Some off-the-cuff comments made by the Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff have provoked a response from at least one insurance association.

As reported by the Beaumont Enterprise, Chertoff is quoted as saying that insurance companies need to “step it up a little bit,” in terms of their response to policyholders affected by Hurricane Ike. Chertoff is further quoted by reporter Matthew Danelo as saying, “If [insurers] are listening, I’d like to light a little bit of a fire under them to make sure they do that.” The comments were attributed to him during a news conference at a FEMA staging ground located at Ford Park, Texas on Sept. 18, 2008.

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