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Last Post 07/01/2011 10:19 PM by  judojohn1
The truth about PaRR Inspections
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06/12/2011 8:21 PM

    The truth about PaRR Inspections

    After completing the workshop Parr will have spin your wills.

    You will spend a lot of time and money for finger prints background check etc.

    After a year or two, you may be deployed if you are deployed:

     This is what will happened.

    First you will arrive at the airport you will not find a hotel or a car to rent you will need to arrange it in advance DO NOT book the hotel for a long time you will be moving soon.

    Remember this is a disaster Zone all the hotels and cars are booked, prepare to pay $50.00 a day for your car and $80.00 a day for your hotel.

    When you arrive at the Command Center it will be a Zoo.

    You will need to wait for the next workshop (about 3 Hr.)

    After completing the workshop they will send you to another workshop now with the computers and a test.(About 3 Hr.)
    After completing the computer workshop you will need to stand in line by a trailer outside to get your own computer and a NEW budge. (About 2 Hr.)

    When you get your computer it will not be ready and you will need to perform the preparations and set-ups procedures to be able to download any work.

    Your First day is GONE.

    Next after your setup is done you will receive 3-5 applications you will need to contact the applicants, set up the appointments and do the inspection.  But only 3

    At the conclusion of your 3 inspections you will need to return to the Command Center to be evaluated. It will most likely be one or two Hrs drive and one or two Hrs waiting for the next supervisor.   (Remember it’s a Zoo) about 1,000 to 3,000 inspectors running around with computer in a large hotel convention room.

    The supervisors will neat-pick your work, will ok it or may send you back for corrections

    Remember you will have only scratched the surface after attending a one- or two-day workshop. Your real training will be in the field. Even after several inspections you will still be learning. FEMA is constantly changing their guidelines. It is practically impassable to get any help from the trainers you are always on your own and will be corrected by the quality control agents in Virginia you may be humiliated for being so misinformed.

    Don’t expect any help in the field these people don’t answer their phones

    PaRR is deploying too many inspectors in a way that makes it hard for the inspectors to earn money. If you lucky you will have 5 – 7 inspections in the first day and it will taper off daily.

    Remember it will cost you about $200.00 a day with at list 2 – 3 days wasted (definitely the first and the last)

    We are very disappointed home inspectors that got burned

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    06/13/2011 6:46 PM

    Hello friend,

    I can understand your frustration as it is indeed a royal pain in the hind end when you first start out .

    However with that being said, what you have described is pretty much par for the course not only with FEMA but the adjusting industry itself.

    Sending you out to do 3 assessments and have you report back to have a supervisor "nit pick" your reports is GOOD business. What I mean is you or anyone who is new to either the adjusting industry or working as damage assessors is a LIABILITY until you prove otherwise. Until you turn in a few reports, you are a risk because they simply do NOT know how much training you retained in the umpteen workshops.

    I agree that lodging and vehicle costs SUCK, but it's just a part of the job and you are made aware of that fact from day one. As FEMA inspector's, you signed a document in which you are made aware that you are subject to deployment anywhere within 24 hours of being notified. Being an adjuster we have it a bit easier as we are expected to be onsite with 72 to 96 hours of being notified to deploy. That we drive to the site saves a fortune on rental vehicles but the hotel situation is the same if not worse because I can recall multiple instances where there were NO vacancy's as there was already a large contingent of FEMA inspector's taking the lion's share of available lodging.

    You can't blame the hotel situation on FEMA, they cannot tell you with any certainty where the next event is going to be . The only circumstances where they may have a few days to position inspectors is with hurricanes  and is the same with carriers putting adjusters on standby. What you spoke of is just the way it is in this type of industry. If this situation surprises you than you may have not been listening as close as you should have.




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    07/01/2011 10:19 PM


    I worked for PARR back in 2005 for Katrina.  The guy told the truth.  Plus back then you only got paid $44 per inspection.  I think "maybe" you get $50 per inspection now.  With the cost of fod, gas, $150 per day per day after expenses will equal $450 week.

    I think a better idea would be to get a beach lifeguard job if you are in shape or maybe work at Lowes for $9 hour and keep your car from breaking down due to heavy use.


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