Oklahoma earthquake insurance under investigation by state commissioner

Oklahoma earthquake insurance coverage

Proactive steps are currently being taken in order to discover whether or not rates are where they should be. State Commissioner John Doak has now announced that he is conducting an investigation into Oklahoma earthquake insurance as a part of a larger effort to make sure that the rates that are being paid by residents of the state are not higher than they should be. This announcement was made at a public hearing at which he heard new details with regards to insurance rate fluctuations. This new information helped the…

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What consumers should know about buying earthquake insurance

The number of earthquakes in states that are not known for tremors – such as the recent 5.6 point quake in Oklahoma and the earthquakes in Colorado and Virginia this summer – have underlined the fact that flooding, severe weather, and fires are not the only types of natural disaster that can cause damage to a home, no matter where you live. Though California is the state that is at the highest risk of earthquakes, and it is also long overdue for another major tremor, states that consider quakes to…

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Oklahoma quake changes the way people think about insurance

Following the earthquake in Oklahoma many people have opened their eyes to the type of coverage that they do – and do not – have for their homes and belongings. What they’re discovering, far more often than not, is that their insurance coverage does not extend to the type of damage that would result from a quake. Typical renters’, homeowners’ and commercial insurance will not offer protection for a structure or the possessions it contains, should they be damaged in an earthquake. The residents of Oklahoma are asking questions about…

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Most California homeowners lack earthquake coverage

Data from the Insurance Information Network of California has shown that less than 12 percent of homeowners within the state were protected by earthquake insurance in 2010, and that less than 10 percent of businesses had this protection. According to the California Earthquake Authority’s CEO, Glenn Pomeroy, the standard insurance coverage for homes and businesses will not provide protection against the damage resulting from a tremor. This organization is nonprofit and works to offer homeowners in California affordable earthquake insurance products. Pomeroy also stated that among homeowners without any form…

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Disaster recovery cost reduction efforts receive applause from California Earthquake Authority

U.S. Rep. John Campbell (R-48), from California, has received praise from the California Earthquake Authority, for his introduction of H.R. 3125, which was legislation to pair with S. 637, that was introduced by U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, earlier in 2011.  Together, the two bills will work to bolster the system for natural disaster recovery in the United States, by setting the Earthquake Insurance Affordability Act (EIAA) into effect.  CEO Glen Pomeroy from the California Earthquake Authority, has announced his gratitude to Sen. Feinstein and Rep. Campbell for the bipartisan efforts…

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Colorado continues to be rocked by aftershocks from last week’s quake, insurers highlighting the importance of protection

Last week, Colorado was rocked by a magnitude-5.3 earthquake that went largely unnoticed as it was a mere two hours before the now infamous Virginia earthquake. Both events triggered mild panic and dismay due to their rarity. While Virginia and its neighboring states have been rattled by a handful of weak aftershocks, Colorado has been shaken by a total of 13 so far. Insurance companies are taking this opportunity to promote earthquake coverage in the hopes of bolstering the meager number of such policies nationwide. Colorado’s quake was the largest…

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Should you have additional earthquake insurance?

The August 23, 2011 earthquake on the East Coast seems to have opened the eyes of the country to show them that California isn’t the only state that can experience a quake. This is making an increasing number of people wonder if earthquake insurance should be added to their coverage, even if they’re not living in a zone that they’d previously considered to be seismically active. Reports poured in from Georgia, Vermont, Massachusetts, New York, and other areas, saying that they also felt the tremors. Though there has not been…

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