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GETTING HELP

Places for the injured

and hungry to call

Pinellas County Hotline for information on the injured: (813) 541-0700.

Red Cross shelters: Nina Harris School, 6000 70th Ave. N; Chapel on the Hill, 1260 Park Blvd. Three Red Cross mass feeding trucks were to begin offering meals in the devastated areas today.

Victims with special needs can call the Red Cross: (813) 898-3111. Same number for contributions to help those devastated by the tornadoes.

For hurt or missing

pets, call the SPCA

The St. Petersburg Chapter of the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has a pet ambulance assigned to the disaster areas. Injured or lost animals can be treated or given temporary shelter. Residents without homes can board their animals at the SPCA shelter. The shelter is at 9099 130th Ave. N in Largo (three blocks south of Ulmerton Road just off Starkey Road). Call 586-3591.

Advice from your

insurance adjuster

Insurance adjusters already are at work in Pinellas and Pasco counties, responding to calls from policy holders. While insurance company policies and procedures differ, Nationwide Insurance offered this general advice: Contact your insurance company, many have toll-free numbers. If your home can't be lived in, go to a hotel and keep good records of expenses; many policies reimburse homeowners for such hotel expenses. Once your claim has been registered, have patience. Adjusters generally try to get to the worst-hit policy holders first.

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