Insurance group CEO says Del. business should make hurricane preparations

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An insurance organization says business owners in Delaware should begin preparations for the hurricane season.

The region is less than one month into the 2018 Atlantic Basin Hurricane Season and has experienced one named cyclone in what may be an active season, according to the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety.

Subtropical storm Alberto impacted areas from the Gulf Coast through the Midwest in late May.

Guidance on how you can strengthen your property and prepare for fierce summer storms is available from the institute at disastersafety.org, a release stated.

IBHS offers resources for local business owners to prepare their facilities and operations.

;“Before the next storm strikes, you should take a walk around your property,” said Roy Wright, CEO of the institute. “You should look for and arrange repairs to loose shingles, siding or fencing. Trim trees away from your business facility and clear gutters and drains of debris so rainwater can move away. These and other simple steps will help prepare your facility and will save you time, energy, aggravation and money after the storm passes.”

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) forecast calls for 10 to 16 named storms, with five to nine hurricanes. NOAA’s outlook indicated one to four hurricanes could become major (Category 3 or higher) with sustained winds in excess of 110 miles an hour.

This follows 2017, which resulted in more than $200 billion in property losses across the U.S.

Wright emphasized there is a 30-day waiting period for new flood insurance policies, underwritten through the National Flood Insurance Program, to become effective for business owners after being set up by insurers.

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