Consumer Alert: State Urges Hawaii Residents to Prepare for Hurricane Season

Posted on Jun 3, 2014 in News Releases

DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE AND CONSUMER AFFAIRS
Insurance Division

NEIL ABERCROMBIE
GOVERNOR

KEALII S. LOPEZ
DIRECTOR

GORDON ITO
INSURANCE COMMISSIONER

CONSUMER ALERT
June 3, 2014

STATE URGES HAWAII RESIDENTS TO PREPARE FOR HURRICANE SEASON
Homeowners Are Encouraged to Review Policies and Inventory Belongings

HONOLULU – Hurricane season has begun and Hawaii’s Insurance Commissioner Gordon Ito encourages residents to prepare by reviewing their homeowner’s insurance policy. Consumers should be aware that home insurance is different from the type of coverage hurricane and flood insurance policies provide.These lines of insurance supplement home policies.

“Consumers should contact their insurance agent to go over their policies and do a thorough inventory of their belongings before a storm arrives in the islands,” said Ito. “In case of a disaster, the last thing a homeowner should be worrying about is whether or not they have adequate coverage. Filing a claim will be much easier if homeowners have proper documentation of their belongings and are familiar with the type of coverage they purchased.”

The Insurance Division also offers the following hurricane preparedness tips:

o   Make sure your policy limits are sufficient to repair your home and replace property in the event of a total loss.
o   Review your deductible levels.
o   If you made any renovations to the home, check with your insurance company how your classification may have changed.
o   If your home is outfitted with wind-resistive devices, like hurricane wall-to-roof ties or storm shutters, you may be eligible for a premium discount.
o   Take a thorough inventory of your belongings using pictures or the National Association of Insurance Commissioner’s (NAIC) free MyHome mobile app available for iPhones and Androids.
o   As you prepare your disaster kits, store your important documents, like a copy of your insurance policy and inventory, in a waterproof container or package.

Homeowners, condominium owners and renters can view the Insurance Division’s premium guide to see what their company is charging compared to its competitors. The guide also provides explanations about the different types of coverage, and the basics of what homeowner’s insurance includes. To view the guide, please visit http://cca.hawaii.gov/ins/consumer/homeowners/home-insurance-premium-comparison/.

The DCCA Insurance Division oversees the Hawaii insurance industry, issues licenses, examines the fiscal condition of Hawaii-based companies, reviews rate and policy filings, and investigates insurance related complaints. For more information about the Insurance Division, visit cca.hawaii.gov/ins or call (808) 586-2790.

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Media Contact:
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Insurance Division
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Lindsay.K.Chambers@dcca.hawaii.gov
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