About 700 members of the National Association of Health Underwriters live in areas affected by Hurricane Katrina.[@@]
NAHU, Arlington, Va., still is assessing the best way to help all victims of the hurricane, including NAHU members who have fled from the storm or now are in the hardest-hit regions.
But NAHU plans to start the effort by asking members to contribute to relief programs on the list organized by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
The FEMA relief program list is on the Web at http://www.fema.gov/news/newsrelease.fema?id=18473
The programs on the FEMA list are good targets for early donations “because they’re providing immediate cash assistance to the victims,” says NAHU Chief Executive Officer Janet Trautwein.
NAHU also would like to find some way to help improve communications systems in New Orleans and other affected areas, Trautwein says.
“Our members are normally very generous with things like this,” Trautwein says.
Some of NAHU’s own members may prove to need help.
“We’ve heard from some that have pretty much lost everything,” Trautwein says.
NAHU expects to learn more about Gulf State members’ needs over the next few days, Trautwein says.