COLUMBUS, Ohio--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Nationwide and Allied Insurance claim representatives and agents are prepared to assist customers should Tropical Storm Karen become a weather-related disaster. As weather alerts and reports from around the country track the storm patterns, Nationwide has teams and resources in place to respond quickly to its customers’ needs.
“Claims reported by our customers will be assessed quickly to assure fast and quality service”
Policyholders with storm damage should call the Nationwide claims hotline at 800-421-3535.
“Claims reported by our customers will be assessed quickly to assure fast and quality service,” says Ken Enscoe, Nationwide’s senior director of catastrophe claims operations. “It’s important for us to prepare early and be ready to act quickly for our customers.”
Nationwide urges policyholders to review their insurance policies as part of preparation. Policyholders also can take the following steps now to help prepare:
- Examine your property to ensure there are no physical and/or liability hazards present.
- Find out if your home meets current building code requirements for high-wind regions. If you are uncertain, call a qualified professional architect, engineer, building contractor, or your local building department.
- Protect the four critical areas where wind can enter: roof, windows, doors and garage doors. If necessary, build and install temporary protection, such as approved wind shutters or plywood on windows; coverings for patio and entry doors; garage door reinforcement; and, heavy-duty door hardware.
- Turn off power and water.
- Move anything in your yard that can become flying debris inside your house or garage.
- Protect mementos in waterproof containers and/or take the items with you if you evacuate. (Other household items can be replaced.)
- When working outside, replace gravel/rock landscaping material with shredded bark and trim trees in precarious positions.
- Read and understand your insurance policy to ensure you have adequate homeowner and auto coverage and that the deductibles you have selected are reasonable for your needs.
- Inventory valuables and contents in the home with pictures or video. Note the approximate value of each item and the date of purchase. You can also send an inventory to a family member outside your region for safekeeping.
- Make sure important documents, such as an insurance policy or mortgage papers, are stored in a safe deposit or fire safe box.
- Flood water that enters into a home may be covered by the specialized flood coverage underwritten by FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program and is available for purchase through most insurance agents.
Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, based in Columbus, Ohio, is one of the largest and strongest diversified insurance and financial services organizations in the U.S. and is rated A+ by both A.M. Best and Standard & Poor’s. The company provides customers a full range of insurance and financial services, including auto insurance, motorcycle, boat, homeowners, pet, life insurance, farm, commercial insurance, annuities, mortgages, mutual funds, pensions, long-term savings plans and specialty health services. For more information, visit www.nationwide.com.
Allied Insurance is a property and casualty insurer established in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1929. Allied operates in 33 states through a network of independent agents with regional offices in Denver, CO; Des Moines, IA; Lincoln, NE; Gainesville, FL; and Sacramento, CA. Allied has been a member of the Nationwide family of companies since 1998, and is responsible for Nationwide’s independent agency system. Nationwide, based in Columbus, Ohio, is one of the country’s largest multi-line insurers and financial services organizations. Information is available at www.alliedinsurance.com.
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