GEICO urges policyholders to take precautions against Hurricane Arthur

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va., July 3, 2014 – Strengthening as it moves up the East Coast, Hurricane Arthur is threatening North Carolina and Virginia with high winds, heavy rainfall and storm surge. With the worst weather expected on the Fourth of July, GEICO urges residents and holiday visitors along the coast to pay close attention to and follow local official instructions.

Joe Thomas, regional vice president in GEICO's Virginia Beach office, urges policyholders to take the necessary steps to protect themselves and their families.

"At GEICO, safety is our biggest concern," says Thomas. "We recommend monitoring local weather and law enforcement information to stay informed and safe over the holiday weekend, and, as always, GEICO's claims adjusters are ready to serve our customers."

For those looking to get prepared before the storm hits, features severe weather safe driving tips as well as links to trusted weather and disaster preparedness resources.

GEICO policyholders can log onto GEICO's Claims Center, call (800) 841-3000 or use the new GEICO Mobile app to report a claim 24 hours a day. Commercial vehicle policy holders can file a claim by calling (866) 509-9444.

GEICO (Government Employees Insurance Company) is a member of the Berkshire Hathaway family of companies and is the second-largest private passenger auto insurance company in the United States. GEICO, which was founded in 1936, provides millions of auto insurance quotes to U.S. drivers annually. The company is pleased to serve more than 15 million private passenger customers, insuring more than 24 million vehicles (auto & cycle).

Using GEICO's online service center, policyholders can purchase policies, make policy changes, report claims and print insurance ID cards. Policyholders can also connect to GEICO through the GEICO App, reach a representative over the phone or visit a GEICO local agent.

GEICO also provides insurance quotes on motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), boats, travel trailers and motorhomes (RVs). Coverage for life, homes and apartments is written by non-affiliated insurance companies and is secured through the GEICO Insurance Agency, Inc. Commercial auto insurance and personal umbrella protection are also available.

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