Posted on 9/1/2018 12:00 AM By Florida Peninsula Insurance Company
Recognized each September, National Preparedness Month serves to remind us to prepare ourselves and our families for disasters. As Floridians, we know the threat of a natural disaster or storm is always a possibility. Would you and your family know what to do in the event of a disaster? Consider these tips and make the most out of National Preparedness Month:
Establish and test emergency plans with your family.
Sign up for local and state emergency alerts.
Install or test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
Stock up on emergency supplies.
Create a home inventory. Click here for some tips to inventory your belongings.
Review your insurance policy and contact your agent to make any necessary changes to your coverages.
Don’t forget about flood insurance. Hurricanes and storms bring heavy rains which could cause flooding. Purchase flood insurance to make sure you are covered.
Posted on 9/14/2017 9:55 AM By Florida Peninsula Insurance Company
The aftermath of a storm can be a harmful and stressful time for us all. Knowing what to do post-Hurricane Irma can drastically reduce your risk of harm, and accelerate the recovery process.
As we all begin the rebuilding process, Florida Peninsula offers the following safety tips and information:
Avoid downed power lines, sharp objects, and dangerous debris. They are the most common culprits for injury.
Prior to cleanup, take photos or video of damages to expedite the claims process. Please notify Florida Peninsula of damage as soon as possible by calling 866-549-9672.
If safe to do so, make temporary repairs to your home to prevent further damage.
When beginning the cleanup process, practice caution, and wear protective clothing and eye wear.
Carbon Monoxide poisoning poses as a severe danger after the storm. Be sure portable generators are outside, and at least 20 feet away from doors and windows.
If you are without power, do not ...
Posted on 9/13/2017 8:52 AM By Florida Peninsula Insurance Company
Hurricane Irma has left millions of Floridians without power, and in the aftermath of a storm, having your cell phone in proper working order can provide you with information to stay safe, and keep you in touch with your loved ones. Making the most of your cell phone’s battery life becomes essential once the power is out. Please consider the following tips for conserving your phone’s battery life:
1. Dim Your Screen
By dimming, or lowering the brightness on your screen to the lowest level without putting a strain on your eyes can significantly reduce your phone’s power consumption.
2. Turn off Bluetooth, GPS, and Wi-Fi
Battery life is consumed anytime your cell phone is searching for signals. If your power is out, there is a high probability your Wi-Fi is out as well. Repeated searches for these signals can easily drain your battery.
3. Close All Unnecessary Apps
Restrict your phone usage to calls and texts. In some cases, you may open ...
Posted on 11/30/2016 12:00 AM By Florida Peninsula Insurance Company
The 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season ends November 30th.
Posted on 9/7/2016 7:21 AM By Florida Peninsula Insurance Company
September is National Preparedness Month, serving as a reminder for us all to take action now, and throughout the year to prepare for various emergencies which could affect us at any time. "Don't Wait, Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today" is the theme of this years' National Preparedness Month. As Floridians, we realize the threat of a storm or natural disaster is not a matter of if, but when. As such, it is essential to the safety of you and your family to create an emergency communication and evacuation plan.
Preparing your family for an emergency can be, and is, as simple as a conversation at the dinner table. Get started with FEMA's three steps for creating a family emergency and evacuation plan:
1. Create a paper copy of every family members' contact information along with information for important people and offices, such as doctors, schools, medical facilities, and close family friends. Also, establish a Disaster Preparedness Plan; this plan should include escape routes from every room in ...
Posted on 6/15/2016 5:15 AM By Florida Peninsula Insurance Company
The arrival of summer means time for family vacations and weekend getaways to relax and enjoy those we love. For Floridians, it also means the beginning of hurricane season. As you make travel plans this summer, take the time to ensure your home and belongings are protected while you are away. Taking a few preventative measures prior to your departure will result in a more enjoyable, worry-free vacation, should your home be in close proximity to the path of a hurricane or tropical storm while you are away.
Have fun and relax knowing your home is secure and protected by taking the following steps:
Ensure your insurance coverage is up to date and you are properly insured.
Reinforce your home's exterior structure by securing all windows and doors with hurricane shutters.
Be sure trees and shrubs are trimmed to minimize damage from broken branches.
Secure or store away lawn furniture, BBQ grills, potted plants, and other loose items.
Unplug all ...
Posted on 6/9/2016 1:00 AM By Florida Peninsula Insurance Company
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is predicting a near-normal 2016 hurricane season, which runs from June 1st to November 30th.
Posted on 6/1/2016 5:37 AM By Florida Peninsula Insurance Company
The Atlantic hurricane season begins today, June 1st. Florida has been incredibly lucky in the past ten years, as fewer storms and no major hurricanes have made landfall. This calm has allowed Floridians to become complacent with hurricane readiness and storm preparation plans. However, a single storm can have devastating consequences and cause major disruptions, as was the case of hurricane Wilma in 2005, which resulted in $29.3 billion in damage and the single largest power outage in Florida's history when it made landfall, catching residents off-guard and unprepared. Over 97% of affected residents lost electricity and were forced to stand in long lines to obtain basic needs - including water and ice. Our streak of good luck is sure to run out, and when it does, we must be ready to face any weather-related hazards.
Weather service and government agencies are attempting to promote hurricane preparedness and safety awareness via the social media campaign #HurricaneStrong, a new public outreach campaign ...
Posted on 5/27/2016 1:00 AM By Florida Peninsula Insurance Company
The 2016 Atlantic hurricane season is just around the corner, and it is incredibly important for you and your family to be prepared for the unthinkable.
Posted on 11/30/2015 3:33 AM By Florida Peninsula Insurance Company
Today, November 30th, the Atlantic Hurricane Season comes to an end.