The value of insured losses from May's deadly series of storms is at almost $250 million and is expected to rise, Insurance Commissioner John Doak said.
Tornado-related insurance claims since May 19 were at more than 32,000 by Tuesday afternoon, including more than 13,900 claims by homeowners and 720 commercial property claims. Almost 17,500 automobile claims had been filed.
Doak earlier estimated insured losses from the May 20 tornado could surpass $2 billion.
“We are continuing to come up with ways to address consumer concerns and provide united support,” Doak said in a statement. “The victims can rest assured that we will be here to help until the last claim is filed.”
Doak earlier issued an emergency declaration that allows emergency claims adjusters to obtain temporary licenses to expedite the claims process. Licensed agents and adjusters also are required to obtain identification badges from the department's office in Oklahoma City before entering any tornado-damaged areas.
The Insurance Department plans a series of outreach events in coming weeks to explain the claims process and help storm victims. The schedule will be announced at a later date. In the meantime, consumers can call the department's consumer assistance division at (800) 522-0071 or go online to ok.gov/oid/disasterrecovery.html.
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Claims assistance offices
The department has set up temporary offices at several storm-affected locations: