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May 21, 2014

Commissioner Doak remembers tornado victims, plans consumer assistance event

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John D. Doak paid tribute to the victims of the Moore tornado Tuesday at the Moore Community Remembrance Ceremony.

“We lost mothers, fathers, children and friends on that tragic day,” Doak said. “We will continue to honor their lives by rebuilding our communities even stronger and making sure we are better prepared for the next disaster.”

Doak has announced plans to have a consumer assistance event for tornado survivors with unresolved insurance issues. The forum will be 6 p.m. June 3 at Westmoore High School, 613 S. Western Ave. in Oklahoma City.

Tornado survivors have filed nearly 100,000 insurance claims since last year’s tornado outbreak, with insurance payments topping $1.1 billion. Survivors who are not able to attend the forum in person can call 800-522-0071 for help.

Despite a slower severe storm season this year, Doak urged Oklahomans to remain vigilant.

Doak suggested that Oklahomans take the following preparedness measures:

· Meet with a licensed agent or broker to undergo a coverage review. Make sure you have enough coverage to rebuild at current construction costs. Consider hiring an independent building contractor to get a precise estimate.

· Consider housing upgrades to reduce tornado damage, including impact-resistant shingles and window systems. Also, anchor door frames securely to wall framing and make certain your doors have at least three hinges and a deadbolt security lock with a one-inch long bolt.

· Complete a home inventory. Go by room or by category and make a list of everything you own. Store the home inventory and other important documents in a safe, easily accessible place online or in a safe deposit box. Download a home inventory checklist at ok.gov/oid/documents/PC%20home_inventory.pdf.

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