Beginning last month, The Hartford Financial Services Group began offering emergency claim debit cards to its policyholders who sustain losses after a catastrophic event. The cards can be used at ATMs to withdraw cash or at stores, in which case a personal identification number will be required to ensure that stolen or lost cards will not be misused.

Once the claim has been assessed, the card is issued by Hartford claim handlers to policyholders directly at the catastrophe site or at the nearest accessible location.

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