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LAST MINUTE STORM PREPARATIONS FOR BUSINESSES

 LAST MINUTE STORM PREPARATIONS FOR BUSINESSES
 PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Once a hurricane warning has


been issued, business owners have little time left to prepare for disaster.
 Primary concern should be for life safety. But in the hours prior to evacuation, several steps can make the recovery much easier, says CIGNA property & casualty insurance property insurance expert, Bob Wise.
 The first step is to make sure family and employee safety arrangements have been made. As time allows, take the following steps to protect your business:
 -- If you've been told to evacuate, take the warning seriously.
 -- Secure your business property as best you can, if you have time.
 -- Back up computer data, and carry the disks with you.
 -- Photograph inventory, to the extent possible, and take the film with you. If time allows, inventory one-of-a-kind items, for example, specialized machinery or gears that would likely cost more than the normal stock.
 -- To the extent possible, remove valuable papers and artifacts from the basement and top floors of your buildings.
 -- Make sure fire suppression systems are in service before leaving.
 -- Get some cash before you leave, on your way out of town or while you're gone; your bank may be damaged in the storm, and cash machines won't work if the power is out.
 -- Keep your insurance policy with you, if you have it available. Keep your agents' and insurance company's "800" number on you, perhaps on the policy or in your wallet. (CIGNA's southeast-U.S. claim number is 800 282-4561; for after hours emergencies, call 800 523-9254)
 -- Let your employees know how to contact you for information on when you'll reopen, and what you'll do if your place of business is severely damaged.
 -- Make sure you have food and batteries available either on site, if you stay, or with you, for when you get back. You'll likely return before electricity will.
 CIGNA Companies are leading providers of insurance, health care, employee benefits, pension and investment management, and related financial services to businesses and individuals, worldwide.
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 /CONTACT: David Willis, 215-761-4747, or home, 609-228-3210, or


Warren Levy, 215-761-4750, or home, 215-348-0737, both of CIGNA/ CO: CIGNA Corporation ST: Pennsylvania IN: INS SU:

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