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In addition to the resources below, some of which are specific to Superstorm Sandy, IIABNJ encourages you to visit the Catastrophe Planning & Preparedness section of InfoBank. The Catastrophe Planning & Preparedness page houses planning, preparation, and recovery assistance information.


Tax Tips for Sandy Survivors

Tips from FEMA

Big 'I' Flood Agent Resources
Click here

Superstorm Sandy Mediation Program implemented by NJ Department of Banking & Insurance
The Department issued Order #A13-106 requiring certain insurers to participate in a Mediation Program on first party, open & unresolved Sandy Claims.  Bulletin # 13-07 was then issued to provide the details of the program. 
FEMA Agent Power Point Presentation on Advisory Base Flood Elevation Maps & Biggert Waters
This power point presentation provides information for agents to understand how the Biggert Waters Act signed into law in 2012 and the new Advisory Base Flood Elevation Maps will affect New Jersey Property Owners. Download Here
Downloadable FEMA Flood Brochure
Personalize this flood brochure to print or email to your insureds to help them gain a better understanding of what they need to know as they rebuild. Download Here

Advertising Toolbox
Newspaper, radio and bilboard ad templates from floodsmart.gov.

Flood Insurance Basics
This form, from the NFIP, provides all of the essential information on flood insurance.

NFIP Manual & Changes
Click here

Conditional Waiver of Proof of Loss (POL)
FEMA bulletin regarding changes to help rapidly process claim payments. These changes include a conditional and partial waiver that will permit the insurer to adjust and pay a loss based on the evaluation of damage in the adjuster's report instead of the signed Proof of Loss or the insured-signed adjuster's report. In addition, there is a one year extension for the insured to send a proof of loss in the event an insured believes additional amounts are owed.
Download the Bulletin

Hurricane Deductible Will Not Apply
DOBI has determined that the hurricane deductible is NOT applicable to Sandy as the storm did not meet the two prong trigger. No hurricane deductible will be applied to any property claim. If any insured has a straight wind deductible, that would apply as usual.

FEMA Accepting Disaster Relief Applications
Governor Chris Christie announced on November 4th that the federal government has extended public assistance to all 21 counties in New Jersey as a result of the impact of Hurricane Sandy. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is now accepting applications from residents and business owners. Register online at www.disasterassistance.gov or by calling 800-621-FEMA(3362) or 800-462-7585(TTY) for the hearing and speech impared.

OEM Releases Statement: Watch Out For Fraudsters
As many Garden State residents work to recover from Hurricane Sandy, state and federal officials are warning of a danger lurking around the corner:  phony building contractors and other scam artists could soon appear in your community attempting to take advantage of your vulnerability as a disaster survivor.  There are a few simple steps that you can take to make sure you’re dealing with an honest person.  Your first and best defense is to know the most common post-disaster fraud practices.

Trusted Choice Disaster Relief Fund
Agencies are reminded that the Trusted Choice Disaster Relief Fund is available to assist those who have suffered losses due to natural or man-made disasters. Click here for additional information, guidelines, applications, and donation forms.

InsurBanc's Special Loan Program for Agencies Affected by Severe Weather
InsurBanc is offering a short term lending program for working capital to help agencies get back to work so that they can bring needed relief to their clients. This is a great alternative for agencies to access the money they need quickly and inexpensively, rather than having to tap into personal money, credit cards or wait for other emergency funds to become available. For more details, contact InsurBanc at 866-467-2262.

Selective Flood Insurance
Agents may report a claim onoine or call the Claims Service Center at 866-455-9969. Flood claims should be reported at 877-348-0552. Selective is striving to work efficiently in processing any claims that may arise.

Please use the following information to help flood claims and customer inquiries:
Flood Talking Points (contact information, reporting a claim, reminders, materials, etc)
Sandy Flood Information

Agility Recovery
Hurricane Sandy delivered a wallop to media and communications networks in the Northeast, cutting off cable networks and mobile phone coverage across a wide area. According to the FCC, 25% of cell towers are down in 10 affected states.

Agility is currently responding to 1,220 member alerts and 72 disaster declarations. Even though the storm has passed, disruptions are likely to continue through Wednesday and possibly beyond in some places. It is important for those in affected areas to remain vigilant and keep emergency communications plans intact. Some businesses not yet affected may still experience outages. Click here to download Agility's Crisis Communications Checklist.

For more information about Agility's disaster recovery services, please visit www.agilityrecovery.com or call 866-364-9696. 

NFIP Overview
A brief explanation of what the NFIP is and what they do.

WYO - What is it?
A brief explanation and goals of the WYO program.

The following blank forms may prove helpful for agencies that are working remotely and unable to access their Agency Management Systems.

Auto Loss Notice

Property Loss Notice

Property Inventory Sheet



Company Claims List
Company Claims Emergency Contact Information


Valuable Contacts
FEMA Disaster Survivor Line
Apply for assistance
Disaster Declarations
Disaster Recovery Centers
Sign up for FEMA updates
American Red Cross 877-733-2767
Agility Disaster Declaration Hotline 877-364-9393
Big “I” Flood Program Claims Reporting 877-348-0552 (call goes to Selective Insurance)
New Jersey Hope and Healing 877-294-HELP(4357), TTY 877-294-4356
National Disaster Stress Helpline 800-985-5990 or text 'TalkWithUs' to 66746
Missing Pets 855-407-4787
Disaster Legal Assistance 888-541-1900
Disaster Unemployment Union City: 201-601-4100; Freehold: 732-761-2020; Cumberland: 856-507-2020
IIABNJ Offices 609-587-4333




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