Be Aware of Hazards

The first step in being prepared is understanding your surroundings and knowing what to do when disaster strikes. Going through a checklist before bad weather arrives can reduce damage and improve safety.

  1. Inspect the roof, doors, and windows for leaks or cracks
  2. Move important records away from locations that could be damaged by wind or rain
  3. Ensure that all fire protection is usable, and fill fuel tanks for back-up generators
  4. Gather emergency supplies such as lighting equipment, power and hand tools, lumber, nails, roofing paper, sandbags, shovels, tarpaulins, and chainsaws in a safe location
  5. Include medical supplies such as bottled drinking water and non-perishable food

When Danger Strikes 

When a hurricane and/or strong winds take their toll, remember this checklist to keep everything in order.

  1. Contact your emergency response organization and make them aware of damage
  2. Survey for damage among facilities and take pictures. If you find damage, cover broken windows and damaged roofs to prevent further damage
  3. Look for serious safety hazards including live electrical wires, gas leaks, flammable liquids, toxic materials and damage to foundations or underground piping
  4. Restore water supplies if they were shut off to enable the fire protection system
  5. Keep in contact with key personnel and maintain fire-safe conditions

Report your claim

When reporting a claim, be prepared with the following information:

  1. Date and time of loss
  2. Address of loss
  3. Cause
  4. Kind of property damage
  5. Estimated dollar loss
  6. Property damage
  7. Business interruption
  8. Your contact information
  9. Name
  10. Title
  11. Phone number
  12. Email address

EPIC is here to help you through this process. Report your claim and check storm information from the National Hurricane Center.