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After Hurricane Irma: Floridians seek answers on insurance claims, tips on what to do

After Hurricane Irma: Floridians seek answers on insurance claims, tips on what to do

Floridians suffering damage from Hurricane Irma may have questions on insurance claims. Here are tips on what you need to know.

By Don Johnson

      TAMPA, FL — As Floridians begin the cleanup from Hurricane Irma, they begin assessing their options regarding insurance claims. As you might expect, the sooner residents contact their agents concerning damage, the faster the claim will be processed. And as most Floridians know, home insurance can have high deductibles for hurricane damage.

Property damage from Hurricane Irma has been projected at $64 billion to $92 billion by Moody’s Analytics. Four deaths have been linked to the storm. No deaths were reported in the Tampa Bay area, which did not suffer widespread major damage as had been predicted.

Michal Brower, State Farm spokesperson for Florida, said residents should begin to make temporary repairs to prevent further damage to their home or property. Keep a record of time spent and all receipts for work done on your property so you can add the cost to your claim, she said. (For more hurricane news or local news from Florida, click here to sign up for real-time news alerts and newsletters from Tampa Patch. Click here to find your local Florida Patch. If you have an iPhone, click here to get the free Patch iPhone app.)

     Watch: FEMA Says Irma Clean-Up Will Be A Complex And Frustrating Process

 

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