Social Security Checks

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Some of the retirees who've fled their homes because of Hurricane Katrina may be wondering how they'll get their monthly Social Security check.

The Social Security Administration says it's working on a system to make sure that displaced elderly or disabled recipients are able to get their funds.

A spokeswoman says the agency will still send payments through direct deposit or by mail. But, she says if someone doesn't get their money, they can request an emergency payment from any Social Security office. And, because many people don't have access to a bank or their identification papers, Social Security is working on having checks delivered to temporary disaster centers.

Families receiving state aid from Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama can access their money from certain ATM machines.