The Resources You Need in the Event of a Natural Disaster

The Resources You Need in the Event of a Natural Disaster

Do you know what steps you should take and what you would need to have on hand if your property and assets were damaged or destroyed in a disaster, such as a tornado or major flood destroying your home?

Rebuilding lives and repairing or replacing assets after a disaster is stressful and knowing where to start can be a daunting task. Here are some common proactive planning measures that can help ensure you’re prepared should the unexpected happen.

Make a Financial Emergency Kit

For each person in your household, make sure to include all relevant bank account information and financial account contacts. Download any apps to your phone for bills you typically pay online. Store important paper records in a water- and flood-proof safe and use password protection for documents stored on an external flash drive. To stay organized, you can review this kit at the beginning of each new year or around tax time.

Understand your Insurance Policies.

If you own a home or rent, make sure you have adequate coverage for all residences—including second or third homes. Check your insurance policies for all vehicles or watercraft to make sure your policy details meet your family’s needs—including deductibles and asset valuations. Work with your insurance advisor to ensure you understand your policies and that the coverage you have always meets your existing needs.

Keep Important Documents in a Safe, Accessible Place.

After a disaster strikes, you’ll need quick and easy access to certain documents. These can include insurance policies, property records (leases, deeds, mortgages), personal records (birth, marriage, divorce, adoption, or death certificates), passports, social security cards, and health insurance cards. Keep them in a fireproof safe or use a cloud-based storage, like Google docs.

Create a List of Important Phone Numbers.

Keep the phone numbers you may need, but don’t usually have to access frequently, in a safe place online that can be easily accessed in the event of an emergency. Numbers to think about adding include insurance carriers/claims, medical and healthcare professionals, power companies, disaster relief organizations in your area, and family/friends.

Take Pictures or Videos of All Assets.

Use a notebook and camera to assess the condition of each item before disaster strikes. If a disaster occurs, take pictures of these same items—this will help during any potential claims process. Each time you make changes to your assets, like upgrading a home or installing a new pool, for example, take photos and record the upgrades. As you prepare for your renewal each year, make this part of your process.

Identify the Upgrades you Need (Not Want) Before Disaster Strikes.

Do you need a new roof, water sprinkler system, or tankless water heater? Making these types of improvements can help during the underwriting process upon renewal but can also help mitigate the risks in case of disaster. Learn about the building codes in your area so you can keep your home up-to-date and protected.

Consider Flood Insurance (No Matter Where You Live)

FEMA says 90% percent of disasters involve flooding and most consumers are not protected from this common hazard—only 4%.

What to Do Next

To best protect against loss or damage before, during, or after a disaster, work with a trusted insurance advisor. Your advisor can help you understand what you need to do and how best to navigate any potential circumstances—including how to wisely manage the claims process. Our team of private risk management experts is here to help you protect your now and your future.

 

This material has been prepared for informational purposes only. BRP Group, Inc. and its affiliates, do not provide tax, legal or accounting advice. Please consult with your own tax, legal or accounting professionals before engaging in any transaction.

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