TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - It was a rough start to the week for many in the Southeast as violent storms ripped through portions of the southeast particularly in Alabama. As residents begin the recovery process, the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI) says the first step is to contact your insurer and start the claims process.
“Our thoughts are with those who have been impacted by this recent round of violent weather,” said Chris Hackett PCI’s senior director of personal lines policy. “Homeowners should contact their insurance company or agent through their toll free phone number, app or website. Insurers plan for catastrophes and are prepared to assist homeowners immediately. Company adjustors are now in the field helping homeowners and renters begin rebuilding.”
Most severe weather related events like hail and tornados are covered under either a homeowners, renters or commercial insurance policy. Renters insurance covers a policyholder’s personal possessions damaged by tornados. Windstorm and hail damage for cars is covered by the comprehensive coverage in an auto insurance policy.
This storm highlights the importance of always being prepared and ensuring residents have the proper coverage for their homes and businesses. The increase in storm activity in past few days also puts a spotlight on the need to curb abuses from unscrupulous individuals and companies that capitalize on consumers during a time of need.
“It’s important to contact your company first before signing any documents with a contractor or vendor,” added Hackett.
PCI’s Tornado Recovery Tips:
PCI's Tornado Headquarters offers vital information for those impacted by tornadoes, as well as preparedness tips for those living in tornado-prone areas. Follow us on twitter @PCIAA and use #HaveAPlan as we continue to provide tips on what to do before and after a tornado.
Here’s a list of PCI Member Company Toll-Free Policyholder Claim Numbers: http://bit.ly/PCITollFreeNumbers