GEICO is ready for Hurricane Michael; are you?
Lakeland, Fla., October 11, 2018 – All categories of hurricanes should be considered severe and be approached with caution. GEICO wants you to know if you need us, we are ready. We have adjusters already in place and more standing by ready to assist. We are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to assist you. Our hope is that during Hurricane Michael, you and those close to you take the necessary precautions to remain safe during the storm.
If your vehicle sustains any wind or water damage, here's how to let us know immediately:
- Report your claim on your mobile device. Download GEICO Mobile.
- Go to our GEICO's online claims center.
- Call 1-800-841-3000.
We'd also like to offer you these reminders:
Before the storm:
Clean up – Pick up any objects that could become airborne during the high winds.
Fill up your vehicle – Getting gas after a hurricane may present problems if the power
Make a supply kit now – Include at least three days of food and water, medications, toiletries, cash, batteries and a radio. (Do not forget animal care supplies.)
Have an evacuation plan – Identify a safe place, and discuss how you will communicate with your family if you are separated.
Evacuation Shelters – Know where evacuation shelters are located in your area.
Follow the directions of local officials – They will provide important information in during such emergencies.
In flooded conditions:
Avoid driving through high water – If you don't see the painted lines, don't drive through. Getting your car stuck in high water is serious. Six inches of moving water can knock you down, and a foot can sweep your vehicle away, according to Ready.gov.
If you are caught in the rain, remember:
Reduce your speed – Slowing down reduces the chances of hydroplaning. If you hydroplane, immediately take your foot off the accelerator and do not apply the brakes abruptly or turn the steering wheel. A rotating tire has traction, while a sliding one does not.
Turn on your headlamps – Simply turning on your headlamps makes you more visible to others.
Maintain a safe distance – Increasing the distance between you and the vehicle ahead reduces the chance of a collision.
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 geico.com for a quote or to learn more.