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PIA National Board Votes $100,000 to Assist Gulf States Affiliates in Hurricane Katrina Relief Efforts

Portland, Ore., September 11, 2005 - The National Association of Professional Insurance Agents (PIA) has voted unanimously to provide up to $100,000 in...
September 11, 2005

Portland, Ore., September 11, 2005  - The National Association of Professional Insurance Agents (PIA) has voted unanimously to provide up to $100,000 in assistance to three PIA state affiliates hit by Hurricane Katrina.

Funds will be provided by PIA National to PIA of Louisiana, PIA of Mississippi and PIA of Alabama for certain extraordinary expenses created by this catastrophic event. The unanimous vote came during the association's annual fall meeting in Portland, Oregon on September 11, 2005.

"Our PIA affiliates in the states affected by this catastrophe need their national association's help," said PIA President Terry R. Adams. "Nineteen PIA agencies in the city of New Orleans were destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. Our state affiliates are assisting PIA member agents, who in turn are helping their clients put their lives back together."

"All of us are members of the PIA family and the American family. We must do our part," Adams said.

In addition, PIA National has issued a call to members of the association from across the country to offer temporary housing assistance as needed to independent agents in the areas damaged by Hurricane Katrina.  The Alexandria, Virginia national office of the PIA is working with the PIA state affiliate offices in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama to coordinate the volunteer effort. So far, more than 50 PIA members around the country have volunteered to host the families of agents displaced by Hurricane Katrina.

Founded in 1931, PIA is a national trade association that represents member insurance agents and their employees who sell and service all kinds of insurance, but specialize in coverage of automobiles, homes and businesses. PIA will celebrate its 75th anniversary in 2006. Visit PIA at www.PIANET.com