CONSUMER TIPS FOR HURRICANE IVAN
The Florida Department of Financial Services is mobilized to assist with insurance and banking questions and concerns. Residents should call our toll-free hotline at 800-22-STORM. The department has already assisted more than 17,000 Floridians coping with the aftermath of Hurricane Charley, and many more after Frances.
Safeguard important documents such as your insurance policy information, company contact numbers, and mortgage documents and take them with you in the event of evacuation.
Have plenty of cash on hand
since access to ATMs, debit cards and credit cards will be limited in the event
of power outages.
Buy tarps. If the storm damages your roof, you’ll want to cover the area with water-resistant material, like a tarp or plastic sheeting when it is safe to do so.
After the storm:
If forced to evacuate your home, let your agent or insurance company know your temporary forwarding address and phone number.
Immediately report property damage to your insurance agent and company.
Make emergency repairs to protect from further damage, document the damage and repairs in writing, and with receipts and photos. Keep receipts for those repairs so that your insurance company can reimburse you.
Maintain copies of your household inventory and other documentation, including photos. This will assist the adjuster in assessing the value of the destroyed property
If considering the assistance of a public insurance adjuster, verify that they are licensed by calling the department’s toll-free consumer helpline at 1-800-342-2762.
Be sure you understand how much a public insurance adjuster is
charging and what services are included before signing any contract.
Our September skyline is Charlotte Harbor looking toward Punta Gorda before Hurricane Charley.