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(San Francisco, CA, Tuesday, July 7, 2020) – As we continue to deal with the impact of the COVID-19 crisis, it’s still important to be prepared for other disasters that can occur throughout the year often with little or no warning.  And while we didn’t experience the level of devastation from natural disasters last year like in 2018, many national and local weather authorities are predicting that this season will be another active one for the U.S.  Already, we’ve seen two tropical storms develop and impact the southeastern Atlantic coast and the Gulf of Mexico, and its only June.

It’s currently hurricane season from June 1 to November 30, the plain states experience tornadoes, and California is preparing for wildfire season, however, a natural disaster can occur at any time. Therefore, it’s important to know what to do, if one impacts you, as the road to recovery may not be easy.

If impacted by a disaster here are some helpful tips:

  1. Assess for property and automobile damage. If you sustained damage, call your lender and contact your insurance company right away to file a claim.
  2. Work with reputable contractors who are properly bonded and licensed.
  3. Make a list of damaged property and take pictures for possible tax deductions.
  4. After the disaster relief period, you may need more time to recover, contact your lender

Wells Fargo is committed to helping customers and communities once a disaster occurs. Wells Fargo’s disaster assistance includes donations to the American Red Cross and to local nonprofits in the market, mobilizing disaster-trained specialists to bank locations, and in some cases deploying the Mobile Response Unit, which is in its fifth year with 27,000 miles recorded and nearly 30 disaster deployments, to offer more face-to-face resources to help customers with the recovery process.

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