700 Homeowner Insurance Claims Filed with State Farm in North Bay Fires (RAW VIDEO)
(BayAreaNewsTalk.com) – State Farm has received roughly 700 homeowner insurance claims and an additional 150 auto insurance claims as of this morning because of damage from the North Bay wildfires, which have destroyed more than 2,000 structures.
So far most of those claims have originated in Sonoma and Napa counties, and State Farm officials expect their number to increase over the following days and weeks.
“These wildfires have devastated the region and our hearts go out to everyone that is suffering right now,” spokesperson Sevag Sarkissian said.
State Farm customers who need to file a claim can contact their local agent, call 1-800-SFCLAIM, submit a claim online at statefarm.com/claims or use the “Pocket Agent” mobile app.
State Farm is advising anyone affected by a mandatory evacuation to keep receipts for their living expenses, which may be reimbursable after policyholders meet their deductible.
Anyone whose home could become threatened but has not yet been evacuated should make an inventory of their personal possessions, which can make settling an insurance claim faster and easier.
They’re also advised to back-up photos, documents and financial information, as well as create an “evacuation package” consisting of vital or irreplaceable items gathered up in one place so it’s ready to go.