Magazine article The RMA Journal

Coping with Loss: I've Lost Everything

Magazine article The RMA Journal

Coping with Loss: I've Lost Everything

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We have heard those words. We have searched for an understanding of such loss. A wife, husband, child, parents, friends. Our home. A pet. Our heirlooms meant to go to our children. Our financial security. Our beloved institutions--houses of worship, education, and health care so vital to one's emotional stability. Our insurance policies and other important documents. Our clothing. Our car. Our place of employment. Albums of photos that chronicle our lives. Our plans for the future. Only survivors of a disaster can know.

The scope of Hurricane Katrina brings a new dimension to the loss, however. Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama--the three states initially affected--represent an area that has been compared in size with Great Britain. Individuals and businesses alike will never go back to life exactly as it was. And that places a great responsibility on the rest of us. As a former banker, as president of RMA, and as a citizen, I am proud of the response of our industry and of cities across America that have opened their doors and welcomed those who must now find new homes and new futures. The spontaneous outreach of individuals and governments around the world is equally moving. Wanting only to alleviate human suffering, they have set aside politics, ideology, and other issues.

RMA supports the initiatives put forth by the U.S. banking agencies that banks exercise flexibility with those affected by Katrina. RMA also has been communicating with its member banks in that region to help share needed information, such as the most successful ways they are responding to crisis. …

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