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FILING A CLAIM: HOW & WHEN
- If possible, file your homeowner’s claim regarding damage from Hurricane Harvey or the flood as soon as possible.
- Tell the insurance company your home or business suffered damage as a result of Hurricane Harvey or the flood and that the communication is intended to serve as notice of your claim
- Document the damage with pictures and video of damage to your structure and belongings, paying close attention to your valuables.. If possible, include a list of damaged personal items, including the date of purchase and approximate value of any damaged items.
- DO NOT THROW DAMAGED ITEMS AWAY BEFORE YOU REPORT THEM AS DAMAGED WITH YOU INSURANCE.
- KEEP RECEIPTS for all flood-repair purchases, experts advise
- Please ensure the date you make your claim is clearly displayed on your written notice to your insurance company
- Include your full name, address, and insurance policy number if you can
- Keep a copy for your records
- The new law applies to wind damage claims for private insurance homeowner’s policies, but does not apply to windstorm insurance provided to people and businesses in coastal counties by the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA).
- If your house flooded, your claim will most likely be governed by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), which has strict proof requirements and any lawsuits must be filed in federal court
- These claims are NOT affected by new laws passed this legislative session
- Click here for more info on filing a flood claim.
- If your home flooded, and there is also water coming into your home from above (i.e. a leak in the roof), it is likely windstorm damage.
- If so, you should file a claim with your private insurer under your homeowner’s policy IN ADDITION TO filing a flood claim under your NFIP flood policy
- Since the federal government issued a disaster proclamation, limited non-insurance related assistance will be available. Click here for information and to see if you qualify.
- If you’ve been displaced, do NOT return to your property until local authorities have declared the area safe.
- Contact 3-1-1 to find out if it’s safe to return to your area.
- If you smell gas in the air, leave the area immediately and report it to authorities.
- If you have suffered water damage or other damage in your roof, walls, or foundation, contact an electrician before flipping any switches.
- Click here for the American Red Cross, or call toll free 1-866-438-4636
- Click here for 2-1-1 Texas, dial 2-1-1, or call toll free 1-877-541-7905
Harris County Sheriff’s Office: 713-695-2111
To report a power outage, call CenterPoint Energy:
To report flooding, call 3-1-1 or 713-837-0311
- NRG Center (1 NRG Park)
- Toyota Center (1510 Polk Street)
- MO Campbell Center (1865 Aldine Bender Road)
- Golden Acres Baptist Church (2813 Pansy Street)
- Forge for Families (3435 Dixie)
- Pasadena High School (206 South Shaver, Pasadena)
- AT CAPACITY: George R. Brown Convention Center (1001 Avenida de las Americas)
Click here for FREE LEGAL HELP for Hurricane Harvey survivors or call 1-800-504-7030.
Cutting funds for FEMA would have dire effects on the recovery in Texas and throughout the country.
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Judge Ed Emmett made the right call by not evacuating Houston. The Rita evacuation was a disaster that caused more than 100 deaths in Texas.Read below or click here for the New York Times article I’m quoted in about the Rita evacuation in 2005.
Our song of the week comes from Houston:
“Aric Harding had returned to his home in Friendswood, just south of Houston, to collect some toys for his kids who were sheltering nearby. He told CNN that his son, a keen piano player, had asked him to check on the family piano.
‘I decided to take a moment and play and take it all in,’ he said.
Harding captured the moment on video and posted it to Instagram, with a message reflecting on the damage Harvey has wrought.
‘I think it’s all finally sinking in a little. What we used to have going as a city is gone,’ he wrote. ‘I really think God is going to do something completely new here. I am excited to see the new beauty in the suffering.’
As reported by TIME. Click here to read.