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Commissioner Causey urges storm readiness ahead of potentially active hurricane season Commissioner Causey has created a broadcast quality video ahead of hurricane season

May 31, 2024

As hurricane season starts this Saturday, June 1, Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey urges North Carolinians to prepare now for what forecasters are predicting to be an “extremely active” season.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts an 85% chance of an above-normal hurricane season in 2024 with a range of 17 to 25 total named storms. Of those, eight to 13 are forecasted to become hurricanes.

“Severe weather emergencies can happen at any moment and that’s why it’s so important to prepare in advance,” said Commissioner Causey. “North Carolina is no stranger to hurricanes and tropical storms so familiarizing yourself with storm preparedness tips could save precious lives and property when disaster strikes.”

Ahead of hurricane season, Commissioner Causey has created a broadcast quality video and is sharing the following tips to help residents be prepared before, during, and after a storm: 


  • Make sure you have adequate insurance coverage. Know exactly what your insurance policy covers. Homeowners’ policies do not cover flooding. Be aware there is a 30-day waiting period before flood policies take effect. If you live in a rental property, your landlord’s insurance only covers the building. None of your personal belongings are insured unless you purchase your own renters’ policy.  
  • Compile important documents. Gather important paperwork, including insurance policies, medical records and prescriptions. Be prepared to bring copies with you if you are forced to evacuate your home. Know how to get in touch with your insurance agent and company.
  • Create a home inventory. Go room to room in your home and write down the brand name, description, estimated value and date of purchase of items in your home. It is also helpful to compile receipts, appraisal documents and serial numbers. Take videos or photographs of your belongings. Store your home inventory and related documents in a safe, easily accessible place online, on your smartphone, on your computer or in a fire-proof box or safe deposit box.
  • Identify potential hazards around your home. Hanging tree branches, loose shingles, patio furniture and other outdoor objects can cause damage or injuries in a storm. Make repairs or secure large objects to reduce the threat.
  • Check your emergency toolkit and to-go bag. Update items such as food, medicine and batteries. Make sure to include items for every member of your family, including pets. 
  • Electricity may go out, so make sure you have extra drinking water. Also, fill the bathtub with water for bathing and flushing the toilet.


  • Shelter in place if officials advise it.
  • Stay away from windows, glass doors and skylights.
  • Find a safe place to stay in the interior of the home on a lower floor unless flooding is a possibility.
  • Make sure your cell phone is charged. Do not use a landline if lightning is present.
  • Turn off the electricity at the main breaker if flooding becomes a threat.
  • Remain indoors until officials give notice that it is safe to go outside.
  • If officials order an evacuation, do not come home until officials advise it is safe to do so.

Sadly, fraud is very common after a big storm. Commissioner Causey encourages storm victims to avoid roofing and contractor scams by only working with licensed and insured contractors. Our NCDOI Criminal Investigations Division has a staff of Special Agents who investigate insurance fraud daily.

Here are some things you should do immediately after the storm:

  • Contact your homeowners’ insurance agent or company to report the loss. Even if you have a separate windstorm or hail policy in addition to your homeowners’ policy, your primary homeowners’ insurer will investigate and adjust the claim even if you have wind or hail loss. Be patient as the insurer will likely be dealing with many claims.
  • Make a list of the damages and take clear pictures before you make any temporary repairs.
  • Do what you can to stop further damage from happening.  For instance, place a tarp on your roof to prevent water from coming into the house. Keep receipts because your reasonable expenses to protect your property are part of the loss and may be reimbursed by your insurance company.     
  • Do not make permanent repairs until your insurance company has inspected the damage and you have agreed on the cost of the repairs. Check with your insurance company before you dispose of damaged materials or items.
  • If your home is uninhabitable, check with your insurance company to determine which expenses will be reimbursed. 

For more information on how to be prepared before, during and after any storm, visit or contact the NCDOI Consumer Services Division at 1-855-408-1212.

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