After Tuesday's damaging storms and in anticipation of more in the forecast, Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John D. Doak on Wednesday cleared the way for insurance companies to bring in additional claims adjusters.
Doak's emergency declaration enables emergency claims adjusters to be licensed temporarily to expedite the insurance claims process and provide immediate assistance.
The move, Doak said, is designed “to help storm victims get the help they need quickly.”
Strong winds, hail and several tornadoes left damage across much of the state. Insurance officials had no preliminary estimate of the insured losses.
Doak urged Oklahomans to be cautious in their response to damaged
“First and foremost, make sure you and your family are safe,” Doak said. “Don't make a bad situation worse by putting yourself in danger while assessing damage. Be especially careful of downed power lines, broken glass, exposed nails and other debris.”
State Attorney General Scott Pruitt warned residents in areas damaged by Tuesday's severe storms to be on guard for home repair schemes and charity fraud that typically follow in the wake of weather damage.
“We know from past experience that this type of damage attracts criminals looking for ways to take advantage of Oklahomans,” Pruitt said. “We're getting the message out now so people can be aware of such quick-fix schemes and spread the word to neighbors and family members before they become victims.”
Dealing with property damage