The flood that hit hundreds of communities in West Virginia in June resulted in 23 deaths and enough damage to be declared a federal disaster area by President Barack Obama. In response, The Western and Southern Life Insurance Company (Western & Southern Life) mobilized to help.
Even though Cincinnati is 200 miles from Elkview, our associates felt compelled to help, and we're proud to work for a company like Western & Southern Life that supports our efforts.
In addition to the West Virginia-based Western & Southern Life associates devoting time to preparing, serving, and distributing food, water, and other provisions to local residents, Cincinnati-based associates also joined the effort. In three days, associates in Cincinnati raised $1,400 to purchase bottles of water and cleaning supplies.
On July 8, a 26-foot truck arrived at Western & Southern Life's Elkview, West Virginia, office with more than 250 cases of water. The truck was driven from Cincinnati by Joe Lynch, vice president of the company's customer relationship center and Jim Remke, underwriter.
"The devastation in West Virginia is every bit as bad as what I witnessed in Alabama after Hurricane Katrina," said Lynch. "It was very humbling to see the number of Elkview families displaced from their homes because of water damage, including the families of our own associates."
A town of less than 1,300 residents, Elkview was one of the areas hit hard by the flooding. During the heavy rains, a bridge to a shopping center was washed out, leaving 500 people stranded for 24 hours. That bridge is still out, and those businesses, including a Kroger, remain closed. Only one small grocery store is currently open in Elkview.
Through social media and word-of-mouth, local residents affected by the flooding were encouraged to visit the Elkview office to receive the water and cleaning supplies. Those in need who couldn't make it to the office due to lost vehicles or impassable roads received in-home deliveries by Western & Southern Life staff.
"Even though Cincinnati is 200 miles from Elkview, our associates felt compelled to help, and we're proud to work for a company like Western & Southern Life that supports our efforts," said Lynch.
About Western & Southern Life
The Western and Southern Life Insurance Company, and its wholly owned subsidiary Western-Southern Life Assurance Company (both known as Western & Southern Life), are members of Western & Southern Financial Group (Western & Southern) and offer life insurance, interest-sensitive life insurance, fixed annuities, retirement strategies and personalized needs analysis for individuals, families and businesses in the middle-income market. It serves customers through 148 field offices nationwide, plus WSLife.com and a call center known as the Client Relationship Center at the company's headquarters in Cincinnati. The company is a 2016 Top 100 Military Friendly® Employer and Military Friendly® Spouse Employer. For financial tools, career opportunities and product information, visit WSLife.com.
About Western & Southern Financial Group
Founded in Cincinnati in 1888 as The Western and Southern Life Insurance Company, Western & Southern Financial Group, Inc. (Western & Southern), a Fortune 500 company, is now the parent company of a group of diversified financial services businesses. Its assets owned ($47.2 billion) and managed ($22.3 billion) total $69.5 billion as of Sept 30, 2017. Western & Southern is one of the strongest life insurance groups in the world. Its six life insurance subsidiaries (The Western and Southern Life Insurance Company, Western-Southern Life Assurance Company, Columbus Life Insurance Company, Integrity Life Insurance Company, The Lafayette Life Insurance Company and National Integrity Life Insurance Company) maintain very strong financial ratings and a Comdex Ranking of 96. Other member companies include Eagle Realty Group, LLC; Fort Washington Investment Advisors, Inc.¹ IFS Financial Services, Inc.; Peppertree Partners LLC¹; Touchstone Advisors, Inc.¹; Touchstone Securities, Inc.²; W&S Brokerage Services, Inc.²; and W&S Financial Group Distributors, Inc. For more information on the Western & Southern family of companies, visit www.westernsouthern.com. Western & Southern is the title sponsor of the Western & Southern Open (www.wsopen.com), a premier event in the U.S. Open Series played each August by the world's top-ranked professional male and female tennis players.
* Lafayette Life has a 97 Comdex Ranking.
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