The Norman Transcript

News Features

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

Text Only | Photo Reprints
News Features
  • DUal-state advance Tough field awaits Southmoore at dual state

    Southmoore’s history at Dual State is a short read. The totality of it is a first-round loss to eventual runner-up Muskogee by one point in last year’s tournament.

    February 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • Myths about obesity

    The obesity epidemic is among the most critical health issues facing the United States. Although it has generated a lot of attention and calls for solutions, it also has served up a super-sized portion of myths and misunderstandings....

    December 28, 2013

  • How to tame an out-of-control kid

    Edith, a retired Capitol Hill staffer from Washington, was at the end of her rope last year over the mayhem her 5-year-old great-grandson Wayne was causing at preschool. “I was on speed dial” at the school, says Edith, who is raising two ...

    December 28, 2013

  • Experts decry ‘resolution dependency’

    One of the country’s best-known fitness center chains is launching an initiative to wean people from what it calls an over-dependence on New Year’s resolutions....

    December 26, 2013

  • The 12 annoying songs of Christmas

    It’s that time of year, when Christmas songs fill shops, restaurants and your home. While anything on repeat can drive you mad, these 12 tunes are some of the most annoying....

    December 8, 2013

  • Caring for a cut Christmas tree

    Cut Christmas trees must be watered and kept hydrated to last through the holidays and to prevent them from becoming fire hazards. This includes small tabletop trees....

    December 8, 2013

  • Seven great holiday stories for season’s readings

    Holiday-themed movies and TV shows get the most attention during this time of year....

    December 8, 2013

  • S. Korea aims to cut into international comics market

    SEOUL, South Korea — Look out manga, South Korea is stepping up efforts to spread “manhwa” comics to the rest of the world....

    December 8, 2013

  • HalfDomeHike Resident follows in Muir’s footsteps

    Norman resident Jim Robinson said the day he started hiking, he understood John Denver’s famous lyrics about coming home to a place he’d never been before. “The home I found is a trail … almost any trail,” Robinson said....

    November 27, 2013 1 Photo

  • Study delves deeper into effects of autism

    People with autism experience a more extreme version of the world than the rest of us. For more than 90 percent, sounds are louder, colors are brighter, and touch can be a disturbing intrusion. The reason, according to a new study, may be ...

    November 27, 2013