American National offers safety information ahead of Hurricane Matthew

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Oct. 05, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- As Hurricane Matthew moves toward the East Coast, The National Weather Service is urging residents in southeastern states to prepare for severe weather and brace for hurricane conditions as the storm approaches.

American National urges severe weather safety and offers the following tips to help prepare yourself and property before a storm, including:

  • Remain aware of weather conditions in your area
  • Secure your home and property
  • Make sure you and your family have a family disaster plan
  • Heed all storm and tornado warnings

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American National has claims teams on standby in the event policyholders experience severe weather-related claims. For personalized service, policyholders can visit their local agent’s office or call American National’s 24-hour claims hotline at 1.800.333.2860. Those with access to a computer or smartphone can also report claims online through the “Client Services Online” feature of

If property damage does occur, American National encourages policyholders to wait to make repairs until an adjuster can complete a property inspection. If immediate action is absolutely necessary to prevent further damage, make sure it’s safe to make repairs and take time to thoroughly document the damage. All repair-related receipts should be saved so they can be included in claim reports. For those policyholders who sustained vehicle damage, appraisers will be available to assist with inspections.

American National’s website also offers several informational resources that may be useful to policyholders dealing with the aftermath of weather events. Information specifically related to severe storm preparedness and recovery can be found at

About American National

American National Insurance Company (American National), headquartered in Galveston, Texas, was founded in 1905 and is licensed in all states except New York. American National and its subsidiaries offer a broad line of products and services, which include life insurance, annuities, health insurance, credit insurance, pension products and property and casualty insurance for personal lines, agribusiness and certain commercial exposures. The family of companies operates in all 50 states.

American National established a dedicated property and casualty division in 1973 with American National Property And Casualty Company, Springfield, MO. This company serves 38 states not including NY. To better serve the unique insurance needs of the agricultural market, American National acquired the Farm Family group of insurance companies based in NY in 2001. For corporate and investor relations information, please visit American National’s website at

CONTACT: Jeff Mills, Executive Vice President-Chief Claims Officer 417.887.4990, Ext. 2199 American National Center 1949 East Sunshine Street Springfield, MO 65899

Source:American National Insurance Company