American Property Casualty Insurance Association
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  • April 27, 2015
  • Insurance Trade Takes Part in National Day of Action
  • CHICAGO- The Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI) is a proud supporter of America’s PrepareAthon next Thursday, April 30th. PCI will join the nationwide campaign to increase emergency preparedness and resilience through ongoing dialogue, education, and engagement.

    America’s PrepareAthon is a national, community-based, campaign coordinated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to increase readiness through hazard-specific drills, group discussions, and exercises. Held every spring and fall, the PrepareAthon encourages Americans across the country to practice preparedness actions before an emergency strikes.

    “As one of the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Weather-Ready Nation Ambassadors, PCI is proud to support America’s PrepareAthon,” said Marguerite Tortorello, senior vice president of public affairs for PCI. “PCI takes great pride in making sure we work with our member companies, policyholders, and legislators on continued consumer education efforts to help communities prepare for natural disasters.”

    “Having a clear plan in place is crucial for any emergency, and it is just as important that you have an insurance plan in place as well. Take the time to contact your insurance agent or insurance company and make sure you have the right amount of coverage for whatever may come your way,” added Tortorello.

    PCI will continue to push educational materials focusing on preparedness and the importance of emergency and reaction plans.

    Here are some insurance tips that can help in the aftermath of event.

    PCI Tips If You Experienced a Loss:                                      

    • Immediately contact your insurance agent or company representative

    • Inspect property and cars for damage

    • Inventory losses and photograph damage; save related receipts to assist with claims handling

    • Secure property from further damage or theft

    • Check the background and legitimacy of repair contractors. Ask your insurance company for assistance in locating a reputable contractor.

    • Keep detailed records of business activity and extra expenses during the interruption period, and prepare records to show the income from the business both before and after the loss.

    Follow @PCIAA use #PrepareAthon

    Click here if you’d like to join others around the country to practice your preparedness!

  • PCI promotes and protects the viability of a competitive private insurance market for the benefit of consumers and insurers. PCI is composed of nearly 1,000 member companies, representing the broadest cross section of insurers of any national trade association. PCI members write more than $195 billion in annual premium, 35 percent of the nation's property casualty insurance. Member companies write 42 percent of the U.S. automobile insurance market, 28 percent of the homeowners market, 33 percent of the commercial property and liability market and 35 percent of the private workers compensation market.
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