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Taking the right steps with a hurricane insurance claim

Hurricane Irma was devastating for many Florida residents. This powerful storm resulted in millions of dollars in property damage, not to mention the loss of life and injuries that occurred as well. In the aftermath of this devastating hurricane, individuals and families throughout the state will be making claims on their hurricane insurance.

In doing so, it is important to take the right steps. A recent article laid out many of the steps that should help hurricane insurance claims go smoothly, starting with perhaps the most important step: read and understand your hurricane insurance policy carefully and thoroughly. One of the most important sections of the policy will have to do with what your obligations are after you suffer a loss.

Next, as Hurricane Irma approached, many Florida residents took the time to protect their property by boarding up windows and securing other loose items that may be subject to damage from high winds and extensive rainfall. This is a smart move any time a major storm blows through Florida, and it can help with your insurance claims.

After the storm has passed, the most important step is to quickly contact your insurance company and follow the appropriate steps to submit a claim. Insurance assessors will then know about your claim and will be able to view the damage associated with the claim. As the recent article noted, it may help to have photos or video of the damage that has occurred to your property, as this information can be handed over to your insurance company to help process the claim.

Source: Sun Sentinel, "How to make your Hurricane Irma insurance claim go smoothly as possible," Ron Hurtibise, Sept. 7, 2017

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