*Disclosure: This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Armed Forces Insurance and SoFluential Media. The opinions and text are all mine.
As a military spouse, I learned how to live in a constant state of preparedness – for the unknown and the unexpected. Those just in case situations you never truly expect but always want to be ready for. Break-ins, accidents, illness and even natural disasters can all strike without notice but preparing for them can help make their impact something you are able to recover from.
Just In Case
During the last few weeks, Hurricane Harvey has brought on damage and destruction that many did not expect. Families have lost their homes, vehicles, property and more due to something they have no control over. Now with predictions of even more Hurricanes on the way, I’ve found myself taking extra steps to be sure my family and I are ready – just in case.
I admit it, these are all things I rather not think on but when things happen it’s too late to plan. The key to coming out okay is being ready before you need to be. When things happen that are out of my control somehow finding control in the little thing seems to help – even just a little bit.
Planning ahead is something you can do in many different ways from grabbing those extra staple items when you go to the grocery store to checking your insurance policies and coverages regularly. Little to big all those things matter the most in the unexpected moments.
As a soldier, my husband has always taken the extra steps to be certain we are secure in what we have just in case. Wills, insurance, warranties, medical coverage – all the stuff we seem to arrange and forget about. Companies like Armed Forces Insurance take the extra steps to make sure their families can know they are covered when they need it most.
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Just In Case
Still there is always a possibility that things may not go according to plan. What can you do then? AFI shared a few tips in response to Hurricane Harvey with their customers on their Facebook Page (click here).
Step 1 – BE SAFE
Make sure everyone is safe.
Step 2 – REPORT YOUR CLAIM
We are here to help if you need to report a claim. Please call us at 800-255-0187. Armed Forces Insurance will promptly resolve your claim, either through an on-site inspection or over the phone.
Step 3 – DOCUMENT YOUR DAMAGE
Take pictures of any damages. Retain damaged items until your claim has been settled. Keep a detailed record of all emergency repairs and actions you take.
Step 4 – SELECT YOUR CONTRACTORS WISELY
Choose qualified, licensed contractors to complete your repairs. We recommend you obtain at least two estimates. There may be increased contractor solicitation following a storm, so be sure you choose a reputable contractor. We also recommend you check the references and licenses for any contractor you consider hiring.
Step 5 – READ THE FINE PRINT
Read the fine print of anything you are asked to sign when getting quotes and discussing a repair contract. Some contractors may request you sign an Assignment of Benefits (AOB), and they may or may not tell you about it in advance.
In the midst of natural disasters like Harvey and Irma, we tend to think on those just in case moments more often than we like but thanks to companies like Armed Forces Insurance we can trust will always be prepared and protected when it matters most.
Related: Armed Forces Insurance has worked ‘To protect the people who protect our nation’ since 1887. AFI gives me the assurance that no matter what life may bring I can trust them to give me all I need to be fully prepared. After the initial impact of Hurricane Harvey AFI reached out to their customers across social media to make sure they knew their safety and well-being were being protected.