AAA Warns Floridians to Stay Off Stormy Roads, Prepare for Localized Flooding

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Hurricane Isaias is a warning for all Floridians to prepare for an active storm season

AAA urges Florida residents – especially those along the east coast – to brace for bad weather from Hurricane Isaias. This means preparing your home and making plans to stay off the road. (AAA image)

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – AAA urges Florida residents – especially those along the east coast – to brace for bad weather from Hurricane Isaias. This means preparing your home and making plans to stay off the road.

“This storm has the potential to create very dangerous driving conditions for those in the path of this storm,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – the Auto Club Group.

“Although AAA roadside service technicians are prepared to help stranded motorists, we recommend drivers follow the guidance of local authorities and stay off the road if conditions are unsafe.”

AAA discourages Floridians from driving in the storm; but if you must be on the road, there are certain guidelines to abide by.

Tips for Driving in the Rain

 Slow down

 Increase your following distance

 Turn your headlights on

 Turn your hazard lights off

 Avoid using cruise control

 Avoid flooded areas

 If poor visibility, pull over to a safe place and wait for the rain to ease up

 Too Late for Flood Insurance

The potential for storm surge and heavy downpours raise concerns of residential flooding. Because of a 30-day waiting period, it is too late to purchase flood insurance for this storm.

However, there are a few things residents can do now to protect their property from rising waters.

“This storm has the potential to create very dangerous driving conditions for those in the path of this storm,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – the Auto Club Group. (AAA image)

Tips to prevent flooding at your home

 Place plastic sheeting and sand bags at doorway openings

 Check for and seal openings in roof, windows and doors

 Clear debris from gutters, drains and downspouts

 Plan for Future Storms

“This the first of what could be many storms that target Florida over the next few months” Jenkins continued. “Since peak hurricane season is not until in mid-September, Floridians should act soon, if they want to get a flood insurance policy in time.”

Top Reasons to Get Flood Insurance After Isaias Passes

 There’s a 30-day waiting period

 Homeowner’s insurance does not normally cover flooding

 Every zone is a flood zone; 20% of annual flood claims come from homes in low risk zones

 Just one inch of flooding can cause $27,000 in damage to your home

 Flood insurance rates start at less than $1 per day

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Despite the risk, two-thirds (65%) of Floridians do not have flood insurance, which is separate from homeowners insurance.

That’s according to a recent AAA survey of Florida residents.

“Flooding should be a major concern for Florida residents, whether they live in a high risk flood zone or not,” said Peter Corrigan, President, Auto Club Insurance Company of Florida. “It’s important to make sure you have a flood insurance policy now, because if you wait until a future storm approaches, it will be too late.”

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