For Immediate Release: September 1, 2010

Contacts: Kristin Milam or Kerry Hall: 919-807-6011

Commissioner Goodwin Urges Consumers to Prepare for Hurricane Earl

The N.C. Department of Insurance offers tips for what to do before and after a storm hits.

RALEIGH -- Weather forecasts indicate that Hurricane Earl is on a path that could impact North Carolina this week. Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin is reminding all North Carolinians to take precautions before the storm's arrival.

"Hurricanes can affect homeowners in every part of our state," said Commissioner Goodwin. "The steps you take before a storm hits can help protect your property and ease the process of making an insurance claim should you unfortunately suffer damage or loss."

Before a storm hits, you should:

Take the following measures after the storm hits:

The Department of Insurance's Consumer Services Division is available to assist consumers with questions or complaints. Consumers can call the following numbers during business hours for help with insurance questions: 919-807-6750 (local or outside of N.C.) or toll free within North Carolina, 1-800-546-5664.