For Immediate Release: August 29, 2019

Contact: Marla Sink at 919-807-6017

Prepare your home, be wary of roofing scams as Hurricane Dorian approaches the East Coast

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey is encouraging North Carolinians to prepare their homes and belongings for any natural disaster or emergency that could occur as we approach the official peak of the Atlantic hurricane season Sept. 10.

Hurricane Dorian and Tropical Depression Erin are currently churning in the Atlantic. Erin is expected to bypass the eastern U.S. as it heads toward Canada, but the path of Dorian is still uncertain.

"We've learned from Hurricane Florence and tropical storms in the East, tornadoes in the Piedmont, and mudslides in the West that no one is immune from natural disasters," Commissioner Causey said. "Prepare your home now to put you on the best footing for recovery once the emergency passes."

Commissioner Causey also warns residents that the days after a storm hits are the times when roofing scams often occur. Since July 2018, the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division received 112 complaints regarding potential fraudulent roofers. Several of them took the resident’s insurance money and promised roofing services they never delivered.

Before acting on a contractor’s offer for services, Commissioner Causey asks residents to heed the following advice to avoid becoming a victim:

To help residents prepare for the onslaught of inclement weather that often accompanies hurricane season, please understand the following information.

After the Storm

The storm has hit and the power is out. Now what?

If you have any concerns with your insurance needs, call the Department of Insurance at 855-408-1212 or visit us online at ncdoi.com.

To report suspected roofing or contractor fraud, contact the N.C. Department of Insurance Criminal Investigations Division at 919-807-6840.

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