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NY State licenses 2,000 temporary insurance adjusters

Homeowners who find damage to their property from

Homeowners who find damage to their property from Sandy are advised to take these steps insurance experts say: Call insurance brokers or companies, photograph and list the damage and read policies for any deductibles or exclusions. This tree came down on a house and car on Conklin Lane in Huntington. (Oct.30, 2012) (Credit: Ed Betz)

New York State has issued nearly 2,000 temporary licenses for insurance adjusters to deal with the flood of claims in the wake of hurricane Sandy.

The extra adjusters help insurance companies meet a deadline of 15 days to respond to an insurance claim, a state Dept. of Financial Services official said.

As of Thursday morning the department had issued 1,949 such temporary licenses that allow insurance companies to bring adjusters from out of state to bolster local staff inspecting damage and reviewing claims.

Insurance companies can apply for the temporary licenses online or by fax. After hurricane Irene, the state provided 9,229 temporary adjuster licenses, the official said.

Pictured: Insurance companies must respond to claims within 15 days.

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