“In Oklahoma, unfortunately, we just have too many disasters. You can't afford not to have it,” Collins said.
Several entities were offering assistance to tornado victims Monday, including Oklahoma Baptist University and U-Haul. The university made 350 beds in its dorms available as temporary housing until May 29; the university said it couldn't accommodate pets or smoking. To arrange housing, call Michael Burns at 308-7336.
And U-Haul Co. of Oklahoma City offered 30 days of free self-storage to state residents affected by recent severe storms and tornadoes. U-Haul centers also stock supplies needed for tornado recovery, including boxes, tarps, propane and propane tanks.
“These recent tornadoes and severe storms that are sweeping through areas of Oklahoma have proven to be absolutely devastating and have caused a great deal of damage throughout the communities we serve,” said Brett Hogan, president of the company's marketing group. “I hope this effort will help provide assistance to ... residents who need support. We will do our best to help our friends and neighbors in this time of need.”
For more information, contact U-Haul's regional office in Midwest City at (800) 522-4236.
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Tips for homeowners, renters and business owners
• Immediately contact your insurance agent or a company representative.
• Inspect property and cars for damage.
• Inventory the losses and photograph the damage. Save related receipts to assist with claims handling.
• Secure property from further damage or theft.
• Check the background and legitimacy of repair contactors. Ask your insurance company for assistance locating a reputable contractor.
• Keep detailed records of business activity and extra expenses during the interruption period. Prepare records to show the income from the business before and after the loss.
Source: Property Casualty Insurers Association of America.