SOURCE: CSA Travel Protection
SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - Jun 24, 2012) - This year's official hurricane season arrived early, and is well underway, with the naming of the fourth Atlantic storm, Tropical Storm Debby, moving in on the Gulf Coast. To help travelers stay safe this season, CSA Travel Protection (CSA), dedicated for the past 20 years to providing affordable travel insurance and emergency assistance services, offers preventative measures and tips for staying safe during and after a major storm.
Preventative measures go a long way in staying secure in the event a storm is approaching:
- Prepare an evacuation plan and be ready to leave accommodations if necessary.
- Ask property management upon arrival about possible safe places.
- Monitor local media and prepare to leave in the event of an evacuation order.
- When a hurricane is approaching, store food and water for a few days.
- Bear in mind that some roads, airports and hotels may close if a hurricane approaches.
When finding oneself in the middle of a hurricane:
- First and foremost, remain calm.
- If communications systems are working, continue monitoring local media for up-to-the-minute information.
- If asked to evacuate, do so immediately.
- If not, remain in place keeping away from windows and doors. Go to an interior room on the lowest level of the building (winds are stronger at higher altitudes) and do not move.
- The "eye" (center) of a hurricane results in no winds and near silence. If the wind stops, wait for official confirmation that the storm is over as the wind may resume blowing in the opposite direction as the second half approaches.
Once the storm has passed:
- If indoors, stay inside until officially informed that the hurricane has ended.
- If evacuated, wait for official orders before returning to accommodations.
- Wait for official clearance before drinking tap water. One may need to use boiled water, as hurricanes can destroy water supplies and sanitation infrastructures.
- Check to ensure there are no gas leaks. If the smell of gas is detected, open windows and leave the premises. If possible, turn off the gas and call special services.
- Check electrical installations. When experiencing sparks, stripped wires or a burnt smell, turn off electricity and call special services.
- Check for any damage to water or sewage pipes. If damage is suspected, do not use the bathrooms or tap water and call a plumber.
Travelers must remember to plan early for protection from an unforeseen hurricane disruption. Once the World Meteorological Association names a storm you can no longer obtain coverage for that storm.
Storms are full of surprises, and while experts predict above-average activity this season, there are potential mishaps that can happen even if a storm doesn't make an appearance on a trip. Anticipating the unexpected -- such as medical emergencies, flight delays, identity theft or a natural disaster at home before leaving -- and covering it with travel insurance will protect travelers from surprises. Travelers can find out more about CSA and travel insurance by contacting their travel agent, vacation rental management company or visiting www.csatravelprotection.com.
About CSA Travel Protection
CSA Travel Protection, a Europ Assistance company, is dedicated to providing affordable travel insurance and emergency assistance services to protect travelers' valuable investments and provide the peace of mind one deserves while traveling. For 20 years CSA has developed a reputation for standing behind its customers and by offering products and services to meet their needs. Through superior customer service, extensive experience and industry-leading innovation, CSA is with its clients every step of the way, whenever and wherever they are needed.