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STATE FARM MOBILIZING CATASTROPHE RESPONSE TEAM FOR IAN FLORIDA AFTERMATH

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STORM IS DAYS AWAY, BUT STATE FARM IS PREPARING FOR THE WORST…

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State Farm’s Catastrophe Response Team is mobilizing in its Illinois headquarters to help with the aftermath of a strike from what is expected to be Hurricane Ian. (Photo: State Farm).

BY: STAFF REPORT | BocaNewsNow.com

BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2022 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — State Farm’s national “Catastrophe Response Team” is loading up trucks at its Illinois headquarters as it prepares to respond to the aftermath of Hurricane Ian. Just a tropical storm now, Ian is expected to become a strong or “major” hurricane as it approaches the Florida peninsula early next week. South Florida remains in the cone.

“Team members are loading supplies and prepping response vehicles in Bloomington, IL in preparation for deployment,” said a State Farm spokesperson. “State Farm catastrophe response team vehicles and resources are slated to leave IL and head for Birmingham, AL. The response team will be staged in Birmingham and ready to respond to the aftermath of Ian.”

State Farm encourages homeowners in any area that may be affected by Hurricane Ian to take the following precautions:

Garage or store vehicles. If you don’t have a garage, move them to area offering most protection from flying debris.

Remove all externally-mounted electronics on vehicles that might be damaged.

Place garbage cans, patio furniture, grills and other potentially wind-borne objects inside your home or garage to reduce flying debris from damaging your vehicle.

Create a home inventory. Take photos and video, make a list of your possessions and their estimated value.

Protect your property. Move garbage cans and other large objects inside the house or garage.

Have an evacuation plan. Before the hurricane, decide what you will do. Find out the location of evacuation shelters. Determine if you will ride out the storm in your home (if local authorities permit you to stay), or establish a safe place inland. Plan an escape route. Tell relatives where you will be

Put together an emergency kit. The kit should include basics such as water, food, first aid supplies, clothing, blankets, and important documents. Store your kit in airtight plastic bags or a plastic storage container with a lid.

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