Catastrophe Declaration Clears Way for Emergency Adjusters in Oklahoma

February 2, 2010

In the wake of massive ice storms that virtually shut down the state of Oklahoma in late January, Insurance Commissioner Kim Holland has declared a state of emergency that allows the commissioner to “license as an emergency adjuster” any resident or non-resident applicant.

On Jan. 28 and 29, severe winter storms swept through the state causing widespread damage that has been deemed a statewide catastrophe.

In advance of the storms, Gov. Brad Henry declared a state of emergency for all 77 counties in Oklahoma. The state capitol and most government offices, along with schools and businesses, were closed.

President Barack Obama declared an emergency in the entire state, as requested by Gov. Henry. The declaration authorizes federal agencies to help state and local governments in recovery efforts.

As of Jan. 31, more than 90,000 people were without power, down from a peak of 179,000, according to the Associated Press.

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