American Express Travelers Cheques Offer Extra Financial Security as Part of a Hurricane Preparedness Kit

With the 2008 Atlantic Hurricane Season beginning on June 1, coastal residents in the southeast and Gulf states will prepare for uncertain conditions they may encounter in the aftermath of a major storm by making their annual contingency plans.

In addition to keeping a first-aid kit, an ample supply of canned goods, plenty of bottled water, and other essentials, a diversified emergency wallet that includes American Express Travelers Cheques provides an extra measure of financial safety and security. Keeping Travelers Cheques and a supply of cash in small bills offers storm victims payment options to make necessary purchases. Travelers Cheques never expire, so they provide a secure payment method whenever emergencies occur this year and in the future. Unlike cash, they are refundable if lost or stolen. Both the American Red Cross and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security list travelers cheques as recommended items for hurricane supply kits.

For 117 years, travelers have carried American Express® Travelers Cheques with the confidence that they can be replaced quickly and easily. Many people, particularly in some international countries, have long recognized that keeping Travelers Cheques at home is a safer alternative than cash. American Express Travelers Cheques are available at banks, credit unions and American Express Travel service locations across the Gulf coast and Southeast regions. For more information, visit www.americanexpress.com/travelerscheques.

American Express has a long tradition of working closely with disaster relief organizations across the country, and a history of helping customers, employees and communities cope with emergencies such as hurricanes. For many years, the company has contributed to disaster relief efforts across the country.

American Express also provides hurricane preparation information and resources to its employees in Florida. An internal company website centralizes emergency management, utility and disaster relief organizations phone numbers, links to other sources of emergency information, as well as a list of items that should be on hand in the case of an emergency.

American Express Company (www.americanexpress.com) is a leading global payments, network and travel company founded in 1850.

Contacts:

American Express
Robert Sherman, 212-640-6221
Robert.a.sherman@aexp.com
or
M. Silver Associates
Lourdes Diaz/Joel Kaiman, 954-765-3636
Lourdes@msilver-pr.com

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