Okla. Commissioner Says Industry Will Help Storm Survivors

May 15, 2003

Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner Carroll Fisher told tornado survivors this week he will help the insurance industry in any way possible to resolve claims resulting from the May 8 outbreak.

Fisher made his comments as he toured storm ravaged areas of Moore. Early estimates are that more than $100 million in damages were done by the storms. Fisher stressed the figures are preliminary and will change as more accurate information is obtained from the industry.

“Unfortunately, the insurance industry in Oklahoma is getting too much experience in responding quickly to these types of situations,” he said. “But they have proven they can come in and get people back on their feet quickly.”

In addition to working with the industry, Fisher said he will work with local law enforcement agencies to get adjusters into devastated neighborhoods as soon as possible.

He urged Oklahomans to work with their insurance adjusters and agents to resolve matters.

“I realize there will be situations in which people aren’t happy or have questions about their settlements,” he said. “The Oklahoma insurance department is here to help resolve disputes and answer questions,” he added.

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