2024 Summer Floods – Insurance Claim and Recovery Help

If your home or business was damaged or destroyed due to flooding, United Policyholders’ Roadmap to Recovery® program will help you on your road to recovery and make good decisions or repairing or rebuilding or replacing your home or business. This section of our library will help you access information and tools for overcoming challenges with property, flood and auto insurance claims and reaching a fair settlement.

You can check if your disaster received a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) declaration by visiting: www.disasterassistance.gov/get-assistance/address-lookup

This means SBA and FEMA resources will be available. Survivors can apply for federal aid, even if uninsured.  Disaster assistance may be able to fill insurance gaps or provide help if you’ve been waiting more than 30 days on a homeowner’s claim.

In the months ahead, you will have to deal with lots of paperwork and make important financial decisions.  The word most commonly used to describe people’s mind set after a natural disaster is “overwhelmed.”  While insurance payments can’t bring back your cherished mementos, they are critically important to a successful recovery.

At this time, take care of your family’s immediate needs first. UP recommends focusing on photographing and documenting damaged and destroyed property if you can access it, getting a complete current copy of your insurance policy, and finding temporary lodging that is comfortable and safe.  If you are unable to return to your home, you may be able to access insurance funds through your “Additional Living Expense” Coverage.

This library is for property and business owners, policyholder advocates, elected officials and the media. The Library contains tips, articles, bulletins, forms, reports, statistics, links and a wealth of information. Common challenges include disputes over deductibles, depreciation, repair methods and costs, rotating/inexperienced adjusters, scams, flood policy limits, water, and mold damage exclusions/caps.

Here is a partial list of claim tips and resources United Policyholders is offering those affected by flooding.

Key Insurance Claim Tips:

  • Focus on completely inventorying and valuing all damage and costs to repair or replace your property, regardless of your insurance situation.
  • Keep a diary of conversations with insurance, repair, government, and other professionals.
  • Flood policies have different rules than home policies.
  • If you did not have flood insurance, there may still be damage that may be covered under your homeowner’s policy, depending on how it is written.  Examples could be wind-driven rain, sewage backup due to electrical failure of a pump or other device, other damage due to power outages or surges. This Catch UP video offers helpful info on remediating water damage.
  • If a home or flood insurance adjuster says damage isn’t covered, but you feel it should be, get an independent professional opinion before giving up on getting some or all of your claim paid.

UP offers tips, information, sample letters and tools to help each person recover the full amount they’re entitled to and avoid and solve problems during the insurance claim adjustment process.  Our resources draw on the personal and professional expertise of our volunteers and staff, many of whom lost homes in past disasters.  UP does not sell insurance, give legal advice, or represent individuals in claim matters.  Rest assured, our information and resources are designed to help you, the consumer…no catch, no hidden agenda.

Recovery Tools:

  • The Disaster Recovery Handbook/Household Inventory Guide:  Since 2006, “The Disaster Recovery Handbook and Household Inventory Guide”  has been a trusted book that’s led thousands of people through the process of overcoming obstacles to repairing and rebuilding after a major loss.  The book is written in plain language by disaster survivors for disaster survivors with tips and expert advice from legal, insurance and personal finance professionals.
  • Inventory/Personal Property Claim Worksheets (Excel doc) – United Policyholders Home Inventory Worksheets for you to complete and save on your computer or recovery flash drive

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