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GEICO Asks: Were Florida Drivers REALLY Prepared for Hurricane Irma Last Year?

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Every year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration tracks
over a dozen hurricanes nearing the U.S., but if you live on the coast,
it only takes one to disrupt your life.

The 2018 hurricane season seems benign so far, but GEICO – after
handling over 20,000 Florida auto loss claims from Hurricane Irma last
year – thinks residents in Florida can never be too prepared.

Remember this? Last year Florida issued evacuation orders for 5.6
million residents because of Hurricane Irma; roughly four in 10 gas
stations ran out of fuel; and about 65 percent of the state lost power.

With that in mind, here are some recommendations from GEICO:

1. Keep your gas tank filled – If you need to evacuate, you want
enough gas to get out of town.

2. Park your vehicle on higher ground – Avoid any low lying areas
if you can.

3. Protect your car in a garage or parking shelter.

4. Build a disaster kit– Include three days of water,
medications, toiletries, cash and charging cables. Add food if and when
needed. Don't forget pet supplies.

5. Have an evacuation plan – Identify shelters and discuss how
you will communicate with your family if you are separated.

For a complete hurricane preparation checklist, log onto GEICOMore.com
and additional tips.
Should you need to evacuate, please click on safe
driving in the heavy rain
and getting
your home Flood-Ready
.

If you have a loss, please report it as quickly as possible. To speed up
your claims process use GEICO
Mobile
, log in at GEICO.com
or call (800) 841-3000 24 hours a day.

GEICO
(Government Employees Insurance Company) is a member of the Berkshire
Hathaway family of companies and is the second-largest private passenger
auto insurance company in the United States. GEICO, which was founded in
1936, provides millions of auto
insurance quotes
to U.S. drivers annually.

Using GEICO's online
service center
, policyholders can purchase policies, on motorcycles,
all-terrain vehicles (ATVs),
boats,
travel trailers and motorhomes (RVs).
Coverage for life, homes and apartments is written by non-affiliated
insurance companies and is secured through the GEICO
Insurance Agency
, Inc. Commercial
auto insurance
and personal umbrella
protection are also available. make policy changes, report claims and
print insurance ID cards.

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