Press Release, May 30, 2017, OCI: Resource for Severe Weather Recovery Efforts

Last Updated: May 30, 2017

Date: May 30, 2017
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​OCI: Resource for Severe Weather Recovery Efforts

Madison, WI—Insurance Commissioner Ted Nickel reassures support from the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance (OCI) for citizens recovering from the tornado and heavy rains that caused significant damage to Barron, Rusk, and Jackson counties.

"As the next phase unfolds, we know the aftermath of the storm will be stressful," said Commissioner Nickel. "OCI and other state agencies are here and ready to help in this difficult time."

You can contact OCI with questions at 1-800-236-8517 or via e-mail at If you have a specific complaint about your insurance, refer it first to the insurance company or agent involved. If you do not receive satisfactory answers, contact OCI.

Commissioner Nickel suggests the following tips in dealing with the aftermath of the storm:

  • Notify your insurance agent or insurance company as soon as possible to begin filing a claim.
  • Contact your insurance company again if an adjuster has not been assigned to you within several days.
  • To avoid scams, make sure to take your time. If you feel pressured to sign a contract quickly, take a step back and investigate. Rebuilding your home or business is important, but quickly signing a contract with an unscrupulous party can make a bad situation worse.

OCI provides numerous helpful publications including:

Created by the Legislature in 1870, Wisconsin's Office of the Commissioner of Insurance (OCI) was vested with broad powers to ensure that the insurance industry responsibly and adequately met the insurance needs of Wisconsin citizens. Today, OCI's mission is to lead the way in informing and protecting the public and responding to its insurance needs.