People want the best home protection possible for their families, and Floridians in particular understand how important this is when it comes to hurricane preparation. As a former Florida insurance commissioner, Kevin McCarty understands this better than most.
McCarty’s career with the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation began right before Hurricane Andrew devastated much of South Florida in 1992, providing him a firsthand look at how severely a storm can impact the state. Through the intensity of the 2004 and 2005 hurricane seasons, when Florida was battered by eight named storms including hurricanes Wilma and Katrina, McCarty was witness to massive disaster areas with tens of billions of dollars’ worth of damages. McCarty knows how unexpectedly dangerous and damaging hurricanes can be.
“It is unfortunate that many people only learn the terms of their homeowners’ policy coverage after a catastrophic event occurs. Imagine their surprise and regret when they learn that things like spoiled food, evacuation costs, family mementos, luxury goods and similar items are not in fact covered under their standard policy,” McCarty says. “Fortunately, a new innovative new product allows homeowners to obtain affordable supplemental coverage with proactive claims processing that will put cash in their hands quickly and allow them to return to their normal routines as soon as possible, without the stress of the traditional claims adjusting process.”
To protect his own family, McCarty uses a supplemental coverage called StormPeace. Offered by Assured Risk Cover, StormPeace strengthens a homeowner’s policy with no inspections, adjusters, or deductibles by covering expenses that are normally excluded in homeowners’ policies. McCarty recognizes the reality of many families in Florida who live paycheck to paycheck – as well as the urgency to resume their lives and the helpless frustration they feel over long claim times. StormPeace offers peace of mind in these situations; after Hurricane Irma, for example, 100% of StormPeace’s policyholders were paid, with 98% of them receiving funds via direct deposit within 72 hours.
No Deductibles or Adjustments
StormPeace is available for homeowners, renters, and mobile homes. A claim and attestation of damage is all it takes to initiate payments, and a detailed listing of actual losses is available afterwards. The streamlined claim filing system has been modeled so the process is quick and hassle-free.
A Parametric System
StormPeace is what’s called a “parametric” insurance, meaning policyholders can receive payments once the specified parameters are met. StormPeace focuses on two predetermined factors: the distance between your property and the center of the hurricane, and the strength of the storm when it’s closest to your property.
Reduced Waiting Period
Since the parameters are easy to find out and verify, the claims process is simplified and access to funds is almost immediate. The National Hurricane Center provides real-time hurricane tracking, so once the payment conditions are met, StormPeace uses the GPS locations for insured properties to reach out to policyholders about their claims eligibility within 24 hours of the hurricane end. All that’s required is a claim and attestation of damages to receive your payment within 72 hours!
No Landfall, No Problem
All nearby hurricanes are eligible, even if they don’t actually make landfall. StormPeace understands that hurricanes can cause significant damage, regardless of landfall or not.
Not Your Typical Coverage
Payments can be used for any out-of-pocket expense that directly resulted from the hurricane, including water damage of all types, as well as spoiled food, damaged pools, and fallen trees. Another potentially major expense that isn’t covered by most typical insurance policies is the cost associated with evacuating. A survey by the National Hurricane Survival Initiative revealed that 40% of respondents spent $500 or more as a result of evacuating for Hurricane Irma, and 58% stayed put despite evacuation recommendations.
Learn more about how StormPeace works here or visit www.stormpeace.com