TX. September 5, 2005 -- A collection of helpful information is listed below:
Mortgage Loan Relief Available
Fannie Mae has mortgage relief provisions in place for borrowers in Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Florida and other states facing hardships as a result of widespread damage caused by Hurricane Katrina.
With Fannie Mae's disaster relief provisions, lenders help borrowers in several ways, including suspending mortgage payments for up to three months, reducing the payments for up to 18 months, or in more severe cases, creating longer loan payback plans. Such assistance is provided on a case-by-case basis, and is designed to meet the individual needs of borrowers.
For information on mortgage relief, homeowners who have experienced hardships should contact the lender to whom they send their monthly mortgage payment.
People who have lost their businesses in the storm should register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, a representative of the Small Business
Administration said Thursday. They can register by calling 1-800-362-FEMA. By registering with FEMA, they will be able to file applications for assistance from
the business agency.
Ford Offers Payment Deferrals
Ford Motor Credit Company is offering customers affected by Hurricane Katrina the opportunity to defer up to two vehicle payments.
Under the Disaster Relief Program, customers have the opportunity to defer these monthly payments without paying extension fees. The program is open to customers living in counties that FEMA has declared federal disaster areas as a result of the storm.
Ford Motor Credit customers who are eligible for the Disaster Relief Program should receive letters next week with instructions on how to register. Customers must register within 60 days to qualify. Deferred payments are due at the end of the contract term. Customers who have not received a letter, but believe they qualify, may call the toll-free number listed for their brand to register: Ford Credit: 1-800-723-4016; Jaguar Credit: 1-800-945-7000; Land Rover Capital Group: 1-877-507-2264; Mazda American Credit: 1-800-945-4000; PRIMUS Financial Services: 1-800-945-4000; Volvo Car Finance: 1-800-770-8234
Planning to return? Roll up your sleeve.
Friday, 11:45 a.m.
People who are planning to return to Louisiana should consider getting
tetanus shots first, according to the state health department.
Adults need boosters every 10 years, spokeswoman Kristen Meyer said,
but if more than five years have passed since the last tetanus shot,
people should get another inoculation after being cut or injured,
especially while cleaning up after Hurricane Katrina or working in dirty water.
The question about shots has been the dominant query from callers to
the department's emergency center who are planning to come back, Meyer
Personal banking help for hurricane victims Latest information regarding financial institutions located in the area affected by Hurricane Katrina. Customers can find out which locations are open and any special offers for customers affected by the storm. http://g.msn.com/0MN2ET7/2?http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9146146&&CM=EmailThis&CE=1
Mississippi windstorm office opens
Thursday, 3:57 p.m.
The Mississippi Windstorm Underwriting Association has just opened. The office can be reached at 800-931-9548.
Frequently Asked Disaster Assistance Questions
How do I apply for disaster assistance?
There are a number of different services and special programs made available when the President signs a major disaster declaration. The process to apply is as simple as a single telephone call to FEMA.
How can I get in touch with my family?
The American Red Cross maintains a database to help you find family. Contact your local American Red Cross chapter for information. Do not contact the chapter in the disaster area.
What if my home was destroyed?
FEMA can provide disaster housing assistance to those whose homes are damaged or destroyed. To apply for assistance, all you have to do is call the special toll free telephone number, 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) and register. Specially trained operators at one of FEMA's National Processing Service Centers will process your application.
Where can I get food and water?
The American Red Cross and other volunteer agencies will provide you with food, water and clothing. Listen to your radio or watch local media for the location of the nearest volunteer agency facility.
There are also sources of water in your home that you may have not thought of. For example, your hot water heater is an excellent source of water. Turn off the power that heats your tank and let it cool. When you want water, place a container underneath and open the drain valve on the bottom of the tank.
What if I lost my job or can't work because of the disaster?
People who lose their jobs due to the disaster may apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) which provides weekly benefits to individuals who are unemployed and not eligible for regular Unemployment Insurance compensation. You can call 1-800-621-FEMA (TTY: 1-800-462-7585) or the local unemployment office for information.
I think I need legal help.
Local members of the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division offer free legal counseling to low-income individuals. You can get information at a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) that may be set up after the President declares a major disaster. You can call 1-800-621-FEMA (TTY: 1-800-462-7585) for more information.
U.S. Postal Service Establishes Temporary Locations for Social Security Check Distribution for Hurricane Katrina Victims
09.01.05, 10:24 PM ET
WASHINGTON, Sept. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Postal Service and the Social Security Administration have established temporary, alternative locations for the distribution of Social Security checks to Louisiana and Mississippi residents who are unable to receive regular mail delivery service. In addition, efforts are underway to establish a postal presence at the Houston Astrodome for evacuated Louisiana residents.
In Louisiana, the following check distribution sites have been established and will operate on Friday, September 2 from 8 a.m. through 7 p.m. and from Saturday, September 3 through Monday, September 5 from 8 a.m. through 5 p.m.:
* The Des Allemands Post Office, located at 17242 Highway 90, will distribute checks addressed to residents of Venice (70091), Boothville (70038), Buras (70041), Port Sulphur (70083), Lafitte (70067), Barataria (70036), Belle Chase (70037), Gretna (70053/56), Harvey (70058), Marrero (70072), Westwego (70094) and Algiers (70114/70131). * The La Place Post Office, located at 190 Belle Terre Boulevard, will distribute checks addressed to residents of Point-a-La Hache (70082), St. Bernard (70085), Violet (70092), Meraux (70075), Chalmette (70043), Arabi (70032), Kenner (70062/65), Metairie (70001-70006) and Braithwaite (70040). * The Hamond Post Office, located at 105 North Railorad Avenue, will distribute checks addressed to residents of Mandeville (70471), Madisonville (70447) and Slidell (70458). In the City of New Orleans, checks for all other New Orleans ZIP Codes will be available as follows:
* The La Place Post Office, 190 Belle Terre Blvd (70068), Friday, September 2 through Saturday September 3 from 8 a.m. through 5 p.m. * The Gonzalez Post Office, 1706 S. Burnside Avenue (70737), Sunday, September 4 through Monday, September 5 from 8 a.m. through 5 p.m. * The Baton Rouge Downtown Station, 750 Florida Blvd. (70802), Tuesday, September 6 through Wednesday, September 7 from 8 a.m. through 5 p.m. Beginning Thursday, September 8, unclaimed checks will be forwarded, if a forwarding address is on file. Those that cannot be forwarded will be returned to the Social Security Administration. For residents of Louisiana ZIP Codes not included in these lists, checks will be delivered as usual.
In Mississippi, the following check distribution sites have been established and will operate on Thursday, September 1 from 5 p.m. until sunset and from Friday, September 2 through Sunday, September 4, from 9 a.m. through 3 p.m.:
* The Escatawpa Post Office, located at 4100 Rabby Street, will distribute checks to residents of Hurley (39555), Gautier (39553), Pascagoula (39563 and 39567) and Ocean Springs (39564). * The Biloxi Northbay Post Office, located at 356 Ginger Drive, will distribute checks to residents of Biloxi (39530, 39531, 39532, 39540), McHenry (39561) and Perkinston (39573). * The Gulfport Larkin Smith Mail Facility, located at 11110 Highway 49, will distribute checks to residents of Gulfport (39501/03/07), Kiln (39556), Pearlington (39573), Lakeshore (39558), Waveland (39576), Pass Christian (39571), Long Beach (39560) and Bay St. Louis (39520/25). * Residents of Wiggins (39577) and Saucier (39574) will be able to pick up their checks at their local Post Office. At all locations, postal employees will be requesting identification. Since 1775, the Postal Service and its predecessor, the Post Office Department, has connected friends, families, neighbors and businesses by mail. It is an independent federal agency that visits 142 million homes and businesses every day, six days a week and is the only service provider delivering to every address in the nation. The Postal Service receives no taxpayer dollars for routine operations, but derives its operating revenues solely from the sale of postage, products and services. With annual revenues of more than $69 billion, it is the world's leading provider of mailing and delivery services, offering some of the most affordable postage rates in the world. The Postal Service delivers more than 46 percent of the world's mail volume -- some 206 billion letters, advertisements, periodicals and packages a year -- and serves seven and a half million customers each day at its 37,000 retail locations nationwide. Its website, usps.com, attracts more than 21 million visitors each month.
SOURCE U.S. Postal Service -0- 09/01/2005 /CONTACT: Darla Stafford of U.S. Postal Service, +1-214-819-8748, or mobile: +1-214-914-4892 / /Web site: http://www.usps.com / CO: U.S. Postal Service; Social Security Administration ST: Louisiana, Mississippi, District of Columbia IN: ENV TRN SU: POL LEG EXE EM -- NYTH246 -- 3463 09/01/2005 22:22 EDT http://www.prnewswire.com
INSURANCE INFORMATION INSTITUTE
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Wash. D.C.: 202-833-1580
Bill Bailey: 617-510-5243
NEW YORK, September 2, 2005 Policyholders with questions regarding their coverage for damage caused by Hurricane Katrina should contact their insurance agent or company representative. To assist consumers, special toll-free numbers have been set up by insurance companies. This and other hurricane-related information can be found at http://www.disasterinformation.org/ .
Here is a list of claim contact numbers from the Insurance Information Institute; please note that it is being updated on a daily basis:
AAA Insurance (Auto Club Family Insurance Company) 800-222-7623 ext. 5000
ACE USA Clients receive individual 800 numbers or call 800 433-0385 (ACE USA/INAMAR Marine claims); 800 234-7354 (Disaster Mortgage Protection claims)
Alfa Insurance Group 888-964-2532
Alabama Municipal Insurance Corporation 866-239-AMIC
Allstate 800-54-STORM (800-547-8676)
Allstate Floridian Insurance Company 800-54-STORM (800-547-8676)
American Bankers Insurance Company 800-245-1505
American Federation Insurance Company 800-527-3907
American General Property Insurance Company of Florida 800-321-2452
American International Group, Inc. (AIG) Call the toll-free number located on your policy; if you cannot access your policy, call toll-free 877-AIG-0304
American National Property & Casualty Company & Affiliates 800-333-2861
American Reliable Insurance Company 800-245-1505
American Skyline Insurance Company 888-298-5224
American Strategic Insurance 866-ASI-LOSS (274-5677)
American Superior Insurance 954-577-2202
Arch Insurance 800-817-3252
Armed Forces Insurance Exchange 800-828-7736
Atlantic Mutual Insurance Company 800-945-7461
Atlantic Preferred Insurance Company 800-673-4952
Auto Owners Insurance Group (Palm City) 800-783-1269
Auto Owners Insurance Group (Ft. Meyers) 800-437-2256
AXA Re Property and Casualty 800-216-3711
Bankers Insurance Company 800-765-9700
Bankers Security Insurance Company 800-765-9700
Bitu minous 800-475-4477
Bristol West Insurance Group 800-BRISTOL
Capital Preferred 800-734-4749 or 888-388-2742
Catawba Insurance 800-711-9386
Century Surety Insurance Company 800-850-0422
CHUBB Insurance Group 800-252-4670 (800-CLAIMS-0)
Church Mutual Insurance 800-554-2642
Citizens Property Insurance Corp. 866-411-2742 (866-411-CPIC)
Cincinnati Insurance Company (call your local agent first and then 1-877-242-2544)
Clarendon National Insurance Company 800-216-3711
Clarendon Select Insurance Company 800-509-1592
Colony Insurance Company 800-577-6614 ext. 1715
Companion Property & Casualty 800-649-2948
Cotton States Mutual Group 800-282-6536
CUNA Mutual 800-637-2676
EMC Insurance Companies 800-910-4988
Encompass Insurance Company 800-588-7400
Erie Insurance Group 800-367-3743
FCCI (first report of injury) 800-226-3224
Federal Mutual 888-333-4949
Federated National Insurance Company 800-420-7075
FEMA 800-621-3362 (800-621-FEMA)
Fidelity & Casualty Insurance Company 800-725-9472
Fidelity National Insurance Company 800-220-1351
Fidelity National Property and Casualty Insurance Company 800-725-9472
Fireman?s Fund 888-347-3428 (888-FIREHAT)
First Floridian 800-252-4633 (800-CLAIM33) (personal); 800-238-6225 (business)
First Premium Insurance Group (Lloyd?s Mobile Home) 800-432-3072
First Protective Insurance Company 877-744-5224
First Trenton 800-468-7341
Florida Family Insurance Company 888-486-4663 or 888-850-4663
Florida Farm Bureau Insurance Companies 800-330-3327
Florida Select 888-700-0101
Florida Preferred Property Insurance Company 800-673-4952
FM Global 877-639-5677 (877-NEWLOSS)
Foremost Insurance Company 800-527-3907
GE Employers Re 866-413-8978
General Star Indemnity Company 800-624-5237
General Star National Insurance Company 800-624-5237
Georgia Casualty & Surety 800-279-8279 (claim reporting); 866-458-7506 (claim dept.)
Georgia Farm Bureau 866-842-3276
GMAC Insurance (Auto Claims) 800-468-3466
Granada Insurance Company 800-392-9966
Great American 800-221-7274
Guide One 888-748-4326
Hanover Insurance (Allmerica) 800-628-0250
Harbor Insurance Company 800-216-3711
The Hartford 800-243-5860
Hartford Insurance Company of the Midwest 800-637-5410 or 800-243-5860
Hartford Steam 800-HSB-LOSS
Holyoke Mutual 800-225-2533
Industrial Risk Insurers 860-520-7347 (Business claims)
Interstate Fire & Casualty 800-456-8458, ext. 770
Liberty Mutual 800-2CLAIMS (800-225-2467)
Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corporation 800-931-9548
Louisiana Farm Bureau 866-275-7322
Main Street America Group 877-282-3844
Mercury Insurance Group 800-987-6000
MetLife Auto & Home 800-854-6011
Mississippi Farm Bureau 866-275-7322
Mississippi Residential Property Insurance Association 800-931-9548
Mississippi Windstorm Underwriting Association 800-931-9548
National Insurance Company 800-239-2121
North Pointe Insurance Company 877-878-1991
Ohio Casualty and West American Insurance Company 888-701-8727
Old Dominion Insurance Company 877-425-2467 or 800-606-7992
Omaha Property & Casualty 800-638-2592 (Flood only)
Omega Insurance Company 800-216-3711
P - Q
Poe Financial Group 800-673-4952
Progressive Auto Insurance 800-PROGRESSIVE (766-4737)
QualSure Insurance Corp. 877-563-0150
Regency (Tower Hill) 800-216-3711
Republic Fire & Casualty (Homeowners, Dwelling Fire, Auto & Commercial) 800-451-0286
Republic Group (Republic Fire & Casualty, Republic Underwriters Southern Ins Co, Southern Underwriters Ins) 800-451-0286
Republic Underwriters (Commercial) 800-451-0286
RLI Insurance Company 800-84-ROYAL (800-444-0406)
Royal & SunAlliance 800-847-6925
Scottsdale Insurance Company 800-423-7675
Security National Insurance Company 800-BRISTOL
Service Insurance Company 800-780-8423
Shelter Insurance Group 800-SHELTER (800-743-5837)
Sompo Japan 800-444-6870
Southern Family Insurance Company 800-673-4952
Southern Fidelity 866-874-7342
Southern Insurance Company (Commercial) 800-451-0286
Southern Underwriters (Commercial) 800-451-0286
Southwest Business Corp. (Lloyd?s Excess Flood) 800-527-0066 ext. 7389
St. Johns Insurance Company 800-748-2030
St. Paul Insurance Companies 800-CLAIM 33 (800-252-4633) -Auto and Home Claims; 800-STPAUL (800-787-2851) - Business Claims
St. Paul Travelers 800-CLAIM33 (800-252-4633) - Auto and Home Claims; 800-787-2851 - Business Claims; 800-356-6663 - Flood Claims; 800-772-4483 ? Boat/Yacht Claims
State Farm Insurance 800-SF-CLAIM (800-732-5246)
Sunshine State Insurance Company 877-329-8795
Texas Farm Bureau 800-772-6535
Tower Hill Insurance Companies 800-216-3711 or 800-509-1592
Travelers 800-252-4633 (800-CLAIM 33) ? Personal Claims; 800-238-6225 - Business Claims; 800-356-6663 - Flood Claims
Travelers Boat & Yacht 800-772-4482
Travelers WC (first report of injury) 800-238-6225
United Fire Insurance Company 800-343-9131
United Property and Casualty Company 800-861-4370
Universal Insurance Company 888-846-7647
USF&G 800-787-2851; 800-631-6478 (homeowners claims); 407-660-9000 (customer service)
V - Z
Vanguard Fire & Casualty Company 888-343-5585
XL Insurance 800-688-1840
Zenith (first report of injury) 800-440-5020
Zurich Insurance Company 800-987-3373
T-P resumes printing
The Times-Picayune announced today that it plans to resume printing a newspaper tonight in Houma. Since Hurricane Katrina struck on Monday, the paper has published three electronic-only editions on its affiliated Web site, www.nola.com.
“We appreciate the dedication of employees, and the patience of advertisers and subscribers,” said Ashton Phelps Jr., the newspaper’s publisher.
Company executives said they plan to print roughly 50,000 copies Thursday night, using the press of The Houma Courrier, for distribution Friday in parts of the New Orleans area that are now inhabited and accessible, including western St. Tammany Parish, and the east and west River Parishes.
Copies also were to be distributed to Baton Rouge, Hammond, Houma and Thibodaux, they said.
The newspaper will continue publishing an expanded electronic edition on www.nola.com. The Times-Picayune reporters will also deliver breaking news to the Web site through the website's “Breaking News” weblog.
Nola.com will maintain a missing person’s forum, launched on Wednesday morning, that had more than 7,400 postings by late Thursday. The site has also started forums for people who want to volunteer in the rescue and rebuilding efforts and to offer homes to displaced New Orleans residents.
Newspaper staffers, forced to evacuate the paper’s main building in New Orleans on Tuesday, have been working on the streets of the city, at the Houma Courrier, in temporary offices at Louisiana State University’s Manship School for Mass Communications and The Baton Rouge Technology Center, and in other places across the devastated region.