Hurricane Irene – Urgent

Although no one knows how Hurricane Irene may effect Central Pennsylvania; according to the national weather service there has been a slight shift to Hurricane Irene’s track which could bring her closer to the mid Atlantic coastline.  There is the real potential for heavy rains and damaging winds in our area of Pennsylvania.   Now is the time to prepare.

Here are a few hints and reminders:

  1. Move loose objects such as toys, garbage cans, and lawn furniture to the house or garage
  2. If your camper is still open for the summer, secure it and roll up the awnings
  3. Make sure you have a battery operated radio and plenty of batteries.
  4. Get your prescriptions filled
  5. Fill your car with gas (no electricity, no pumps)
  6. Get some extra cash
  7. Keep your cell phone fully charged
  8. Know how to safely shut off electric and gas supply lines in the event of flooding
  9. Have a safe place to park your car and/or store your watercraft
  10. If you need to drive, avoid washed out and wet roads. There could be downed electric lines that are hidden as well as strong currents that could sweep your car away.
  11. Stay informed



  1.  Inspect your property as soon as it is safe to do so. Especially look for leaks and structural damage.
  2. Monitor any boilers that must remain on line.
  3. Know how to safely shut off electric and gas supply lines in the event of flooding
  4. If the power goes off, make sure to turn off electrical switches so that when the power comes back on the surge does not damage your equipment. 


Always do whatever you can to protect your property from further damage.  Do NOT wait for an adjuster to view the property.  Take pictures or save the damaged items, but do what you can to avoid further damage.  Start the clean up and drying out process as soon as possible.

Consult The Coup Agency web site for the phone number for your insurance carrier so that you can report any damage directly to them. 

 To accommodate our clients, we will open early at 7am on Monday, August 29th so that we can take your claims calls.  If you have a serious emergency and you cannot reach your insurance company at the number on our web site, and you have questions that can’t wait until Monday, you can contact any one of the following: 

Julie Reedy  –  570-713-5002

Jeff Coup  –  570-412-1436 

Stay informed by watching the Weather Channel, local TV or listening to the radio for alerts.