Nationwide Insurance Prepares for Hurricane Alex

Jun 30th, 2010 | By Hot News Reporter | Category: Insurance Today

(BUSINESS WIRE) – Nationwide Insurance claim representatives and agents are prepared to assist customers should Hurricane Alex become a weather-related disaster. As weather alerts and reports from around the country track the storm patterns, Nationwide has people and resources in place to respond quickly to its customers’ needs.

Policyholders with storm damage should call the Nationwide claims hotline at 1-800-421-3535 or contact their local agent.

“Claims reported by our customers will be assessed quickly to assure fast and quality service,” said Ken Enscoe, Nationwide’s director of catastrophe claims operations. “It’s important for us to prepare early and be ready to act quickly for our customers.”

Storm centers are planned for areas hardest hit to receive and handle claims from customers. Claims representatives will set out from these locations to assess property damage.

Texas residents can take the following steps now to help prepare for Hurricane Alex:

  • Protect the four critical areas where wind can enter: roof, windows, doors and garage doors. Either you or a building contractor can build and install temporary protection, such as approved wind shutters or plywood on windows, and coverings for patio and entry doors. You can also strengthen and stiffen garage doors and install heavy-duty door hardware.
  • Turn off power and water.
  • Move any items from your yard that can become flying debris into your house or garage.
  • Protect mementos in waterproof containers and/or take them with you if you evacuate. (Other household items can be replaced.)
  • Inventory valuables and contents in the home with pictures or video. Note the approximate value of each item and the date of purchase.
  • Make sure important documents, such as an insurance policy or mortgage papers, are stored in a safe deposit or fire safe box.
  • Follow the safety instructions of local authorities.

About Nationwide

Nationwide, based in Columbus, Ohio, is one of the largest and strongest diversified insurance and financial services organizations in the U.S. and is rated A+ by A.M. Best. The company provides a full range of personalized insurance and financial services, including auto insurance, motorcycle, boat, homeowners, life insurance, farm, commercial insurance, administrative services, annuities, mortgages, mutual funds, pensions, long-term savings plans and health and productivity services. For more information, visit

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