As Hurricane Earl quickly approaches the Virginia, Maryland and Delaware coasts customers should feel assured that Allstate (NYSE: ALL) is prepared to respond quickly.
Allstates National Catastrophe Team has staged 650 personnel (auto, commercial, property and flood insurance adjusters and support staff) and four Mobile Claims Centers in preparation for Hurricane Earl.
Once it is safe to enter the affected areas, Allstate agents and the National Catastrophe Team will be available to help policyholders start the claim process.
Allstate claims personnel are available 24/7 at 1-800-54-STORM where customers can file claims or receive additional information abut the claims process.
The Allstate Mobile Claims Centers, specially equipped vehicles designed to go into impacted areas quickly after storms happen, are deployed to assist Allstate policyholders start the claim process. These units are equipped with satellite phones, wireless data access, generators and even bottled water and teddy bears for kids. They are staffed with the National Catastrophe Team dedicated to helping Allstate policyholders begin the claims process.
How to help protect yourself and your family in advance of a storm
.Conduct a home inventory recording each of your possessions. Its also helpful to keep track of model numbers and stores where items were purchased. Store your inventory, including photos and videos, in a safe place away from your home.
.Develop an evacuation plan that includes identification of safe areas, escape routes, meeting locations and plans for pets.
.Prepare an Emergency Supply Kit including a three-day supply of water, non-perishable food, radio and batteries, flashlight and first-aid kit.
.Remove any diseased and damaged limbs from trees to keep them from blowing around during a storm and causing property or automobile damage.
.Purchase materials such as 3/4 plywood that can be used to reinforce your windows, doors and garage doors. Install anchors and pre-drill holes for the plywood so you can install them quickly in the event of a storm.
Minimize your losses
.Review your home insurance policy and coverage limits with an agent. Know what you are and are not covered for in the event of a hurricane.
.Find out if you have comprehensive auto coverage for damage to your car caused by falling objects or flood.
.Gather important documents such as insurance policies, birth certificates and identification. Make sure to place them in a waterproof container.