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Before the storm
■ Contact an insurance agent for the protection level you choose and can afford. Update existing policies to reflect purchases, improvements and property value adjustments. Be sure to consult the flood insurance rate maps, your mortgage lender or agent to see how recent flood category changes affected your flood insurance needs. In thousands of cases, lenders will be requiring flood insurance this year.
■ Create a file containing information about all of your possessions and keep it in a secure place, such as a safe deposit box or waterproof container. This file should have a copy of your insurance policies, agent’s contact information, plus an inventory of property with a videotaped or photographed record of all major items and valuables. Include serial numbers and store receipts for major appliances and electronics. Have jewelry and artwork appraised.
When disaster strikes
■ It is your responsibility to take reasonable precautions to protect your home from damage. If water is pouring in from a hole in the roof or a broken window, covering those with wood or plastic may prevent further loss until a proper repair can be made. Take photos of the damage before and after making temporary repairs.
■ Don’t throw away damaged items until an adjuster visits the property. If you are evacuated or must leave for safety reasons, be sure to contact your insurance agent as soon as possible.
■ File insurance claims as quickly as possible. Be aware of time limits and make your notification in writing as soon as possible.
■ If your home is uninhabitable after the storm, keep all receipts for food, lodging and travel. If your property is evacuated, yet it wasn’t damaged, check to see if your insurance covers this and what the deductible is.
■ Record all damage with photos and videos to submit to the insurance company.
■ Florida Market Assistance Plan
■ Citizens Property Insurance Corp.
■ National Flood Insurance Program
■ Florida Insurance Council
■ Florida Department of Financial Services