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August 25th, 2020 - Storm Preparedness Part 3

 Hurricane Laura is on the way; here are some tips to be prepared. 

 

Things to Have Ready Before the Storm

    • Have your prescriptions filled.
    • Fill your vehicle’s gas tank, check all fluids, and have a spare tank of gas ready. 
    • Get cash from the bank. In case the internet or electronics are down at gas stations, cash is great to have.

 

Know your evacuation plan - Be ready for at least 3 days

    • If you have to evacuate, make sure you know the best route and closest shelter location.   
    • If you decide to stay home, make sure you have/do the following:

 

      • Fuel for generators
      • Extension cords
      • Bottled Water
      • First Aid Kit
      • Secure all outdoor furniture
      • Flashlights with extra batteries
      • Non-perishable food: cereal, fruit cups, jerky, granola bars, canned goods.
      • If you have babies or small children, make sure you have enough food, diapers, and formula, etc.
      • If you have pets, make sure you have their food, doggy pads, calming treats, and anything they might need to survive in a vehicle or small area.
      • Phone and/or other portable devices’ chargers.

 

Create a plan for your family; give each person a duty/list. Creating a checklist for each person keeps them from forgetting something. Check out these helpful links:

 

https://www.ready.gov/ 

https://www.ready.gov/kids  

 Parents Edition & Kids Edition

Children's Emergency Packing games 

 

If you experience loss or damage to your property or vehicle, click the link below for your insurance carrier’s claims contact information.

https://www.bbcoinsurance.com/contact-your-carrier.html

 

Be safe. Be prepared. Help your neighbors.

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August 13th, 2020 - Storm Preparedness Part 2

 

BBCO Insurance and our providers, want to ensure that you are taking the appropriate steps to protect yourself and your loved ones at all times. And to help do so, we’ve created 5 tips to help keep you and your driver’s safe on the road.

Check out our online event Driver’s Playbook, live on Facebook August 15, 2020 for more everyday tips. Click here to register for the event and to be notified before it starts!

 

5 Tips for Driving During A Storm  

    1. Make sure all your vehicles’ equipment is working properly. Check the wipers, lights, high beams, and tires (if possible) before you leave during the storm. If you must drive, also to make sure you have a flashlight in your vehicle. Having a flashlight in your vehicle is good for many reasons but more specifically, in the event of a storm,  in case you need to change your tire or check your engine, you’ll have one conveniently there. 
    2. Check the airflow in your vehicle. Ventilation is key if your windshields begin to fog up, this will help reduce the fog and create a clear window for your vehicle.
    3. Keep your distance from other vehicles. When there’s a storm, not only will your visibility become less clear but so will other driver’s. Keeping at least 5-6 car widths apart, is an extra precaution to avoid any accidents. 
    4. Do not use cruise control while driving. Using cruise control while driving causes your reaction time to an accident or if you begin to hydroplane, to take longer. When driving in a storm, it’s imperative to have the quickest, most efficient reaction time. Also not using cruise control, keeps you in tune to the gas & break flow prior to an event happening.
    5. Avoid heavy braking. Heavy braking can cause your vehicle to slide or hydroplane with the wet roads, which will result in you being unable to have control or even have an accident. 

 

If you have any questions about preparing for severe weather or need assistance, please call our customer service department. If a team member is unavailable to take your call, we will call you back. Please have your name, policy number, and address ready if possible.

 

These tips have been sourced through Driver’s Test. An organization created to provide ample information on driving, driving skills and all things for drivers. 

 

Be safe. Be prepared.

 

Not sure if your auto is covered in one of these scenarios? Talk to your agent for answers. Don’t have an auto insurance policy at all? It never hurts to protect the things you’ve worked hard for and at an affordable cost. Click here to get a quote or schedule a consultation from a BBCO Insurance. 

 

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July 20th, 2020 - Storm Preparedness Part 1

In preparation for this stormy week, BBCO Insurance and our providers, want to ensure that you are taking the appropriate steps to protect yourself and your loved ones. 

 

Preparing for the storm:  

  • Designate an out-of-area contact that your family members can call in case you are separated.
  • Prepare an emergency kit in a waterproof container or bag. Include your insurance documents, other important documents (e.g. birth certificates and vehicle registrations), phone chargers and prescription bottles. Keep this kit with you. 
  • If there is time, board up windows and place sandbags around your property.
  • Check your home for anything that may fly or be moved by the extremely high winds and either secure it or bring it inside.
  • If possible, move any cars, RVs, boats, or other vehicles to a secure area away from weak trees, limbs or areas that could flood. 
  • Due to potential power outages from downed trees and power surges, stock up on clean water, non-perishable food, extra batteries and emergency backup chargers for mobile devices. If you have infant children, remember to include diapers, baby wipes and formula. Don't forget to get food for your pets.
  • Back up any important computer files and move computers above potential flooding areas of your home or office.

If you're forced to evacuate:

  • Turn off breaker boxes prior to evacuating: This will help prevent electrical surges from destroying your appliances. Also, in the event of water infiltration, it prevents shorts that can lead to fires.
  • Never drive through standing water. Underlying currents could carry your vehicle away or trap you in rising flood water. Find an alternate route. Know your evacuation route and follow the direction of your state and local officials.

After the storm:

  • If you need to file a claim, contact your agent to get the phone number and the steps to take.

If you have any questions about preparing for severe weather or need assistance, please call our customer service department. If a team member is unavailable to take your call, we will call you back. Please have your name, policy number, and address ready if possible.

 

 

Be safe. Be prepared.

 

Not sure if your home is covered in one of these scenarios? Talk to your agent for answers. Don’t have a home insurance policy at all? It never hurts to protect the things you’ve worked hard for and at an affordable cost. Click here to get a quote or schedule a consultation from a BBCO Insurance. 

 

https://www.bbcoinsurance.com/blog.html - Make sure to share each blog on your Facebook page, tag us and at the end of October we’ll do a drawing for a FREE give away!

 Stay tuned for more details!

 

 

Click the link for a personalized homeowner’s insurance, auto insurance, life insurance, or commercial insurance proposal.

 

 

 

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