Struggling After Irma, Islanders Lament 'Potentially Catastrophic' Hurricane Maria

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Struggling After Irma, Islanders Lament 'Potentially Catastrophic' Hurricane Maria  NBCNews.comStill recovering from Irma, Puerto Rico braces for Hurricane Maria  CNBCPuerto Rico Braces for 'Potentially Catastrophic' Hit by Hurricane Maria  New York TimesPuerto Rico governor: Still time to get to shelters before Hurricane Maria  CNNHurricane Harvey, Irma, Jose and now Maria. Americans brace for new danger  The San Diego Union-TribuneFull coverage

Special Adjuster Fee Schedule for Claims with a Date of Loss on or after August 24, 2017, through November 30, 2017

Source: Bulletin W-17045

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Hurricanes Harvey and Irma caused widespread flooding in Texas, Louisiana, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Florida, and the southeast United States. Due to the catastrophic impacts of these hurricanes and the increased demand for flood insurance adjusters, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is increasing the amount it will pay to adjust flood insurance claims. The entire insurance industry is searching for qualified individuals to join the ranks of claims adjusters to handle losses from Harvey, Irma, and future events. FEMA recognizes the specialized knowledge required to properly adjust NFIP losses. Adjusters must know the differences between the Standard Flood Insurance Policy (SFIP) and private industry property...

Florida Keys residents focus on rebuilding after Hurricane Irma

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Florida Keys residents focus on rebuilding after Hurricane Irma  Local 10After Irma, inmate is hurt leaping from van and teen is arrested for having flashlight  Miami Herald'It's All Very Grim': Hurricane Irma Leaves Behind a Broken Paradise in the Florida Keys  Motherboard en_usHurricane Irma challenges Florida grocery pipeline  Orlando SentinelFull coverage

Hurricane Irma Has Left the Caribbean Brown and Barren

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Hurricane Irma Has Left the Caribbean Brown and Barren  Atlas ObscuraIn wake of Hurricane Irma, UN launches $55 million plan to assist Cubans in need  UN News CentreBoris Johnson calls for greater cooperation in wake of Hurricane Irma  The GuardianFull coverage

USF leader resigns after fleeing Hurricane Irma

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USF leader resigns after fleeing Hurricane Irma  Orlando SentinelUniversity of South Florida St. Petersburg Official Resigns After Fleeing Campus Ahead of Irma  NBCNews.comHead of USF St. Pete resigns over Hurricane Irma evacuation  WFLAFull coverage

Florida Is Short on Insurance Adjusters, and That Could Stall Recovery Efforts

Insurers are vying for adjusters after many of them headed to Texas after Hurricane Harvey

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After Irma, Florida residents are lacking in many necessities. One of the more frustrating is the paucity of insurance adjusters, which is threatening to anger policyholders and potentially delay the state’s rebuilding efforts. Many of the state’s adjusters are 1,000 miles away, working on claims made after Hurricane Harvey hit Texas. Insurers are scrambling to get more adjusters to Florida, creating a bidding war for those who are available. Some Florida home insurers have increased fees paid to adjusters by about 30%, insurers and adjusters say.   source: Dow Jones & Company, Inc.

Insurers ache for qualified inspectors after U.S. hurricanes

Source: Reuters

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(Reuters) - Insurers are scrambling to find inspectors in Texas and Florida after fierce hurricanes battered the states one after the other, causing tens of billions of dollars' worth of property damage in less than two weeks.

Although insurers maintain some number of inspectors, known as claims adjusters, across the U.S. year-round, they must redeploy staff from other areas or hire contract workers to fill gaps when catastrophes like Hurricanes Harvey and Irma strike. The speed with which they can do so is critical to residents and business owners awaiting insurance payments.

Expecting 100,000 Hurricane Irma claims, Citizens approves extra adjusters, rules waiver


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Expecting Hurricane Irma to generate 100,000 claims, Citizens Property Insurance Corp.’s governing board on Wednesday suspended normal contracting procedures so the company can pay more to hire additional claims adjusters.

With Irma projected to make landfall in South Florida sometime Sunday, Citizens is concerned about its ability to compete with private insurers here and in Texas for independent adjusters.

The company expects to begin deploying adjusters to evaluate Irma claims in Florida beginning Wednesday.

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