WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Hurricane Preparedness Week is your time to prepare for a potential land-falling tropical storm or hurricane.
Officials remind that updating your insurance is an important part of preparing.
A few things you need to know:
- Have an insurance checkup with your agent once a year, well before hurricane season, whether you own or rent.
- Make sure you have flood insurance that must be obtained separately and has a 30-day waiting period to take effect.
- Visit floodsmart.gov to learn about your flood risk and flood insurance options for your area.
- Prepare your home and vehicles according to your specific insurance policies to ensure damages are covered.
- Know where your insurance documents and contact information are located. Take them with you if you need to evacuate.
"Actually one in every four homes that's not in a flood zone floods, so there's a good chance that flooding can occur at your home," said Thomas Murphy State Farm Agent Amanda Bahr. "It's more of a peace of mind to have it. You can pay about a maximum of $450 if you're not in a flood zone for a policy."
For more hurricane safety information, you can visit weather.gov/hurricanesafety.