Financial support for flood victims; what is available?
Residents of southeast Queensland and northern New South Wales woke up to utter devastation, with flooded homes, flooded businesses and swept away cars.
The question now for those affected is what financial support is available to them.
Today, finance expert Effie Zahos said while insurance companies are currently overwhelmed with calls, it’s important to contact them as soon as possible.
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“For a lot of people, it’s in the back of their mind — as long as everything is safe, the first thing to do is call your insurer,” Zahos said.
Some things that can help the claims process are taking pictures if it’s safe to do so and Effie said you should also ask about your insurance benefits.
“For example, is there temporary accommodation? Can they advance payments because some will,” Zahos added.
“There is an Insurance Council of Australia Disaster Helpline if you can call if you are unsure what you are getting from your insurer.”
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The Australian government also offers a national crisis payment with various crises that people can apply for.
“That’s if you’ve lost your home or are in financial difficulty.”
Queenslanders can now apply for a Personal Hardship Assistance Grant of up to $180 and the Disaster Recovery Payout of $1,000 is available for eligible adults.
A disaster recovery benefit is on the way and Effie said the best advice is to go to the Australian Department of Social Services and see what you might be entitled to.
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