When people think about hurricanes and hurricane prep, they often forget their dogs, cats and other pets. Because of this, when the time comes, they aren’t prepared to take care of their pet properly during an emergency.
Don’t fret if you have a furry friend, though! Below is more information about prepping if you have a pet, overall prep, what to do if a hurricane hits, and how to handle your insurance company if they don’t want to pay…
Prepping for Your Pet
There are a few things you’ll want to do in order to ensure your pet is properly taken care of during an emergency like a hurricane. Some of these things include:
- Purchase backup pet food during hurricane season
- Store their vet documents with other important documents in a safe place and have them ready to go if need be
- Have a pet “go bag” ready with a couple of extendable plastic bowls, food, and water
- Purchase a travel kennel
- Have a list of pet-friendly hotels in the go bag
- Purchase a calming blanket
- Pack some toys!
If you take these steps, you’ll have a lot less to worry about should a storm hit. Your pup or kitty will be ready to go, and you’ll be able to evacuate immediately if need be.
There are some overall prep steps you should take before a hurricane strikes. Some of these prep steps include:
- Take photos beforehand
- Store emergency documents in an easily accessible place
- Have cash on hand
- Pack five days of water and non-perishables
- Purchase battery flashlights and radios
- Prune your trees
- Purchase emergency shutters
The better prepped you are, the less you have to think about should you have to batten down the hatches or evacuate.
After a Hurricane Hits
Once a hurricane hits, take photos and videos of the damage then file your claim immediately. It’s important to be very thorough and timely. You should also consider recording any communications with your insurance company. This can come in handy should you have to use it in court.
My Insurance Company Doesn’t Want to Pay. What Do I Do?
In an ideal world, insurance companies would all be helpful and honest. In reality, some insurance providers will try to deny your claim in bad faith. If you have taken the necessary actions and properly filed your claim, they owe you money. If they refuse to pay you the money you are owed, reach out to Colucci Law Group.
Colucci Law Group consists of top legal experts that provide clients with support to combat bad faith claim denials. We will provide you with an outstanding property insurance lawyer to represent you in a suit against your insurance provider. We are also able to file your claim for you and defend your rights, so you get the settlement that you deserve.
For more information about our property insurance legal services, reach out today. We’d be happy to help you to file your claim or represent you in a lawsuit against your insurance provider.
If you suspect that you are the victim of a bad faith insurance claim denial, we can help. The Colucci Law Group has the resources to assess the validity of your claim at no cost to you. For a free consultation, email us or call our Clearwater office at 727-733-9438. You may also call our Fort Myers office at 239-378-7800. Our team assists victims of bad faith insurance claims across the state of Florida.