Insurance News


June 2, 2013

Department of Insurance offers guidance after Friday's severe weather

Assistance with filing claims, and tips for preventing further damage

Jefferson City, Mo. - As Missourians begin cleanup and rebuilding efforts from this weekend's latest round of severe weather, the Missouri Department of Insurance is reminding policyholders if they have questions or concerns about their insurance coverage to contact the department's Insurance Consumer Hotline at 800-726-7390 or visit

Individuals and business owners who sustained property damage should immediately contact their insurance companies. On Friday night, Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency and activated the Missouri State Emergency Operations Plan, which allows state agencies to coordinate directly with local jurisdictions to provide emergency services.

"Midwestern states, including Missouri, have had their share of spring storms," said John M. Huff, director of the Department of Insurance. "The department will continue to work with property and business owners to make sure their insurance claims are settled in a timely manner."

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

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.