Important Information Regarding Storm Ready Preparedness

Posted by Paige Rose on Monday, March 28th, 2016 at 11:00am

Save the Dates: Coastal Property Insurance Marketplace Annual Information Session and Public Hearing and Storm Ready Preparedness Expo in Bluffton

Mark your calendars!  The South Carolina Department of Insurance will host two consumer events in the low country this coming June.  As Hurricane Season 2016 approaches, we encourage all South Carolinians to review their insurance policies and prepare for the upcoming storm season.  “Hurricane season begins June 1st and continues throughout the month of November.  Consumers should review their insurance policies, revisit or create a home inventory and update their family emergency plans now so that they are prepared,” advises Ray Farmer, Director of the South Carolina Department of Insurance (Department).

To assist residents with their emergency plans, the Department is hosting the annual coastal property information session and hearing regarding the status of the coastal property insurance market Thursday, June 2, 2016 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. The session and hearing will be held in the Bluffton Municipal Building Auditorium located at 20 Bridge Street, Bluffton, SC 29910. This event offers residents an opportunity to meet with staff to learn more about the coastal property marketplace and get answers to their questions.

WHAT:                 South Carolina Department of Insurance Coastal Property Insurance Marketplace Annual Information Session and Public Hearing

WHEN:                 Thursday, June 2, 2016

                            6:00 P.M. -7:30 P.M.

WHERE:               Bluffton Municipal Building Auditorium

                          20 Bridge Street, Bluffton, SC 29910

This is also a good time for consumers to compare their insurance coverage and costs to determine that they are receiving the best coverage at the best value. Your insurance agent should be able to assist you with a comparison.  The Department has staff on-hand to assist as well.  Information to help consumers find the appropriate insurance coverage is located on our website, under the Market Assistance Program, http://doi.sc.gov/599/Market-Assistance.  For questions concerning coverage issues, consumers can e-mail the market assistance program, martketassist@doi.sc.gov or contact Joseph McDonald, the Department’s Coastal Consumer Liaison at 1-843-577-3415.

Additionally, to help consumers prepare and protect their property, the Department will host a storm ready preparedness expo with The Home Depot and others.  Exhibitors will include insurance representatives, community organizations, emergency preparedness organizations, as well as preparedness product representatives that will be on-hand to discuss ways homeowners can strengthen and protect their homes against possible storm events and lower their insurance costs.  The event will take place Saturday, June 4, 2016 from 10:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M. at the Home Depot located at 20 Gateway Village Road, Bluffton, SC 29910.

WHAT:                 Storm Ready Preparedness Expo

WHEN:                 Saturday, June 4, 2016

                           10:00 A.M.-1:00 P.M.

WHERE:               The Home Depot

                           20 Gateway Village Road, Bluffton, SC 29910     

All events are free and open to the public.  For more information about the events, please contact Ann Roberson by calling 803-737-6207 or via e-mail aroberson@doi.sc.gov.

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