GEICO Reminds You How to Prepare If Hurricane Irma Takes Aim on Florida and Eastern Seaboard

LAKELAND, Fla., Sept. 6, 2017 – Coming on the heels of Hurricane Harvey, GEICO would like to offer a few reminders on how to prepare for more severe weather. Hurricane Irma could reach Florida and the U.S. Eastern coastline over the weekend, and a little preparation could save you a lot of time and money.

  • Determine your risk – The effects of a storm can reach hundreds of miles inland. Will you need an evacuation plan? Do you have sufficient food and supplies on hand for the family, including medicine and pet supplies?
  • Remove potential hazards –Trim trees and remove dead branches. Pick up debris and loose objects in the yard to minimize flying objects.
  • Follow the directions of your local authorities – Officials will inform you of any evacuation plans or other safety procedures. Check radio, television or other media for emergency information.

If you should get caught in heavy rains:

  • Avoid walking or driving through high water – Six inches of moving water can knock you down, and a foot can sweep your vehicle away according to
  • Reduce your speed – If you need to drive in the rain, reducing your speed reduces the chances of hydroplaning. If you hydroplane, immediately take your foot off the accelerator. A rotating tire has traction, while a sliding one does not.
  • Maintain a safe distance – Increasing the distance you would normally have between the vehicle ahead reduces the chance of a collision.
  • Turn on your headlamps – Simply turning on your headlamps makes you more visible to others.
  • When to abandon the car – recommends that you only abandon your vehicle if the flood water is rising around your vehicle, but is not moving. Then proceed to higher ground.

If you have a loss please report it as quickly as possible, using GEICO Mobile, log in at or call (800) 841-3000 24 hours a day.

Click to learn more about GEICO's Catastrophe Response Team. For a complete hurricane preparation checklist, log onto and additional tips. Should you need to evacuate please click on safe driving in the heavy rain and getting your home Flood-Ready.

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