For Immediate Release: October 26, 2012

Goodwin Encourages North Carolinians to Prepare for Hurricane Sandy 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, a new website created by the North Carolina Department of Insurance. 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:

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