|[December 06, 2013]
Nationwide Insurance, Allied Insurance Prepared for Winter Storm
COLUMBUS, Ohio --(Business Wire)--
Nationwide Insurance and Allied Insurance claims representatives and
agents are prepared to assist customers should the winter storm mix
stretching from the Southeast to Northeast cause weather-related damage.
As weather alerts and reports from around the country track the storm
patterns, Nationwide has representatives and resources in place to
respond quickly to its customers' needs.
Policyholders with storm damage should call the Nationwide claims
hotline at 1-800-421-3535 or contact their local agent. In the
event of policyholder needs to file an insurance claim, representatives
are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to assist them. To help
expedite the process, it is helpful to have a policy number or home
address available when the call is placed. Also, make note of any
injuries incurred and any witnesses, as well as any police authority
contacted in relation to property damage.
Weather services are calling for numerous power outages today. Preparing
for a blackout and knowing what to do until power is restored is
critical. Nationwide and Allied Insurance offer the following safety
tips to help you prepare for severe weather:
Winter Blackout Tips
that may help you prepare for a winter blackout
Have plenty of flashlights and fresh batteries.
Store extra clothes and blankets.
Stock up on extra food and water.
Have a first aid kit, list of emergency phone numbers and a corded
phone or mobile phone.
Fill up car gas tanks and have cash on hand.
Use a surge protector for your electronics.
Reularly back up critical computer files.
If you have room, fill jugs of water an inch from the top and keep
them in your freezer.
that may help you during a winter blackout
Unplug the TV, computer and other electronics to protect them from
Have plenty of flashlights and fresh batteries on hand.
Have a battery-operated or hand-crank radio.
Scan the area around your house for downed electrical lines. If you
see sparks, hear crackling or spot a downed line moving, report it to
your electric company - and stay away from it.
Leave one light in the "on" position so you know when power has
Keep the refrigerator and freezer closed. A half-full freezer will
hold for up to 24 hours, a full one for 48 hours.
Store milk or other perishables in a cooler on a deck, porch or a
If using a gas generator or kerosene or gas cook stove, open a window
a few inches to keep the house ventilated.
Place sheets, towels, draft stoppers at the bottoms of poorly sealed
doors or windows.
that may help you after a blackout
Once power has been restored, check your frozen and refrigerated items
with a thermometer to make sure they're still safe to eat.
Before plugging in electronic equipment, ensure that the electricity
is fully restored.
Allied Insurance is a property and casualty insurer established in Des
Moines, Iowa, in 1929. Allied operates in 33 states through a network of
independent agents with regional offices in Denver, CO; Des Moines, IA;
Lincoln, NE; Gainesville, FL; and Sacramento, CA (News - Alert). Allied has been a
member of the Nationwide family of companies since 1998, and is
responsible for Nationwide's independent agency system. Nationwide,
based in Columbus, Ohio, is one of the country's largest multi-line
insurers and financial services organizations. Information is available
Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, based in Columbus, Ohio, is one of
the largest and strongest diversified insurance and financial services
organizations in the U.S. and is rated A+ by both A.M. Best and Standard
& Poor's. The company provides customers a full range of insurance and
financial services, including auto insurance, motorcycle, boat,
homeowners, pet, life insurance, farm, commercial insurance, annuities,
mortgages, mutual funds, pensions, long-term savings plans and specialty
health services. For more information, visit www.nationwide.com.
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mark are service marks of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company.
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