Pinellas/Pasco – August 14, 2018: The tropics are quiet now, but for how much longer? Even though forecasters have predicted a less than active hurricane season this year, we must all be prepared.

The month of August sees more than three times the number of named storms as July, and almost double the number of June and July storms combined. Remember, it only takes one!

The 1992 hurricane season produced only six named storms and one subtropical storm. However, one of those named storms was Hurricane Andrew.

State Farm agent Gregg Schindler is reminding property owners in Tri-County area that a little preparation can make a big difference when it comes to safety and security during hurricane season. Gregg recommends the following easy tips to help homeowners protect themselves and their property:

Review your insurance coverage. Make sure you have the right amount and type of insurance. Call or visit my office today.

Create a home inventory. Make a list of your possessions and their estimated value.

Protect your property. Stock plywood and materials you may need to board up windows. Move garbage cans and other large objects inside the house or garage. Secure boats and cars.

Have an evacuation plan. Before the hurricane, decide what you will do. Find out the location of evacuation shelters. Determine if you will ride out the storm in your home (if local authorities permit you to stay), or establish a safe place inland. Plan an escape route. Tell relatives where you will be.

Put together an emergency kit. The kit should include basics such as water, food, first aid supplies, clothing, blankets, and important documents. Store your kit in airtight plastic bags or a plastic storage container with a lid.

To learn more about the Must-Dos to help improve your hurricane safety: https://www.statefarm.com/simple-insights/residence/must-dos-to-improve-your-hurricane-safety and please contact my office or visit us online at www.greggsf.com

Gregg Schindler- 727-238-8800

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