Insurance Claims to Pour in from Sandy

October 30, 2012 Updated Oct 30, 2012 at 8:23 AM EDT

By WKBW News

October 30, 2012 Updated Oct 30, 2012 at 8:23 AM EDT

Area businesses in various industries are handling calls from customers on storm related damage in the aftermath of Sandy.

Insurance companies across the state are preparing for millions of dollars in claims. If you have storm damage at your property, insurers say to take measures to prevent further damage and report the loss as soon as possible. Also save damaged property and don't make permanent repairs until it has been inspected. Don't forget to track any money spent on repairs. Insurers prefer that customers take pictures and video of their property before a storm hits to ease the claims process.

Old Glory Flag and Banner Co. expects to receive many service calls from customers whose flagpoles were damaged in high winds. Company officials say a wet flag puts additional stress on flagpoles and many residential poles are made in sections, which can snap in high winds. Businesses and homeowners are advised to remove flags in storm conditions and not to fly them.

Buffalo's disaster assistance center for the U.S. Small Business Administration is working overtime. Officials are calling in extra employees to handle disaster claims from Sandy from across the northeast and beyond.

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