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How to file a Flossie damage report

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The Maui County Civil Defense Agency Tuesday announced that a damage report form is available online at www.mauicounty.gov/civildefense.

Anyone not able to use the online form may report storm-related damage by calling Civil Defense at 270-7285. Individuals and business are asked to report storm-related damage to the Maui County Civil Defense Agency to ensure that the County of Maui has a complete picture of the damage caused by the July 29 storm event.

Damage reports do not constitute an application for financial or other assistance. Reports must be submitted by Friday, August 2, 2013.

The data collected will allow County officials to determine if Maui County will qualify for any State or Federal assistance, as well as assistance with floodplain mapping. Completion of a Damage Assessment survey does not constitute an application for assistance; affected parties must file claims with their insurance companies.

For more information, visit www.mauicounty.gov/civildefense or call Maui County Civil Defense Agency at 270-7285.

The following tips are provided by Hawaii State Civil Defense and the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs.

REPORT:
If your home was impacted by the storm, contact your county civil defense/emergency management agency to report damages: Hawaii 808-935-0031, Maui 808-270-7285, City and County of Honolulu 808-723-8960, Kauai 808-241-1800. Some agencies may also have damage report forms online. 

It is important for emergency management to have a full picture of damage from Flossie, but be aware that reporting damages at this stage does not mean you are registered for government aid.

RECORD:
Take pictures of any damage to your home or business. Keeping good records will help with any damage claims you make through insurance and can make it easier to qualify for aid if it becomes available. You will want to capture any flood water heights in your home or business (place an identifiable object next to water marks for scale); any wind damage (take pictures of what has blown off and where it blew off from); as well as damage to personal property such as electronics and furniture.

REVIEW:
Review your insurance policy and contact your insurer. Should you have any questions, or your insurer denies a claim you feel is covered by your policy, contact the Hawaii Insurance Division at 586-2790. 

Tropical Storm Flossie is a good reminder to check your insurance policies to ensure you are properly and adequately covered, to take pictures of your possessions and make an inventory list which will assist you in filing a claim in the event of a loss.

If you sustained damage on another island, contact your county civil defense/emergency management agency to report damages: Hawaii 808-935-0031, City and County of Honolulu 808-723-8960, Kauai 808-241-1800.

Some agencies may also have damage report forms online. 

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