Hurricane handbook offers expert advice

Island Heritage is distributing a comprehensive hurricane preparedness manual this week.

Titled Survive 2005, the handbook is a free guide compiled with information from hurricane authorities, weather experts and public utilities and is filled with advice and smart tips on preparing for and surviving a major hurricane.

‘Proper preparation is crucial,’ explained Island Heritage CEO Brian Murphy. ‘Last year Ivan taught us the importance of preparedness and how to manage the challenges of a hurricane. We drew from our personal experiences and compiled information from various hurricane authorities to produce this handbook as a public service to the people of the Cayman Islands.’

The manual includes valuable information on what to do before, during and after a major hurricane.

‘We’d like to encourage people to pick up a copy of Survive 2005 as soon as possible,’ said Mr. Murphy.

Survive 2005 is endorsed by the National Hurricane Committee and will be available to the public at the Island Heritage office, Cayman Insurance Centre, Butterfield Bank, Scotiabank and FirstCaribbean.

It will also be available to people who send in the Island Heritage coupon appearing in all three newspapers, said a press release from Island Heritage.

‘We also want to remind the public of the importance of adequate insurance coverage,’ added Mr. Murphy. ‘Underinsurance is a serious issue, so Island Heritage is now helping combat this problem by offering full home insurance risk valuations for $450.’

Independent and professional Quantity Surveyors will conduct the valuations for approximately 40 per cent off the regular fee until 31 October. Those taking out an Island Heritage policy, get a further rebate of 50 per cent off the valuation.

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