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August 24, 2012   Email to Friend 

Mary Johnson
(334) 235-1406
August 24, 2012

The Friday afternoon data from the National Hurricane Center shows the center of Tropical Storm Isaac just south of Hispaniola. The storm is forecast to strengthen in the open waters of the gulf and become a hurricane before impacting the central Gulf Coast some time late Tuesday or early Wednesday.
MONTGOMERY, Ala., - In the latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center, Alabama’s Gulf Coast is the center of the forecasted track of Tropical Storm Isaac. While it’s still too early to predict the storm’s exact path, forecasters do expect the storm to strengthen once it reaches open waters in the gulf and believe it will impact the central Gulf Coast late Tuesday or early Wednesday.

In the face of the storm, Alfa Insurance is ready to respond to claims and help policyholders prepare for possible Alabama landfall of Isaac.

“Alfa has a comprehensive business continuity plan to ensure we deliver on our promise to policyholders during emergency situations,” said Alfa President Jerry Newby. “Our Business Processing Center is capable of withstanding 155-mile-per-hour winds, and our two Mobile Response Units can be deployed to areas hit hard by storms. Also, our adjusters have the ability to process claims on the spot with their mobile devices.”

The Alfa Severe Storm Center at www.AlfaInsurance.com provides resources for our policyholders including a storm preparation checklist, frequently asked questions about the claims process and tips on protecting property.

Other resources provide assistance for disaster preparedness, including the recently revamped website ReadyAlabama.gov which offers suggestions for preparing an emergency kit.  The kit should include water, non-perishable food, batteries, a weather radio, flashlights, first-aid kit, a whistle, garbage bags, pliers, a can opener, local maps and cell phones. Emergency kits should also contain items for toddlers or the elderly, like diapers or medications.

In addition to a supply kit, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) suggests developing an emergency plan with the best evacuations routes and locations of official shelters. To safeguard homes, residents should trim trees and shrubbery and buy plywood. As the storm approaches, ensure vehicles are in proper working order and have a full tank of gas. Residents are also encouraged to keep extra cash on hand.

During the storm, NOAA suggests listening to radio, television and weather radios for the latest watches, warnings and announcements from local officials. If evacuation is required, inform neighbors and family about evacuation plans.

Many organizations have developed apps to use in times of emergency. The Red Cross Hurricane app includes the latest hurricane information, a list of Red Cross shelter locations, a digital flashlight, an alarm and an “I’m Safe” button to update social media accounts. The Alfa2Go2TM app for Android and iPhone allows policyholders to locate services, file claims, pay bills and view policies from their smartphones.

The greatest threats from hurricanes are storm surge, strong winds, rip currents, flooding and tornadoes, although most tornadoes associated with hurricanes are relatively weak.

Current forecasts expect Isaac to make landfall as a Category 1 hurricane, with winds between 74 and 95 miles per hour and possible storm surge up to five feet.

For more information, including the latest forecast on Tropical Storm Isaac, visit the National Hurricane Center at www.NHC.NOAA.gov.

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