Hurricane Katrina - Information for Consumers and Bankers in the Affected Areas
Insurance Contact Information and Help Lines
The FDIC is providing links to contact information for state insurance help lines, FEMA, Red Cross, and insurance companies who have set up hot lines for citizens with claims stemming from Hurricane Katrina.
Insurance Company Toll-Free Catastrophe Hot Lines
If you have homeowners, automobile, flood, renters, or other insurance, please contact your insurance company to file your claims. The following link has a list of insurance companies that have set up hotlines for those displaced by Katrina:
For additional information on insurance companies providing assistance visit: National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC)
State Government Insurance Help Lines
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
You may qualify for assistance from the federal government. You can apply by calling 800-621-FEMA (800-621-3362). The information you will need includes:
- The street address of your damaged property
- Your current mailing address and a telephone number where you can be reached in the event you have been forced to relocate
- Your Social Security Number
- Your household's approximate gross income at the time of the flood or, if you are reporting business damages, the gross income of the business
- Information on the type of insurance coverage you have, particularly flood insurance
Immediate Disaster Assistance from the American Red Cross
If you have immediate emergency needs for food, clothing, shelter, or medical care contact one of the local offices of the American Red Cross. You can visit a local office or call their toll-free number at 1-866-438-4636.