Hurricane Ian Recovery Resources: Updates for 9/22/10 | News, Sports, Jobs
Initial payment centers
The Florida Department of Financial Services has opened two Initial Payment Centers (IPCs) in the affected area. The goal of the IPC is for policyholders to meet directly with their insurance companies to file claims, and for insurance companies to issue checks to Floridians affected by Hurricane Ian. In the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, insurance companies will focus on the immediate needs of policyholders by providing resources for specific items, including living expenses.
Policyholders should bring as many documents as possible, including:
— Driver’s license or other form of identification (passport/state-issued ID)
— Insurance cards and insurance policy information/documents
— Photos or documentation of property claimed as loss from Hurricane Ian
— Any additional information relating to the insurance easily accessible.
— Downtown Port Charlotte (parking lot): 1441 Tamiami Trail Port Charlotte, FL 33948
Daily hours of operation: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. ET daily
— Lakes Regional Library: 15290 Bass Road Fort Myers, FL 33919
Daily hours of operation: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET daily
Flood Insurance Waivers to Speed Up Processing Times
Based on a request from Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) authorized the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) to approve a waiver that will help homeowners with National Flood Insurance, who were impacted by Hurricane Ian, be able to process their claims faster.
This waiver will allow current policyholders to access part of their claim without having to complete the full claims process. This will speed up the process for people waiting for assistance. It will also provide up to $20,000 for needed repairs.
This does not mean that policyholders can bypass the full claims process. The waiver is only in place to help start the process faster and provide assistance to people in the affected areas. Policyholders will still need to complete the full insurance claim process.
If you are an insured who evacuated before the storm and are unsure if you suffered flood damage, you can still start the flood insurance claim process if you think you may have been affected. by floods.
Policyholders can contact their insurance agent or company to discuss next steps or start the NFIP flood claim process on FEMA’s website. If you are unsure who the agent or insurance company for your flood insurance is, you can call (877) 336-2627.
Lee County Property Assessment Office Update
The Lee County Office of the Real Estate Appraiser recently announced that it will appraise all 550,000 properties in the county, obtain damage assessments and redefine values within the next two months following Wednesday’s destruction by the Hurricane Ian. Lee County real estate appraiser Matt Caldwell notes that residents could help streamline this process by submitting their own information. If you visit LeePa.org, the home page now contains links to submit damage details as well as photographs.