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Few Sandy victims prepared for another major storm, poll finds

Posted On Tue, June 11, 2013

After Superstorm Sandy, one of the most devastating weather events to affect the Northeastern part of the country for some time, many of those affected were sure to review home insurance quotes this year, ensuring that they were getting the best deal so that they could be protected in the event of another environmental catastrophe.

But as a recent survey conducted jointly by the American Red Cross and The Weather Channel indicates, many of these same homeowners have been less than comprehensive with their preparatory measures regarding readying their residences so they're more capable of withstanding heavy wind gusts.

For example, the poll found that just 50 percent of those who experienced some type of damage following Sandy have made an evacuation plan or established meeting places outside of the home that loved ones could congregate at should they become separated in the midst of a hurricane. In addition, only 49 percent of participants said that Sandy was significant enough for them to go out of their way and prepare for hurricane potential like never before.

Richard Reed, senior vice president of disaster cycle services at the Red Cross, indicated that safety officials are "sounding the alarm" as it relates to hurricane readiness.

"The time to prepare is now, whether it's downloading a disaster app, creating your family's evacuation plan or making sure you have extra supplies of medication on hand," said Reed.

Consider downloading safety preparation apps
Multiple organizations have made free mobile applications available to homeowners and renters so that they can avoid issues that may result after a storm. This includes the Red Cross and the Weather Channel.

In addition, the Insurance Information Institute offers a mobile application of its own, called "Know Your Stuff." This tool enables homeowners to inventory their property so that they can clarify when certain belongings were purchased, where they were bought and for how much. This can go a long way toward expediting the insurance claims process should it come to that.

Additionally, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has a comprehensive list of tips and tricks that homeowners should be sure to do in the immediate aftermath of a hurricane, during and perhaps most importantly, before one makes landfall. It also has recommendations for what to do in the event people are at work and and in a high rise building. As a general rule, the lower to the ground people are, the safer they'll be.

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