ICT Urges Texans to Prepare Now for Unpredictable Weather

01/10/2020

Texas is no stranger to damaging weather. In October 2019, nine tornados touching down in the Dallas metroplex caused an estimated $2 billion worth of insured losses and Texas retains the #1 spot as the state with the most hail damage in the nation.

Today, severe weather is predicted across Texas, including hail and tornadoes, and ICT urges the public to prepare to stay safe. This severe weather threat is a reminder that everyone needs to remain vigilant as we can’t always anticipate when or where a disaster might strike.

Before the storm

  • Make a plan; talk with your family about where to go in extreme weather.
  • Prepare an emergency supply kit.
  • Contact your insurance agent or carrier and check your insurance policies. Your auto, homeowners, renters, flood and wind policies are all important to recovery.
  • Charge your phones and fill your car’s gas tank.

 

During the storm

  • A watch means that a tornado is being monitored.
  • A warning means that there’s an immediate threat. Take cover immediately!
  • Get into a basement or identify a small inner room.
  • Stay away from doors, windows and underpasses.

 

After the storm

  • Communicate with family and friends; safely move to a safe place.
  • Assess your damages carefully.
  • Make any immediate repairs that will mitigate damage – and keep your receipts.
  • Don’t sign any contracts and don’t give any monies until repair work is complete.

 

Unfortunately, fraud is prevalent during times of crisis. Don’t be a victim of the weather and a victim of contractor fraud. Be wary of solicitors offering quick fixes and promises to take care of your deductible.

 

The National Weather Service, https://www.fema.gov/mobile-app is a great resource to stay tuned into breaking news and weather updates.

Below is a graphic on What to do After A Loss. You’ll also find more information on Winter Safety at insurancecouncil.org.

For more information on this or other property and casualty insurance related matters, please contact Camille Garcia, Director of Communications & Public Affairs at

512-713-4262.

 

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