FAIA Sends Mobile Command Center to Aid Georgia Agents

May 5, 2011

The association representing independent insurance agents in Florida has dispatched a 40-foot long catastrophe response vehicle (CRV) to Northwest Georgia to provide aid and assistance to agents affected by the tornadoes that flattened dozens of businesses and homes.

“Natural disasters put a lot of pressure on agents, whose friends and neighbors rely on them to understand and work through the process of filing claims,” said Jeff Grady, president and CEO of the Florida Association of Insurance Agents. “The CRV provides an office on wheels for agencies that might need operational assistance to better serve their clients that have been affected by the disaster.”

The catastrophe response vehicle is now in the hands of volunteers from the Independent Insurance Agents of Georgia (IIAG), who are focusing their efforts in Ringgold, Ga., among the hardest hit areas. According to the National Weather Service, 266 tornadoes ripped through the Southeast from Wednesday through Thursday. One of those tornadoes tore through Ringgold, a direct hit that left the city in a state of emergency.

With full satellite communication capabilities, its own wireless network, two conference phones, laptops and printers, the CRV is the command center for the response effort.

Source: Florida Association of Insurance Agents

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