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Get Ready for Peak Hurricane Season

The 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season has already broken records, and peak season activity is just getting started. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecasts this could be one of the most active seasons on record. The rapid intensification of Hurricane Laura, which went from a Category 1 to a high-end Category 4 storm in 24 hours, underscores the importance of being prepared before a storm is on the radar.

Residents in hurricane-prone areas, especially in coastal communities, should ensure they are financially prepared for peak hurricane season by conducting an insurance check-up, making a home inventory, and evaluating their need for flood insurance. As tropical storms and hurricanes grow stronger and bring increased amounts of rainfall, flooding can occur even if your home is located outside a designated flood-risk zone.

Coastal residents who do not live in mandatory evacuation zones will have new factors to weigh related to COVID-19 when considering if they can safely ride out a storm at home. This puts a renewed emphasis on making homes stronger and more resilient against storms this season. While residents should always follow the directions of state and local officials if told to evacuate, it will be important to identify safe destinations in advance of an evacuation order.

APCIA has a wide range of resources available to help homeowners and businesses prepare for and recover from hurricane season.

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