Storm Recovery Checklist: Filing a Claim

As we approach tornado season, it’s important to know not just how to prepare for storm season, but also what to do post-storm. While we can’t control the weather, we can control how we prepare and recover from its aftermath. With a storm recovery checklist in hand, you can navigate the challenges of rebuilding your life after a tornado or severe weather strikes.

1. Prioritize Safety with Emergency Repairs

The safety of yourself and your loved ones should always come first. After the storm passes, assess your surroundings for any immediate dangers. If safe to do so, make emergency repairs to secure your property and prevent further damage. Board up broken windows, patch up roof leaks, and clear debris blocking pathways. However, exercise caution and avoid entering severely damaged structures until they have been inspected by professionals.

2. Document the Damage

Before beginning any cleanup or repairs, thoroughly document the extent of the damage. Take photos and videos from multiple angles to provide a comprehensive visual record. This documentation will be useful when filing insurance claims. Be sure to capture both the interior and exterior of your property, including any personal belongings that have been affected.

3. Gather Essential Information

Before contacting your local agent, gather all necessary information, including your policy number, contact information for your insurance agent, and any relevant documentation related to your property and possessions. Having this information readily available will streamline the claims process and ensure that you receive the assistance you need in a timely manner.

4. Report Your Claim

Once you’ve gathered all the necessary information, it’s time to report your insurance claim. We offer a few ways to report, including calling our Claims Department or contacting your local OKFB agent. Provide them with a detailed description of the situation and be prepared to submit any documentation. Your agent will guide you through the claims process and help you understand what coverage is available to you.

5. Take Inventory of Damaged Property

Create a detailed inventory of all property that has been damaged or destroyed. This should include everything from structural damage to personal belongings. Document the make, model, and serial number of any major appliances or electronics, as well as the condition of any furniture or other items. This inventory will serve as a valuable reference and can help ensure that you receive fair compensation for your losses.

6. Follow the Status of Your Claim

Stay informed about the status of your insurance claim and follow up with your insurance provider as needed. Keep detailed records of all communications, including phone calls, emails, and written correspondence. 

At OKFB Insurance, our 10 regional claims offices help make the claims process as quick and smooth as possible. By following this storm recovery checklist, you can take proactive steps to ensure your safety, protect your property, and navigate the insurance claims process with confidence. Together, we can weather the storm and rebuild stronger than ever before.

We’re Here to Help

Whether you’re a longtime policyholder or just starting to look for insurance options, we’re here to help. If you have questions or concerns that you want to discuss, connect with your local OKFB agent today. If you have any insurance-specific questions, we would love to help you find the coverage that best meets your homeautocommercial and life insurance needs.

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