New York State
Insurance Department


ISSUED: 6/13/2000

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


DEPARTMENT ADVISES COASTAL AREA HOMEOWNERS
TO BE PREPARED FOR SUMMER STORMS


            Superintendent of Insurance Neil D. Levin today advised New York coastal area homeowners to prepare for the hurricane season by reviewing their homeowners’ policies. Hurricane season, which starts in June and ends in November, can result in tremendous property damage, so consumers are encouraged to educate themselves about their insurance needs by reviewing their insurance policies to make sure they are adequately covered.

            Important aspects of coverage include:

            The Department reminds New Yorkers if property damage occurs they should contact their individual insurer representatives as soon as possible. Also, every effort should be taken to protect their homes from further damage, such as covering any roof damage that has occurred as a result of the storms. Permanent repairs should wait until the insurance company’s adjuster has inspected the property.

            In addition, the Insurance Department’s toll-free hotline offers assistance with hurricane- related insurance inquiries or complaints. The toll-free number is 1-800-342-3736. The Department’s hotline is staffed from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. by insurance experts from the Department’s Consumer Services Bureau. Also, visit the Department’s Web site www.ins.state.ny.us for more information about summer storm preparedness.

                  


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