TORNADO VICTIMS: STATE’S STORM HOTLINE READY TO ASSIST
Florida’s chief financial officer
urged residents whose homes or businesses were damaged on Christmas
tornados that struck several Central Florida counties to call the
Department of Financial Services’ storm hotline at 1-800-22-STORM if
they need help filing an insurance claim or checking the licensure
of an adjuster.
storm spawned tornados that damaged numerous homes and businesses in
several counties including Columbia, Lake, Pasco and Volusia.
Consumer specialists are available to help answer questions about
insurance adjusters or what steps to take before an adjuster
arrives. The department especially urges residents to be
particularly wary if any adjuster or contractor who demands cash and
to read and understand contracts before signing.
It is recommended that property owners take the following actions if
they suffered damage:
- Make emergency
repairs to protect from further damage, document the damage and
repairs in writing, and with receipts and photos.
property damage to your insurance agent and company.
Gather copies of your
household inventory and other documentation, including photos.
This will assist the adjuster in assessing the value of the
If you must leave your
home because of the damage, let your agent or insurance company
know your temporary forwarding address and phone number.
Beware of fly-by-night repair
businesses. Hire licensed and reputable service people.
If considering the assistance of a
public insurance adjuster, verify that they are licensed by
calling the department’s storm hotline.
Be sure you understand how much a
public insurance adjuster is charging and what services are
included before signing any contract.