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March 19, 2013   Email to Friend 

ALFA INSURANCE RESPONDS TO DAMAGE FROM YESTERDAY’S SEVERE WEATHER
Mary Johnson
(334) 235-1406
March 19, 2013

Cherokee County farmer Danny Neyman, left, talks with Alfa agent Josh Griffith of Centre about the damages to his poultry house.

Alfa Insurance® is mobilizing resources to handle claims from storms affecting northern and central Alabama and Mississippi Monday. AlfaTM claims adjusters are helping customers in affected areas, and Alfa offices are open.

To file claims for home or property damage from the storms, contact a local Alfa service center or call 1-800-964-2532. Claims may be filed online at AlfaInsurance.com or through the Alfa2Go app for iPhone and Android smartphones.

In Cherokee County, the storms ripped the roof off a poultry house at Neyman Farms. Dewandee Neyman said she was driving home when the storm hit.

“When we saw the damage, we called our Alfa agent immediately,” Neyman said. “We’re thrilled with the response we’ve gotten from Alfa. We were on schedule to get birds on Monday. The repairs will start tomorrow, so we can stay on schedule. Alfa provided an immediate response, and we’re appreciative of all they’ve done for us.”

Survey teams with the National Weather Service (NWS) in Alabama are assessing damages in Marshall, DeKalb and Etowah counties. Spokesmen with the NWS in Birmingham and Huntsville said this was a widespread weather event with virtually every county in their coverage areas reporting wind or hail damage. The NWS in Jackson, Miss., received numerous reports of baseball-sized hail.

Alfa Insurance is sending a mobile response unit (MRU) to the Alfa Service Center in Clinton, Miss. at 380 Highway 80 East. The 38-foot-long MRU is a fully functional Alfa office, even during power outages, and uses the latest satellite technology to process claims quickly.

Policyholders are encouraged to make temporary repairs to their property to prevent additional damage. Retain receipts from purchases related to the temporary repairs to include with any claims.

Victims of disaster are prime targets for criminals, as insurance scams account for $30 billion in losses annually in the U.S. Policyholders should be wary of unsolicited or unexpected offers to perform repairs or conduct inspections. Contact the Alabama Attorney General’s Office of Consumer Protection at 1-800-392-5658 with any reports of suspected fraud, looting or price-gauging. For tips on avoiding frauds and scams, visit the Alabama Attorney General website at www.ago.state.al.us.

For additonal updates, follow us on Facebook at Facebook.com/AlfaInsurance, on Twitter at Twitter.com/Alfa_Insurance, or check our website at www.AlfaInsurance.com.


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