1.1 million OnStar subscribers dwell on the coastal regions of Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea. With news from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicting a 70 percent likelihood of 11 named storms during this year’s hurricane season, it’s only fitting to understand how OnStar can help during an emergency situation.
With OnStar’s network and relationships with more than 6,000 911 emergency call centers, help is only a push of a button away should drivers encounter severe weather.
“Staying informed and developing an emergency plan can make the biggest difference during a severe weather season,” said Mary Ann Adams, OnStar crisis incident manager. “Safety and security are at the foundation of our services and we are available to subscribers at any time with weather updates, traffic conditions, evacuation routes and to direct emergency services.”
OnStar can provide vital weather condition updates for those living and visiting the region during hurricane season, including severe weather alerts and will even guide you to the nearest shelter. Navigation response services can also put drivers in touch with love ones in the event of a weather emergency.
That feature is only heightened by OnStar’s hands-free calling minutes. During the Oklahoma and Texas flooding, OnStar provided 65,000 complimentary minutes to drivers to connect subscribers with loved ones when a cell phone signal functioned improperly.
OnStar has provided three simple tips to ensure a safer driving season during severe weather:
- Create a disaster kit with essentials: Always include enough food and water for each person. Also make sure that you have copies of personal documents and, extra cash and traveler’s checks.
- Take steps to protect your property: Minimize the likelihood for damage by installing hurricane shutters, securing loose siding and removing diseased tree limbs near your home.
- Set your evacuation plan beforehand: Knowing what to do in case something happens can save time and lives. Determine if you live in a flood zone, stay alert for extended rainfall and flooding and be prepared to evacuate if advised by authorities.
Combined with OnStar’s state-of-the-art emergency services, drivers can be one step closer to being prepared during this year’s hurricane season.