|Gale Hawkins (Gale)
|Posted on Friday, May 18, 2001 - 11:29 pm: |
For those of you that follow the shakers you might want to hit the site below to see what has been shaking today and all week.
|Posted on Thursday, August 12, 1999 - 2:18 pm: |
Many writers who have posted recently to this site, have mentioned how "slow" it has been this year or inquiring if there is work.
Some seem to think that the only CAT work has been either clean up from last year's Minneapolis hail storms or the Oklahoma City tornado.
I know that many worked the winter ice storms in Buffalo, Detroit, Chicago, and other Northeastern cities, and for some those assignments lasted nearly 5 months.
I am aware of adjusters having been sent out over the summer for hail assignments in Northwestern as well as Western Iowa for hail (2 storms) and others being sent to Scottsbluff,Nebraska, Minot,North Dakota, Manassas/Fairfax County, Virginia, Odessa,Texas and other West Texas areas.
There have been flood events requiring adjusters in Las Vegas as well as Iowa.
Recent windstorms have caused damage and required adjusters in Green Bay, Wisconsin and also Rochester, New York.
This does not include clean up operations which continued this year for hail storms in Minneapolis and Appleton,Wisconsin.
Tornado damage requiring adjusters this year aside from OKC, included the Jackson,Tennessee area as well as Little Rock,Arkansas.
By no means is this list inclusive, it represents only those that I am familiar with.
The point of this post is to point out that there are over 10,000 storm events a year around the United States and that many adjusters are only aware of the 10-15 which get national media attention.
Further, the adjusters getting called and sent out for these smaller yet just as profitable (and sometimes more profitable) storms, are those who are putting out a quality work product, constantly trying to improve their knowledge base with additional classes and training, and those who stay on top of what is going on around the country and keeping their eyes open for opportunity. I know that many of you hear me "preach" education, education, and more education; but I do believe that education is the
key to a quality work product and being called out on assignment again and again. And, in the end, isn't THAT what this is all about?
For the top notch adjusters, these smaller local and regional storms provide their "bread and butter" so that when a hurricane comes along, it is icing on the cake.
All of us can help one another by posting our new storm assignments and locations on the CADO "On The Road page."
|Posted on Thursday, August 12, 1999 - 9:11 pm: |
I do this for a living, it is and has been my career for many years. As for 1999 being slow, I haven't had any time off this year and we are in the midst of hurricane season. Small stuff always provides my basic income and the man cats, hurricanes and earthquakes provide the investment capital.
|Posted on Friday, August 13, 1999 - 12:02 am: |
HEY! CHUK, Wow aint you so cool!!!!!I am really concerned about your employment, aren't you?
|Posted on Friday, August 13, 1999 - 10:16 am: |
I also do this for a living, as for this being a slow year, if by 8/23 @ 12:01 AM, I am not called out on a cat or receive a local assignment, this year, for me, will surpass the dreadful year I had in 97.
Checking the "On The Road" page since my return from OKC (which was a bust, under 1000.00 net for three weeks work, which I am fortunate, for I know many who had to pay for the pleasure) I have not seen more than 5 adjusters, at any one time, posting assignments in progress. I suspect the majority of those who are working are W2 or long time associates of the vendor or carrier.
My lack of work is not influenced by a lack of education or inadequate handlings, to the contrary, I carry and maintain most company certifications, including and not limited to commercial and large loss, condo, earthquake,flood, I am also AIC designated and a licensed multi-line adjuster in four states, and I have not received a poor file review ( to my knowledge) or not been paid in full for services rendered since I entered this profession.
My lack of work is simply due to the fact I rely on Mother Nature to provide an avenue to prosperity, and right now she is not cooperating.
Good Luck to all.