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Last Post 09/08/2008 1:29 PM by  Virginia Topley
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Tom Toll
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08/31/2008 2:49 PM

    I feel this is going to be a bad one. I just hope and pray that it does not hit NOLA, for all our sakes. Be prepared and choose your vendor with caution. Make sure the vendor is financially capable of paying you every two weeks, such as Cunninham Lindsey or Crawford and Company. Make preparations now, not tomorrow. Take a sizable amount of cash with you, as ATM's will be down until electricity is restored. Make sure your estimating program is paid up, as phone service, including cell service will be down. When you know, (if we will ever know) where the cane will hit, call in advance for motel/hotel reservations and RV availablity.

    It is doubtful that I will be able to go to this one. First time in 49 years that I will be grounded by a Doctor. If there is any way possible that I can go, I will go, but it may be later. I wish all of you good luck and be sure and check the schedules the vendors are offering. Don't work for peanuts if you have experience and are knowledgable of what you are doing.

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    OkcLarryD
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    08/31/2008 8:19 PM
    Amen, brother.

    And, I sure hope you get back to your old self soon. I can't do roofs and ladders anymore so I got me one o' them office jobs.

    Just makin' lemonade.
    Larry D Hardin
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    08/31/2008 11:10 PM

    I think the more experienced members of this community will do fine as they sit back and wait for volumes and types of claims to be sorted. before venturing out. For you new folks anxious to work read and heed the advice given by some very wise folks on this site. Check out the vendor, sign a contract before leaving home, check when you get paid, don't get in over your head, ambition is good greed is foolhardy and a career killer. Be safe, be careful, be wise, be honest. Good luck.

     

     

    Marc Dubois
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    katadj
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    08/31/2008 11:48 PM
    HEAR, HEAR
    "Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new... Albert Einstein"
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    09/01/2008 9:31 AM
    As with the earlier hail storms, I have elected to stay behind. I have already seen an increase in my local business due to adjusters headed to Fla. And as it looks like Gustav may not be as large as expected, when it is over, hopefully I won't have to scramble to find work. Just hang around Tom, local adjuster may be a pretty cool position in the coming months.

    JWG
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    rbryanhines
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    09/03/2008 4:01 PM
    anyone working claims ????. I'm hearing of vendors saying they have claims but not hearing of feet on the ground yet.
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    OkcLarryD
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    09/03/2008 5:16 PM

    It's a little wet to get your feet on the "ground" just yet.

    The homeowners can't even get to their houses due to the travel restrictions.

    Just wait...................it the claims are there, we will soon know.

    Larry D Hardin
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    09/03/2008 8:35 PM
    Ike exploded to a CAT 3.
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    sbeau4014
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    09/04/2008 5:49 PM
    Due to the lack of power in a lot of areas still, plus very sporatic phone service between New Orleans and Baton Rouge and areas south to the Gulf, claims are slow to come in and be reported. Most of New Orleans was just opened up yesterday to let people back in, but a fair amount are still out waiting until electric is restored (a/c in new Orleans at this time of year is a good thing), normal water pressure is returned and they can get around unrestricted. I'd guess come Monday the claims will start being reported in earnest and we will get a real indication of how bad it is. I've seen estimations of up as high as 10,000,000,000 in damages, which would make it a pretty respectible storm. That figure probably includes the oil patch which alone may be 20%-25% of that amount.
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    09/04/2008 9:51 PM
    Posted By Bryan Hines on 09/03/2008 
    anyone working claims ????.

    I am deployed at an "in house" position that started with Gustav.

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    katadj
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    09/04/2008 10:09 PM
    And now FEMA has started on the dole,

    http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5...gD9307LT0A
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    Virginia Topley
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    09/05/2008 10:37 AM

    Hubby came back from an orientation yesterday and talked with two adjusters who had dropped by his store to look at generators. One had just gotten off the phone with an adjuster friend who said he, and hundreds of other adjusters, were literally camped along the side of highways, waiting for access to the stricken areas. They, like the residents of the area, have no access to electricity, water, sewer, etc. for the RV rigs they've pulled down there. Hubby also talked to a man who came up from the NO area who said he was told that power would not be restored to many areas for perhaps as long as a month or more. So how are the adjusters, who've been "immediately deployed" to these areas supposed to work, much less contact residents without phone service and whose cell phones don't work either as the towers are down?........hummmmm

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    Tom Toll
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    09/05/2008 11:27 AM

    I have never been an advocate to "rush in where fools fear to tred". Why are these adjusters having to sit on a side of the road, waiting to get in to an area that is non accessible. Foolish, just plain foolish. I know some of the companies want to look good by being there just after an event, but they are doing so at the adjusters expense and perhaps health wise. Don't be in a hurry to get to NOLA. It will be a week or so before claims even start to come in. Rest assured, there will be plenty of them.

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    sbeau4014
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    09/05/2008 12:51 PM
    " So how are the adjusters, who've been "immediately deployed" to these areas supposed to work, much less contact residents without phone service and whose cell phones don't work either as the towers are down?........hummmmm"

    They will park their rigs in RV parks in areas remote from the area and drive their work vehicles back and forth daily for a period of time until services are restored in the area, if they are going the RV route. Same for the ones that stay in hotels. I've always tried to set up RV reservations before the storm hits in at least 2-3 areas that are projected to be impacted, and so far that worked for me. Been without electricity for short periods of time, and the same with sewer, but never too long where I had to travel to get more fuel for the generator or have my sewage tanks dumped. This type of interruption of utilities and limited access is par for the course in hurricanes and needs to be planned for.
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    Virginia Topley
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    09/08/2008 1:29 PM

    And what else requires electricity? How about gas pumps? Think there might be a problem here? Yes some adjusters might fill up a 55 gallon drum with gasoline, despite the obvious hazard, but how far will that go? We'll see......

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