How Lessons Learned from Storm Sandy Can Help Your Practice

September 20, 2013

When Storm Sandy made landfall in the greater New York City area in October 2012, it was like the stuff of a science fiction movie. Ocean surges overtook entire communities. Mass transit systems were paralyzed and tunnels flooded. Millions were without power for days.1 Thousands were left homeless. Not since the Great September Gale of 1821 has a hurricane directly targeted parts of New York City.2

Almost a year later, many small businesses within Sandy's wide East Coast swath are still struggling to get back on their feet. According to the U.S. Chamber Foundation's Business Civic Leadership Center, between 60,000 and 100,000 small businesses have been negatively affected and as many as 30% of them will fail in the coming months. Early estimates put insured losses as high as $20 billion not including national flood claims, making Sandy the third costliest U.S. hurricane based on insured losses, topped only by Hurricane Katrina ($46.6 billion) and Hurricane Andrew ($22.9 billion).3

What has Sandy taught us? How can experiences from this east coast disaster help you better prepare your practice, regardless of geographic location, for future events?

Explore the lessons learned and how your practice can be better prepared. You'll find real life examples and practical advice for how to prepare and protect your practice for future events like Storm Sandy.

For more information on business insurance coverage for your practice, speak with a Hartford representative at 1-800-417-8054 or visit www.thehartford.com/amainsurance.

1"Hurricane Sandy Power Outage Map," Huffington Post, 10/30/2012
2 NYC Hazards, NYC Hurricane History; New York City Office of Emergency Management
Insurance Information Institute http://www.iii.org/facts_statistics/hurricanes.html

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