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Commercial Property Owners Affected by the Joplin, MO Tornado

On June 26th, 2011, a public hearing about the role of Missouri state and its associated state agencies following Joplin’s devastating May tornado was held.  Organized by the Missouri House Interim Committee on Disaster Recovery, the meeting’s purpose was to figure out exactly how the Missouri government could better improve its disaster response in future years.

Held at an auditorium at Missouri Southern State University, government officials, hospital managers, business people and residents alike were invited to speak at this unique meeting.

Prior to the meeting, the Missouri state Rep. Bill White told The Joplin Globe that he hoped that commercial property owners could receive the same temporary tax holiday as residential owners do in the event of a disaster.  Specifically, residential property owners currently do not have to pay county property taxes while their place of residence is not occupied.  The argument is that commercial property owners should not have to pay taxes on a property that is currently not producing the owner any income.

Joplin Tornado Commercial Insurance Claims

If your home or business was damaged by the tornado, and in order to expedite any Joplin tornado claims in general, you should:

  • Take a number of photographs of your property to adequately document the damage.
  • Make a list of inventory and other items that are missing or destroyed.
  • If your property was vandalized or looted after the tornado, ensure that the proper authorities are notified.
  • Ensure that you keep your business records in a safe location.
  • Make sure that you give your insurance company proof of income generated from before the disaster and after the disaster as well.

If your insurance company is giving you difficulties regarding a Joplin tornado claim and/or if you are looking for general advice, call our expert commercial insurance claim lawyers here at the Voss Law Firm.  You can reach us at 1-888-614-7730 to arrange a completely free legal consultation.
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