Nearly 40% of Texans Admit Being Scared by Texas Weather
McAllen and North Texas Impacted the Most by Hail and Wind Last Year
IRVING, Texas, April 2, 2013
IRVING, Texas, April 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Thirty-seven percent of Texans
say Lone Star State spring storms scare them, and more than a third say they
feel the weather is getting worse year after year, according to a new survey
by Allstate Insurance Company.
The number of Texas hail and wind related homeowner insurance claims increased
5% and lightning related claims increased 52% for Allstate Insurance customers
last year. Allstate is the second largest home insurer in the state. The
insurer is reminding residents to prepare now for storm season.
"Spring storms in Texas are unpredictable," said Diana Wickman, an Allstate
agent in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. "While they may seem more prevalent in
some areas, it still can cause severe damage anytime, anywhere, so people need
to be careful and take them seriously."
Among Texans who said spring storms in the state have scared them, more than
half (54%) said tornadoes concerned them the most, followed by wind (18%) and
Hail and wind impacted more Allstate insured homes in the McAllen area,
followed by the Dallas-Fort Worth area, than in any other parts of the state
last year. Allstate tallied the top 10 stormiest counties in Texas by looking
at the areas with the highest frequencies of wind and hail related homeowner
Highest Frequency of Wind and
Hail Claims in 2012 by County
9 Fort Bend
10 El Paso
Clean Out Your Garage: While 88% of Texans said in the survey that they were
prepared for this year's spring storm season, 60% have not cleaned out their
garage so they can park their car in it during a storm. Take steps to reduce
risks of damage to your property like having a spot for your car during a hail
storm and removing dying tree limbs and outside furniture that can go airborne
during a wind storm.
Make a Plan: 65% of survey respondents have not gone over a safety plan with
their family and 61% haven't prepared areas in their home to take shelter in
case of a tornado. Visit emergency management government Web sites to help you
come up with a plan before a catastrophe.
Take Stock of Your Stuff: 70% of survey respondents have not done a home
inventory. Walk through your home with a video or still camera to create a
record of what you have and where it is in your house. You can also download
an App like Allstate's Digital Locker (TM) to help create an inventory.
Call Your Insurer: 52% of Texans haven't located their insurance information.
Reach out to your insurer for a yearly coverage check-up. Review your policy
with your agent to make sure your coverages meet your current needs.
About the Survey
The survey of Texas residents was conducted March 3 through March 14, 2013
among a sample of 3,200 adults, age 20 to 69, reached via telephone. The
margin of error for the sample is +/- 3%. Market areas included in the survey
were Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio, Austin and El Paso.
The survey was conducted by Reality Based Group, an Austin, Texas based
customer experience management and market research company.
*About the Storm Data
To collect the data, Allstate measured the frequency of hail, wind and
lightning homeowner property claims from January through December 2011 and
January through December 2012 in 45 Texas counties which all had at least
4,000 Allstate policies.
The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held
personal lines insurer, serving approximately 16 million households through
its Allstate, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand names and
Allstate Financial business segment. Allstate branded insurance products
(auto, home, life and retirement) and services are offered through Allstate
agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial
representatives, as well as via www.allstate.com, www.allstate.com/financial
and 1-800 Allstate^®, and are widely known through the slogan "You're In Good
Hands With Allstate^®." As part of Allstate's commitment to strengthen local
communities, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate employees, agency owners and
the corporation provided $29 million in 2012 to thousands of nonprofit
organizations and important causes across the United States.
SOURCE Allstate Corporation
Contact: Kristen Beaman, +1-972-897-9629
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