October 4, 2016
Samantha Sexton – VP Legislative and Regulatory Affairs – Personal Insurance Federation of Florida
With life-threatening rains expected to saturate Florida’s east coast, the Personal Insurance Federation of Florida urges consumers to brace for Hurricane Matthew’s approach. By preparing for the worst circumstances, homeowners can increase their odds of not only protecting their family, but valuables.
Visit www.floridadisaster.org for emergency information and updates throughout the storm. The Florida Division of Emergency Management provides the public with information about shelters, evacuation routes and zones, and urgent alerts. Track Hurricane Matthew and close-by Nicole by following the National Hurricane Center’s periodic updates.
And as with any pending situation, #GetAPlan. PIFF not only supports preparing for a storm with a plan, but communicating the plan with friends and family members in case of an emergency. Also consider bookmarking the specific County Emergency Management websites and writing down all important contact numbers in case the power is out for an extended prior of time and the internet is inaccessible.
Finally, hurricane-proof your house before Hurricane Matthew’s arrival and keep understand your policy. Most homeowners’ policies have specific deductibles that apply to hurricane damage, and it benefits the policy-holder to fully understand how these will impact the claim.
If you experience any weather related damage, call your insurance company or agent first. Specific contact information is located on the back of insurance cards.
Stay safe, Florida.