Assisting Your Clients Through Hurricane Season

2020 is shaping up to be an intense hurricane season, as NOAA predicted earlier in the year. As of late August, four Atlantic hurricanes have made landfall in the U.S. Hurricane Laura struck near the Louisiana-Texas border as a Category 4 hurricane in the early morning hours of August 27, with 150 mph winds and storm surges as high as 20 feet. It was the largest hurricane to hit the region in decades, and there are still three months left of the hurricane season.

Help Alleviate Client Uncertainty

At this time, your clients may be understandably nervous about what hurricane season might mean for them. Any time a significant hurricane strikes, and the damages are revealed, people who live and own businesses in a storm zone grow increasingly concerned about whether they are prepared should the same thing happen to them. You can alleviate some of this uncertainty with your clients by sharing a few important steps they can take to make themselves ready.

  1. Ensure adequate protection: Many people believe that the insurance coverage they have protects them from any natural disaster, though hurricanes are a special case. Make sure your clients have the appropriate disaster protection for hurricanes and flooding.
  2. Develop an emergency plan: Being prepared for a hurricane requires evacuation planning and preparing an emergency kit. As a storm like Hurricane Laura demonstrates, your clients do not need to live in an official flood zone for a major storm to pose a life-threatening hazard.
  3. Prepare structures for the storm: Ensure your clients are aware of the steps they can take to protect their property from hurricane damage. Many storms are not so strong that structures cannot withstand the wind’s force if measures are taken to secure windows, doors, and loose outdoor equipment.
  4. Plan for what happens after the storm: People should know what to do after a storm passes before one ever hits home. Provide your clients with information on FEMA, as well as how best to contact you and when. Help them devise a list of post-storm assessments, cleanup, and communication tasks.

Hurricane season is long, and it feels even longer when a season is as busy as 2020 is turning out to be. You play an essential role in helping your clients get through the months ahead. Lending your expertise to guide them through the preparatory process can alleviate some of the anxiety and fears they may be currently experiencing.

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