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Hurricane Preparedness

June 1 - September 30 is Hurricane Season Hurricane Preparedness

We encourage you to prepare now for what may turn out to be another active year for storms.

Hurricane Awareness Checklist

Before the Storm

  • MAP OUT escape routes and develop a family strategy for survival.  If you live in a surge or flood prone area, know your evacuation route and evacuate as early as possible.
  • BRACE for hurricanes by reinforcing structures, trimming trees and shrubbery (especially weak branches and trees that could fall on your house), and putting away loose yard items.
  • CLOSE AND LOCK all windows, doors, skylights, and vents to prevent water intrusion.
  • PUT TOGETHER an emergency kit that includes: a three-day supply of drinking water and food you don't have to refrigerate or cook; first aid supplies a portable NOAA weather radio; basic tools; a flashlight; work gloves; fresh batteries; clothing; blankets; baby items; prescription medications; extra car and house keys; extra eyeglasses; credit cards and cash; important documents, including insurance policies.
  • POST emergency telephone numbers by your phones and make sure your children know how and when to call 911.
  • REVIEW your insurance policy to ensure you have adequate protection and appropriate coverages.  Most Homeowners, Farmowners, and Mobile Homeowners insurance policies cover wind damage, but do not cover loss from flooding, a common occurrence with hurricanes.  The only way to protect your home from floods is to purchase flood insurance.  Contact your Rockingham Agent if you are interested in purchasing a flood policy.

During the Storm

  • AVOID using utilities.
  • STAY in your shelter

After the Storm

  • MAKE reasonable and necessary emergency repairs to roof, siding, windows, etc..., as needed to protect property from further damage.  Secure loose shingles, roof decking, and siding.
  • BOARD WINDOWS if blown out.  Cover damaged area with tarp.
  • SEPARATE damaged property from undamaged property
  • MOVE valuable paintings and art objects to a safe place.
  • DON'T dispose of damaged property.
  • DON'T leave wet fabrics in place; dry them as soon as possible.
  • DON'T use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • DON'T use TVs or other appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors, especially not on wet concrete floors.
  • DON'T plug in, use, or test any electrical appliance that has been damaged by water until it has completely dried out. 
  • CALL US and report any losses you have incurred at 800-662-5246.

If an independent repair service is utilized:

  • VERIFY they are licensed and insured and ask about the cost.
  • REQUEST a breakdown of the bill for services separated by individual material cost and labor cost.

To track storms or for more information on hurricanes visit the National Hurricane Center.  View our hurricane mailer.