Insurers have been directed by New York’s Department of Financial Services to submit updated disaster response and recovery plans. Two circular letters distributed by the financial services department on Tuesday require both life/health insurers and property/casualty insurers to file plans by June 16.
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In addition, property/casualty insurers were also ordered to submit responses by April 28 to a “pre-disaster survey” developed by the DFS that requests information on the numbers of vehicles insured by the companies.
DFS Superintendent Maria Vullo said the state needs to have the information in hand so that if disaster strikes it can help the governor and the state Office of Emergency Management compile accurate information on the extent of physical damage and losses, personal injuries and deaths.
That data, in turn, is crucial for state officials to use when deploying resources to respond to emergencies, as well as when applying for federal disaster relief aid, Vullo said.