Oklahoma insurance commissioner to ask regulators association to buy emergency vehicles

Large vehicles could be used in disaster response and for educational events.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: March 28, 2014

Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John Doak said Wednesday he will ask the National Association of Insurance Commissioners to invest in Shared Emergency Response Vehicles for education and disaster response.

“These vehicles are a great way for the NAIC to highlight the benefits of state-based regulation and would show a true commitment to consumer education and assistance,” Doak said in a statement.

Each custom-made vehicle, modeled after units currently in use by many insurance companies, would have seven workstations, a small conference room, a secure wireless modem, a flat-screen monitor, satellite phones and charging stations.

Doak’s proposal includes stationing the vehicles across the country and deploying them to disaster-stricken areas when needed. The Oklahoma Insurance Department was able to borrow one of the vehicles in the wake of the May 2013 Moore tornado.

“It allowed us to issue identification badges to adjusters, meet with consumers and keep in touch with other state agencies,” Doak said.

When not deployed to a disaster zone, the units would be available for educational events such as health fairs, state fairs, Medicare enrollment events, severe weather preparedness events, visits to schools and universities and more. The vehicles could also be sent to state capitols to promote state-based regulation.

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners is the U.S. standard-setting and regulatory support organization created and governed by the chief insurance regulators from the 50 states, the District of Columbia and five U.S. territories.