In the initial stages of the catastrophe, we brought in additional contractors to help assist customers who needed emergency support and accommodation. Now that we’re moving into the repair phase, along with other insurers, we’ve had to contend with the significant impact of COVID on building materials and other supplies, as well as the ongoing issue of finding available tradespeople.
Danny Adams, General Manager Short Tail Claims, says the floods have taken a toll on communities previously affected by flooding and predicts that recovery may take up to 12–18 months.
“This has been a flood event that came back over old ground,” Danny says. “We had some customers who had just finished repairs on their home from last year’s flooding in NSW when this year’s flood event occurred.
“We’ve heard some heartbreaking stories of loss, but we’ve been amazed at how people in these areas have banded together to help others in many different ways, large and small.”
Danny says Allianz has helped customers buy caravans if they wanted to stay on their block to look after animals. And it has assisted other customers if they decided to move out of the area and into temporary accommodation.
Most claims came through in the first 3-4 weeks of the event, he says, and the impact it has had on members of the claims team has been huge.
“We’re exceptionally proud of the job our claims teams have done. Some of the stories they’ve heard have been quite terrible, but the way they continue on and keep trying to help our customers is a credit to all involved."
“The event now moves into the next phase, from claims lodgement to management of claims. To ensure all our customers get the best possible experience, we’re continuing to focus on flexible options where possible – for example, we’re considering cash settlements where customers have the capability to do repairs themselves and are happy to do so.”