For Immediate Release: April 23, 2018

Contact: Barry Smith at 919-807-6014

Department of Insurance representatives set up to help tornado survivors file claims with insurance companies

Commissioner Mike Causey warns survivors to avoid roofing scams

As the N.C. Department of Insurance sets up an assistance center for those impacted by the April 15 tornado, North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey is warning survivors to beware of dishonest contractors trying to swindle them.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to those families that were victims of this tornado,” Commissioner Causey said. “We just want to make sure that people are not victimized twice by unscrupulous contractors coming in, taking advantage of them."

Representatives from the NCDOI staff have set up a help desk at the Willow Oaks Community Center, 1815 Everitt St., Greensboro, N.C. 27401. They’ll be there today (Monday), Tuesday, and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. On Tuesday, Department of Insurance representatives will set up a second help desk at the Peeler Recreation Center, 1300 Sykes Ave., Greensboro, N.C. 27405.

Local governments have already set up a Disaster Resource Center at the Willow Oaks Community Center to help tornado victims.

Commissioner Causey also plans on being in Greensboro on Wednesday to help victims. He has surveyed damage done by the tornado and plans to see the progress being made in the cleanup after the storm.

Commissioner Causey also is offering five tips for people if they have storm damage:

If you have any questions or problems concerning your insurance coverage, contact the Consumer Services Division of the N.C. Department of insurance toll free at (855) 408-1212.