The cataclysm from the tsunami disaster in Southeast Asia is still unfolding. The number of deaths is climbing and, frightfully, now mirrors the population of the city of Tallahassee. The suffering is incomprehensible.
What does this mean to us in Florida? Recovering from the impact of four hurricanes in one season, we know the financial and emotional devastation and the toll it takes. We also know how important it is to give help in this time of need.
Many of us are donating to charity to help with direct relief aid. Make sure that the organization to which you give is reputable and recognized as a legitimate aid group. Be sure to ask questions – a legitimate group will be glad to answer your inquiries.
Florida can also be proud that Governor Jeb Bush is calling on his Florida disaster relief experience as one of a distinguished group representing the United States overseas and now visiting the hardest hit areas.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all involved in this tragedy. Through the partnership of governments, non-governmental organizations and individuals around the world, we hope victims of the tsunami take comfort in knowing that help is on the way.
Our masthead for January is a view of the County Courthouse located downtown in beautiful Madison County, Florida.
GALLAGHER TO MORTGAGE HOLDERS: KNOW YOUR BANK’S PROCEDURE FOR PROCESSING INSURANCE CLAIM CHECKS
To assist Floridians who recently received claims settlement checks or who are expecting payments from insurance companies, Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Tom Gallagher is advising storm victims with mortgages to be aware of bank procedures for receiving insurance funds to make repairs.
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SENIORS, YOUNG ADULTS ARE FOCUS OF NEW FIRE SAFETY PROGRAMS CREATED BY STATE FIRE MARSHAL’S OFFICE
Each year, fire claims the lives of Florida’s elderly more than any other age group. At the same time, statistics show increasing fire incidents on college campuses.
To combat these sobering trends, State Fire Marshal Tom Gallagher has launched new education programs targeting the state's seniors and college students.
TEENS: CASH IN ON YOUR MONEY SMARTS!
Having money smarts means knowing how to do things like stash your cash, watch your spending and shop for good deals.
It also means that teenagers know it is time to get going on submissions to our essay contest which is open to 14-18 year olds who want to win some money. “Cash in on Your Money Smarts'' offers a top award of $750 for one student in each of five regions.
Friday, February 11, 2005, is the day that essays must be in to the Department of Financial Services to be eligible for up to $7,500 in cash prizes. The essay of at least 750 words, in English or Spanish, responds to the essay question “Why do you consider yourself money smart?” Essays may be submitted electronically or by mail.
"This is a chance for our teens to be rewarded for their knowledge of smart financial decisions,'' said Tom Gallagher, Florida's Chief Financial Officer. CONTINUED