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March 2, 2012

Department of Insurance offers guidance for consumers affected by storms in southeast and southwest Missouri

Tips for filing claims, preventing further damage, avoiding repair fraud

Contact: Travis Ford
(573) 619-7790

The Missouri Department of Insurance says individuals and businesses with damage from the Leap Day storms in Missouri should contact their insurance companies as soon as possible. Gov. Jay Nixon on Feb. 29 declared a state of emergency in Missouri in response to severe storms that struck numerous communities across the state.

The Department of Insurance offers this guidance for consumers affected by the storms:

"We are assessing the response from major insurance companies serving these areas and we stand ready to assist consumers," said John M. Huff, director of the Missouri Department of Insurance. "It's especially important to ensure commercial claims in Branson and other areas are resolved promptly so the affected businesses can enjoy a full and robust tourism season."

Consumers can file complaints immediately with the Department of Insurance at insurance.mo.gov, or by calling the Insurance Consumer Hotline at 800-726-7390.

About the Missouri Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions & Professional Registration

The Missouri Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions and Professional Registration (DIFP) is responsible for consumer protection through the regulation of financial industries and professionals. The department's seven divisions work to enforce state regulations both efficiently and effectively while encouraging a competitive environment for industries and professions to ensure consumers have access to quality products.

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