Seattle, Wash. (May 26, 2011) — With an above-normal hurricane season predicted to arrive on the heels of a record-setting spring for tornadoes, Safeco Insurance is encouraging residents in hurricane-prone areas to take important precautions to prepare for and recover from severe weather.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) estimates there could be 12 to 18 named storms across the Atlantic Basin, including three to six major hurricanes with winds of 111 mph or higher, between June 1 and Nov. 30.
To help homeowners plan ahead for a possible hurricane and to understand what to do after a disaster strikes, Safeco Insurance offers preparedness tips at www.Safeco.com under the Insurance 101 tab. This online guide is packed with valuable tips on proactive ways to keep you, your family and your things as safe as possible – and what to do when the unthinkable happens.
Safeco customers are encouraged to review their policies and coverages with their agents annually. Policyholders in disaster-prone areas are especially encouraged to understand the extent of their coverage and take precautions to help protect themselves and their assets in the face of severe weather.
Homeowners who have experienced flooding in the past need to consider whether they should purchase flood insurance through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Losses associated with flood damage from a hurricane are usually not reimbursable under standard homeowner policies.
In the event of severe weather property damage, Safeco policyholders should report their claims as soon as possible to (800) 332-3226. We’re here to help 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
In business since 1923 and based in Boston, Mass., Safeco Insurance sells personal automobile, homeowners and specialty products through a network of more than 10,000 independent insurance agencies throughout the United States. Safeco is a Liberty Mutual Insurance company.
Boston-based Liberty Mutual Insurance is a diversified global insurer and the third largest property and casualty insurer in the U.S. based on 2012 direct premiums written as reported by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. Liberty Mutual Insurance also ranks 81st on the Fortune 100 list of largest U.S. corporations, based on 2012 revenue.
For more information about Safeco Insurance, go to www.Safeco.com.