INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 11, 2008) – With Hurricane Ike a likely threat to coastal areas along the Gulf Coast this weekend, the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC) urges homeowners to be prepared. Forecasters today said the storm is headed for landfall somewhere along the Texas coast late Friday or early Saturday. Some forecasts said it could strengthen to a Category 4 hurricane with winds of at least 131 mph over the Gulf of Mexico, and emergency officials warned it could drive a storm surge as high as 18 feet.
“Homeowners need to make sure they take all necessary precautions to protect themselves, their families, and their properties – should the storm make landfall,” said Chuck Chamness, NAMIC’s president/CEO. “The insurance industry is ready to assess losses and pay claims as quickly as possible to help residents recover from any damage.”
NAMIC’s Hurricane Resource Center, provides information to help homeowners prepare for and recover from a hurricane. “With its tips and resources, links to important government sites, and policy papers on issues relevant to severe storms, this valuable site is a great starting point for consumers to begin their hurricane preparations,” Chamness said.
To make recovery efforts faster and easier, NAMIC offers the following hurricane preparation tips:
To keep your family and property safe, NAMIC suggests the following:
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