As of Wednesday morning, State Farm reported an initial 1,400 homeowners insurance claims and 850 auto insurance claims from the California wildfires that began on Oct. 8. The largest number of claims are in Sonoma and Napa counties. A separate Napa County total was not immediately available.
When it is safe to do so, customers that need to file a claim should contact State Farm to get the process started as soon as possible, said a news release.
Customers can reach State Farm by contacting their local agent, calling 1-800-SFCLAIM, or submitting a claim through the mobile app “Pocket Agent” or through the website at statefarm.com/claims.
If you have not been evacuated but your home could become threatened:
• Make a home inventory: document your personal possessions, because proof of ownership can make your claim settlement easier and faster.
• Back up your information: Back up vital photos, documents and financial information.
• Evacuation Plan: create it, discuss it and rehearse it. Include: where to go/reunite, who to call, etc.
• Create an evacuation package: put original vital documents and irreplaceable items (paper photos, family heirlooms, etc) in one place so it is ready to go.
• Talk to your agent: discuss your coverage needs, understand your deductible and the difference between the current market value of a property and its replacement cost.