“Monday’s start to the 2009 hurricane season reminds us once again of the value of preparedness on the part of everyone. As Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Craig Fugate said recently in discussing disaster preparedness, ‘It's not just government, it's all of us.’ Adequate preparation is a shared responsibility -- citizens, government agencies and insurers must take the steps necessary and apply lessons learned from previous hurricanes. Insurers prepare year-round for the potential hurricanes that could be impacting policyholders over the next six months, by building both the financial and human claims response resources that are at the heart of our industry. Communities and individuals that invest time and resources in preparing for hurricanes suffer less damage and recover more quickly after a hurricane strikes. Government at all levels, from the local EMS team to FEMA, participate in year-round training for hurricane response.
“Although the official prediction is for a "normal" hurricane season this year with up to 14 tropical storms, including four to seven hurricanes, forming in the waters off the Atlantic, Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico, it will be far from normal if one of those hurricanes strikes your community. That’s why there is no time like the present to remind coastal residents to be prepared. Coastal residents should develop and implement a family disaster plan, take steps to protect their home from damaging wind and rain, and check their insurance coverage. In the event that disaster does strike this hurricane season, property and casualty insurers are fully committed to helping policyholders recover their property and rebuild their lives.”