As much of the Gulf Coast is placed on high alert because of Tropical Storm Karen, the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies is advising residents in the affected states on what they can do to minimize their risk should the storm hit where they live.
“When warnings go out, homeowners work feverishly to board up their homes, pack, and move to a safe location only for the storm to change course sometimes. But even if nothing happens, it’s still a good exercise in storm preparedness,” said Liz Reynolds, NAMIC’s Southeast state affairs manager, and Paul Martin, NAMIC’s Southwest state affairs manager, in a joint statement. “Residents may be lulled into a false sense of security because this is the first time this year that we may have a hurricane hit our shores. That’s dangerous thinking, as New York and New Jersey learned last year with Hurricane Sandy. There’s still plenty of hurricane season left.”
In what could be the first named storm to hit the United States this year, Karen is forecasted to make landfall in the northern Gulf Coast this weekend, possibly as a hurricane or tropical storm. A hurricane watch is in effect from Grand Isle, La., to Destin, Fla.
NAMIC’s website has information for homeowners on what do to in times of disasters. The information can be found at http://www.namic.org/press/hurricanes.asp.