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April 26, 2013

Doak shares reaction to Worker’s Compensation changes

DUNCAN —

Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John Doak touched on several topics Thursday, when he met with community members at the Duncan Chamber of Commerce & Industry office.
Doak’s discussions ranged from storm sirens and early warning cell phone updates to Worker’s Compensation changes. Many of the topics discussed were prompted by questions posed by community members.
“This is part of my commitment,” Doak said. “I’m here to talk a little bit about health care. Being back here in this area is very important.”
Doak is making his way to each of the 77 counties in Oklahoma, and this was his third visit to Duncan since taking office. In all, about 15 people were in attendance for Doak’s visit to the Chamber.
One of the biggest topics hit on by Doak was warnings for tornados. Doak said some of the deadliest tornadoes in the state’s history could have had fewer casualties if storm sirens were working properly and if there were other methods to warning residents.
Tammy Loyd, PowerShop director, said she lives in the Empire town limits and is often unable to hear storm sirens when they’re sounding during a storm. She said this is a concern for her when weather gets bad.
Doak said he visited Spavinaw, a couple of days ago. The town was recently hit by a tornado. He said the technology exists to better warn people of tornado sightings so they can get into storm shelters or other safe areas.
“You need some type of public place they can go,” Doak said. “You need warning systems in the area. That advance notice helps save lives.
“Spavinaw wasn’t too bad. It would be great if we had a year without a major storm.”
Chamber President Chris Deal said Duncan has started signing people up for Blackboard, which is provides weather safety updates via smartphones.

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