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Washington Mutual Announces Additional Aid to Organizations Supporting Hurricane Katrina Recovery; Contributions to Approach $1 Million

SEATTLE, Sep 09, 2005 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Washington Mutual, Inc. (NYSE:WM) today announced additional aid to local groups supporting recovery efforts, and that company and employee contributions could reach $1 million in assistance for victims of Hurricane Katrina.

$300,000 has been committed to local organizations engaged in relief efforts, and the company will match $250,000 in employee donations for a potential total of $500,000 in additional financial assistance. These contributions supplement Washington Mutual's previously announced $100,000 contribution to the American Red Cross, and its $100,000 commitment to the Washington Cares initiative, a matching fund opportunity for residents in Washington state.

Washington Mutual is also providing 5 of its call centers, technology, and 500 employee volunteers to support the national telethon "The Shelter from the Storm: A concert for the Gulf Coast," a live broadcast on six major networks to raise additional hurricane relief funds. The call centers are located in Canyon Park, Wash., Chatsworth, Calif., Albion, N.Y., Milwaukee, and Jacksonville, Fla.

"We're proud to do whatever we can to help lessen the burden that people affected by Hurricane Katrina feel and to help them get back on their feet as quickly as possible," said Kerry Killinger, Washington Mutual Chairman and CEO.

The company's disaster relief program for customers located in the Federally declared disaster areas include penalty-free CD withdrawals, reduced interest rates on home equity loans, quick approval on personal lines of credit, and alternate payment plans for loan customers including an automatic 90-day payment extension. For mortgage-related concerns, customers can call 800-472-1254 between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. (PT), Monday through Friday, and 6 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday. For deposit account questions, customers can call 800-788-7000 for assistance 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

In cities around the country, Washington Mutual employees are actively involved in the relief effort by donating supplies for evacuees, by volunteering at shelters and coordinating blood drives. Customers are also able to make contributions to the American Red Cross by visiting one of Washington Mutual's more than 2,000 retail banking stores or by donating through the company's website at

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 subsidiaries had assets of $323.53 billion. Washington Mutual currently operates more than 2,400 retail banking, mortgage lending, commercial lending and financial services offices throughout the nation. Washington Mutual's press releases are available at

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