Renters insurance inquires climb after Ill. storms

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013 10:00 a.m. CDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — An insurance agent in central Illinois says he's noticing an increase in the number of inquiries about renters' insurance following the deadly November tornadoes.

The (Peoria) Journal-Star reports (http://bit.ly/1bt3Bso ) one of the newly insured is Jesse Hunter.

Washington man and his family had discussed getting a renter's policy before a Nov. 17 twister destroyed their duplex, but never got around to purchasing the coverage. He says they didn't know they'd be unprotected.

Now, they're insured — even if the policy won't cover the damage from the storm.

Patrick Sams is a financial representative for Country Financial. He says the two dozen tornadoes that hit Illinois have been a reminder to people to get the policies, which also covers theft, fires, floods and personal liability.

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