AAA URGES CAROLINIANS TO PREPARE FOR SEVERE FLOODING FROM HURRICANE JOAQUIN
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Oct. 1, 2015) With heavy rain and flooding expected over the next several days, AAA Carolinas is urging motorists to adhere to local authorities on weather warnings and instructions.
Joaquin recently strengthened to a Category 4 hurricane and North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory declared a state of emergency to expedite availability of state and federal resources. Carolinians living in or visiting the area should be prepared for severe flooding and other weather-related emergencies.
"Heavy rain and strong winds could lead to downed trees and power outages in many areas throughout the Carolinas," said Dave Parsons, CEO and president of AAA Carolinas.
Parts of South Carolina have already seen five or more inches of rain that flooded and closed roads Thursday morning. "Stay away from flooding water. Even a foot of water can prove dangerous", said Parsons.
AAA's 4 Fast Flood Tips:
- 1. As little as one foot of water can "float" most vehicles.
- 2. Two feet of rushing water can sweep away most vehicles-including SUVs and pick-ups.
- 3. Repair costs for damage caused by driving through standing water can range from several hundred to several thousand dollars.
- 4. Never attempt to start a vehicle that's underwater.
AAA Carolinas also recommends everyone follow local authorities on evacuation procedures. Several areas along North Carolina's Outer Banks were evacuated Thursday morning.
The Member's Insurance Company (TMIC), AAA Carolinas' insurance company, has a Hurricane Task Force, including appraisers and adjusters, standing by to assist those affected by the hurricane.
AAA offers these hurricane preparation tips:
- Secure Your Home - Inspect your home for minor repairs needed to roof, windows, down spouts, etc. Trim trees or bushes that could cause damage to your home in case of high winds.
- Make a Plan - Develop a Family Emergency Plan to include ways to contact each other, alternative meeting locations, and an out-of-town contact person. Identify a safe room or safest areas in your home. Research your evacuation route. Include plans for your pets.
- Take Inventory - Update your home inventory by walking through your home with a video camera or smart phone. Keep a record of large purchases including the cost of the item, when purchased and model and serial numbers as available.
- Stock Emergency Supplies - Plan for a week's worth of non-perishable food and water. Be sure and have flashlights, extra batteries, battery-powered radio, medications, first aid kit, blankets, toiletries, diapers, etc. You may also want to prepare a portable kit and keep in your car should you evacuate.
- Protect Your Property - Review your homeowners insurance with your insurance agent to determine if you have adequate protection. Be aware that flood insurance in not typically covered under your homeowner's policy. Flooding to your automobile is available under the Physical Damage coverage.
AAA Carolinas, an affiliate of the American Automobile Association, is a not-for-profit organization that serves more than 1.9 million members and the public with travel, automobile and insurance services while being an advocate for the safety and security of all travelers.