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June 5, 2013

Tornado-related insurance claims climb to 32,433

NORMAN — 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.

“We are continuing to come up with ways to address consumer concerns and provide united support,” said Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John D. Doak. “The victims can rest assured that we will be here to help until the last claim is filed.”

The Oklahoma Insurance Department 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 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 Blvd., Shawnee

· Little Axe Elementary School gymnasium, 2000 168th Ave. Northeast

· Carney High School, rooms 5-7, 304 S. Carney Road

· El Reno at Jenks Simmons Field House, 211 N. Country Club

Impacted consumers with questions also are 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 also are 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.

For more information, visit ok.gov/oid/disasterrecovery.html.

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