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Farmers Insurance special mobile command center arrives in Tuscaloosa; immediately begins providing aid to residents

Tuscaloosa, AL (April 28, 2011) – The specially-equipped Farmers Insurance Mobile Command Center (MCC) has arrived in Tuscaloosa and has already begun providing front-line assistance to customers and non-customers, alike, impacted by the catastrophic tornadoes that struck Alabama. 

“Our hearts go out to all the families and loved ones who have been so terribly affected by these tornadoes,” stated Chris Simich, state executive director for Farmers in Alabama.  “Rest assured, we have all of the resources in place to help our customers.  Our claims teams are giving 110 percent effort in finding and helping each of our customers.  We are committed to reaching each customer as fast as possible and making sure they are being taken care of.”

Local residents needing assistance are encouraged to visit the Farmers MCC vehicle at:

Home Depot
1601 13th Avenue E
Tuscaloosa, AL

The 46-foot MCC bus is equipped with state-of-the-art satellite communications equipment, including satellite-linked cell phones and laptops, water, cold and hot drinks, and emergency supplies.  All persons in need of immediate assistance, including customers and non-customers, are welcome to avail themselves of the telecommunications equipment to contact family and friends and to advise worried loved-ones of their location and status. 

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

Spanish-language claims assistance is available to Farmers customers by calling 877-RECLAMO (877-732-5266).
Foremost Insurance customers can call: 800-527-3907.

21st Century Insurance customers can call:  888-244-6163.

“A smaller Farmers Customer Care Vehicle (CCV) is in the Pleasant Groves area helping customers there,” Simich stated. “We have also deployed a second MCC bus and smaller CCV, and we will give their locations as soon as they are set up.”

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



Jerry Davies

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