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National Tornado Summit is Monday, Tuesday at Oklahoma City's Cox Convention Center

The purpose of the event is to improve disaster mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery in order to save lives and property in the United States.
by Bryan Painter Published: February 9, 2014
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The National Tornado Summit is scheduled for Monday and Tuesday at the Cox Convention Center.

The purpose of the event is to improve disaster mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery in order to save lives and property in the United States, organizers said.

“The summit is important to the Oklahoma Insurance Department because we strive to be a leader in consumer assistance,” state Insurance Commissioner John Doak said. “This conference helps us anticipate their needs and even prevent problems before they arise. Under Title 36 of the state statute where it describes the duties of insurance commissioner, the first thing it mentions is to educate the public. I take that very seriously. This summit helps us accomplish that goal.”

Also, the summit serves as a national forum for insurance professionals and regulators, as well as international, national and state experts to exchange ideas and recommend new policies to improve emergency management.

“This summit allows insurance, weather and emergency management professionals to collaborate, share ideas, discuss problems and find solutions to common goals — saving lives, mitigating damages and helping families and communities quickly recover from disaster,” Doak said. “It's amazing what you can accomplish when you get all the key players together in the same room to discuss an issue. We've already put several initiatives from previous summits into place, including the idea of an insurance village.

“We set it up at Moore First Baptist Church. It was really a one-stop shop for tornado survivors to meet with an adjuster, file their claim, go to the ATM, get some food and much more. It was tremendously successful. That idea came out of the National Tornado Summit.”

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by Bryan Painter
Assistant Local Editor
Bryan Painter, assistant local editor, has 31 years’ experience in journalism, including 22 years with the state's largest newspaper, The Oklahoman. In that time he has covered such events as the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah...
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To register for the National Tornado Summit or for other information regarding the summit, go online to www.tornadosummit.org.

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