If you live in Virginia, then you’re probably no stranger to hurricanes and other tropical storms. High winds and driving rain are the two most common sources of damage during windstorms, hurricanes, and tornadoes. Here’s a quick guide on how to protect your property when a storm threatens your area.
Before the storm
- Secure any objects outside your house that may become flying debris in heavy winds.
- Watch or listen to local weather reports for updates, evacuation orders, and shelter information. Evacuate as early as possible, especially if your area is flood-prone.
- If you stay in your house during the storm, find a sheltered area away from doors, windows, and any glass items.
- Move your family emergency kit to an accessible area of your home and educate all family members about what’s inside.
- Place any valuables, jewelry, and essential documents in a safe location.
- Lower levels will flood first and cause extensive damages. If possible, relocate personal belongings and valuables to higher levels.
After the storm
Once it’s safe to do so, assess any damage to your home. If a storm has damaged the outside of your home or exposed any part of the interior, take any necessary steps to protect it from more damage. This may mean making temporary repairs until a professional can help.
Don’t forget, your safety is most important. Do not attempt potentially dangerous repairs.
Filing a claim
Hopefully, it doesn’t come to this but if it does, we are here to help. Our Claims Advocacy department is just a phone call away. For more information on how to file a claim, visit our Claims page.