Severe Weather Information

The thought of severe weather may bring fear and uncertainty to mind. It is our hope that these resources will help you stay informed and prepared during these potentially stormy summer months.

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Hurricane Season FAQs

When is Hurricane season?

The Atlantic Hurricane Season officially begins on June 1st and ends on November 30th.

What is the difference between a Hurricane Watch & a Hurricane Warning?

A hurricane watch issued for your part of the coast indicates the possibility that you could experience hurricane conditions within 36 hours. This watch should trigger your family’s disaster plan, and protective measures should be initiated, especially those actions that require extra time such as securing a boat, leaving a barrier island, etc.

A hurricane warning issued for your part of the coast indicates that sustained winds of at least 74 mph are expected within 24 hours or less. Once this warning has been issued, your family should be in the process of completing protective actions and deciding the safest location to be during the storm.

Is there anything I can do to help prepare myself and my family before these disasters strike?

You can create a Family Disaster Plan to lessen the stress in these situations. The simple tips listed below will help you and your family know what to do if a disaster strikes.

  • Discuss the type of hazards that could affect you and your family, i.e. storm surge, flooding and wind.
  • Locate a safe room of the safest areas in your home for each hurricane hazard. In certain circumstances the safest areas may not be your home, but within your community.
  • Determine escape routes from your home and places to meet. These should be measured in tens of miles rather than hundreds of miles.
  • Have an out-of-state friend as a family contact, so all your family members have a single point of contact.
  • Make a plan now for what to do with your pets if you need to evacuate.
  • Post emergency telephone numbers by your phones and make sure your children know how and when to call 911.
  • Check your insurance coverage — flood damage is not usually covered by homeowner’s insurance.
  • Stock non-perishable emergency supplies and a Disaster supply kit.
  • Take First Aid, CPR and disaster preparedness classes.

 24-Hour Claim Reporting Numbers

Atlantic Specialty Lines
800-368-2095

Chubb Insurance
800-252-4670

Donegal
800-877-0600

Encompass
800-588-7400

Fireman’s Fund
888-FIREHAT (888-347-3428)

GMAC
800-468-3446

Hartford
800-327-3636

Progressive
800-776-4737

Safeco
800-332-3226

Selective Insurance
866-455-9969

Selective Flood
877-348-0552

Southern Insurance
800-468-1127

Travelers
800-252-4633

Zurich
800-987-3373