Hurricane Delta Strikes U.S. Gulf Coast

Updated 12/23/20: FEMA issued an update to a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for areas in Louisiana affected by Hurricane Delta from October 6-10, 2020.

Louisiana Hurricane Delta (DR-4570 Amendment 2)

Updated 11/6/20:
FEMA issued an update to a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for areas in Louisiana affected by Hurricane Delta from October 6-10, 2020.

Louisiana Hurricane Delta (DR-4570 Amendment 1)

Updated 10/16/20: FEMA issued a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for areas in Louisiana affected by Hurricane Delta from October 6-10, 2020.

Louisiana Hurricane Delta (DR-4570)

Updated 10/12/20: The Weather Channel published reports offering a summary of Hurricane Delta’s impact on the U.S. Gulf Coast and its current forecast.

Georgia Train Derailment Forces Evacuations as Delta’s Remnants Bring Flooding, Tornadoes Across South

Remnants of Delta to Spread Rainfall Through the East on Monday

Approximate locations possibly sustaining structural flooding/wind damage:


– Covington (Newton County, 30014, 30015, 30016)
– Lilburn (Gwinnett County, 30047, 30048)
*Flooding/Train derailment (possible hazardous material fire)
– Newnan (Coweta County, 30263, 30264, 30265, 30271)
– Vinings (Cobb County, 30339)


– Abbeville (Vermillion Parish, 70510, 70511)
– Alexandria (Rapides Parish, 71301, 71302, 71303, 71306, 71307, 71309, 71315)
– Bell City (Calcasieu Parish, 70630)
– Calcasieu Pass (Cameron Parish, 70631)
– Cameron (Cameron Parish, 70631)
– Creole (Cameron Parish, 70632)
– Cypremort Point (St. Mary Parish, 70538)
– Delcambre (Iberia, Vermillion Parishes, 70528)
– Gueydan (Vermillion Parish, 70542)
– Iowa (Calcasieu Parish, 70647)
– Jennings (Jefferson Davis Parish, 70546)
– Lafayette (Lafayette Parish, 70501, 70502, 70503, 70504, 70505, 70506, 70507, 70508, 70509, 70593, 70596, 70598)
– Lake Arthur (Jefferson Davis Parish, 70549)
– Lake Charles (Calcasieu Parish, 70601, 70602, 70605, 70606, 70607, 70609, 70611, 70612, 70615, 70616, 70629)
– Leesville (Vernon Parish, 71446, 71459, 71469)
– Leeville (Lafourche Parish, 70357
– Marsh Island (Iberia Parish, 70510)
– Moss Bluff (Calcasieu Parish, 70611)
– New Iberia (Iberia Parish, 70560, 70562, 70563)
– Pecan Island (Vermillion Parish, 70548)
– Sulphur (Calcasieu Parish, 70663, 70664, 70665)
– Watson (Livingston Parish, 70786)


– Fondren (Hinds County, 39206, 39216, 39286, 39296)
– Natchez (Adams County, 39120, 39121, 39122)
– Roxie (Franklin County, 39661)
– Smithdale (Amite County, 39664)
– Vicksburg (Warren County, 39180, 39181, 39182)

South Carolina

– Conway (Horry County, 29526, 29527, 29528)
– Latta (Horry County, 29565)


– Galveston (Matagorda County, 77550, 77551, 77552, 77553, 77554, 77555)
– Port Arthur (Jefferson County, 77640, 77641, 77642, 77643)
– Sabine Pass (Jefferson County, 77655)

Updated 10/9/20: CNN published a report outlining the latest activity associated with Hurricane Delta, which is preparing to make landfall along the Louisiana coast.

Hurricane Delta heads toward US Gulf Coast

Updated 10/9/20: The Weather Channel issued a report offering the latest on Hurricane Delta, which has reportedly caused home flooding in East Baton Rouge Parish, La., ahead of landfall.

Hurricane Delta Causes Flooding in Baton Rouge; Water Rising Along Louisiana Coast as Storm Draws Closer

Additional Resource:

WBRZ ABC 2 (Multiple streets flood in Capital region ahead of Delta’s landfall; list of closures here)

Approximate locations reportedly sustaining home flooding:

– Baker (East Baton Rouge Parish, 70704, 70714, 70807)
– Baton Rouge (East Baton Rouge Parish, 70806, 70807, 70809, 70814)
*Approximate impacted ZIP codes listed only
– Central (East Baton Rouge Parish, 70714, 70739, 70770, 70791, 70818, 70837)
– Zachary (East Baton Rouge Parish, 70791)
*Concentrated activity reported in Little Farms community

Updated 10/8/20: FEMA issued an Emergency Declaration for areas in Mississippi affected by Hurricane Delta beginning on October 7, 2020 and continuing.

Mississippi Hurricane Delta (EM-3548)
Associated County ZIP Code List (29 Counties)

Updated 10/8/20: Fannie Mae issued a release reminding homeowners and mortgage servicers of assistance options for those affected by Hurricane Delta.

Fannie Mae Reminds Homeowners and Mortgage Servicers of Assistance Options for Those Affected by Hurricane Delta

Updated 10/8/20: Freddie Mac issued a release reminding mortgage servicers of its disaster relief policies for homeowners as Hurricane Delta approaches.

Freddie Mac Confirms Disaster Relief Options for Homeowners As Hurricane Delta Nears

Updated 10/8/20: The Weather Channel issued a report outlining the latest forecast for Hurricane Delta, which has strengthened back into a Category 2 storm ahead of a projected U.S. Gulf Coast landfall.

Hurricane Delta Strengthening in Gulf Ahead of Friday Landfall; Hurricane Warnings Issued in Louisiana, East Texas

Updated 10/7/20: Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves issued a state of emergency in anticipation of Hurricane Delta.

Associated County ZIP Code List (Statewide)

Updated 10/7/20: FEMA issued an Emergency Declaration for areas in Louisiana affected by Hurricane Delta beginning on October 6, 2020 and continuing.

Louisiana Hurricane Delta (EM-3547)
Associated Parish ZIP Code List (Statewide)

Updated 10/7/20: The Weather Channel issued a report outlining the latest forecast for Hurricane Delta, which is expected to make landfall along the U.S. Gulf Coast.

Hurricane Delta Enters Gulf of Mexico; Hurricane, Storm Surge Watches Issued For Gulf Coast Ahead of Friday Landfall

Updated 10/6/20: Alabama Governor Kay Ivey issued a state of emergency in anticipation of Hurricane Delta.

Supplemental State of Emergency: Hurricane Delta
State of Emergency: Hurricane Delta
Associated County ZIP Code List (Statewide)

Updated 10/6/20: Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency in advance of Hurricane Delta.

Gov. Edwards Declares State of Emergency in Advance of Hurricane Delta
Associated Parish ZIP Code List (Statewide)

Updated 10/6/20:
CNN issued a report providing updated forecast information for Hurricane Delta, which is poised to make landfall near Cancun, Mexico, on Wednesday.

Hurricane Delta is intensifying rapidly and is now a Category 4 storm

Disaster Alert
October 5, 2020

Source: The Weather Channel

NOTE: This has not yet been declared a FEMA Disaster.

At a Glance

  • Tropical Storm Delta is intensifying in the western Caribbean Sea.
  • Delta is expected to become a hurricane soon.
  • Jamaica, the Cayman Islands and western Cuba will be the first areas impacted by this system.
  • Delta will likely strike the northern U.S. Gulf Coast late this week.
  • Interests from Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle should monitor the progress of this system closely.

Tropical Storm Delta is intensifying in the Caribbean Sea, could brush or strike the Cayman Islands and western Cuba, then poses an increasing hurricane danger to the U.S. Gulf Coast by late this week.

Forecast Timing, Intensity

This latest tropical storm, the 25th of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, first became a tropical depression late Sunday night, and is quickly gaining steam in the western Caribbean Sea south-southwest of Jamaica, moving to the west-northwest at 5 to 10 mph.

Delta is in an environment of the highest ocean heat content anywhere in the tropical Atlantic basin and low wind shear. Given that, Delta is likely to become a hurricane soon, and may intensify rapidly before it nears western Cuba.

The center of Delta is expected to continue tracking generally toward the northwest through Wednesday night, after which forecast guidance suggests that Delta will eventually turn northward toward the U.S. Gulf Coast late in the week.

Where and when that northward turn occurs will determine what areas see the greatest potential impacts, somewhere from Louisiana into the Florida Panhandle.

Delta is expected to be a Category 1 or 2 hurricane when it nears the U.S. Gulf Coast sometime later Thursday through Friday. However, the intensify forecast is still uncertain since this system could face increasingly unfavorable upper-level winds and cooler Gulf water as it draws closer to the U.S.

Despite any weakening near the Gulf Coast, Delta could still be a formidably strong hurricane at landfall late this week.

For full report, please click the source link above.



Alan Jaffa

Alan Jaffa is the chief executive officer for Safeguard, steering the company as the mortgage field services industry leader. He also serves on the board of advisors for SCG Partners, a middle-market private equity fund focused on diversifying and expanding Safeguard Properties’ business model into complimentary markets.

Alan joined Safeguard in 1995, learning the business from the ground up. He was promoted to chief operating officer in 2002, and was named CEO in May 2010. His hands-on experience has given him unique insights as a leader to innovate, improve and strengthen Safeguard’s processes to assure that the company adheres to the highest standards of quality and customer service.

Under Alan’s leadership, Safeguard has grown significantly with strategies that have included new and expanded services, technology investments that deliver higher quality and greater efficiency to clients, and strategic acquisitions. He takes a team approach to process improvement, involving staff at all levels of the organization to address issues, brainstorm solutions, and identify new and better ways to serve clients.

In 2008, Alan was recognized by Crain’s Cleveland Business in its annual “40-Under-40” profile of young leaders. He also was named a NEO Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® finalist in 2013.


Chief Operating Officer

Michael Greenbaum

Michael Greenbaum is the chief operating officer for Safeguard. Mike has been instrumental in aligning operations to become more efficient, effective, and compliant with our ever-changing industry requirements. Mike has a proven track record of excellence, partnership and collaboration at Safeguard. Under Mike’s leadership, all operational departments of Safeguard have reviewed, updated and enhanced their business processes to maximize efficiency and improve quality control.

Mike joined Safeguard in July 2010 as vice president of REO and has continued to take on additional duties and responsibilities within the organization, including the role of vice president of operations in 2013 and then COO in 2015.

Mike built his business career in supply-chain management, operations, finance and marketing. He has held senior management and executive positions with Erico, a manufacturing company in Solon, Ohio; Accel, Inc., a packaging company in Lewis Center, Ohio; and McMaster-Carr, an industrial supply company in Aurora, Ohio.

Before entering the business world, Mike served in the U.S. Army, Ordinance Branch, and specialized in supply chain management. He is a distinguished graduate of West Point (U.S. Military Academy), where he majored in quantitative economics.



Sean Reddington

Sean Reddington is the new Chief Information Officer for Safeguard Properties LLC. Sean has over 15+ years of experience in Information Services Management with a strong focus on Product and Application Management. Sean is responsible for Safeguard’s technological direction, including planning, implementation and maintaining all operational systems

Sean has a proven record of accomplishment for increasing operational efficiencies, improving customer service levels, and implementing and maintaining IT initiatives to support successful business processes.  He has provided the vision and dedicated leadership for key technologies for Fortune 100 companies, and nationally recognized consulting firms including enterprise system architecture, security, desktop and database management systems. Sean possesses strong functional and system knowledge of information security, systems and software, contracts management, budgeting, human resources and legal and related regulatory compliance.

Sean joined Safeguard Properties LLC from RenPSG Inc. which is a nationally leading Philintropic Software Platform in the Fintech space. He oversaw the organization’s technological direction including planning, implementing and maintaining the best practices that align with all corporate functions. He also provided day-to-day technology operations, enterprise security, information risk and vulnerability management, audit and compliance, security awareness and training.

Prior to RenPSG, Sean worked for DMI Consulting as a Client Success Director where he guided the delivery in a multibillion-dollar Fortune 500 enterprise client account. He was responsible for all project deliveries in terms of quality, budget and timeliness and led the team to coordinate development and definition of project scope and limitations. Sean also worked for KPMG Consulting in their Microsoft Practice and Technicolor’s Ebusiness Division where he had responsibility for application development, maintenance, and support.

Sean is a graduate of Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Arts and received his Masters in International Business from Central Michigan University. He was also a commissioned officer in the United States Air Force prior to his career in the business world.


General Counsel and Executive Vice President

Linda Erkkila, Esq.

Linda Erkkila is the general counsel and executive vice president for Safeguard and oversees the legal, human resources, training, and compliance departments. Linda’s responsibilities cover regulatory issues that impact Safeguard’s operations, risk mitigation, enterprise strategic planning, human resources and training initiatives, compliance, litigation and claims management, and mergers, acquisition and joint ventures.

Linda assures that Safeguard’s strategic initiatives align with its resources, leverage opportunities across the company, and contemplate compliance mandates. Her practice spans over 20 years, and Linda’s experience covers regulatory disclosure, corporate governance compliance, risk assessment, executive compensation, litigation management, and merger and acquisition activity. Her experience at a former Fortune 500 financial institution during the subprime crisis helped develop Linda’s pro-active approach to change management during periods of heightened regulatory scrutiny.

Linda previously served as vice president and attorney for National City Corporation, as securities and corporate governance counsel for Agilysys Inc., and as an associate at Thompson Hine LLP. She earned her JD at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. Linda holds a degree in economics from Miami University and an MBA. In 2017, Linda was named as both a “Woman of Influence” by HousingWire and as a “Leading Lady” by MReport.


Chief Financial Officer

Joe Iafigliola

Joe Iafigliola is the Chief Financial Officer for Safeguard. Joe is responsible for the Control, Quality Assurance, Business Development, Accounting & Information Security departments, and is a Managing Director of SCG Partners, a middle-market private equity fund focused on diversifying and expanding Safeguard Properties’ business model into complimentary markets.

Joe has been in a wide variety of roles in finance, supply chain management, information systems development, and sales and marketing. His career includes senior positions with McMaster-Carr Supply Company, Newell/Rubbermaid, and Procter and Gamble.

Joe has an MBA from The Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University, is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA), and holds a bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University’s Honors Accounting program.


AVP, High Risk and Investor Compliance

Steve Meyer

Steve Meyer is the assistant vice president of high risk and investor compliance for Safeguard. In this role, Steve is responsible for managing our clients’ conveyance processes, Safeguard’s investor compliance team and developing our working relationships with cities and municipalities around the country. He also works directly with our clients in our many outreach efforts and he represents Safeguard at a number of industry conferences each year.

Steve joined Safeguard in 1998 as manager over the hazard claims team. He was instrumental in the development and creation of policies, procedures and operating protocol. Under Steve’s leadership, the department became one of the largest within Safeguard. In 2002, he assumed responsibility for the newly-formed high risk department, once again building its success. Steve was promoted to director over these two areas in 2007, and he was promoted to assistant vice president in 2012.

Prior to joining Safeguard, Steve spent 10 years within the insurance industry, holding a number of positions including multi-line property adjuster, branch claims supervisor, and multi-line and subrogation/litigation supervisor. Steve is a graduate of Grove City College.


AVP, Operations

Jennifer Jozity

Jennifer Jozity is the assistant vice president of operations, overseeing inspections, REO and property preservation for Safeguard. Jen ensures quality work is performed in the field and internally, to meet and exceed our clients’ expectations. Jen has demonstrated the ability to deliver consistent results in order audit and order management.  She will build upon these strengths in order to deliver this level of excellence in both REO and property preservation operations.

Jen joined Safeguard in 1997 and was promoted to director of inspections operations in 2009 and assistant vice president of inspections operations in 2012.

She graduated from Cleveland State University with a degree in business.


AVP, Finance

Jennifer Anspach

Jennifer Anspach is the assistant vice president of finance for Safeguard. She is responsible for the company’s national workforce of approximately 1,000 employees. She manages recruitment strategies, employee relations, training, personnel policies, retention, payroll and benefits programs. Additionally, Jennifer has oversight of the accounts receivable and loss functions formerly within the accounting department.

Jennifer joined the company in April 2009 as a manager of accounting and finance and a year later was promoted to director. She was named AVP of human capital in 2014. Prior to joining Safeguard, she held several management positions at OfficeMax and InkStop in both operations and finance.

Jennifer is a graduate of Youngstown State University. She was named a Crain’s Cleveland Business Archer Award finalist for HR Executive of the Year in 2017.


AVP, Application Architecture

Rick Moran

Rick Moran is the assistant vice president of application architecture for Safeguard. Rick is responsible for evolving the Safeguard IT systems. He leads the design of Safeguard’s enterprise application architecture. This includes Safeguard’s real-time integration with other systems, vendors and clients; the future upgrade roadmap for systems; and standards designed to meet availability, security, performance and goals.

Rick has been with Safeguard since 2011. During that time, he has led the system upgrades necessary to support Safeguard’s growth. In addition, Rick’s team has designed and implemented several innovative systems.

Prior to joining Safeguard, Rick was director of enterprise architecture at Revol Wireless, a privately held CDMA Wireless provider in Ohio and Indiana, and operated his own consulting firm providing services to the manufacturing, telecommunications, and energy sectors.


AVP, Technology Infrastructure and Cloud Services

Steve Machovina

Steve Machovina is the assistant vice president of technology infrastructure and cloud services for Safeguard. He is responsible for the overall management and design of Safeguard’s hybrid cloud infrastructure. He manages all technology engineering staff who support data centers, telecommunications, network, servers, storage, service monitoring, and disaster recovery.

Steve joined Safeguard in November 2013 as director of information technology operations.

Prior to joining Safeguard, Steve was vice president of information technology at Revol Wireless, a privately held wireless provider in Ohio and Indiana. He also held management positions with Northcoast PCS and Corecomm Communications, and spent nine years as a Coast Guard officer and pilot.

Steve holds a BBA in management information systems from Kent State University in Ohio and an MBA from Wayne State University in Michigan.


Assistant Vice president of Application Development

Steve Goberish

Steve Goberish, is the assistant vice president of application development for Safeguard. He is responsible for the maintenance and evolution of Safeguard’s vendor systems ensuring high-availability, security and scalability while advancing the vendor products’ capabilities and enhancing the vendor experience.

Prior to joining Safeguard, Steve was a senior technical architect and development manager at First American Title Insurance, a publicly held title insurance provider based in southern California, in addition to managing and developing applications in multiple sectors from insurance to VOIP.

Steve has a bachelor’s degree from Kent State University in Ohio.