For Immediate Release: October 26, 2012
Goodwin Encourages North Carolinians to Prepare for Hurricane Sandy
NCHurriClaims.com provides insurance tips for the hurricane season.
RALEIGH -- With a tropical storm watch in effect for parts of North Carolina, Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin reminds all North Carolinians to be prepared for severe weather by visiting www.NCHurriClaims.com, a new website created by the North Carolina Department of Insurance.
NCHurriClaims.com is North Carolina’s source of insurance-related information pertaining to hurricanes and other natural disasters. The website includes tips for before and after a storm, descriptions of insurance coverages, important contact information and more.
"It’s always better to be safe than sorry," said Goodwin. "Compiling important documents and making a home inventory are simple things you can do right now to ease the insurance claims process should you suffer property damage or loss."
Before a storm approaches, you should:
- Gather all important paperwork, including copies of insurance policies, medical records, prescriptions, etc. Make sure you bring copies with you if you are forced to evacuate.
- Make a list of your belongings and take pictures or shoot video of them. Keep your inventory list, purchase receipts, pictures/video and your insurance policy in a safe-deposit box or other safe place away from your home, or email them to yourself.
- In the event of a storm, take action to protect your property. Cover your windows with storm shutters, siding or plywood. Move vehicles into garages when possible, or park them near your home and away from trees.
- Prevent outdoor items from becoming projectiles that can harm your property or neighboring homes. Grills, patio furniture and potted plants should be moved into the house or garage. Loose objects in your yard can become missiles, so tie down anything you cannot bring indoors.
If you have questions or problems concerning your insurance coverage, contact the Department of Insurance’s consumer helpline at 1-800-546-5664. Learn more about the importance of reviewing your insurance policies, creating a home inventory, and compiling important documents in a secure place at www.NCHurriClaims.com.