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Aug 21, 2014 2:18 PM by Mike Gillaspia

Experts Encourage Readiness at the Height of Hurricane Season

CORPUS CHRISTI - Although it officially began June 1, the height of the hurricane season in Texas is actually late August and September. That's why the insurance industry wants Texas coastal residents to continue thinking about hurricane preparedness, even this late in the summer.

According to Mark Hanna with the Insurance Council of Texas, and John Metz with the National Weather Service, now is not the time to become complacent when it comes to hurricane preparedness.

"We tell people that it's not the storms coming up from the coast of Africa, the ones you can watch on the news for weeks at a time, that people need to worry about, " says Hanna. "It's the ones that can form in less than 24 hours out in the gulf and that show up with almost no warning."

Hurricane Ike was the last hurricane to strike the Texas coast, and the 2008 storm was also the most costly to ever hit the state, with $12 billion in insured losses.

Hanna reminds Texas residents that once a named storm enters the Gulf of Mexico, it is too late to update or change an insurance policy. He encourages homeowners to speak with their insurance agent now, in order to review their policies and make sure they are ready in the event of a storm.

"Our message will always revolve around preparing for a hurricane, because one never knows when or where a hurricane will make landfall," says Hanna. "But looking back at past hurricanes, having full insurance coverage and an evacuation plan is the best preparation one can have."

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