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Insurance adjusters assessing damage

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Sunday, April 15, 2012, at 9:16 p.m.

The spokesman for one of the largest insurance companies in Wichita said his company will provide an auto drive-through by appointment for its policyholders to help expedite claims recovery.

“We feel for the people that got hit,” Jim Camoriano, spokesman for State Farm Insurance, said Sunday night. The company insures about 25 percent of property holders in Wichita.

Although the details of the drive-through have yet to be worked out, Camoriano said, it will most likely be placed somewhere between Wichita and Derby.

“The storms that came through Friday and Saturday were so widespread, we are still assessing the damages,” he said.

Each insurance company sets its own threshold for working emergency claims.

Steve Witmer, spokesman for American Family Insurance, said his company has received between 100 and 120 property insurance claims from southeast Wichita, Andover and Derby.

“We haven’t seen enough severely damaged properties to require us to bring a catastrophe team to the area,” Witmer said. “We will continue to evaluate the claims volume to make a decision if we need to bring in extra resources to serve customers.”

This weekend’s event was major, Camoriano said, but not nearly as devastating as it could have been.

“We are very attuned to storms and track them and start making assessments,” he said.

“We started to assess the storm well before it hit the ground. We mobilized a small army ahead of time. … With Wichita, we are still assessing what happened.”

If people sustained damage to their property or vehicles, they are encouraged to call their local insurance agent as soon as possible.

“The first thing we tell people is to go ahead and make temporary repairs to prevent anything else on their property from being damaged,” Camoriano said.

Keep receipts of any repairs made to give to the claim adjusters, he said.

Reach Beccy Tanner at 316-268-6336 or btanner@wichitaeagle.com.

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