(From the City of Joplin)
Residents still facing questions about their insurance, building, or financial issues following the May 22 tornado are invited to attend the Recovery Roundup on Saturday, September 24 to visit with representatives from these areas. It will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Billingsly Student Center on the campus of Missouri Southern State University. The event is free and open to the public.
This recovery assistance program, offered by the Missouri Department of Insurance, will serve as a “one-stop shop” to help consumers with outstanding tornado-related issues. As stated in the Department’s recent press release, regulators from the Department of Insurance will be present at the Recovery Roundup to help consumers with issues relating to all types of insurance, including homeowners, auto, commercial property, life and health. Consumers will be able to utilize a new service from the Department of Insurance that can search for life insurance policies in the name of lost loved ones.
Members from the City’s Joplin Public Works and Finance Departments will be there to help residents with questions on rebuilding, city inspections, and demolition. In addition to the Department of Insurance, other state departments attending include:
•The Missouri Division of Finance, for home and car loan questions
•The Missouri Department of Economic Development, for financing assistance
•The Federal Emergency Management Agency
•Representatives from Consumer Credit Counseling
Insurance companies will also have representatives present to help state regulators address consumer concerns if necessary.
Entertainment and free refreshments will be provided at the Recovery Roundup. Louie the Springfield Cardinals mascot will be on hand, as will on-air personalities from KIX 102.5 with a live remote.
Consumers with complaints or general questions about insurance can contact the Department of Insurance Consumer Hotline at 800-726-7390 or online at insurance.mo.gov.