According to forecasters at the National Weather Service, Tropical Storm Nate looks to be gaining power and will most likely reach category 1 Hurricane status by Sunday at the latest, the Southernmost parts of Mississippi’s Gulf Coast are threatened by heavy rainfall along with potential storm surge flooding and State Farm is giving out tips on how to be better prepared for the nasty weather this weekend.
The company says there are several things homeowners can do to bring some peace of mind in the event of a direct hit to a community
Steps to Take:
- Secure lawn furniture and other items that could be tossed around by winds and cause damage to their property
- Inside the home, residents should locate important documents such as insurance papers and place them in a waterproof lockbox
- Take pictures or a smartphone video of each room and consider taking a home inventory
- Have an evacuation plan and let friends and relative know about them
“Having this type of planning in place can certainly help reduce damage caused by high winds and can certainly speed up the claim process in the event of insured losses,” said Roszell Gadson, a State Farm spokesman.
Gadson said State Farm also encourages drivers to move their vehicles to higher ground to better ensure that the vehicles do not get flooded.