For homeowners who are dealing with storm damage, here's what to do

CINCINNATI -- If Sunday’s storms left you with roof damage, downed trees and other damage to your home, here are some immediate steps that the Ohio Department of Insurance suggests you take.

  • Call your insurance agent as soon as you can.
  • Take reasonable steps to prevent additional damage. Try to board up the damaged area, if it’s safe to do so.
  • If power lines are down, DO NOT attempt to move them. Call your utility company. To report downed lines in Indiana, call (800) 521-2232. To report downed lines in Kentucky and Ohio, call (800) 544-6900.
  • Closely inspect your property and cars for any damage.
  • Review your insurance policies to see what all is covered. Make sure you keep receipts for any repairs.
  • Be patient as you wait to hear back from your agent or from an insurance adjuster. If you’ve not heard from someone in a week, call the department’s Consumer Services hotline at 1-800-686-1526.

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