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Bureau of the Public Debt Aids Savings Bonds Owners Affected by Tornadoes and Severe Weather in Mississippi

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 14, 2001

The Bureau of Public Debt took action to assist victims of flooding in Mississippi by expediting the replacement or payment of United States Savings Bonds for owners in the affected areas. The emergency procedures are effective immediately for paying agents and owners in those areas of Mississippi affected by the storms. These procedures will remain in effect through the end of January 2002.

Public Debt's action waives the normal six-month minimum holding period for Series EE and Series I savings bonds presented to authorized paying agents for redemption by residents of the affected area. Most financial institutions serve as paying agents for savings bonds.

Mississippi counties involved are Bolivar, DeSoto, Hinds, Humphreys, Madison, Panola, Quitman, Sunflower, Tate and Washington. Should additional counties be declared disaster areas the emergency procedures for savings bonds owners will go into effect for those areas.

The replacement of bonds lost or destroyed will also be expedited by Public Debt. Bond owners should complete form PD-1048, available at most financial institutions or by writing the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank's Savings Bond Customer Service Department, 925 Grand Boulevard, Kansas City, Missouri 64198; phone (816) 881-2000. This form can also be downloaded from Public Debt's website at: www.publicdebt.treas.gov. Bond owners should include as much information as possible about the lost bonds on the form. This information should include how the bonds were inscribed, social security number, approximate dates of issue, bond denominations and serial numbers if available. The completed form must be certified by a notary public or an officer of a financial institution. Completed forms should be sent to: Bureau of Public Debt, Office of Investor Services located at 200 Third St., Parkersburg, West Virginia 26106-1328. Bond owners should write the word “DISASTER” on the front of their envelopes, to help expedite the processing of claims.