Prepare for Summer Storm Season
June is here -- and so is hurricane season. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts nine to 15 named storms for the six-month season, which began June 1 and runs through November.
Although hurricanes are rare in June, it pays to start preparing now for storm season. Even if you don't live near the coast, tropical storms and hurricanes can cause damage inland. And summer also is the prime season for severe thunderstorms. See our slide show, 10 States Most at Risk of Disaster to find out where damaging events occur most severely and frequently. Then read our advice below to prepare for storm season.
Summer storms and hurricanes increase the chances of home damage from rain, flooding, sewer backups and fallen trees, and the damage is often not automatically covered by insurance.
How to Prepare for a Hurricane
Follow these steps to protect your home and property from storms.
How to Prepare for an Emergency
Follow these five steps now so you'll be ready if disaster strikes.
SLIDE SHOW: 7 Must-Have Items for Your Emergency Kit
When disaster strikes and the grid crashes, candles will get you only so far.
8 Steps to Get Your Hurricane Claim Paid Quickly
Don't damage your ability to file a claim as you patch things up.
Protect Your Home and Finances Against Floods
Make sure you have flood coverage, and check into government programs that help residents in federally declared disaster areas cover uninsured losses.
When Your Tree Falls in Your Neighbor's Yard
The neighbor, not you, will have to file an insurance claim.