Tropical Storm Nicole is on track to strengthen into a Category 1 before it hits Florida on Thursday, November 9, and will be the first hurricane to hit in November in nearly 40 years.
For our clients and colleagues in its path, please ensure that you adequately prepare for any impacts from Hurricane Nicole. We encourage you to track the storm’s latest location and keep up to date by following The Weather Channel.
In addition, below is a reminder of some basic precautionary measures you and your family can take:
- Make sure your mobile devices (phone, iPad, hot spot, etc.) and backup battery packs are fully charged. Make sure that you grab the charging cables as well if you are evacuating in preparation.
- Know your evacuation route. Cities at risk of a hurricane have emergency evacuation plans that take members of the community to the safest inland town. Ensure you and your family members know how to get to the appropriate route and take note of alternate routes that may be available if storm debris prevents you from getting to the evacuation highway safely.
- Protect your home from wind and debris. Move all plants, outdoor furniture, and any other free-standing items indoors to a garage or basement.
- Move vehicles to higher ground. If you need to evacuate, move left-behind vehicles to higher ground or a parking garage if you have access, not under trees or power lines.
- Gather important documents in one place. Store important documents, such as legal papers, birth certificates, marriage licenses, financial papers, and insurance policy information, in a waterproof, portable safe that is easy to transport in an evacuation.
- Refill your prescriptions. You can refill prescription medications in advance for at least a 30-day supply if you live in a county under a hurricane warning by the NWS, under a State of Emergency issued by the Governor, or one with an activated emergency operations center.
- Don’t forget tornadoes. Tornadoes can be a hurricane threat, especially if you live inland. Read over what to do in a tornado to prepare for the fast-forming and unpredictable storms.
We hope this overview proves helpful–and that you and your family remain safe and sound amid the storm. But if you do you need help with a claim or have any questions after the storm hits, do not hesitate to reach out. We’re here to help.