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Disasters don’t plan ahead – but you can

by Chad Giesen, American Family Insurance catastrophe response manager


Over his 27 years in Claims, Catastrophe Response Manager Chad Giesen has found one thing to be true: People who are prepared make it out of a severe storm or weather event in the best shape. Learn what you can adopt from their plans to help yourself and others be among that group.


I’ve worked in the insurance industry – specifically, in Claims - for 27 years, with the last three years as a catastrophe response manager. Over all those years, I’ve helped people rebuild their lives after wind and hail events, tornadoes, hurricanes and wildfires – which, as you can imagine, is both very difficult and rewarding at the same time.

Though the details, destruction and impacts of every catastrophe are different, one thing remains true: People who are prepared are the ones who make it out of an event in the best shape, with less severe impacts to their properties and lives.

In September, we’re recognizing National Preparedness Month.Head Shot Chad Giesen

This year, the national effort emphasizes the importance of helping elderly family members, friends and neighbors with advance planning for catastrophes. Older people may have greater difficulty with preparedness, whether due to physical or financial challenges.

The steps outlined in this article can help all of us in preparing for these kinds of events. This year, make it a point to share it with people in your life who may need extra help in preparing for and recovering from storms and other disruptions, including older family members and single parents.

To read Chad's full article, visit the American Family Insurance Medium page. 

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About the American Family Insurance Group
Based in Madison, Wisconsin, American Family Insurance has been serving customers since 1927. We inspire, protect and restore dreams through our insurance products, exceptional service from our agency owners and employees, community investment and creative partnerships to address societal challenges. We act on our belief in diversity and inclusion by constantly evolving to meet customer needs and preferences. American Family Insurance group is the nation’s 12th-largest property/casualty insurance group, ranking No. 301 on the Fortune 500 list. The group sells American Family-brand products, primarily through exclusive agency owners in 19 states. The American Family Insurance Group also includes CONNECT, powered by American Family Insurance, The General, Homesite and Main Street America Insurance. Across these companies the group has nearly 13,000 employees nationwide.