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State Farm® Responds to Customers' Needs in Areas Hit by Christmas Day Tornadoes

As Storms Head East with Wintery Mix - Insurer Offers Winter Driving Survival Plan for Holiday Travelers

Bloomington, Ill. (December 26, 2012) –Tornadoes and thunderstorms driving strong straight-line winds whipped through parts of the southern United States Christmas Day damaging homes, cars, and businesses, as well as causing three deaths.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with those recovering from the impact of these storms," said David Beigie, Vice President State Farm Insurance. "Our agents and claims representative are working with our customers in Alabama and Georgia. Beigie added, "We realize the storm system is still active and we are tracking the storm's progress as it moves up to the Northeast."

For State Farm customers who sustained a damaged home or vehicle, here are some post-storm guidelines:

Tips for homeowners with damage:

  • Begin to make temporary repairs to prevent further damage to your home or property. Keep a record of time spent and all receipts for work done on your property.
  • Take pictures of the damaged property. Keep notes and use inventory lists to help adjusters assess the damages.
  • Remove tree debris from the structure and place it on the ground.
  • If your power is out, unplug any small electrical items to prevent electrical spike damage.
  • Secure replacement costs/estimates from local retailers of like kind, quality and features. Obtain statements from vendors on items that cannot be repaired.
  • Do not dispose of any damaged contents until authorized by your agent or claim representative.

Tips for motorists with vehicle damage:

  • Take steps to prevent further damage.
  • If your engine was under water, do not start the vehicle. If your vehicle was flooded, take steps to extract the water and start the drying process
  • Have your vehicle title and registration available when meeting with your agent or claim representative.
  • If necessary, have the vehicle towed or make temporary repairs, saving all receipts. Provide the name, phone number and location of the towing facility and give the towing facility permission for your insurance representative to move the vehicle to a central facility.

Media Photo Alert: Mobile (AL) State Farm Agent Ken McElhaney assists customer near midtown Mobile, December 26, 2012.

Weather forecasters say these southern U.S. storms are now moving East and North and creating a treacherous wintery mix of snow, sleet and ice. Holiday travelers who must travel in the eastern U.S. can learn more about save winter driving by viewing Winter Driving Survival.

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Roszell Gadson
State Farm Public Affairs
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roszell.gadson.m2ef@statefarm.com

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