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TALLAHASSEE, FL, October 10, 2013— Hurricane season ends in just a few weeks, but as we saw with Tropical Storm Karen, systems can rapidly develop. These short windows of development leave emergency officials with little time to issue evacuation orders. The Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI) wants to remind homeowners, renters, and businesses to have an evacuation plan in place.
“It’s important to review and update your evacuation checklist to make sure you have everything you need. This will make the evacuation process much easier on you, your family, and your business” said Donovan Brown, PCI’s state government relations counsel. “Even though Karen didn’t make landfall as a named storm, it was definitely a teachable moment for those living along the Gulf Coast. If they weren’t prepared to evacuate before Karen, hopefully they will be prepared to evacuate if a storm should head their way.”
It’s important to monitor local television forecasts and have access to a weather radio so you can have the latest information regarding evacuation procedures and weather updates. As we saw last week with Karen, those updates can change very quickly.
Always make sure the gas tank is full. If there’s an evacuation, you could be stuck in traffic for hours and finding a gas station might be difficult.
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