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Tuesday, June 4, 2013
OKLAHOMA CITY – The total number of tornado-related insurance claims filed by Oklahomans has climbed to 32,433 since May 19. The filings represent insured losses of nearly $250 million, including 13,938 homeowners claims, 17,492 auto claims and 724 commercial property claims.
“Our responsibility is clear and our commitment to the citizens of Oklahoma is strong during this devastating time,” said Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John D. Doak. “We are continuing to come up with ways to address consumer concerns and provide united support. The victims can rest assured that we will be here to help until the last claim is filed.”
The Oklahoma Insurance Department (OID) is continuing to assist tornado victims across the state by planning a series of outreach events in the impacted areas. During the meetings, insurance experts will be able to explain the claims process and answer questions from consumers. The schedule will be announced at a later date.
Additionally, OID consumer information is currently available at several locations in the impacted areas. The updated list of locations includes:
Moore City Hall
301 N Broadway St.
Gordon Cooper Technology Center
One John C Bruton Boulevard
Little Axe Elementary School (Gymnasium)
2000 168th Ave NE
Little Axe, OK
Carney High School (Rooms 5-7)
304 S. Carney Road
Jenks Simmons Field House
211 N. Country Club
El Reno, OK
Impacted consumers with questions are also encouraged to call the Consumer Assistance Division at 1-800-522-0071.
Commissioner Doak issued an emergency declaration allowing emergency claims adjusters to obtain temporary licenses to expedite the insurance claims process and provide immediate assistance to impacted consumers. Licensed agents and adjusters are also required to obtain an identification badge from the OID office in Oklahoma City before entering the tornado-damaged areas. The requirement is aimed at protecting consumers from unlicensed or unscrupulous characters attempting to take advantage of them.
Please visit http://www.ok.gov/oid/disasterrecovery.html for more information and frequently asked questions to assist with disaster recovery from Oklahoma’s tornadoes.
About the Oklahoma Insurance Department
The Oklahoma Insurance Department, an agency of the State of Oklahoma, is responsible for the education and protection of the insurance-buying public and for oversight of the insurance industry in the state.
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