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AETNA OFFERS TIPS FOR VACATION HOME OWNERS IN WAKE OF HURRICANE ANDREW

AETNA OFFERS TIPS FOR VACATION HOME OWNERS IN WAKE OF HURRICANE ANDREW
 HARTFORD, Conn., Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- In the wake of Hurricane Andrew, Aetna has sent more than 200 claim representatives to Florida and Louisiana to help policyholders get back on their feet.
 Armed with mobile phones, laptop computers and checkbooks, Aetna people are authorized to issue checks on the spot in order to get repairs under way.
 But many people with second homes in Florida or Louisiana may be out of state and unable to inspect damage firsthand. Aetna suggests that policyholders with damaged vacation property take the following steps:
 -- Contact Aetna or call your insurance agent immediately. Aetna's claim service line, 800-AETNA-CL (800-238-6225) is available 24 hours a day. Aetna asks that when you call you have your policy out and be ready to give the policy number. Aetna will assign a claim adjuster to visit your property and inspect the damage, even if you can't be there. Remember to give a phone number where you can be reached.
 -- Ask someone in the area to protect your property from further damage. Cover openings in exterior walls, windows or roof with plywood, plastic or other material. If these steps are unsafe, call a qualified contractor. Save receipts from any construction work done on the house.
 -- Remove valuables from the property. If your vacation home contains valuable items, ask a friend or relative to remove them.
 -- Prepare an inventory of personal property by gathering sales receipts or photos of household contents. These will help to settle claims more quickly.
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 /CONTACT: Terry D'Italia of Aetna Life & Casualty, 203-273-7143 or 203-236-8792/ CO: Aetna Life & Casualty ST: Connecticut, Florida IN: INS SU:


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