AIA Encourages Safety and Awareness Ahead of Hurricane Matthew

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Jim Whittle, American Insurance Association (AIA) Assistant General Counsel and Chief Claims Counsel, issued the following statement ahead of Hurricane Matthew's landfall on the U.S. East Coast.

Jim Whittle, American Insurance Association (AIA) Assistant General Counsel and Chief Claims Counsel, issued the following statement ahead of Hurricane Matthew's landfall on the U.S. East Coast:

“As Hurricane Matthew approaches, we urge everyone at risk in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and other areas to put safety first. Please watch developments with this serious storm closely and follow the recommendations and warnings of emergency services personnel. Take measures to prepare for and recover from hurricane damages if and when they can be done safely. Insurers prepare for catastrophes year-round and are ready to assist policyholders should they be impacted by Hurricane Matthew.

Insurers have mobilized resources to aid consumers. We recommend that in preparation for Hurricane Matthew, consumers have their policy information handy, so that insurers can help them begin the recovery process immediately following the storm.”

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) notes Hurricane Matthew is currently a Category 3 storm, with winds around 115 miles per hour. To help with preparedness and recovery, AIA's Catastrophe Central offers tips, insurer claim contacts, and government resources for affected policyholders.

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