GEICO asks: Were Florida drivers REALLY prepared for Hurricane Irma last year?
LAKELAND, Fla., Aug. 18, 2018 – Every year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration tracks over a dozen hurricanes nearing the U.S., but if you live on the coast, it only takes one to disrupt your life.
The 2018 hurricane season seems benign so far, but GEICO—after handling over 20,000 Florida auto loss claims from Hurricane Irma last year—thinks residents in Florida can never be too prepared.
Remember this? Last year Florida issued evacuation orders for 5.6 million residents because of Hurricane Irma; roughly four in 10 gas stations ran out of fuel; and about 65 percent of the state lost power.
With that in mind, here are some recommendations from GEICO:
- Keep your gas tank filled—If you need to evacuate, you want enough gas to get out of town.
- Park your vehicle on higher ground—Avoid any low lying areas if you can.
- Protect your car in a garage or parking shelter.
- Build a disaster kit—Include three days of water, medications, toiletries, cash and charging cables. Add food if and when needed. Don't forget pet supplies.
- Have an evacuation plan—Identify shelters and discuss how you will communicate with your family if you are separated.
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