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Farmers® Insurance providing assistance to Oregon customers affected by hail and strong winds

Portland, OR (March 14, 2011 ) – Farmers Insurance Group of Companies® is helping its customers who may have suffered damage following the latest series of hail storms and strong winds that have struck the greater Portland area, including the communities of Merlin, O’Brien and Azalea.

“Farmers agents and claims adjusters are working with customers throughout the areas hit by these devastating storms,” said Jim Ignozitto, State Executive Director for Farmers in Oregon. “We want to help our customers rebuild from these storms as quickly as possible.”

Farmers Insurance customers with damage should immediately contact their agent or call Farmers’ 24-hour-claims hotline: 800-HelpPoint (1-800-435-7764) for immediate assistance.

Foremost Insurance customers should file their claims by calling 800-527-3907.

Farmers Insurance Group of Companies is the country's 3rd largest insurer of both personal lines passenger automobile and homeowners insurance, and also provides a wide range of other insurance and financial services products.  Farmers Insurance is proud to serve more than 10 million households with more than 20 million individual policies across all 50 states through the efforts of over 50,000 exclusive and independent agents and nearly 24,000 employees.

Farmers is a trade name and may refer to Farmers Group, Inc. or the Farmers Exchanges, as the case may be.  Farmers Group, Inc., a management and holding company, along with its subsidiaries, is wholly owned by the Zurich Financial Services Group. The Farmers Exchanges are three reciprocal insurers (Farmers Insurance Exchange, Fire Insurance Exchange and Truck Insurance Exchange), including their subsidiaries and affiliates, owned by their policyholders, and managed by Farmers Group, Inc. and its subsidiaries. For more information about Farmers, visit its Web site at or at

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Luis Sahagún

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