|[August 08, 2014]
GEICO urges boater preparedness and safety as Hurricanes Iselle and Julio bear down on Hawaii
WASHINGTON --(Business Wire)--
Hurricanes Iselle and Julio are threatening the Hawaiian Islands with
damaging winds, heavy rainfall and flash flooding. With the weather
always being a major concern for boaters in coastal areas, GEICO is
encouraging boat owners to take the necessary precautions to minimize
the potential for injuries and property damage.
recommends the following preparedness tips.
Have a plan in place - Create a storm plan that details how and
where your boat will be anchored during a hurricane.�Once you've
created your plan, practice it to ensure all parts of your plan are
Stay alert for weather bulletins - Check the local and national
weather forecasts for advisories and updates. Be prepared to act
immediately when an alert goes out.
Stock up on supplies - Make sure that you have enough supplies
(duct tape, rope) and other necessities at the beginning of storm
season. Keep in mind that shortages can inevitably occur once a
hurricane watch or warning has been announced.
Remove your boat from the water - One way of protecting your
boat during a storm is to remove it from the water to a safe location
farther inland. Once you have moved your boat inland, either store it
in a garage or tie down the boat securely using heavy ropes or chains
to solid structures.
Docking at a marina - If your boat is moored at a marina, check
to determine their storm plan and what's in your lease agreement.�If
your boat can't be removed from the water, ask if it can be moved to a
larger slip with proper tie-downs, which will provide better
protection against chafing.
Hurricane Haul-Out protection - It's much wiser to haul a boat
out of a danger zone than to take the risk of facing a storm. With
Hurricane Haul-Out protection, your policy coud pay or reimburse a
certain amount of the cost (availability and limits are subject to the
policy terms and conditions) to have your boat moved by professionals
to a safer location�if a hurricane watch or warning is issued in your
(Government Employees Insurance Company) is a member of the Berkshire
Hathaway family of companies and is the second-largest private passenger
auto insurance company in the United States. GEICO, which was founded in
1936, provides millions of auto
insurance quotes to U.S. drivers annually. The company is pleased to
serve more than 12 million private passenger customers and insures more
than 20 million vehicles (auto & cycle).
service center helps policyholders take care of policy sales, policy
changes and claims reporting, and print insurance ID cards.
Policyholders can also connect to GEICO through the GEICO
App, reach a representative over
the phone or visit a GEICO
GEICO also provides insurance quotes on motorcycles,
all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), travel trailers and motorhomes (RVs).
Coverage for life, homes and apartments is written by non-affiliated
insurance companies and is secured through the GEICO Insurance Agency,
Inc. Commercial auto insurance and personal umbrella protection are also
Boat and PWC coverages are written through Seaworthy Insurance Company,
a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, and through other non-affiliated
insurance companies, and are secured through the GEICO
Insurance Agency. For more information, go to www.geico.com.
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