Sizzling summer heat domes have further dried the drought-stricken California landscape, sparking fires across the state, and forcing local authorities to issue mandatory evacuation orders for residents.
Mercury Insurance is ready to assist homeowner and renter policyholders who have had to leave their homes in response to those orders or whose property has suffered fire damage.
Mercury representatives are available to help address covered claims while following social distancing procedures. Representatives are also available to arrange temporary housing and provide assistance with living expenses if policyholders are forced to leave their homes in response to mandatory evacuation orders. Residents evacuating their homes should make sure they have the necessary supplies (PDF file) (0.2mb) to keep themselves and their family safe during the evacuation.
“It’s important for everyone to get their families to safety by following the evacuation orders,” said Chris O’Rourke, Mercury’s vice president of property claims. “Mercury is ready to help our customers who were forced to leave their homes due to the mandatory evacuation orders, and they should contact their agents or call the Mercury Claims Hotline at (800) 503-3724 for help. Californians should keep their receipts for these additional living expenses as their homeowners or renters insurance policy can help them recoup this money.
“Mercury also recommends that policyholders report losses as soon as possible, so we can begin to assist with the rebuilding process.”
If a claim needs to be filed, O’Rourke advises policyholders follow a few simple procedures to help speed up the process and Mercury’s Claims Recovery Guide (PDF file) (2mb).
When filing a claim
- Contact Mercury immediately to report your loss.
- Be prepared to provide your policy number.
- Do not remove debris or damaged property that may be related to your claim.
Steps after filing a claim
- Prepare a detailed inventory of destroyed or damaged property.
- Offer photos or video tapes of your home and possessions to your adjuster, if these are available.
- Keep records and receipts for additional living expenses that were incurred if you were forced to leave your home and provide copies to your adjuster.
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