Since June of 2011, several severe storms have struck Western Mass, which have caused millions of dollars worth of damages.
According to the state's insurance commission, many homeowners, car-owners and businesses affected in the area did not have adequate insurance coverage.
Tuesday's insurance awareness event at Springfield's City Hall was a pre-emptive effort by the state to make sure people take steps necessary to effectively cover their valued possessions and make sure they check their insurance coverage plans every year.
Preparedness is extremely important since many devastating storms tend to strike without warning.
Although keeping up with insurance each year may be a hassle, Commissioner of Insurance Joe Murphy said it's worth the trouble in the long run.
"Nobody is really interested in looking at their insurance policies. It's not all that interesting, but it's important that they at least annually look at those policies... make sure they have coverage so that it's appropriate for their cars, their homes, their health insurance, and that they look at them, they understand them... what's covered and what's not covered, and they make changes as appropriate," said Murphy.
On Nov. 27 another insurance awareness event will be held in Boston's South Station.
Consumers with questions related to insurance can call the Division of Insurance's Consumer Hotline at 877-563-4467, and the Consumer Affairs Hotline at 888-283-3757.
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