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December 01, 2005   Email to Friend 

Storms Bring Out the Best At Alfa

In the wake of the worst hurricane season in U.S. history, Alfa Insurance not only processed thousands of claims, but Alfa employees and members of the Alabama Farmers Federation also gave their time and money to help Gulf Coast families rebuild.

"In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Alfa employees showed their concern for the many families affected by this immense storm by donating their resources and their time, volunteering in many of the recovery efforts," said Alfa President Jerry A. Newby. "In addition, our companies have responded to the tremendous devastation in western Alabama and in Mississippi by contributing to relief efforts and by moving as quickly as possible to service our policyholders.

"Our dedicated claims, marketing and operations staffs have settled claims extremely fast and efficiently so that our policyholders could begin to rebuild," Newby added. "I am proud of our employees, who have volunteered and contributed so much to the many agencies helping with disaster relief."

Alfa estimates its claims from this year's hurricanes will total between $160 million and $180 million. The company's exposure along the storm-ravaged Mississippi coast is limited where Alfa's share of the homeowner's market is about 2.5 percent.

In the days leading up to Hurricanes Dennis and Katrina, Alfa and the Alabama Farmers Federation put into effect an updated disaster response plan that helped speed assistance to members and policyholders. Additional personnel and resources were staged for rapid deployment to the affected area, new procedures were implemented to simplify the claims process, and hurricane tips were posted to the Federation and Alfa Insurance websites.

Following the storm, Alfa set up a claims hotline, and the Federation began working with state and national officials to assess storm damage and bring relief to farmers and other residents.

In addition, Alfa agreed to match contributions of its employees and county Farmers Federations to the American Red Cross and the American Farm Bureau Hurricane Ag Fund up to $250,000. In the weeks following the storm, Alfa and Federation employees contributed almost $75,000 to the Red Cross, and county Farmers Federations gave another $11,000 to the charity. County Federations also gave almost $100,000 to the Hurricane Ag Fund, which will help farmers with nonreimbursable losses caused by the hurricanes. A special contribution also was made to the relief efforts in Bayou La Batre, the Alabama town hit hardest by Katrina. Altogether, these contributions and Alfa's corporate match totaled more than $400,000.

For more information about hurricane relief efforts by Alfa and the Federation visit www.alfains.com or www.AlfaFarmers.org.

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