Help Your Clients Prepare for Hurricane Season
Scientists predict an active 2020 hurricane season. When it comes to natural disasters, insurance agents play an important role in protecting their communities. Agents of all types – life, health, P&C, or even Medicare Supplement – help protect their clients in the event of natural distastes. As North Carolina’s leading provider of insurance continuing education, we put together some quick facts to help you – and your clients – prepare for hurricane season.
When is hurricane season?
The Atlantic Hurricane season begins June 1st and runs until November 30th each year.
Expect above-average activity.
For this hurricane season, forecasters from Colorado State University predict:
- 16 named storms (average: 12.1)
- 8 hurricanes (average: 6.4)
- 4 major – category 3-4-5 – hurricanes (average: 2.7)
Forecasters also predict a 69% chance at least one major hurricane will make landfall along the continental U.S. coastline. In 2019, the U.S. saw six hurricanes, including three major hurricanes. One of those storms, Hurricane Dorian, had a significant impact on the Caribbean and across the southern coastline from the Carolinas and into Virginia. Catastrophe modelers estimate industry insured losses in the United States from Hurricane Dorian alone may total between $500 million and $1.6 billion.
Here to help.
As we have proven through the years, the insurance industry plays an important role in helping affected individuals, businesses and communities get back on their feet after disaster strikes.
Now is a good time to reach out to your clients. Ensure they are taking precautions to prepare for hurricane season! Some tips include:
- Keep non-perishable food and supplies on-hand.
- Have an evacuation plan.
- Take an inventory of your home’s belongings.
- Take extra steps to protect your home and business.
- Review your insurance policies to make sure your contact info is up-to-date and coverage is adequate for your needs.
If you want to learn more, InternetCE is here to help with all your North Carolina insurance continuing education needs. Check out this article on Five Property & Casualty Trends to Watch for in 2020 or our newest ethics course and flood insurance refresher!