A new AAA survey found that more than 90% of people in Florida are concerned about the upcoming hurricane season. Nearly 20% said they are more worried about it than they were a year ago. Five recent major storms in the state have racked up over $200 billion in damages.

Despite the apprehension, almost 25% of people said they had not done any preparation for a hurricane or major storm. Nearly two-thirds of the 79% who said they would evacuate in the event of a hurricane said they would only leave if the storm was at least a category 3. More than half said they were somewhat or very concerned about flooding, but 73% did not have flood insurance. More than one in five did not realize that homeowners insurance does not cover flooding, and almost 50% did not know that flood insurance has a 30-day waiting period before it takes effect.

Hurricane season is from June 1 to November 30. AAA offered a number of tips for people in hurricane regions. Families are recommended to have a communication strategy and evacuation route. Furthermore, people should have a supply of food and water for one week. It's also wise to get flood coverage and keep a home inventory in case making a claim is necessary.

Someone who needs to file a homeowners' insurance claim may want to consult an attorney. Legal counsel could assist in preparing documentation to support the claim and in communicating with the insurance company. A homeowner who has already filed a claim might be able to get assistance from an attorney if there is a delay in payments or if the claim has been denied.

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