GEICO's CAT team standing by to serve policyholders as Tropical Storm Erika moves closer to U.S.

LAKELAND, Fla., Aug. 28, 2015 – GEICO's Catastrophe Claims Response Team (CAT) and auto damage adjusters are standing by ready to assist policyholders if and when Tropical Storm Erika reaches U.S. locations along the Florida coast and Eastern Seaboard.

GEICO urges policyholders to report any losses as early as possible on the GEICO mobile app, GEICO's website or call GEICO's claims team (800) 841-3000.

"We've been following Tropical Storm Erika very closely, so we are aware of the serious damage this storm can cause," said George Rogers, senior vice president for GEICO. "We want people to know that we are ready to assist and do as much as possible to get their claims handled quickly so that they can get back to their everyday lives."

GEICO urges policyholders to take all necessary steps to protect their families, their homes and their vehicles prior to the storm. The company also urges residents to heed the instructions of their local fire and police agencies.

GEICO officials say that additional information is available at GEICO's online Catastrophe Center with preparedness tips, links to other important hurricane information and weather sites, and immediate claims handling capabilities.

GEICO (Government Employees Insurance Company) is a member of the Berkshire Hathaway family of companies and is the second-largest private passenger auto insurance company in the United States. GEICO, which was founded in 1936, provides millions of auto insurance quotes to U.S. drivers annually. The company is pleased to serve more than 14 million private passenger customers and insures more than 23 million vehicles (auto & cycle).

Using GEICO's online service center, policyholders can purchase policies, make policy changes, report claims and print insurance ID cards. Policyholders can also connect to GEICO through the GEICO App, reach a representative over the phone or visit a GEICO local agent.

GEICO also provides insurance quotes on motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), boats, travel trailers and motorhomes (RVs). Coverage for life, homes and apartments is written by non-affiliated insurance companies and is secured through the GEICO Insurance Agency. Commercial auto insurance and personal umbrella protection are also available.

For more information, go to www.geico.com.