As the U.S. Gulf Coast, Southeast, and Caribbean recover from thedevastation caused by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the insurance industry is workingovertime to help policyholders get their lives and businesses backon track.

In addition to providing assistance to those directly in thestorms’ paths, insurers are helping those with travel insurancewhose trips have been canceled or disrupted. Call volumes are highacross the industry — with some more than doubling since thestorms first started.

Some insurers are proactively contacting partners that selltheir travel insurance and reaching out to consumers potentiallyimpacted by Harvey and Irma to provide guidance on submittingclaims. Policyholders, however, should not wait for insurers tocontact them. Rather, they should be prepared to take a proactiveapproach and submit claims on their own.

Is my trip covered?

The main question on most people’s minds of course is, “Will mypolicy cover this event?” The good news is that for many, theanswer is yes, as long as the travel insurance was purchased priorto the storm becoming a foreseeable event (in Irma’s case that wasAugust 30). A hurricane would be a covered event.

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