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Help Desk: State Organizations Offer Storm Damage Advice

6:38 PM, Apr 12, 2013   |    comments
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WXIA -- The line of severe weather that swept through Georgia Thursday evening left several Lumpkin County homes damaged due to fallen trees in the wake of the EF-1 tornado. 

The 11Alive Help Desk wants residents to know about state organizations that offer advice in assisting and dealing with storm damage.

The Georgia Office of Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner suggests the first step that homeowners should make following storm damage to property is to contact their insurance agent immediately.  Take swift measures to ensure that all damaged property is covered and protected from further damage.

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Do not dispose of damaged property until an insurance adjuster has had time to accurately examine the damage.

Hail damage caused to vehicles may be covered under an automobile insurance policy.

When filing a claim for a damaged home or vehicle, the Insurance Commissioner advises residents to keep accurate records of expenses caused by repairs made to their property.  

The Georgia Governor's Office of Consumer Protection urges residents to be weary of unsolicited door-to-door repairmen that come out of hiding when a storm damage has been reported.

Bottom line, homeowners should not accept repairs from anyone who is unwilling to show their credentials or is asking for money up front to complete a project.

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