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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
7/1/2020
FOR INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Craig Ey, 410-468-2488 (O)
443-604-9599 (C)

Don’t Wait to Prepare for Hurricane Season

BALTIMORE – The Maryland Insurance Administration (MIA) encourages everyone to prepare for this year’s hurricane season which started  June 1, 2020 in the Atlantic Ocean region.

Few Americans plan how they would get out of town if they’re ordered to evacuate due to a natural disaster. Every year, thousands of people stay behind as hurricanes approach and the floodwaters rise, either unaware of or unwilling to believe they face danger. Here are a few things that people can do now to prepare for the upcoming hurricane season:

CONSIDER PURCHASING FLOOD INSURANCE

Most homeowners insurance policies do not include flood coverage. Check your policy documents to make sure you have the coverage you need. If you don’t have appropriate coverage, you might consider purchasing flood insurance.  Be aware that most flood insurance policies do not take effect until 30 days after purchase.

MAKE A PLAN

Ask someone out of state to be your “family contact” in an emergency. Make sure everyone in your family knows the contact’s address and phone number. Contact this person to let them know you are safe. Learn and practice evacuation routes. Have a pre-packed “go bag” ready to take with you when you evacuate. The bag should include essential medications, important documents, a change of clothes and cash.

MAKE A LIST OF SHELTERS

During this time of social distancing, many shelters are closed. Be sure to make a list of those that are open and put them in your “go bag”. Not all shelters are pet friendly, so be sure to check if the shelter takes pets. If necessary, make plans for how you will take care of your pet during an evacuation.

STORE DOCUMENTS IN A SAFE PLACE

Make sure that your important documents, like birth certificates, insurance policies and passports, are stored in a safe, dry place. Keep originals in a safe deposit box if possible.

Special Note: The Maryland Insurance Administration remains fully operational during the COVID-19 emergency. If you would like to file an insurance complaint, please use our online portal: https://enterprise.insurance.maryland.gov/consumer/ConsumerPortalWelcomePage.aspx.
 
About the Maryland Insurance Administration
 
The Maryland Insurance Administration is an independent State agency charged with regulating Maryland’s $28.5 billion insurance industry. For more information about the Insurance Administration, please visit www.insurance.maryland.gov or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MDInsuranceAdmin, Twitter at @MD_Insurance, LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/company/maryland-insurance-administration or Instagram at @marylandinsuranceadmin.
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