Weathering 2008's Twisters
July 1, 2008
The 2008 Tornado Season has been the worst of the decade, leaving more than 100 dead across several states. It's brought back memories for ERIE policyholders who lived through tornados more than 10 years ago, and created new memories for those experiencing new losses.
April 29, 2008
“When they tell you a tornado sounds like a freight train, it really sounds like a freight train! It’s like being in a war zone, like bombs going off. The tornado that hit our area lasted for about 30 seconds, maybe 45. And we’d only been in the new house 17 days. We still had most of our stuff in boxes. We were lucky enough to not lose anything irreplaceable. We lost the TV, exercise equipment, the sofa, love seat, things like that, but we didn’t lose pictures, our high school yearbooks, or our mementos. The estimate of damage is still upwards of $100,000.
“After the tornado struck, we stayed that night in a condo in a different city. Angela Turntine, our agent at Turntine Insurance Agency, drove out to where we were and gave us a starter check to help pay for our expenses. We’ve been preaching about ERIE to everyone we know that has had trouble with their agents from different companies. It was great to be taken care of in that first week and we have no complaints. We have only been Policyholders with ERIE for a couple months, and are very impressed with the service and support we have received. When doing our research about your company, you had the best rates and great reviews. And now we know why.
January 7, 2008
“You never think that something like this will happen to you, but when it does, you want people who are going to immediately support you and take care of you. That’s what ERIE did for me.
“It was 4:06 p.m. when the tornado came through and destroyed my house. I called ERIE that night and kept hearing ‘I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry, we’ll get someone out there, we’ll get someone out there.’ And they did. Trevor Rittich, my adjuster, was out there the next day by about noon. The following day I had a check in my hand to help me get back on my feet. Trevor checked in with me often and didn’t push anything. He was very good adjuster and made this whole process that much easier.
“From the first phone call I made, I have been very happy and have had a very positive experience with ERIE. It’s the scariest thing losing a house. But ERIE made the recovery process quick and painless. I have honestly been singing ERIE’s praises from the rooftops and would recommend them to anyone.”
As some of the most unexpected and sudden storms, twisters can be hard to prepare for. The best time to do it is long before the storm hits.