State Insurance Commissioner Doak meets with survivors, examines damage

On June 3, Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John Doak traveled through Chickasha to examine the damage and to meet with survivors. After meeting with families at the Community Disaster Relief Center at Sharon Baptist Church, Doak took a tour of the damaged areas as part of his Oklahoma Insurance Department Catastrophe Response Task Force.

Doak said that he was proud of the community for coming together and doing their part. "The community has responded well," Doak said. "The faith-based community has really stepped up." It is of upmost importance, according to Doak, that people get recouped for their insurance claims, and so far he has been pleased with the local insurance companies.

Doak said he wanted to emphasize that consumer services will be returning at some point to help with those that still need assistance. He encourages those in need to contact the OID by phone or email. He said that when people buy their homes, they should try to take safety into account and look for safe rooms and shelters.

In a press release, Shawn Ashley, Public Information Officer said, "Commissioner Doak has made catastrophe response a centerpiece of his administration." Doak has toured other areas affected by natural disasters such as the snow storms at Grand Lake, the wildfires of Harrah, Tushka and Northeast Oklahoma's tornado damage and portions of Canadian County where an EF-5 tornado destroyed many homes and businesses, according to Ashley. John Bawden, pastor of Sharon Baptist Church, said that some people were staying in hotels and many had to go back to work this week.Those affected by the storm were able to pick up supplies in the Community Disaster Relief Center at Sharon Baptist Church. The church and Red Cross provided food, bottled water, paper towels, tissues, canned food, baby food, linens, hygiene products, chapstick, blankets, toys and more.