Hecla, Pennsylvania Tornado- Jerry Freiwald talks about having the right people to call after a loss
“We came home on Thursday night,” said Jerry Freiwald resident of Hecla and Vice President of Bartush Signs in Orwigsburg,PA, “and found out that a tornado had come through and devastated the whole area.”
The night of Thursday May 26, a tornado (with damage consistent with an EF1) caused Jerry and his neighbors significant damage to their homes and property. Large trees were uprooted or snapped, trees were knocked on to power lines, shutters and window screens were ripped from homes, there was damage to vehicles due to hail and debris, and roofs were damaged. Jerry suffered damage to the roof of half his home, there was damage to his shed as well as well as a number of trees and shrubs.
(Home Damage from the tornado)
“After the adrenaline leaves your system you start thinking Am I covered?.” , Freiwald says.
He called his agent, Steve Stramara of The Seltzer Group, at 6:00am the next morning.
“Berks Fire & Water Restoration called 10 minutes after I got off the phone with (Steve) and the cleanup crew was here 15 minutes after that,” Freiwald says of his experience, “I did not have to worry about a thing with my property.”
He goes on to say, “Seltzer’s (The Seltzer Group) and Berks (Fire & Water) Restorations did an awesome job! It made me feel a whole lot better.”
“You think something like this is never ever (ever) going to happen to you and when it does… thank goodness you guys (The Seltzer Group) were around. ”
(Vehicle Damage from the tornado)
A video of Jerry discussing his storm damage and the positive outcome will be available soon on The Seltzer Group’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.
Please check out The Seltzer Group’s blog, Risk Management 24-7, for tips on tornado and severe weather safety.
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