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Post-Irma Information and New Conference Call Number

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All the staff at Citizens hope that you and your family are safe and that any damage your property may have experienced is minimal. Citizens is here to assist you in helping your customers with the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. Citizens:
  • Invites all our appointed agents to join us for a daily teleconference call with a simultaneous webinar to advise of our post-storm operations. Beginning Thursday, September 14, we have a new teleconference number. You can call in to the teleconferences (for audio only) and/or register for the optional webinars via the links below. 
 

Live Q&A for Agents: Hurricane Irma 

Conference Calls and Webinars

Date Time Toll-free number and access code Register for webinars
Sept.
14
10:00 a.m. 888.632.3382
Code: IRMA
Register
here
Sept.
15
10:00 a.m. 888.632.3382
Code: IRMA
Register
here

Note: These new phone numbers and code allow for live Q&A. Please use them instead of the information posted earlier. 
  • Will deploy our mobile Catastrophe Response Centers (CRCs) to impacted areas to provide in-person service to our policyholders who may be cut off from their usual means of communication. Citizens’ CRC staff will:
    • Process first notices of loss (FNOL)
    • Make advance payments for additional living expenses, when warranted
    • Answer questions and offer general assistance
Citizens will alert our agents as soon as the CRC locations and operating hours are confirmed. This information also will be posted on our Hurricane Irma webpage.
 
Media Inquires
As Hurricane Irma may prompt calls from reporters wanting to know about Citizens catastrophe response, we remind agents and all representatives of Citizens, that all questions from any person representing the media (i.e., newspapers, television, radio or any print media) must be referred to Michael Peltier, Media Relations Manager, who will coordinate any interviews or official responses. Refer all questions from any person representing the media to Peltier by:
  • Phone: 850.513.3774 (office) or 850.264.7702 (mobile)
  • Email: Use the Contact Us feature on the Public site and select Media Request from the Topic drop-down box
 
Claims and Loss Reporting
Advise policyholders to Call Citizens First to report a loss at Citizens' 24/7 toll-free Claims Hotline: 866.411.2742. Or, you can assist your Citizens customers by reporting FNOLs in PolicyCenter®. Citizens has developed a new job aid for filing FNOLs for Hurricane Irma. Once the claim is filed, a claims representative will call the policyholder with the adjuster's contact information.
 
As reported in the Changes to Policy Language that Impact Claim Payments and Coverage, ensure your impacted HO-3, HO-6 and DP-3 policyholders are aware of two important policy provisions that require them to:
  • Take reasonable emergency measures for the sole purpose of protecting the property from further damage when experiencing a loss. 
  • Give prompt loss notice to Citizens. Except for the policy provisions regarding reasonable emergency measures, there may be no coverage for permanent repairs that begin before one of the following occurs:
    • 72 hours after the loss is reported to Citizens
    • Loss is inspected by Citizens
    • Verbal or written approval is provided by Citizens
 
For details, refer to:
 
Assignment of Benefits
You can help curb assignment of benefits (AOB) abuse and keep rates stable. Help your customers understand the importance of calling Citizens as soon as they know or suspect they have damage. Some contractors may ask policyholders to sign an AOB contract before starting emergency repairs. Signing over their benefits can cause increased costs for which they could be held responsible. 
 
Additional Resources
Note: Some links require logging in to the Agents site to access:
Note: Must be requested by the agency principal or designee. 
 
Personal Lines:
 
Commercial Lines:
 
If you have questions or need additional support, contact Citizens via:
  • Phone: 800.737.5822, weekdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Email: Use the Contact Us feature on the Agents website
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