Insurance officials dispatched to Creek County
The Oklahoma Insurance Department has dispatched a dozen insurance officials to assist consumers that suffered from the recent wildfires that rampaged through Creek County. The insurance officials will assist those affected by the disaster with claims and provide them with the resources necessary to ensure that their claims are filed appropriately and what steps to take thereafter. The Insurance Department notes that the move is to show Creek County residents that the agency is committed to providing the assistance they may need to navigate the often complicated insurance landscape.
Severe drought creates disastrous conditions
The ongoing and severe drought that has gripped large swaths of the U.S. has created dangerous fire conditions in several states. Oklahoma is one of the states where fires have ignited due to the arid conditions and problematic weather. Over the weekend, 10 fires were reported to be burning in the state, some of which incited the evacuations of homes in Mannford and Drumright. Creek County has suffered the most from the wildfires. According to the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management, more than 32,000 acres of land have been burned in the county.
Oklahoma Insurance Department to provide consumers with the information they need
Kelly Collins, senior communication officer with the state’s Insurance Department, notes that insurance officials have been deployed to assist consumers with whatever troubles they are facing with the claims process. Officials will be on hand to provide consumers with information and provide them with some insight on the insurance industry and what they should do to ensure their claims are not rejected based on minor technicalities. Collins notes that one of the first things consumers should do is get into contact with their insurance agent as soon as possible.
Oklahoma Insurance Department to ensure the integrity of the state’s insurance industry
The Oklahoma Insurance Department will also work to ensure that consumers are treated fairly by their insurance companies during this time. The teams that will be on hand include an anti-fraud unit, a consumer assistance unit, deputy insurance commissioners, as well as communications and information staff.
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