Wisconsin based American Family Insurance, the second largest home insurer in Kansas, moved in a team of twenty-five adjusters setting up in evacuation centers looking for survivors and expediting their claims.
American Family spokesman Ken Muth says they can't get into the damaged area yet. So, to get the recovery ball rolling, the adjusters are using aerial photos, technology and the help of insured victims at the centers to pick out what was their home.
Jane Richardson with the Badger Chapter of the American Red Cross in Madison, says several volunteers, some veterans of Katrina, are there manning the shelters. Handing out food, blankets and making sure people have a place to stay once they leave the shelter.
Richardson says another service the Red Cross provides is mental health. Working with people who are trying to deal with probably the most traumatic time of their lives.
Anyone wishing to help the Red Cross effort in Kansas can make donations by calling 1-800-REDCROSS. Or go to www.arcbadger.org .