2012 Superstorm Sandy


The devastation left by Superstorm Sandy at Breezy Point, Queens, New York 

Response to Superstorm Sandy Continues

With 80 mph winds hurling an unprecedented 13 foot surge of seawater at New York City, Superstorm Sandy hit fast and with force at the end of October 2012. In its wake, it left a total of 175 people dead, almost 8 million without power, flooded the New York subways, and closed the stock market for two days. Total damage estimates are between $30-50 billion and total cost to insurers is expected to be between $10 and 20 billion1. These estimates indicate that Superstorm Sandy may become either the second or third most expensive storm in U.S. history, according to the forecasting firm Eqecat2. That would rank it behind Hurricane Katrina and either slightly above or below Hurricane Andrew.

Crawford continues to process large numbers of Sandy-related claims including marine, transportation, property damage to schools, businesses, amusement arcades, boardwalks, retail stores, healthcare facilities and high-value Brownstone homes. Via our 24-hour ClaimsAlert® call center, we continue to take in claims but incoming assignments have leveled off from the initial spikes in call activity.

For assistance with Superstorm Sandy or other catastrophic events, contact ClaimsAlert at 1-877-346-0300.

For more information about how to better prepare to handle claims resulting from Superstorm Sandy and other major storms, read the Crawford & Company whitepaper Prepare to Handle U.S. Hurricane Claims Wherever the Storm Strikes.

 
1 CNN "By the numbers: Superstorm Sandy" 11/3/2012. Retrieved 11/6/2012 from http://www.cnn.com/2012/11/03/us/tropical-weather-sandy-numbers/index.html

2 The Insurance Insider Special Loss Report "Sandy to enter hurricane records" 11/2/2012