Response to the Nashville Tornado
What to do to begin recovery.
Dangerous nocturnal tornados hit Nashville and the surrounding area on March 3. East Nashville’s Donelson neighborhood, Mt. Juliet, Lebanon, Cookeville, and other Putnam County, Tennessee locations were also hit by the twisters and accompanying wind and hail damage. More than two dozen people were killed in the EF-3 and EF-4 tornadoes.
Our hearts go out to all those impacted – especially family and friends of those who lost their lives. Safety is paramount as residents assess damage and begin the recovery process.
Start the claim process as soon as possible.
Take steps to prevent further damage as soon as it is safe to do so. There are four ways to start the claim process:
- Online at www.statefarm.com/claims
- Use the State Farm Mobile App
- Call 1-800-SFCLAIM
- Contact your State Farm Agent
Hundreds of customers have already filed claims. Our local agents and call center claim specialists are already assisting customers with their most immediate needs, like additional living expenses (ALE). The State Farm Claims Catastrophe Response Team is being deployed to the most heavily impacted areas to assist in the recovery. This additional personnel includes three drone teams.
Customers with damage should:
- Inspect your property. Document damage with pictures to share with your claims specialist.
- Make temporary repairs to prevent further damage. Take pictures and save receipts for materials purchased.
- Exercise caution when selecting a contractor. Storm recovery can be emotionally and physically draining. Don’t make a quick, emotional decision without recommendations. Obtain detailed written estimates and multiple bids.
Additional insurance considerations and storm recovery tips:
Tree removal can be very expensive right now because resources are spread thin. As a reminder, insurance only pays to remove trees impacting your home, building, fences or other structures. Coverage limits may apply to debris removal coverage.
Be wary of those who might try to capitalize on the storm.
- Ask for recommendations
- Beware of door-to-door solicited repairs
- Get multiple written estimates
- Always have a written, detailed estimate
- Don’t pay up front. Always inspect the completed work before payment.
- If making repairs, consider upgraded roofing materials (upgrades could result in insurance premium discounts).
If you have experienced a power outage:
- Never use candles for emergency lighting, use flashlights.
- Disconnect any appliances, equipment or electronics that were on when the power went out. When power comes back on, it may come back with momentary “surges” or “spikes”. This can damage computers, air conditioners, refrigerators, etc. Leave one light on so you know when the power returns.
- Check to see if your homeowners policy covers damages resulting from outages. Subject to the deductible, your policy may cover spoiled food and other damages.
- Use generators safely. If you have a portable generator, only run it outdoors with adequate ventilation. Never use a generator indoors or in attached garages. The exhaust fumes contain carbon monoxide, which can be deadly if inhaled.
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