The Edmond Sun

May 21, 2013

Insurers respond to Moore disaster

Mark Schlachtenhaufen
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — Insurers, like other agencies related to the Moore tornado disaster, are assessing the damage.

The Oklahoma Insurance Department has made an emergency declaration, allowing out-of-state adjusters to work storm damaged areas, said agency spokeswoman Calley Herth. It’s too soon to have tabulated damage estimates, Herth said.

“We are working hard to collect any and all numbers, but it’s just too soon at this moment,” she said.

Herth said the agency has established an on-site recovery area at the First Baptist Church of Moore, 301 N.E. 27th St. Citizens seeking assistance in contacting their insurance companies, filing claims may speak with a staff member there, Herth said.

“Our hearts and prayers go out to all of those affected by the devastating tornado that struck Moore yesterday,” AAA Oklahoma spokesman Chuck Mai said.

Mai said AAA Insurance has deployed the catastrophe response trailer to the community of Moore to help expedite the claim process. Insurance personnel will be in two locations:

• Moore Library/Community Center, 301 S. Howard, about one block east of I-35 between Main St. and 4th St. in Moore; and

• First Baptist Church of Moore, 301 N.E. 27th.

Mai said customers will be able to file new claims as well as receive a debit card for immediate needs. Customers affected by the storm may go directly to one of the two locations to file a claim in person or call 1-800-207-3618.