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:

  1. Keep your gas tank filled—If you need to evacuate, you want enough gas to get out of town.
  2. Park your vehicle on higher ground—Avoid any low lying areas if you can.
  3. Protect your car in a garage or parking shelter.
  4. 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.
  5. Have an evacuation plan—Identify shelters and discuss how you will communicate with your family if you are separated.

For a complete hurricane preparation checklist, log onto GEICO More and additional tips. Should you need to evacuate, please click on safe driving in the heavy rain and getting your home Flood-Ready.

If you have a loss, please report it as quickly as possible. To speed up your claims process use GEICO Mobile, log in at or call (800) 841-3000 24 hours a day.

GEICO (Government Employees Insurance Company), the second-largest auto insurer in the U.S., was founded in 1936 and insures more than 28 million vehicles in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. A member of the Berkshire Hathaway family of companies, GEICO employs more than 43,000 associates countrywide. GEICO constantly strives to make lives better by protecting people against unexpected events while saving them money and providing an outstanding customer experience. Along with personal auto insurance, commercial auto and personal umbrella coverages are also available. Homeowners, renters, condo, flood, identity theft, term life, and more coverages are written through non-affiliated insurance companies and are secured through the GEICO Insurance Agency, Inc. Visit for a quote or to learn more.