The BBB have put together important information and numbers for AFTER the storm:
Food Safety Tips from Food Safety News
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing food safety recommendations for those who may be impacted by Hurricane Irma.
Hurricanes present the possibility of power outages and flooding that can compromise the safety of stored food. Residents in the path of this storm should pay close attention to the forecast. FSIS recommends that consumers take the following steps to reduce food waste and the risk of foodborne illness during this and other severe weather events.
In advance of losing power
Keep appliance thermometers in both the refrigerator and the freezer to ensure temperatures remain food safe during a power outage. Safe temperatures are 40 degrees F or lower in the refrigerator, zero degrees F or lower in the freezer.
Freeze water in one-quart plastic storage bags or small containers prior to a storm. These containers are small enough to fit around the food in the refrigerator and freezer to help keep food cold. Remember, water expands when it freezes, so don’t overfill the containers.
Freeze refrigerated items, such as leftovers, milk and fresh meat and poultry that you may not need immediately — this helps keep them at a safe temperature longer.
Insurance Tips and contact information (courtesy of Mike Bartlett of Allstate Insurance)
1.Have your insurance policy numbers and claim support information in a safe, dry place for each policy you have purchased (i.e. auto, home, flood, etc)
2.When filing a claim, contact the company directly (contact info listed below).
3.Do not authorize repair work to be done without speaking to your homeowner’s company first. This does not include preventing further damage or necessary emergency repairs. For example: tarping your roof to prevent more water from coming in. Save all receipts for any emergency repairs that needed to be completed.
4. Be aware of assignment of benefits – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RAYZ8BmgJxQ
Carrier Claims Numbers:
• Allstate Insurance Policy Claims – 800-547-8676 – www.allstate.com
American Integrity – 866-277-9871 – http://www.aiicfl.com/manage-claims
• American Modern – 800-375-2075 – 866-277-9871 – http://www.amig.com/
• Cabrillo Coastal General Insurance (Safe Harbor)– 866-482-5246 – www.cabgen.com
• Citizens – 866-411-2742 – www.citizensfla.com
• Cypress P&C – 877-560-5224 – Option 1 – http://www.cypressig.com/Home/ReportClaim
• Edison – 888-683-7971 – http://www.edisoninsurance.com/Claims/Report-a-Claim
• Federated National – 800-293-2532 x 2 – www.fednat.com
• Florida Peninsula – 866-549-9672; Water Claim Hotline – 888-332-3149 – http://floridapeninsula.com/contact-us
• Hagerty – 800-922-4050 – https://www.hagerty.com/corporate/Contact-Us
Heritage – 855-415-7120 https://www.heritagepci.com/claims/
• Homeowners Choice – 888-210-5235 – http://www.hcpci.com/
Olympus – 866-281-2242 – http://www.olympusinsurance.com/hurricane-preparedness/
Mount Beacon \ Florida Specialty – 866-554-5896 – http://floridaspecialty.com/report-a-claim/
• Security First – 877-581-4862 – http://www.securityfirstflorida.com/contact-us
• Southern Fidelity Insurance – 866-722-4995 – http://southernfidelityins.com/
• St. Johns Insurance – 877-748-2059 – http://www.stjohnsinsurance.com/
• Tower Hill – 800-342-3407 – https://www.thig.com/
• United Property & Casualty – 800-861-4370 – http://www.upcinsurance.com/
• Universal of North America – 866-999-0898 – http://www.uihna.com/en-US/Contact-Us/