A natural disaster such as a catastrophic storm or hurricane can strike at any time and can affect your agency. Your clients are relying on you to help them recover quickly after a disaster. You’ll want to make sure your agency is prepared ahead of time to make it easier to be up and running quickly so that you can assist your policyholders.
Here are 4 tips to help your agency prepare if you are in the path of a catastrophic storm or hurricane:
- Complete a full backup of your agency management system and keep it offsite, where it can be accessed even if you do not have access to the office.
- Load your agency management system onto one or more laptops to allow staff the ability to work remotely if available.
- Move paper files and computers away from windows and cover them with plastic to protect them from water damage.
- Print a list of all policyholders, policy numbers, and important policy information and store it in a safe location.
For more detailed information and checklists to help create and develop a disaster preparedness plan, read our Emergency Preparedness Insurance Agency Tool Kit.
NOTICE: This information is provided solely as an insurance risk management tool. It is provided with the understanding that the member insurance companies of the Utica National Insurance Group are not providing legal advice, risk management advice, or any other professional services or advice. Utica National shall have no liability to any person or entity with respect to any loss or damages alleged to have been caused, directly or indirectly, by the use of this information. You are encouraged to consult an attorney or other professional for advice on these issues.