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January 5, 2011

State insurance department: act quickly to protect your property after severe storms

Jefferson City, Mo. - As residents in central and eastern Missouri recover from New Year's Eve tornadoes, the Missouri Department of Insurance is offering advice for consumers dealing with their insurance companies and property damage. Director John M. Huff says if you haven't already contacted your insurance agent or company, that should be step one. Other tips offered by Huff:

Huff encourages consumers to make a list of their personal property to make filing insurance claims easier. The department offers a free home inventory checklist, available online for download or by calling the department.

Consumers with questions or who believe their claim has not been handled correctly can call the Insurance Consumer Hotline at 1-800-726-7390 or file a complaint at insurance.mo.gov.

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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