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Hurricane Ian leaves widespread devastation in southwest Florida

Written by: Sill Public Adjusters

Hurricane Ian leaves widespread devastation in southwest Florida

Sill Public Adjusters are in southwest Florida working with property owners and their recovery plans after Hurricane Ian left more than 85 dead and caused widespread devastation. Our thoughts and prayers are with those if Florida who are facing tragedy.

Winds were close to category five strength when Hurricane Ian made landfall on Cayo Costa Island. Millions of people evacuated their homes ahead of the storm.

A devastating storm surge pushed ashore, flooding Sanibel Island, Port Charlotte, and Fort Myers buildings. Hurricane Ian's wind speeds were close to category five strength when it slammed into the coast. Several inches of rain fell as it slowly moved across Florida.

Anyone along Florida's southwest coast will see a significant impact from the storm, and millions of properties are at risk of severe damage.

Property owners are waking up to widespread damage from Hurricane Ian. You may feel overwhelmed, but you can turn to a public adjuster to help ease the burden of handling a property insurance claim.

A public adjuster can step in to provide expert guidance throughout any insurance claim and ensure that all critical deadlines are met to reach a more successful outcome for your claim.

According to FEMA, 25% of businesses fail to reopen after a storm, but with the help of a public adjuster, you will reduce the risk of failing.

Sill's disaster response team will deploy to affected areas immediately after the storm. Our team helps hundreds of property owners each year, and we are experts in hurricane damage claims.

Hiring Sill means you can focus on your recovery while our team handles each aspect of your claim. You will need to report your damage, take all necessary mitigation steps to prevent further damage, and produce a detailed proof of loss report immediately.

Sill can handle this for you, so you don't have to. We can also assist in finding temporary housing for homeowners or workspace for businesses.

The first few hours after a storm is critical.


If a hurricane has impacted your business, you need to know what you can and cannot do. Anything you touch could risk your safety and affect your insurance claim.

The first thing you should NOT do is try to let a contractor handle your claim. A public adjuster is a licensed insurance industry professional, and by law, ONLY a public adjuster can assist you with your claim. It is critical that if you decide to seek outside help with your claim, you work with a licensed public adjuster.

Next, you do NOT want your insurance company’s adjuster to inspect the property damage when you or a public adjuster is NOT there with them. If they inspect the property alone, there is a good chance something is overlooked or missed during that inspection.

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Also, you should know the difference between temporary and permanent repairs. After the storm, you do need to take steps to limit further damage. Still, it is critical that you have an insurance expert, like one of our public adjusters, there with you to avoid creating any additional challenges in your claim. (LEARN MORE)


Over the next few days, paying attention to the storm's track and following any safety orders issued is essential. You should save our phone number in your phone's contact list now: 844.650.7455. You can call us 24/7 to schedule a free no-obligation inspection of your property once the storm clears.

We do not recommend waiting until you have met with your insurance provider. Our team can meet at your property with an insurance adjuster to protect your best interest right from the start.