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BEP offers its help for hurricane victims

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I can’t imagine being in a hurricane. I get worried when winds are in the 40 to 50 mph range. My prayers to those impacted by the recent storms.

The Bureau of Engraving and Printing has offered help for those with currency damaged by the flood waters.

Those with water-damaged currency from Hurricanes Harvey or Irma are encouraged to send it to the BEP for possible redemption.

According to a press release, “The BEP is giving priority to processing mutilated currency claims resulting from the hurricanes to speed recovery efforts for those affected. Flood victims submitting a claim should mark HURRICANE on the outside of the package.”

It’s a free service, and every year the BEP says its Mutilated Currency Division reviews currency damaged to the extent that its value is questionable, handling 30,000 such claims. This may occur as a result of fire, water, chemicals, ground deterioration, or other physical means.

“We firmly stand with everyone affected in Texas, Florida, and the surrounding areas that experienced such devastation,” said BEP Director Len Olijar. “BEP prides itself on serving our customers and we will do whatever it takes to lessen the impact of these disasters.”

For information about how to submit a claim for review, visit the BEP’s website at; contact the Mutilated Currency Division by email at; or call toll free at (866) 575-2361.

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