For Immediate Release: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Insurance Department Provides Flood Insurance and Recovery Tips for Ohioans
COLUMBUS – Lieutenant Governor and Department of Insurance Director Mary Taylor is offering information and tips for Ohioans impacted by the heavy rain that caused flooding across the state.
“Knowing what steps to take following a severe weather event can be difficult and stressful,” Taylor said. “It’s important that Ohioans stay safe while assessing damage and contact their insurance agent right away. I also encourage them to contact the Ohio Department of Insurance for any guidance.”
A severe weather preparation and recovery toolkit, which includes flood insurance information, is available on the Department’s website at www.insurance.ohio.gov. Ohioans can call the Department’s consumer hotline at 800-686-1526 with insurance-related questions.
Damage caused by rain, hail, lightning and tornadoes are generally covered by standard homeowner’s, renter’s and business insurance policies, and an auto insurance policy’s “comprehensive” or “other than collision” coverage. Flood insurance is not included in typical homeowner’s, renter’s and business insurance policies.
Flood insurance is made available by the federal National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) at www.floodsmart.gov and is purchased through an insurance agent. People should regularly review their need for flood insurance because there is a 30-day waiting period for coverage to start.
If you suffered storm damage, Taylor said you should:
Taylor offers these tips to avoid becoming a victim of contractor fraud:
Those who have been victimized by contractor fraud should contact the Department’s fraud hotline at 800-686-1527. You can follow the Department on Facebook and Twitter.
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