 1st and runs through November 30th. South Carolina is one of the most vulnerable coastal states to be impacted by a tropical storm or hurricane. High winds, tornadoes, and inland flooding are all associated with claims for homeowners after storms have run their course. It’s never too early to prepare according to the South Carolina Emergency Management Division. Here are a few low-cost to no-cost ways for residents to prepare for potential hazards for the 2023 storm season.
Plan – Get the whole family involved to create a plan for evacuation. In that plan, don’t forget to add your pets and important documents.
Know your zone! – Do you know what zone you are in if a mandatory evacuation is called?
How are you receiving weather alerts? – SCEM encourages battery-operated or hand crank weather radios should there be a power outage.
Keep your fuel tank full- It’s much easier to keep your vehicle filled halfway to ensure you have enough fuel to evacuate if needed. Electric vehicle owners, try to keep your battery now lower than 65%.
Review! Review! Review! Make sure you have verified with your insurance agent the current coverage of your home. With the increase in building costs, you do not want to be left underinsured. Your agent can run a replacement cost estimate for your home to ensure you’re covered for storm damage in the event you need to file a claim.
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Hurricanes & Flood Insurance: What Homeowners Should Know (sigsc.com)
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