As Hurricane Matthew bears down on the Florida coast many have voluntarily evacuated while others are waiting for word about where the storm will target along the coast for a direct hit on Florida – we hope it misses and stays where it is supposed to which is 20 – 100miles off the coast but if it gets close you must take precautions, first worry about getting yourself and your family to safety.
Second, if there is time, you might want to think about protecting your investment (once you prioritized family or furry friends of course) and begin to document or put your vehicle in a safe place away from the storm — assuming you are leaving it behind. So here are the steps to take:
1. Take Pictures
This is two-fold, it’s for personal (because everyone loves their Porsche!) and two for insurance purposes. Because you need proof of your car’s condition if a storm hits. So take photos of exterior and interior and make preparations.
2. Check Your Insurance Coverage
Is your policy up to date? Look into your comprehensive coverage which typically covers damages not related to collision. Note this is typically optional unless your lender or lease holder makes it mandatory. So call your agent.
3. Store your Keys and Documentation
If you have a fireproof waterproof safe or lock-box put them in there. Ideally you have made copies of ownership and records just for backup. And distribute any extra keys or ownership to other drivers in your family, so if you are separated someone can use your vehicle for a quick getaway!
4. Fuel Up
You won’t be making that getaway without fuel! So ensure your tank is full so you can get to where you are going without the worry of an empty tank.
5. Park in A Garage
If you have a garage preferably above ground in case the water rises, keep it safe there. At least you will be protected from high winds and anything falling like power lines.
6. When Hurricane Matthew Is Over
Call your loved ones, ensure everyone is safe, and if you have access your garage or can get to your Porsche for a spot check, take more photos to ensure any damage to the vehicle is documented for insurance purposes.
Be safe and remember, the two “P’s”: People first, Porsche second!!!