Massive tornado bodes ill for homeowners insurance in Oklahoma and Kansas

Oklahoma tornado damage - homeowners insurance industry

Homeowners insurance claims teams deployed to states affected by disaster What is being called the worst tornado disaster in world history has caused havoc in Oklahoma and Kansas this week. A powerful tornado has touched down in Oklahoma, causing significant damage in Oklahoma City. Initial reports suggest that the tornado demolished an elementary school in one part of the city before moving on an causing more damage to surrounding properties. Farmers Insurance is one among several companies that have deployed claims teams to help manage the impact of the disaster…

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Tornadoes and storms in Oklahoma create difficult insurance marketplace for consumers and companies alike

The National Tornado Preparedness Summit in Oklahoma City – an event sponsored by the Oklahoma Insurance Department, the National Weather Center, and the National Association of Insurance Commissioners – is expected to draw almost 800 representatives from the insurance industry. According to the Oklahoma Farm Bureau Insurance vice president of public affairs, John Wiscaver, the harsh reality for the state is that throughout the last five years, the marketplace has faced the highest historic loss levels among all organization histories. He stated that earthquakes, hailstorms, tornadoes, and wildfires have all…

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Oklahoma quake highlights the importance of earthquake insurance

Residents of Oklahoma were surprised Saturday when the state was rocked by a 5.6-magnitude earthquake. The quake caused a significant amount of damage in the state, which is still recovering from a spat of devastating tornados that tore through Oklahoma in August. State insurers have yet to release estimates regarding the cost of damages, but it is clear that the quake caused some damage to homes and businesses in Northern Oklahoma. The quake has been called a once-in-a-century event, though another 5.8 quake struck the state in August of this…

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