Palm Beach, FL – Florida’s second-largest insurance company braces for over 100,000 insurance claims after Hurricane Irma hits Palm Beach.
This past Wednesday, the second largest insurer in Florida, Citizens Property Insurance Corp., approved more than $343,000 in emergency spending in order to bring in 800 extra insurance clams adjusters from different companies after Hurricane Irma hits. The Palm Beach Post reports that officials within the company recognizes the issues they had getting the number of adjusters needed during last year’s Hurricane Matthew, which is why they are taking the extra measures this year.
The number of insurance claims anticipated after Hurricane Irma makes landfall is massive. To put it in perspective, 100,000 claims represents over a fifth of Citizens’ total customers, with up to 250,000 of them in the hurricane’s potential path.
Another Florida insurance company, Florida Property & Casualty Association, told policyholders that they should be prepared to take action after Hurricane Irma hits. They have advised their customers to call their insurance agent or the insurance company’s claims hotline before signing any kind of repair contract. They also recommend that policyholders stay cautious about giving away their policy proceeds and benefits to a third party vendor.
Insurance companies in Florida are not the only ones preparing for the massive storm. AT&T had its workers test back-up batteries at cell sites, top off fuel generators, and protect facilities against flooding. They also put emergency response equipment in key locations.
Joe York, AT&T Florida president, tells the Palm Beach Post they have worked for the past few days to place crews to respond to the storm and to strategically position equipment. While York says that “with a storm of this size, we may have some outages,” they will do everything they can to get service back up as soon as possible.
Mobile providers are also doing all they can to help people with family members who live in an area that has already been hit by Hurricane Irma. Verizon is offering free calling and texting from the U.S. to the British Virgin Islands, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Puerto Rico, and Turks and Caicos. Boost Mobile, Sprint, and Virgin Mobile said their U.S. customers will not be charged for international calls and text overage fees to Anguilla, the British Virgin Islands, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Turks and Caicos.
Hurricane Irma is one of the largest recorded Atlantic storms in history. If you haven’t already, now is the time to contact your insurance provider and make sure your homeowner’s insurance policy covers flood and other storm-related damage. If you live in Palm Beach and have property damage after the hurricane hits, then it is important you leave no stone unturned when it comes to the insurance claims process.
An experienced insurance claims lawyer in Palm Beach will make sure you receive the compensation you are entitled to. If your insurer is giving you a hard time about sending the money you need for repairs, USAttorneys.com will pair you with a Florida insurance claims attorney who will deal with the insurance company for you.
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