Chaney orders expansion of efforts to meet storm victims’ needs

Oklahoma TornadoJACKSON — Commissioner of Insurance and State Fire Marshal Mike Chaney is expanding the efforts of the Mississippi Insurance Department (MID) and State Fire Marshal’s Office in assisting victims of Monday’s storms.

Chaney and his staff visited Richland, Pearl, Brandon, Louisville and Tupelo Tuesday to assess damage, and he has ordered extra personnel in place in all areas.

“The damage caused by these storms is widespread and some of the most devastating I have seen,” Chaney said.

Additional state fire marshal deputies are assisting local law enforcement authorities and also assisting with search and rescue efforts in Louisville and Tupelo. The Emergency Response Team from the Mississippi State Fire Academy has been assisting search and rescue efforts in Louisville since the storm hit.

Personnel from the MID Consumer Services Division are in the field today to assist consumers with filing claims. Staff is in the Pearl/Brandon/Richland area and in Tupelo. Arrangements are being made to open a mobile MID Consumer Assistance Center in Tupelo.

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