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fema.gov After you apply for disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), you may be contacted by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). If you are asked to submit an application for a low-interest SBA disaster loan, don’t hesitate.
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Who knew? FEMA pays in 2 ft increments.
PLEASE SHARE: If you are assisting in wet material removal, please have homeowner take several pictures of damage. Include water marks with heights. I am a FEMA Inspector, and if someone does not get out to the house for inspection for several weeks, and the high water mark can not be found, money may not be issued for damages. Additionally, if high water mark is only at 12", dont cut above 24". FEMA pays out in 2' increments. If you cut 4' of wall out and a water mark is found at 6". They will only receive enough money for 2'. Thank you for helping, but do so in an educated manner. Lets reduce as many headaches as possible, or not create some in the process. Thank you, and God Bless. #harvey #texasstrong #houstonstrong
Conventional wisdom says Harvey may be the largest disaster in the history of our country. I hope this isn't true for you.
In the coming weeks, as we each dig out, multiplied billions of dollars will be pumped into our State, County, and City economies. I am hoping this catastrophe proves to be a huge boom to our economy. In the short haul, I know it is devastating to you.
My office will be closed on Monday, for Labor Day. I do not want this to inconvenience you, so here are some important numbers that may assist you if you need to call in the meantime.
1. Farmers Claims 1-800-435-7764 ( For your Farmers, Foremost, and Bristol West Policies)
2. Colonial Claims: 1-800-356-6326 ( For your Farmers Flood Claims that have already been reported)
3. Texas Windstorm Insurance Association: 1-800-788-8427 ( To report a claim against your Texas Windstorm Insurance Association Policy)
4. FEMA: 1-800-621-3362 ( To register for disaster assistance)
5. FEMA Flood Policies Claims: 1-800-767-4341 ( To report a flood claim, if your policy is directly with FEMA)
6. Wellington : 1-800-447-6465 or [email protected] ( To report a claim for your Wellington Insurance Policy)
8. Hagerty: 1-800-385-0274 ( To report a claim)
I know you've already rolled up your sleeves, and are using this weekend to recover. I hope you are safe, fed, and hydrated this weekend.
FEMA - Get the assistance you need
fema.gov There is a lot of misinformation circulating online and because rumors spread fast please tell a friend, share this page, and help us provide accurate information. Check here often for an on-going list of rumors and their true or false status.
Filing a Flood Insurance Claim:
fema.gov Filing a Flood Insurance ClaimIf you have experienced a flood, you can file your flood insurance claim by following these three steps.STEP ONE: NOTIFY YOUR INSURER TO START THE CLAIMS PROCESSAfter experiencing a flood, contact your agent or insurance company to file a claim. Make sure you have the f...
Flood or Hurricane Claims: If you are my client, call me, my office is open. 281-444-2226. If you cannot get in touch with me and you have a Farmers or Foremost Policy, you may call Farmers Insurance Flood Claims hotline at 1-800-759-8656. If that fails or you have other damage to your Farmers, or Foremost Insured property, call our claims department at 1-800-435-7764. If you are insured by my agency, but your policy is with another insurance company, call my office and I will process your claim. The link below outlines the Flood Claims process. I am here to help you. https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1454965506940-fabb104bfd871fd94e3c6ce5e3d59e19/NFIP_Flood_Claim_Process.pdf
It's a great day in the world to be an American! If you have been flooded during Hurricane Harvey, and you didn't have insurance, all is not lost. You may file for Disaster Assistance with FEMA here: https://www.fema.gov/apply-assistance
fema.gov This page provides information and guidance for disaster survivors who want to apply for assistance related to a federally declared disaster. It inlcudes a link to complete an application for FEMA assistance, a list of items you need when you apply for FEMA assistance, and the phone number for FEMA…
There has been a huge amount of misinformation circulating on social media about the impact of HB 1774 (the hailstorm bill) as it relates to the catastrophic events we are experiencing due to Hurricane Harvey. Our friends at TSLA put out a good explanation of accurate information to help spread the right facts, so we will copy their explanation here.
HB 1774 does not change the insurance claims process. A person making a claim with their insurance company after September 1, 2017 will go through the same process as a person making a claim before September 1, 2017.
The new law applies only to a lawsuit that is filed against an insurance company by a policyholder when the policyholder's insurance claim is not timely paid or is underpaid, or when the insurance company acts in bad faith in dealing with the policyholder's claim.
Lawsuits are the exception, not the rule. The vast majority of Texans will go through the regular insurance claims process without needing to file a lawsuit.
Texans continue to have the strongest consumer protections in the nation against insurance companies. This includes the full recovery of amounts owed under an insurance policy, plus penalty interest, court costs, and attorney fees. Additionally, if the insurance company acts fraudulently or in bad faith, Texans may recover triple the amount of their actual damages, which is unchanged by the new statute.
The primary purpose of the new statute is to require written notice of a dispute before a lawsuit is filed. If a lawsuit is filed, it would happen months or years after the initial claim was made with the insurance company. Nothing in the new law passed by the Legislature earlier this year requires that the initial insurance claim be made in writing or by a specific date.
This requirement for a written pre-suit notice (not pre-claim notice) to the insurance company ensures the company is aware of its policyholder's complaint and has had an opportunity to adequately address that complaint before being sued.
Furthermore, the new law will not apply to most claims or lawsuits arising from Harvey, because most of the policyholders' claims will be for damage caused by flooding. These claims will be made under the federal flood insurance program and governed by federal law.
Similarly, the new law will not apply to lawsuits pursued against the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA), which is subject to an entirely different statute governing post-disaster lawsuits. TWIA provides insurance for many people affected by Harvey.
The new law is designed to do two important things:
Discourage the feeding frenzy by lawyers and contractors following natural events occurring in Texas over the past several years. These unscrupulous actors have taken advantage of thousands of hard-working Texans over the past several years.
Encourage out-of-state insurance adjusters to come work in Texas following a massive disaster like Harvey. In the following days and weeks, it will be critically important for out-of-state adjusters to work in Texas to ensure that insurance claims are evaluated and paid in a timely manner.
In sum, the new law does not affect the claims process. Instead, it affects only the lawsuits that sometimes follow the claims process. Furthermore, it does not create a new deadline for action by policyholders.
As Harvey Makes His Way to the Texas Coast Farmers Insurance® Gets Ready to Help
Mobile Claims Centers and Staff Nearby to Help Customers Following Harvey’s Landfall
Woodland Hills, Calif. (August 24, 2017) – As Harvey gears up for landfall in Texas and continues to gain strength, Farmers Insurance® has deployed two Mobile Claims Centers (MCCs) and trained catastrophe response adjusters prepared to move into the damaged areas as soon as Harvey moves through.
Farmers® urges customers in or around the path of Harvey to listen closely to the National Weather Service as well as local authorities in their area and follow the advice provided.
Farmers will post the locations of the MCCs on www.Farmers.com/catastrophe and on its social media channels.
Farmers has a number of tips to help customers prepare for the next few days:
• Don’t wait – evacuate: If instructed to or considering evacuation, act quickly. Flooding is likely during a hurricane and potential evacuation routes could be affected.
• Unplug: Unplug devices and appliances like T.V.’s, computers, microwaves and stoves. Widespread power outages are possible and can last weeks, as the storm passes, power surges could cause serious damage to your electronics.
• Try to save the food: Keep the refrigerator plugged in and on the lowest temperature setting possible to help prevent food loss if there is a power outage. If evacuating, it’s a good idea to take everything out and move it to the evacuation location.
• Utilities: If ordered to do so, or planning to evacuate, turn off the utilities (water, gas and electric). If the utilities are off and customers are evacuating it’s prudent to leave a note in a sealed plastic bag taped to the front door letting emergency services know that the utilities are off.
• Don’t go outside: Stay indoors, away from windows and glass doors while the storm passes. Close all internal doors and lock external doors. According to IBHS (Institute for Business and Home Safety), during the height of the storm seek shelter in an interior room, closet or hallway on the lowest level of the home. If in a high-rise, seek shelter below the 10th floor of the building.
Farmers customers in the area who have damage from the storms can call their agent or the 24-hour claims center for assistance.
• Farmers Claims Contact Center number: 1-800-435-7764.
• Foremost and 21st Century customers can also use the 1-800-435-7764 number for immediate assistance.
• Bristol West customers can call 1-800-274-7865 for immediate assistance.
• Spanish-language claims assistance is available to Farmers customers by calling: 877-RECLAMO (877-732-5266).
farmers.com The Farmers mobile claims fleet continues to provide immediate catastrophe claims service to customers. And we provide supplies to everyone in need.
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