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Protect Your Boats, Cars, Motorcycles and RVs This Hurricane Season

<p class='bwalignc'> <b>Progressive car insurance has tips to protect vehicles against summer storms</b> </p>

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Protect Your Boats, Cars, Motorcycles and RVs This Hurricane Season15:49 EDT Thursday, June 02, 2011 MAYFIELD VILLAGE, Ohio (Business Wire) -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts an above-normal hurricane season this year, with as many as 10 hurricanes forming over the Atlantic Ocean. Progressive car insurance reminds boaters, bikers and drivers that it is important to prepare early and create a plan for what you and your family should do in a severe-weather situation. Progressive's severe weather website – progressiveresponds.com – prepares drivers with safety tips and details on how to file insurance claims. In addition, Progressive's National Catastrophe Response Team, a specially trained and equipped claims team, works with local claims reps to get customers back on the road quickly after big storms. “You can't control the weather, but being prepared for it is one way to stay safe,” said Scott Snapp, director of Progressive's National Catastrophe Response Team. “Take the time to learn and prepare for hurricane season by gathering the supplies you may need and putting together a checklist or plan for your family.” A few weather-preparation tips include: Develop an in-car emergency kit including first-aid supplies, flares/reflectors, a blanket, a flashlight, a portable radio, cash, credit cards, snacks and extra batteries. Regularly check equipment like weather radios, flashlights, and smoke detectors to ensure they are in working order. Designate an out-of-town contact that your family members can call in case you are separated. It is often easier to make long-distance calls after an emergency. Never drive through standing water. Underlying currents could carry your vehicle away and your car could stall, trapping you in rising floodwaters. Take important documents with you. Place your insurance documents, vehicle registration, title and other important documents in a waterproof bag and keep them with you. Review your insurance policy for your responsibilities, any named storm exclusions, and/or coverage alterations from a named storm. Develop a severe weather evacuation plan that includes a safe place to meet if you are at home, school, work, or in a car when a severe-weather warning is issued. Visit www.progressiveresponds.com for additional safety tips About Progressive The Progressive Group of Insurance Companies makes it easy to understand, buy, and use auto insurance. Progressive offers choices so consumers can reach us whenever, wherever, and however it's most convenient for them—online at progressive.com, by phone at 1-800-PROGRESSIVE, or in-person with a local agent. Progressive offers insurance for personal and commercial autos and trucks, motorcycles, boats, recreational vehicles, and homes. It's the fourth largest auto insurer in the country, the largest seller of motorcycle insurance, and a leader in commercial auto insurance. Progressive also offers car insurance online in Australia at http://www.progressiveonline.com.au. Founded in 1937, Progressive continues its long history of offering shopping tools and services that save customers time and money, like Name Your Price®, the Snapshot DiscountSM, and a concierge level of claims service. The Common Shares of The Progressive Corporation, the Mayfield Village, Ohio-based holding company, trade publicly at (NYSE:PGR). Progressive PRBrittany Senary, 440-395-7249bsenary1@progressive.com