GEICO's tips on how to prepare before the hail

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 19, 2019 – Dark rolling clouds, high winds and a sudden drop in temperature may be the only warning you will get before a potential hailstorm. Big sweeping weather patterns makes spring a particularly volatile time of year for storms. In 2018, hailstorm activity spiked in May and June, with a reported 2,440 storms across the country.

GEICO wants to remind you that with some early preparation you could minimize the potential damage to your home and vehicles.

GEICO: 5 tips on how to prepare for hail

  • Bring your animals inside.
  • Trim trees and remove dead branches, especially those close to windows and skylights.
  • Pick up debris and loose objects in the yard to minimize flying objects.
  • Listen to your local weather station; often forecasters can predict when hail could be a factor.
  • Put vehicles in garages or under some kind of shelter.

During the storm

  • Simply seek shelter.
  • Stay away from windows and remain indoors.
  • Put as many walls as possible between you and the elements.

Historically, mountainous regions and high plains states are among the highest risk of hailstorms, and they include Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming.

Click the link to learn more about hail, safe driving in the heavy rain and GEICO's Catastrophe Response Team. If you have a loss, please report it as quickly as possible, using GEICO Mobile, log in at GEICO.com 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, LLC. Visit geico.com for a quote or to learn more.