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Ten-year Anniversary of a Wave of Hurricanes

Ten years ago on August 13, 2004, the first of what would be a series of destructive hurricanes hit the United States...
August 13, 2014

Oct2005ConnectionCoverTen years ago on August 13, 2004, the first of what would be a series of destructive hurricanes hit the United States. The string of 2004 and 2005 storms, which included the devastating Hurricanes Katrina, Wilma, Ivan, Rita, Frances and Jeanne, caused around $100 billion worth of insured losses when adjusted to 2013 dollars, according to the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.).

In 2005, two hurricanes hit the Gulf Coast of the United States in rapid succession. First, Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and the southern portions of Louisiana and Mississippi. Then just after all the water had been pumped out of New Orleans, another big hurricane, Rita, devastated portions of southwest Louisiana and eastern Texas. After the disaster, PIA members from around the country came to the aid of their fellow members of the PIA Family. Over 100 PIA members, from as far away as Maine and Montana, volunteered to host agents whose homes had been destroyed.

Read Ted Besesparis’ October, 2005 article in PIA Connection which looked at the tragedy of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the heavy toll on agents, and how PIA members helped their clients and their fellow agents in a time of need:

PIA Agents and the Hurricanes of 2005 (PIA Connection, October 2005)

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