SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 31, 2005--Washington Mutual, Inc.
(NYSE:WM) today announced it will provide special assistance to help
customers and residents in the federally-declared disaster areas as a
result of Hurricane Katrina.
The company's disaster relief program includes penalty-free CD
withdrawals, reduced interest rates on Home Equity Loans, quick
approval on personal lines of credit and alternate payment plans for
Washington Mutual is also donating $100,000 to the American Red
Cross Disaster Relief Fund and is collecting additional donations at
its retail banking stores across the nation from those who want to
make a financial contribution to the Red Cross. In addition, the
company said it will match funds contributed by its employees who wish
to make financial contributions to the relief efforts.
"Our heartfelt sympathy and concern goes out to all those who have
been impacted by this natural disaster," said Steve Rotella,
Washington Mutual's president and chief operating officer. "We hope
our company's donation and other support programs along with the
additional funds we collect from our employees and customers will help
everyone affected by Hurricane Katrina recover quickly."
Washington Mutual customers who live, work or own property in the
hurricane-impacted areas and who wish to inquire about the company's
disaster relief programs should call Washington Mutual's customer care
phone line or visit their local retail banking store or home loan
center. For deposit account inquiries customers can call 800-788-7000
at any time. For inquiries regarding consumer loan and home mortgage
loan programs, customers can call 800-472-1254 Monday through Friday
from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. EST and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST.
With a history dating back to 1889, Washington Mutual is a
retailer of financial services that provides a diversified line of
products and services to consumers and commercial clients. At June 30,
2005, Washington Mutual and it subsidiaries had assets of $323.53
billion. Washington Mutual currently operates more than 2,400 retail
banking, mortgage lending, commercial banking and financial services
offices throughout the nation. Washington Mutual's press releases are
available at www.wamunewsroom.com.
CONTACT: Washington Mutual
Nova Barnett, 404-314-9500
SOURCE: Washington Mutual