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AFTER HURRICANE ANDREW: SPEEDING UP BUSINESS RECOVERY

 AFTER HURRICANE ANDREW: SPEEDING UP BUSINESS RECOVERY
 PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- To help restore local businesses as rapidly as possible, more than a dozen CIGNA Property and Casualty Insurance catastrophe specialists are in place in storm- stricken Gulf communities.
 CIGNA claimants in Louisiana who cannot reach their agents can call 800-533-2431, the special catastrophe office. Alabama, Mississippi and Texas businessowners can call the special office at 504-832-7100, or 504-832-7038. Fax to 504-832-7121, or 504-832-7181. Florida claims should be reported to 800-282-4651, or 800-282-4569.
 As soon as business owners can access damage sites, they can take several steps to expedite the recovery process, according to CIGNA Property and Casualty hurricane loss expert, Robert Wise. To avoid any delays in gaining access to your property, carry appropriate identification for law enforcement authorities patrolling the streets. Before heading out to the site, stock up. There may be no power and no water.
 At business sites:
 -- Temporarily seal roofs quickly. Contact local glaziers who normally serve your business to replace broken windows. Victims of previous hurricanes have suffered additional damage from other storms that followed. Save receipts for repairs.
 -- Segregate and inventory damaged property as quickly as possible. Don't destroy property even if it looks hopeless. Rapid treatment, such as cleaning water damaged item, often can restore them. And, it expedites the claim settlement process if adjusters can see the property. Collect business records that will help you and your adjuster establish dollar values for the damaged property.
 -- Some businesses may get up and running sooner than their suppliers. To assure that you can get your business started as soon as you're ready, check out alternate suppliers of key items for your operations.
 -- Because of the storm, businesses may experience cash-flow problems as they begin operations again. CIGNA recommends pre- negotiating with key suppliers and creditors. Explaining the problem beforehand will help avoid problems later.
 -- If you've got some rotary phones, bring them in. Telephone service often is restored sooner than electric power.
 -- In previous storms, accidents have occurred when generators were used to restore power to individual operations. Other businesses working on what they thought were dead lines were in jeopardy. Be careful.
 As soon as possible, contact your insurance agent or broker to report a claim. If your producer's office has not reopened yet, CIGNA Property and Casualty insureds can contact the company directly.
 CIGNA Companies are leading providers of insurance, health care, employee benefits, pension and investment management, and related financial services to businesses and individuals, worldwide.
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 /CONTACT: David Willis, director-communication, 215-761-4747, or


home, 609-228-3210, or Warren Levy, AVP-communication, 215-761-4750, or home, 215-348-0737, both of CIGNA/
 (CI) CO: CIGNA Corporation ST: Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Pennsylvania IN: INS SU:


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