Congressman Michael T. McCaul
Texans dealing with the aftermath of last week’s extreme winter weather conditions should take these important steps to protect and file claims for their property, home, vehicle, or business damage.
Filing disaster claims
Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – Texans dealing with the aftermath of last week’s extreme winter weather conditions should take these important steps to protect and file claims for their property, home, vehicle, or business damage. The American Property Casualty Insurance Association (APCIA) warns storm victims of third-parties looking to involve themselves in the claims/damage repair process.
Contact your insurer ASAP to report damage, talk to your insurer before signing contract repair work, and continue to follow winter weather protocol tips to prevent further damage. Review APCI.org for additional information.
Texans applying for disaster assistance should contact The Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) help line (800-252-3439), or review the TDI website to understand the different types of damage, report price gouging, find information on food spoilage, and find tips on avoiding scams in the claims process.
Additionally, you can apply for disaster recovery assistance through the Texas Division of Emergency Management.
Finally, individuals living near Houston or Austin areas can find other resources related to last week's winter storm here and here.
Last week, I spent much of my time on the phone with local judges, state legislators, mayors, and federal agencies, including FEMA, to ensure communities throughout the 10th District received the assistance they needed. In addition, I sent a letter to ERCOT officials seeking answers for the reason millions of Texans went without power during the winter weather emergency and how they plan to prevent this in the future.
I will continue to work with local officials on the ground to see how we can work to improve our electric grid and better prepare it for natural disasters. In the meantime, my team is on the ground helping folks impacted by the storms get the resources they need.
Texans are strong and resilient in the face of a disaster. As always, feel free to reach out to my office if you have any questions or concerns about submitting an insurance claim or any assistance you may need.