The safety and security of yourself, your family and your friends is the first priority. After that, if you or someone you know has completely lost or sustained damage to a home or personal property that’s insured, you/they will need to begin taking steps to file an insurance claim. The details and specifics of an insurance claim might be the last thing you/they would want to do right now. However, the sooner the claims process is started, the better.
Today, I contacted a local homeowners insurance claims adjuster who has had extensive experience adjusting catastrophic claims after natural disasters like tornadoes and hurricanes. I asked him to share some quick tips on how people should begin filing a claim following the tornado that hit Central Arkansas yesterday. Here’s what he shared with me:
“Daniel, there isn’t really a generic way to do it since each claim is somewhat different. It helps if a homeowner can have some idea of the damage to the home to give to the adjuster when he calls(ie: walls down, roof off, water damage,etc). This gives the adjuster an idea of how long he will need to plan to be on site. Personal Property: It is also good for homeowners to begin to make a list of their contents as soon as they can. (This will help them begin to move beyond dealing with the loss). Typically people need help with this process from friends. There are other things to do that will be more claim-specific, but they will need to follow the lead of the adjusters. Know that the adjuster is there to help them.“