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Gallagher Announces Consumer Service Locations for Hurricane Katrina Victims

8/30/2005

CONTACT:
Bob Lotane or Nina Banister
(850) 413-2842
 
TALLAHASSEE – Florida's Chief Financial Officer Tom Gallagher today announced four locations where consumer service professionals will be assisting victims of Hurricane Katrina.  In his capacity as State Fire Marshal, Gallagher also directed the Department of Financial Service's efforts to cooperate in state efforts to aid the devastated areas in neighboring Gulf Coast states.
 
"We certainly send our thoughts and prayers to our neighbors in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana who have seen incalculable devastation from Hurricane Katrina, and we will be looking to assist them in every way we can," said Gallagher. "The death, damage and destruction in Mississippi and Louisiana are beyond comprehension.  My director of the Division of the State Fire Marshal has been deployed to Mississippi to help oversee search and rescue efforts." 
 
Gallagher detailed law enforcement detectives to join six teams from Florida to aid in law enforcement and search and rescue efforts – these efforts presently are concentrated in six lower Mississippi counties and along the Gulf Coast.  He also is assisting in providing ambulances and fire engines to the impacted areas.
  
Gallagher said, "Here in Florida we saw thousands of Floridians also experience major flood and wind damage, and we want to help get their lives back to normal as soon as possible."
 
The Department of Financial Service's specialists will be located at:
 
Publix Shopping Center
12850 Biscayne Blvd.
N. Miami
 
Home Depot
13501 S. Dixie Hwy
Kendall

The Department of Financial Services will also be sending specialists to the Miami-Dade disaster assistance sites located at:
Caleb Center
5400 NW 22nd Ave, Miami
 
South Dade Government Center
10710 SW 211 St, Miami
 
The insurance specialists will be available to help Floridians from 8 AM to 6 PM. 
 
Hurricane insurance assistance in Broward County is available from the Department of Financial Services at 499 NW 70th Ave., Room 301B, Plantation or by calling 954-797-8325.
 
In Pensacola, the DFS Consumer Services office is located on 610 E. Burgess Road and can be reached at 850-453-7800.
 
Gallagher said consumers can also obtain assistance by calling the DFS Hurricane Hotline at 1-800-22-STORM.
 
As a statewide elected officer of the Florida Cabinet, Chief Financial Officer Tom Gallagher oversees the Department of Financial Services, a multi-division state agency responsible for management of state funds and unclaimed property, assisting consumers who request information and help related to financial services, and investigating financial fraud. Gallagher also serves as the State Fire Marshal.