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6/27/2012 - IBHS prompts homeowners not to put off hurricane preparation

Hurricane preparations are necessary for many.

With the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association's Climate Prediction Center forecasting as many as 15 named storms this season, the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety is encouraging homeowners to take precautions if they have not already.

Julie Rochman, IBHS president and CEO, reminds homeowners who may not be adequately prepared that hurricanes can occur at any time, as even before the season officially kicked off, Tropical Storm Alberto and Beryl affected many coastal residents.

"Waiting and hoping that storms will not form until months from now is clearly no longer an option," said Rochman.

She added that while a key component of hurricane preparation is ensuring that property insurance plans are up to date, homeowners should look at their roof, as it is often the most vulnerable part of a home. If there are signs that there may be problems - such as missing shingles or leaking that is affecting the interior ceilings - they may want to hire a licensed contractor to perform a roof inspection. Professionals may be able to inform them of the best plan of action.

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