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Preparing for storm season

Storms can happen at any time in Bermuda.

As another storm season gets underway, it is important that you take the time to prepare. Much of the damage of 2014’s Hurricane Fay was a result of complacency and lack of preparation for what was expected to be a tropical storm. To avoid making that mistake again, preparation is vital when dealing with the unexpected.

How you can stay ready
There are many resources at your fingertips to help you prepare for the 2016 hurricane season. The Emergency Measures Organization (EMO) is the government body that coordinates Bermuda’s disaster preparation and response. Some of their public tools include:
- A website
- A radio station – 100.1 FM
- An emergency plan download (featuring tips for health and safety)

The Bermuda Weather Service (BWS) is another source of important weather-related information. The BWS is officially recognized as the island's National Meteorological and Hydrological Service, providing public, marine, tropical, and aviation weather forecasts, as well as warning and climatological services. BF&M-sponsored weather.bm also informs the public when the BWS issue a storm watch and/or warning.

The easiest way to know if you’re covered during a storm is to make sure your insurance policies are up to date. If you’ve purchased new outdoor furniture or completed renovations on your home, update your policy or call your provider to arrange a survey of your property.

We’re here to help
Should the need arise, know that BF&M is here to help you. Following Fay and Gonzalo, BF&M opened the next day to help customers report claims and assess damage. A temporary St. George’s office was established to help East-enders report damage regardless of the condition of the Causeway or phone lines. Adjustors worked around the clock and on weekends to take reports on over 1,800 customer locations. Within 24 hours of reporting their damage, 85% of BF&M customers received visits from a BF&M claims adjustor.

Just a call or click away
Preparation is vital when dealing with the unexpected. You can count on BF&M to put you first when you need us most. Call 295-5566 or visit us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter to find storm preparation tips throughout the upcoming season.

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