AUSTIN, Texas-Residents in hurricane-prone states are not taking necessary steps to protect their property this hurricane season despite the severity of last year’s storms, according to a new poll conducted online by SurveyMonkey on behalf of the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI). The poll found 56% of residents across Texas, North Carolina, Louisiana, and Florida have not taken any precautions this year in advance of hurricane season.
Only 35% said that last year’s storms prompted them to take any precautions this year.
“Last year’s storms should have served as a wake-up call for residents in hurricane-prone states to take the necessary precautions to protect their property and their family,” said Joe Woods, vice president, state government relations for PCI. “Unfortunately, far too many homes remain underinsured, residents are unfamiliar with evacuation plans, and contractor fraud and abuse is far too prevalent.”
The poll also found that only half of the residents are familiar with their local municipality, county, orstate evacuation plan and less than half (48%) have developed an emergency plan and shared it with their household.
Furthermore, the poll found that 55% in hurricane-prone states do not have an emergency bag, which includes necessities such as medication, non-perishable food, and water. Even among those whose homes were damaged by last year’s storms, only 53% have this bag prepared.
And nearly two-thirds (63%) of all residents have not conducted a home inventory in the event that property and/or possessions are destroyed, damaged, or lost in a disaster. That number drops only slightly (52%) among those whose homes were damaged last year.
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CONTRACTOR FRAUD & ABUSE
Following a severe storm it is common for crooked contractors to try and take advantage of consumers needing repairs, according to PCI. These contractors make false promises, take full payment upfront and never finish the work or even create damage where none existed.
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