N.C. Residents Urged to Exercise Caution in Aftermath of Hurricanes; Atlantic Basin Forecast Released

April 27, 2004

Hurricane Isabel was directly or indirectly responsible for 50 deaths nationwide and caused an estimated $170 million of property damage in North Carolina last September. Experts predict 14 named storms and eight hurricanes in the Atlantic basin for 2004. Now is the time for North Carolinians to prepare for what may be an above-average hurricane season.

In recognition of May as Consumer Product Safety Month in North Carolina, Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) and the North Carolina Department of Insurance (NCDOI) are teaming up to offer residents of the Tar Heel state some valuable tips throughout the month.

“With hurricane season beginning June 1, now is the time to review your insurance policies and speak to your agent about the proper coverage you’ll need in the event of a disaster,” urged Insurance Commissioner Jim Long. “Take inventory of your belongings by making a list and photographing or videotaping your valuables. Also remember that your traditional homeowners policy does not cover flood damage. Residents should consider purchasing a flood insurance policy separately.”

According to John Drengenberg, UL’s manager of Consumer Affairs, much of the public safety information disseminated during hurricane season focuses on storm preparation and survival. “However, once the storm has passed, people should not let down their guard and assume there are no other potential hazards to contend with,” he cautioned.

Learn more about proper hurricane coverage at www.ncdoi.com.

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