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Message from IAIP Hurricane Harvey and Irma Support

Monday, September 11, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Betsey Blimline
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Dear IAIP Community,

We extend our deepest sympathies to all those impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. News reports are describing Harvey as the worst and most expensive natural disaster in U.S. history. Reports are coming in highlighting the damages from Irma in the Caribbean and Florida as it makes its way up through the Southeast with more details to come. Members in Southeast Texas, Louisiana and Puerto Rico have let us know that while they are recovering from damages, they are safe.

Please join us in sending warm thoughts and prayers now and in the months ahead to all of these affected communities including those in Florida as they begin to assess the impact of the hurricane today.

If you would like to show your support with a donation, there are many national organizations such as the American Red Cross and Salvation Army as well as local food banks, animal rescue groups and more helping with relief efforts. This article from the NY Times is a great resource for suggestions on organizations to support, tips for donations that make the greatest impact and what to watch out for to make sure you are giving to a legitimate and effective charity.

In addition, last week the IICF Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief Fund was established and together have raised more than $175,000 so far – through generous company donations and an incredible number of contributions from nearly 700 individual insurance professionals wanting to help those in need.

IICF will collect and total all donations made through this fund and forward 100% of these insurance industry contributions to the local nonprofits supporting victims in the area, including a portion to the American Red Cross and specifically its Hurricane Harvey disaster fund.

As the storm continues further north, the IAIP office in Atlanta, Georgia is expected to be impacted. Our team members are working from home in preparation of the storm and are operating as usual. If services do become interrupted due to storm-related circumstances beyond our control, we will return to normal operations as quickly as possible. We thank you for your understanding as we manage this storm and the safety of our team.

For those of you in Hurricane Irma's path, please be safe and know that we at IAIP have you in our thoughts.

Best regards,

Beth Chitnis, CAE

Executive Director

International Association of Insurance Professionals

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