Remnants of Hurricane Sally Head Offshore Into Atlantic

Updated 9/23/20: FEMA issued a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for areas in Florida affected by Hurricane Sally beginning on September 14, 2020 and continuing.

Florida Hurricane Sally (DR-4564)

Updated 9/20/20: FEMA issued a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for areas in Alabama affected by Hurricane Sally beginning on September 14, 2020 and continuing.

Alabama Hurricane Sally (DR-4563)

Updated 9/18/20: USA Today issued a report offering the latest on Hurricane Sally, which has lost all characteristics of a tropical storm and is moving into the Atlantic Ocean.

Live coverage of Sally: Pensacola residents pick up the pieces; 320,000 still without power

Approximate locations (according to media outlets) sustaining structural flooding/wind damage (combined with previous updates):

Alabama

– Brownsville (Clay County, 35072)
– Dauphin Island (Mobile County, 36528)
– Fairhope (Baldwin County, 36532, 36533)
– Foley (Baldwin County, 36535, 36536)
– Fort Morgan/Fort Bowyer (Baldwin County, 36542)
– Gulf Shores (Baldwin County, 36542, 36547)
– Loxley (Baldwin County, 36551)
– Mobile (Mobile County)
*Concentrated damage (wind): Midtown (36606, 36607)
– Orange Beach (Baldwin County, 36561)
**Hardest hit area (home flooding)
*30 inches of rain recorded
– Robertsdale (Baldwin County, 36567, 36574)
– Silverhill (Baldwin County, 36576)
– Spanish Fort (Baldwin County, 36527, 36577)
– Theodore (Mobile County, 36582, 36590)

Florida

– Cantonment (Escambia County, 32533)
– Floridatown (Santa Rosa County, 32571)
– Fort Walton Beach (Okaloosa County, 32547, 32548, 32549)
– Freeport (Walton County, 32439)
– Gulf Breeze (Santa Rosa County, 32561, 32562, 32563, 32566)
– Inlet Beach (Walton County, 32413, 32461)
– Jay (Santa Rosa County, 32565)
– Mack Bayou (Walton County, 32459)
– Miramar Beach (Walton County, 32550)
– Milton (Santa Rosa County, 32570, 32571, 32572, 32583)
– Myrtle Grove (Escambia County, 32506, 32507, 32511, 32512)
– Navarre (Santa Rosa County, 32566)
– Panama City (Bay County, 32401, 32402, 32403, 32404, 32405, 32406, 32407, 32408, 32409, 32411, 32412, 32413, 32417, 32461)
– Pensacola (Escambia County)
*Concentrated flooding: Downtown (32501, 32591, 32502, 32504, 32507)
*30 inches of rain recorded at NAS Pensacola
– Pensacola Beach (Escambia County, 32561)
– Perdido Key (Escambia County, 32507)
– Warrington (Escambia County, 32507, 32508)
– West Pensacola (Escambia County, 32505, 32506, 32507, 32516)

South Carolina

– Millwood (Sumter County, 29556)
*Flood water reportedly reached home doorways (eight inches of rain recorded)
– Sumter (Sumter County, 29150, 29151, 29153, 29154)
*Flood waters reportedly reached home doorways (seven inches of rain recorded)

Updated 9/17/20: The Weather Channel issued a report offering the latest on Hurricane Sally, which continues to weaken as it passes through Georgia, Virginia and the Carolinas.

Sally Spreading Torrential Rainfall, Flooding to Georgia, Carolinas, Virginia

Additional approximate locations reportedly sustaining structural flooding/wind damage:

Alabama

– Fairhope (Baldwin County, 36532, 36533)
*Flooding
– Foley (Baldwin County, 36535, 36536)
*Flooding

Florida

– Fort Cantonment (Escambia County, 32533)
*Flooding
– Freeport (Walton County, 32439)
*Flooding
– Jay (Santa Rosa County, 32565)
– West Pensacola (Escambia County, 32505, 32506, 32507, 32516)
*Flooding/wind damage

Updated 9/16/20: Freddie Mac issued a release reminding mortgage servicers of its disaster relief policies for homeowners amid Hurricane Sally and the ongoing wildfires threatening California and the Western states.

Freddie Mac Confirms Disaster Relief Options for Homeowners Affected by Hurricane Sally and the Ongoing Wildfires

Updated 9/16/20: Fannie Mae issued a release reminding those impacted by Hurricane Sally and the West Coast Wildfires of disaster relief options.

Fannie Mae Reminds Homeowners and Mortgage Servicers of Assistance Options for Those Affected by Hurricane Sally and the West Coast Wildfires

Updated 9/16/20: The Weather Channel issued a report detailing initial impacts from Hurricane Sally after the storm made landfall in Alabama Wednesday.

Sally Floods Homes, Businesses in Alabama, Florida; Damages Chunk of Pensacola Bridge

Approximate locations reportedly experiencing structural flooding/wind damage:

Alabama

– Brownsville (Clay County, 35072)
– Dauphin Island (Mobile County, 36528)
– Fort Morgan/Fort Bowyer (Baldwin County, 36542)
– Gulf Shores (Baldwin County, 36542, 36547)
– Loxley (Baldwin County, 36551)
– Mobile (Mobile County)
*Concentrated damage (wind): Midtown (36606, 36607)
– Orange Beach (Baldwin County, 36561)
**Hardest hit area (homes flooded, emergency services cutoff)
– Silverhill (Baldwin County, 36576)
– Spanish Fort (Baldwin County, 36527, 36577)
– Theodore (Mobile County, 36582, 36590)

Florida

– Fort Walton Beach (Okaloosa County, 32547, 32548, 32549)
– Miramar Beach (Walton County, 32550)
– Panama City (Bay County, 32401, 32402, 32403, 32404, 32405, 32406, 32407, 32408, 32409, 32411, 32412, 32413, 32417, 32461)
– Pensacola (Escambia County)
*Concentrated flooding: Downtown (32501, 32591, 32502, 32504, 32507)
*24 inches of rain recorded at NAS Pensacola
– Pensacola Beach (Escambia County, 32561)
– Perdidio Key (Escambia County, 32507)

Updated 9/16/20: The Weather Channel issued a report offering the latest on Hurricane Sally, which has made landfall in Alabama.

Hurricane Sally Lashing Gulf Coast With Flooding Rain, Storm Surge and Damaging Winds After Making Landfall

Updated 9/15/20: FEMA issued an Emergency Declaration for areas in Florida affected by Hurricane Sally beginning on September 14, 2020 and continuing.

Florida Hurricane Sally (EM-3546)
Associated County ZIP Code List (13 Counties)

Updated 9/15/20: AccuWeather published a report offering the latest forecast information on Hurricane Sally, which is poised to make landfall along the U.S. Gulf Coast within the next 24 hours.

Hurricane Sally could dump 30 inches of rain on parts of Gulf Coast

Updated 9/14/20: FEMA issued an Emergency Declaration for areas in Mississippi affected by Hurricane Sally beginning on September 14, 2020 and continuing.

Mississippi Hurricane Sally (EM-3544)
Associated County ZIP Code List (24 Counties)

Updated 9/14/20:
FEMA issued an Emergency Declaration for areas in Louisiana affected by Hurricane Sally beginning on September 14, 2020 and continuing.

Louisiana Hurricane Sally (EM-3543)
Associated County ZIP Code List (Statewide)

Updated 9/14/20: FEMA issued an Emergency Declaration for areas in Alabama affected by Hurricane Sally beginning on September 14, 2020 and continuing.

Alabama Hurricane Sally (EM-3545)
Associated County ZIP Code List (Statewide)

Disaster Alert

September 13, 2020

Source: The Weather Channel

Additional Resources:

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards (Gov. John Bel Edwards Declares State of Emergency in Advance of Tropical Storm Sally)
Associated Parish ZIP Code List (Statewide)

Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves (GOVERNOR REEVES DECLARES STATE OF EMERGENCY IN PREPARATION FOR TROPICAL STORM SALLY)
Associated County ZIP Code List (Statewide)

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey (State of Emergency: Tropical Storm Sally)
Associated County ZIP Code List (Statewide)

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

At a Glance

  • Tropical Storm Sally is expected to strengthen into a hurricane before striking the northern Gulf Coast.
  • Sally’s slow movement will result in prolonged impacts on the Gulf Coast.
  • Life-threatening storm surge is expected, particularly in parts of southeast Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.
  • Flooding rain is a major threat from Sally on the Gulf Coast and farther inland across the Southeast this week.
  • Damaging winds are expected near where Sally’s center crosses the coast.

Tropical Storm Sally is expected to intensify into a hurricane as it tracks into the northern Gulf Coast, where it will bring an extremely dangerous storm surge, flooding rainfall and damaging winds early this week. Sally will also pose a threat of flooding rainfall farther inland across parts of the Southeast.

Sally will produce a deadly duo of human-height storm surge and a foot or more of rainfall in parts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. Nearly 90% of deaths caused by hurricanes are the result of a combination of rainfall flooding, storm surge and rip currents.

Preparations for Sally’s impacts should be rushed to completion. Follow the advice of local officials if you are ordered to evacuate.

A hurricane warning has been issued for portions of southeastern Louisiana east of Morgan City, Louisiana eastward to the Mississippi/Alabama border, including Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Maurepas and metropolitan New Orleans. Hurricane conditions (winds 74 mph or greater) are expected in some parts of this area by late Monday and Tuesday.

Hurricane watches and tropical storm warnings and watches are in effect to west and east of this hurricane warning, including parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and the Florida Panhandle.

A storm surge warning is also in effect from Port Fourchon, Louisiana, to the border between Alabama and Florida, including Mobile Bay, Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Maurepas and Lake Borgne. This means there will be a danger of life-threatening inundation from storm surge within the warning area in the next 36 hours.

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CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

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.

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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.

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CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER

George Mehok

George Mehok is the chief information officer for Safeguard. He is responsible for all strategic technology decisions, new systems deployments and data center operations supporting a national network of more than 10,000 mobile workers.

George has more than 20 years of leadership experience dedicated to high-growth companies in the mobile telecommunications and financial services industries, spanning startups to global industry leaders.

George played a senior role in the formation of Verizon Wireless, leading the IT product development and strategic planning team. He led the integration planning for the Verizon merger including: GTE, Vodafone-AirTouch, Bell Atlantic Mobile and PrimeCo.

As chief information officer at Revol Wireless, a VC-backed CDMA wireless communications network operator, George’s team implemented an integrated technology infrastructure and award-winning business intelligence platform.

George holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and economics from Eastern Michigan University and an M.B.A. from The Ohio State University. He is a board member of Akron University’s School of Business Center for Information Technology, in addition to an advisory board member for OHTec.

In 2013, George won the Crain’s Cleveland Business CIO of the Year award for his team’s work in completing a major acquisition and technology transformation at Safeguard. In 2015, George’s team was recognized by InformationWeek’s annual Elite 100 ranking of the most innovative U.S.-based users of business technology. The mobile inspection technology developed at Safeguard was selected as InformationWeek’s “One of the top 20 ideas to steal in 2015”.

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General Counsel and Executive Vice President

Linda Erkkila, Esq.

Linda Erkkila is the general counsel and executive vice president for Safeguard, with oversight responsibilities for the legal, human resources, training, compliance and audit departments. Linda’s broad scope of oversight covers regulatory issues that impact Safeguard’s operations, pro-active risk mitigation, enterprise strategic planning, human capital and training initiatives, compliance and audit services, litigation and claims management, and counsel related to mergers, acquisition and joint ventures.

Linda’s oversight of the legal department along with multiple compliance and human capital focused departments assures that Safeguard’s strategic initiatives align with its resources, leverage opportunities across the company, and contemplate compliance mandates. Her practice spans almost 20 years, and Linda’s experience, both as outside and in-house counsel, covers a wide range of corporate matters, including 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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AVP, Business Development

Tim Rath

Tim Rath is the AVP of business development for Safeguard. He is responsible for developing innovative growth strategies for Safeguard and developing and overseeing potential partnerships, mergers and acquisitions.

Tim joined Safeguard in 2011 as project director and has filled numerous roles within Vendor Management, most recently serving as director of vendor management, a role he assumed in 2011.

Prior to Safeguard, Tim worked as director of supply chain at PartsSource Inc. in Aurora, Ohio, a provider of medical replacement parts, procurement solutions and healthcare supply chain management technology services. He also has held sales positions with Rexel, ComDoc, and Pier Associates, all based in Ohio.

Tim holds a degree in marketing and sales from The University of Akron in Akron, Ohio. He also earned his FAA Certified Commercial UAS (Drone) Pilot license in 2017.

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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.