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USAA Offers Tips on How to File Claims After Hurricane Matthew

‎10-07-2016 12:22 PM

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Fresh from its destructive path through Haiti earlier this week, Hurricane Matthew is prompting evacuations along the East Coast.

 

If your home or car is damaged by heavy rain, strong winds or flooding, here are the best ways to contact USAA to file a claim and start recovering.

 

Report a claim on your mobile phone.

Use the USAA Mobile App to start the claims process. If you don’t have access to a mobile phone, visit usaa.com/help to report your claim. You can also call 800-531-8722.

 

Check the status of your claim on the USAA Mobile App or online.

USAA prioritizes inspections by the severity of the damage to the insured properties. An adjuster will come out as soon as possible. After you file a claim, the adjuster will keep you notified of the status of your claim in the Claims Communication Center, available online and in the mobile app.

 

Document damage before making repairs.

Take reasonable steps to protect your property from further damage, but don’t make permanent repairs until a claims adjuster has assessed the damage. Be sure to photograph debris or damaged property before having it removed or repaired. Save receipts for what you spend, and submit them to your USAA adjuster for reimbursement consideration.

 

If you need to relocate temporarily, save your receipts.

Homeowners insurance policies generally provide coverage for additional living expenses if you have covered damage and have to leave your home, so keep records of all expenses during this time. Review your policy coverage online at “My Documents” to see the extent of this kind of coverage and how long it will last. It’s important to review and update your contact information online as well, especially if it will change temporarily. 

 

Beware of fraudsters.

Contractors who ask for a large amount of money upfront or provide very low bids might cut corners and leave you with problems after they're gone.

 

Get more information in our Claims FAQ.

 

More advice:

 

Last-Minute Checklist for Tropical Storms and Hurricanes

 

Learn More About Hurricane and Disaster Preparedness

 

2016 and 2015 Hurricane Season Information

 

 

 

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Comments
by Advantage Life
‎10-20-2016 08:32 AM

A large number of military families were affected by this storm. It's good to know that USAA has their backs. Thanks USAA!

by TINYHINNEY
‎10-21-2016 01:20 AM

This being my first hurricane and having mandatory evacuation, what or if any will renters insurance coverage help with on expenses.  I read my policy and did not get much of anything out of it.  I was informed by a customer about the food spoilage and claimed $250  which I really undershot that it came nowhere close to where I was at food wise, oh well.

by USAA Service
‎10-21-2016 02:03 AM

Dear TINYHINNEY, 

 

I understand the confusion when a natural disasters occurs. Please visit our FAQs, which will assist with any questions you have, including the food spoilage coverage. You can access them here: http://bit.ly/2ezSOrg. Thanks and I wish you the best. 

by TINYHINNEY
‎10-21-2016 08:40 PM

I went to this link   http://bit.ly/2ezSOrg but really did not find what I was looking for per my previous post.  

 

"This being my first hurricane and having mandatory evacuation, what or if any will renters insurance coverage help with on expenses.  I read my policy and did not get much of anything out of it.  I was informed by a customer about the food spoilage and claimed $250  which I really undershot that it came nowhere close to where I was at food wise, oh well."

 

Any where else I might  check, currrently I have lost my voice so am unable to speak on the phone.

 

Thanks

 

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