Hurricane Preparedness Week: Get an insurance checkup

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It’s Hurricane Preparedness Week and 9 On Your Side is working to keep you safe. 

We have the information you need to know to protect yourself and your family. 

First Alert Meteorologist Alyssa Pejic talks about an important step for staying weather ready.

Hurricane season officially starts on June 1, so you have plenty of time to prepare and this week gives you the steps to do so.

When a hurricane strikes a coastal area such as eastern North Carolina it brings many hazards including heavy rains, high winds, storm surge, and tornadoes.

Protect your belongings by getting an insurance checkup.

During Florence, heavy rain and storm surge caused flooding not only by the coast but for inland areas as well because all of the water was being pushed into the rivers which then flooded towns.

When a hurricane does strike you do have enough time to get out of harm’s way.

But when it comes to your home and belongings, that is a different story.

Check with an insurance agent well before the season starts to better prepare your home and vehicles according to your policy.

“What we have witnessed through the hurricane events that we help people recover through if you do have flood insurance your recovery period is a lot shorter and in turn your getting your life back to normal a lot quicker,” said James Rhodes, Planning and Development Director of Pitt County.

He also told Alyssa Pejic that it is good to know if you are in the 100-year flood plain and you can find out by calling your city.

If you are planning on getting flood insurance, it requires a 30-day waiting period.

By checking up on your homeowners insurance early you will not only save time and money but peace of mind.
 

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