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September 16, 2014

PCI Remembers Hurricane Ivan: Anniversary Highlights Importance of Preparing Your Property

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.-The Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI) is remembering all those impacted by Hurricane Ivan, and stresses the importance of those living in hurricane prone states to stay prepared for the remainder of hurricane season.

Hurricane Ivan slammed into the Gulf Coast 10 years ago causing massive damage with extreme winds of up to 120 mph and historic storm surge. Today, Ivan remains one of the costliest hurricanes to hit the United States causing $8.5 billion dollars in insured losses, and at one point in the Gulf of Mexico was one of the most intense hurricanes on record as measured by the Saffir-Simpson wind scale. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) the powerful winds associated with Hurricane Ivan, which at one point was the approximately the size of Texas, affected more than just the coast and were recorded at well above 74 mph inland, causing damage to homes throughout Alabama and Florida.

“As we look back on this historic day, it’s important to remember the importance of preparing your property not just along the coast but well inland,” said PCI’s State Government Relations Counsel Donovan Brown.

Shortly after Hurricane Ivan hit along the Florida and Alabama coast, PCI intensified efforts to work with legislators in order to implement and enforce tougher statewide building codes in both states that were designed to better withstand hurricane force winds.

“The widespread damage Ivan caused highlighted the need for stronger building codes and the importance of all stakeholders working together to protect the public. Florida lawmakers acted quickly to adopt stringent building standards throughout the state and the state has made great strides in all aspects of code adoption and enforcement, training, certification and licensing requirements for contractors and subcontractors. We hope the anniversary of Ivan will serve to prompt action in Alabama so that residents there can experience the benefits of more damage-resistant buildings, which can save lives as well as lead to fewer and smaller claims. A specific focus on home mitigation and repairing or upgrading roofing to industry standards will go a long way in protecting consumers not just on the coast, but in any part of the state that could be impacted by a catastrophe.”

For more information on how to prepare your property for hurricane check out PCI’s Prepare Your Property Infographic. Follow us on twitter for more hurricane tips @PCIAA #itonlytakesone.

Prepare your home and property for storms

·         Evaluate your home and other property. Review building codes. Fortify your windows, doors and roof.

·         Keep plywood, extra parts for hurricane shutters, and other storm-proofing items on hand.

·         Try to maintain at least a half tank of gas in your car during hurricane season.

PCI is composed of more than 1,000 member companies, representing the broadest cross-section of insurers of any national trade association. PCI members write over $195 billion in annual premium, 39 percent of the nation’s property casualty insurance. Member companies write 46 percent of the U.S. automobile insurance market, 32 percent of the homeowners market, 37 percent of the commercial property and liability market, and 41 percent of the private workers compensation market.