Resources, information, and links that will assist you in protecting your property and people in the event of a hurricane in your area.

Studies show that 40% of businesses do not open immediately after a disaster, and another 25% fail within one year.1 In hurricane-risk states (AL, FL, GA, MS, NC, SC, TX), 59% of property owners reported suffering damages to their structures from a natural disaster in the last five years, according to a recent Nationwide survey. Half of those who sustained damage experienced interruption to their business, underscoring the need to plan for extreme weather events. The development and implementation of a proactive natural disaster preparedness program can help business owners minimize the devastating effects caused by disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods.

A fast-moving hurricane can cause wind damage up to 150-miles inland, while tornados imbedded in these storms add to the degree of damage. Slow moving storms have a tendency towards flash-flooding and long-term flooding. Before disaster strikes, a plan to ensure business continuation should be developed to minimize negative impact in the face of a natural disaster. As the Atlantic Tropical Storm and Hurricane Season is intensifying, consider incorporating these key preparation suggestions: 

  • Keep our claims hotline number handy. Nationwide claims representatives and agents are prepared to assist the businesses we insure should a hurricane become a weather-related disaster. We have people and resources in place to respond to your needs. If you experience storm damage, call the Nationwide claims hotline 24/7 at 1-800-421-3535 or contact your local agent.

Other Resources

Below are additional Loss Control Services resources that will assist you in preparation for an imminent hurricane, as well as recovery after the storm leaves the area:


If you have questions after reviewing any of the materials referenced above, contact the Nationwide Loss Control Services team at 1-866-808-2101 or at


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