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February 19, 2012   Email to Friend 

Mary Johnson
February 19, 2012

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Feb. 19-24 is Severe Weather Awareness Week in Alabama and Alfa™ encourages its policyholders to prepare an emergency plan, review their policies and examine the ability of their home to withstand severe weather threats.

Alfa Public Relations and Communications Director Jeff Helms says taking preventative measures can save property and lives.

“In light of the events from the past year, we’ve learned severe weather does not discriminate and can strike anywhere, anytime,” Helms said. “Loss is always a shock, but preparing now can make recovering from a weather disaster a little easier.”

Helms said knowledge of the details of an insurance policy is important to every homeowner.

“Speak to an Alfa agent to find out what is protected and to learn more about available options that can save you money while protecting your family, home and possessions,” he said.

Many resources are available to assist with emergency planning. The Alabama Department of Public Health’s (ADPH) Get 10 Program suggests having an emergency kit that includes: water, non-perishable food, can-opener, flashlights, battery-operated radio, extra batteries, medications, first aid kit, clothing, personal care items and copies of important documents such as driver’s licenses and insurance policies.

The Get 10 Program recommends storing materials in waterproof bags inside waterproof bins and ensuring family members know the kit’s location. For more information, visit the Get 10 website at www.adph.org/get10.

Another resource, the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IIBHS), recommends designating a tornado safety spot in the house, either a basement or the most interior room without windows. The group warns not to forget emergency plans at work, school, church and other community organizations.

According to the IIBHS, now is the perfect time to make small improvements to property to ensure it can withstand high winds and hail. Homeowners should trim shrubbery and loose tree limbs around their homes. The institute also recommends homeowners check their roofing and repair any weak spots or replace shingles if necessary. For more tips, visit the IIBHS website at www.disastersafety.org.

Severe weather can strike at any time, day or night, and when it does Alfa Insurance will be ready to serve its policyholders, Helms said.

“Just last month we saw how our adjusters, customer service representatives and agents responded to the needs of our policyholders following the destructive tornadoes that tore across central Alabama,” Helms said. “Alfa is dedicated to providing superior service before and after severe weather events.”

Find an Alfa agent at www.AlfaInsurance.com.

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