First insurance “claims village” set for Georgia coast post-Irma

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First insurance “claims village” set for Georgia coast post-Irma

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St. Marys: Boats blown away from their docks sit in the marsh after Hurricane Irma on Tuesday at St. Marys on the Georgia coast. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com

Georgia Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens announced Wednesday that his office will open its first “claims village” in Brunswick next week to help homeowners and business owners get their insurance claims expedited.

Hudgens was touring coastal areas Wednesday assessing damages from Irma, meeting with storm victims and local officials.

Communities throughout Florida and Georgia are coming together to clean up the mess left by Hurricane Irma.

The commissioner set up similar mobile “villages” where Georgians could come to meet with representatives of the state’s largest homeowners insurance companies in January after a series of tornadoes ripped through South Georgia.

It was too early to make any kind of accurate estimates as the storm moved through Georgia on Monday, but Hudgens sent a message last week to leading insurers telling them to prepare for a large volume of claims.

The first “claims village” will be at the Home Depot in Brunswick next Monday and Tuesday. Hudgens said earlier this week that similar mobile locations may be set up in Atlanta and other areas as well.

The villages should include claims officials from the 10 largest insurers in Georgia: Allstate, Auto Owners, Country Financial, Georgia Farm Bureau, Liberty Mutual, Nationwide, Safeco, State Farm, Travelers and USAA.

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