2014 NFIP Adjuster Certification Presentations

Source: FEMA

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Registration for the 2014 NFIP Adjuster Certification Presentation is now open.  Adjusters seeking to renew certification must attend an NFIP Adjuster Certification Presentation. Adjusters seeking to become certified must attend an NFIP Presentation and apply for certification with the NFIP Bureau and Statistical Agent, iService. NFIP standards and requirements for Adjuster Certification may be found in the Adjuster Claims Manual at...

Home damage from ice storm to top $30 million in Dallas area

Source: The Dallas Morning News

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long with the downed tree limbs, power outages, iced-over roadways and crumpled cars, last week’s sleet-and-ice storm left behind significant costs for government agencies and residential insurance companies. Mark Hanna, spokesman for the Insurance Council of Texas, said the North Texas ice storm caused tens of millions of dollars in residential damage alone. “Claims are still coming in, but throwing out a number that is going to rise, we’re at about $30 million in...

Do you Have a Industry Related Event or Conference?

Spread the word about your Events and\or Company News.

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Do you have an industry related Event that may be of interest to our community?  If so you may wish and are invited to post it on the Community Calendar.  Just login and visit the Calendar page and click "Add Article".  This is a free service offered to the insurance adjusting community.   We would also like to reintroduce vendors to our "In Your Business" page.  This page allows you to inform the community of news related to your company. So you have any news...

CatManDo Announces New Website

Source: Press Release

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Tampa, FL 10-07-2013 – CatManDo, Inc. a full service independent property insurance claims adjusting and TPA firm, announced the redesign of its website, www.catmandoinc.com. The site utilizes a responsive web design which means it will render properly on all types of devices including mobile, tablet and laptop. “In our industry where most of our personnel and partners are in the field, having a site that is easy to read and utilize is of the utmost importance, stated Chuck...

Oklahoma Insurance Claims from El Reno, Moore Tornadoes Top 60,000

Source: OID

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Insurance claims filed in response to several May tornadoes jumped to 60,308 Tuesday, with insurance payments reaching $470,323,299.   “These numbers are already staggering, and this is just the beginning,” said Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John D. Doak. “Many of the victims haven’t received their entire settlement checks yet, so that payment number will continue to go up for a while. This is something the state of Oklahoma is...

FEMA Situation Updates - Tornado Recovery- Oklahoma

Source: FEMA Situation Report

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Situation 5/28 Update May 20: EF-5 tornado struck city of Moore (pop. 56k; Cleveland Co.) POTUS site visit occurred May 26, 2013 Preliminary damage assessment based on aerial data: Destroyed: 1,248 Major damage: 452 Minor damage: 640 Impacted: 1,597 Several more days until official damage counts complete/released 24 confirmed fatalities and 387 injuries Power restored to all customers able to receive...

Storms Cause Massive Flooding, Evacuation in San Antonio Area

Source:Texas Public Radio - tpr.org

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Storms rolled through San Antonio Saturday and dumped nearly 10 inches of rain, sparking house fires, flooding roads throughout the city, and stranding people in their vehicles and at parks.

San Antonio firefighters responded to nearly 250 water-related incidents. In one case, Chief Charles Hood said his crews were in the middle of rescuing a 60 year old woman when the strong currents grabbed her away from them.

Major damage' as huge tornado rips through neighborhoods south of Oklahoma City

Updated 5/21 - News Source: NBC News Photo Source: Getty Images

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A monster tornado packing winds as strong as 200 mph roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs Monday, pulverizing block after block of homes, wrecking an elementary school and leaving fires burning out of control. Crews were frantically searching an estimated 30 square miles of wreckage and only beginning to get a sense of the destruction as night fell. Initial reports from NBC affiliate KFOR said at least four people were killed in the suburb of Moore, including a mother and child, and...

CatAdjuster.org Site Update

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As you may have noticed we recently updated the layout of the site.  The main reason for this update was to make the site more compatible with mobile devices such as smart phones. While we still have some work to do we hope that these changes will make the site easier to view on your mobile devices.  Thanks

Texas Tornadoes: Twisters Damage Homes Near Dallas-Fort Worth

Source:TheHuffingtonPost.com

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Multiple tornadoes swept through north Texas on Wednesday, damaging dozens of homes and claiming several lives, NBC Dallas Fort-Worth reported.

At least six people were killed after a twister touched down southeast of Granbury, Texas, a suburb of Fort Worth, Hood County Sheriff Roger Deeds announced in a midnight press conference. Up to 100 more were injured, some critically, The Associated Press reported.

State Farm® Names Top Ten States With Most Hail Losses

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From the State Farm Press Release: Weather Conditions Put Kentucky in the Top Ten Murfreesboro, TN (April 22, 2013) Wind and hail storms remain some of the most frequent and severe causes of property damage. This year the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety Research Center conducted the first-ever indoor hailstorm, in an effort to research building products and ways to educate consumers.

Texas Insurers Headed Toward West Explosion Site

Source: Insurance Council of Texas

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Texas insurers are mobilizing to assist policyholders in the area of West where a fertilizer plant exploded yesterday causing extensive damage to the Central Texas community. 

Cars, homes damaged as hail pounds Galveston County

Source: KHOU.com staff

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"HOUSTON -- Severe weather made its way into southeast Texas overnight Tuesday, dropping baseball-sized hail in Galveston County.

In Hitchcock and Santa Fe, hail pounded cars and windows, causing damage at a police station and a mobile home community. Residents told KHOU 11 News some neighbors went out in the rain to try and cover their damaged roofs."

Engineer in trial over Biloxi home calls insurance adjusters 'brainwashed'

Sisters suing State Farm under whistle-blower law

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Quote below from the article on sunherald.com "GULFPORT -- Structural engineer Ralph Sinno, an expert on wind damage to buildings, testified in federal court Thursday that Hurricane Katrina's winds destroyed a North Biloxi home. Sinno, a retired Mississippi State University professor, said State Farm Fire & Casualty Co. overlooked wind damage that would have been obvious to a sophomore engineering student. Wind, he said, lifted up and twisted the house, as evidenced by a 45-degree...

Strong storm drops damaging hail

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Brookshire, Texas - Residents in Brookshire were woken up in the middle of the night because quarter-sized hail was falling. The nearly 10-minute hail storm moved through about 2:15 a.m. on Wednesday, the first day of spring. Thousands of pieces of hail littered the Meadowood Apartments in the 6000 block of Meadowood Lane. Residents there found damage to their homes and vehicles. Every north-facing window in the complex was hit by the hail.

Christie Administration Announces Insurance Mediation Program to Expedite Sandy-Related Claims

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Trenton, NJ - Continuing the Administration's commitment to assist New Jersey residents in swiftly resolving their Sandy-related insurance claims, Governor Chris Christie and New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance (DOBI) Commissioner Ken Kobylowski announced the release of a Request for a Qualification (RFQ) to establish a new mediation process that gives consumers the option to settle disputed cases without resorting to costly and time consuming lawsuits. "This process is...

Farmers - Deploys Cat Adjusters

2-25 Texas Storm

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February 26, 2013

A storm system moved through Austin and San Antonio, Texas producing strong winds on the evening of February 25, 2012. These conditions resulted to damage to homes and other property.

Catastrophe adjusters have been deployed to the area to assist with claims and we will continue to monitor the situation closely.

New York reports more than 270,000 insurance claims paid after Sandy

From the Associated Press

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"More than 270,000 claims have been paid by 24 insurers since Hurricane Sandy damaged and flooded Staten Island and other parts of New York City as well as Long Island and its suburbs last fall, New New York officials report."

"The average time from claims report to inspection ranged from three days for Arch Insurance Group, with 242 commercial claims, to 20 days for State Farm with 55,592 claims, noting its wide array of claims, complexity and damage severity."

New York State gets tough on Sandy insurers

New York State has told its financial watchdog to investigate three insurance companies ...

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(Reuters) - New York State has told its financial watchdog to investigate three insurance companies for dragging their heels when it comes to processing claims for damage caused by Superstorm Sandy that slammed the region last October. New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a statement that consumer complaints against Narragansett Bay Insurance Company, Tower Insurance Company and Kingstone Insurance Company received by the state's Department of Financial Services have been "much...

Storm clouds have silver lining for claims adjusters

RA-AM.com Article

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In preparing for the anticipated destruction from tropical-storm Sandy as it blew through Connecticut in late October, State Farm Insurance asked state regulators to approve more than 450 emergency licenses for claims adjusters it planned to bring in from out of state. State Farm was not the only insurer to bring in an army of adjusters to help with the high volume of claims in the aftermath of Sandy -- according to the state Department of Insurance, more than 6,000 emergency adjuster...

Snowstorm won’t set records for insurance claims

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From the Boston.com article;

Last week’s snowstorm may be one for the record books in terms of snowfall, but probably not in storm damage, insurers said.

Insurance companies, which were bracing for a flood of damage claims this week, said so far they have seen only a trickle compared with what followed Hurricane Sandy in October, Hurricane Irene in the summer of 2011, and the unusually early snowstorm in October 2011.

Catastrophe adjusters chase disasters

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From the Long Island NewsDay.com Article: "They came to Long Island by the hundreds, arriving from across America in motor homes, pickup trucks and customized sport utility vehicles to calculate the toll of superstorm Sandy.  They are catastrophe adjusters: men and women who migrate from disaster to disaster, sleeping in cars, motels and campgrounds as they estimate claims for insurance companies. They work East Coast hurricanes in fall, New England ice storms in winter and Midwest...

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