Catastrophe declared for Hobart storm damage

The Insurance Council of Australia (ICA) has declared a Catastrophe for inundation and storm damage from May 10-11 to property and vehicles in Hobart, Tasmania.

The declaration means claims from affected policyholders will be given priority by insurers. Claims will also be triaged to direct urgent assistance to the worst-affected property owners.

ICA CEO Rob Whelan said, “The extent of the damage to property, and vehicles in and around Hobart will take several days to be known, and it’s too early to estimate the insured damage bill. More than 1000 claims have already been lodged.

“The catastrophe declaration is intended to help reduce the emotional and financial stress experienced by households and business owners affected by the inundation and storm damage.”

Under the declaration the ICA has:
 Activated its disaster hotline – 1800 734 621
 Mobilised an ICA representative to work with local agencies and services and affected policyholders
 Established an industry taskforce to address and identify issues that arise