May 6, 2011
Two members of Commissioner Monica Lindeen's policyholder services team have volunteered to travel to Alabama on the heels of several devastating storms and spend a week helping residents navigate their insurance policies and file claims.
"Every day, we answer the calls of Montanans who, when faced with personal disasters, need help navigating their insurance policies," said Lindeen. "The devastation in Alabama has left many people wondering where to turn to find answers about their insurance policies. Sharon and Dave have graciously volunteered to help our friends in Alabama sort through this terrible natural disaster, and I applaud their efforts."
Sharon Richetti and David Drynan, property and casualty insurance specialists for Lindeen, volunteered as part of a nation-wide assistance effort organized by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC). Disaster centers have been set up throughout the state to assist those impacted, and volunteers from state insurance departments from across the country are expected to arrive in Alabama over the next several weeks to help the victims with their insurance inquiries.
NAIC organized similar efforts in Louisiana and Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 to make sure knowledgeable, experienced professionals were on hand to answer general insurance questions and collect claims information.