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May 12, 2014

Chief Regulator: Missourians with storm damage should contact their insurance agent or company now

Offers tips for filing claims, preventing further damage

Jefferson City, Mo. - The Missouri Department of Insurance reminds Missourians with property damage as a result of weekend storms to contact their insurance agent or company as soon as possible. On Saturday, the storms produced an EF-2 tornado in the town of Orrick, in Ray County, the hardest hit area, that resulted in damage to more than 200 homes, including more than two dozen that sustained major damage or were destroyed. The storms also produced an EF-1 tornado near Marshall, in Saline County.  Golf ball-size hail, heavy rain and strong winds also affected Saline, Boone, Callaway and Ray counties. Some properties sustained damage from falling trees and high winds.

Policyholders who have questions or concerns about their insurance coverage should contact the department's Insurance Consumer Hotline at 800-726-7390 or visit insurance.mo.gov.

"Missourians impacted by these storms should contact their agent or insurance company now to start the claims process," said John M. Huff, director of the department. "Additionally, consumers should make temporary repairs to prevent further damage."

The Department of Insurance offers these tips for consumers affected by the storms:

Business owners can refer to the department's "Small Business Insurance" Web page, which offers information on commercial property, business interruption insurance and more.

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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