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Storm preparation: 4 tips to stay safe and minimize damage

Posted by Brittany Ritchey on 10/29/2012 at 10:35 AM

According to CNN.com this morning, about 50 million people, from Virginia to Massachusetts, are expected to feel the effects of Hurricane Sandy. These tips can help you stay safe and minimize damage during and after the storm:

Take shelter in a safe location.
This might require evacuating your home—despite the natural desire to stay behind and protect it. If so, monitor weather and traffic reports to identify your evacuation route, secure your property and head for higher ground. If you can, take all of your vehicles with you. If you can’t, store them indoors or on high ground as close as possible to a sturdy building.

Keep insurance documents with you.
Place your insurance documents, vehicle registration and title in a waterproof bag and keep them with you. Then, take photos of your vehicles; this can help if you have a claim.

Report vehicle damage immediately.
Don't try to start or move a flooded vehicle; you could cause more damage. If you’re a Progressive customer, you can call us to report a claim anytime at 1-800-776-4737. You can also log in to report a claim.

If it’s safe to drive, use caution.
Never drive over a downed electrical line, and avoid low-hanging and fallen power lines and debris. Never travel down a road submerged in water; underlying currents could carry your vehicle away. And if your vehicle stalls in water, immediately abandon it; floodwaters can rise several feet in a matter of minutes.

For more flood safety tips and hurricane safety tips, go to our Vehicle Resources section.

Comments

The tip's given above are really helpful , but the tip given of vehicle damage is something which is really helpful because the number is also given and i would suggest all to read this tips, it will prove to be very helpful whenever a natural calamities will occur.
Posted on 11/1/2012 at 2:54 AM by Dylan Hall
Hi there, In New York state alone, Sandy inflicted about a $30 billion "economic loss," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.
Posted on 12/12/2012 at 11:54 AM by Vlad

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