Friday, April 03, 2020

Commissioner Lara Orders Insurance Data on Business Interruption Coverage to Assist California Small Businesses

From the Press Release ... "Commissioner Lara called on the insurance industry to assist small businesses facing layoffs and lost income due to business closures and government actions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Insurance company responses to the data call are due by April 9,...
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Tags: DOI, California, COVID-19

Thursday, April 02, 2020


Source:Department of Atmospheric Science Colorado State University

We anticipate that the 2020 Atlantic basin hurricane season will have above-normal activity. Current warm neutral ENSO conditions appear likely to transition to cool neutral ENSO or potentially even weak La Niña conditions by this summer/fall. Sea surface temperatures averaged across the...

Sunday, December 01, 2019

Port Neches Response

Updated 12/7/19

The below is from the Port Neches Response website. Updated: 12/7/19 News Release # 19 Claims activities update: Approximately 200 claims representatives, including call center operators, field claim adjusters and claims processors, remain in the area. Residents seeking walk-in...

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Monthly Atlantic Tropical Weather Summary

Source: National Hurricane Center

NHC is the source of the info below Monthly Tropical Weather Summary NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL 800 AM EDT Fri Nov 1 2019 For the North Atlantic...Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico: Tropical cyclone activity during October was slightly above normal for the Atlantic basin....

Sunday, October 06, 2019


Department of Atmospheric Science Colorado State University

"We expect that the next two weeks will be characterized by above-normal amounts of hurricane activity. "

Monday, August 12, 2019

NOAA's Updated 2019 Hurricane Forecast

NOAA increases chance for above-normal hurricane season

"August 8, 2019 NOAA forecasters monitoring oceanic and atmospheric patterns say conditions are now more favorable for above-normal hurricane activity since El Nino has now ended. Two named storms have formed so far this year and the peak months of the hurricane season, August through October,...

Tuesday, August 06, 2019

Colorado State's Updated 2019 Hurricane Forecast

Source: Colorado State University

"We continue to predict a near-normal 2019 Atlantic hurricane season. The forecast number of hurricanes has increased slightly to account for short-lived Hurricane Barry which formed in July. Sea surface temperatures in the tropical Atlantic remain near average. While the odds of a weak El...

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

AccuWeather's 2019 Atlantic hurricane season forecast

Source: AccuWeather

... "After an active Atlantic hurricane season in 2018, AccuWeather forecasters are predicting 2019 to result in a near- to slightly above-normal season with 12 to 14 storms. Of those storms, five to seven are forecast to become hurricanes and two to four are forecast to become major...

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

NCJUA/NCIUA Approved Catastrophe Adjusters

Updated: 3/24/19

The North Carolina Joint Underwriting Association (NCJUA), also known as the FAIR (Fair Access to Insurance Requirements) Plan, is a tax exempt association of insurance companies licensed to write and engage in writing property insurance coverage in North Carolina. The Association was...

Saturday, December 29, 2018

FEMA slammed for halting flood claims during shutdown

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Categories: Flood, Catnip

Tags: Claims, Flood, NFIP, FEMA

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

November Wildfires: Notice of Shortage of Accommodations for Survivors

Source: California Department of Insurance

The California Department of Insurance has been informed by the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CAL-OES) that, due to the recent wildfires, there is a shortage of available lodging in the disaster areas. CAL-OES is requesting that insurance companies, adjusters, and other...
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Categories: DOI

Tags: DOI, California, Wildfires

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

48,390 Homes at High or Extreme Risk from Destructive California Wildfires, CoreLogic Finds

Source: CoreLogic Press Release

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Categories: News, Catastrophes , Catnip


Friday, October 19, 2018

Florida Hurricane Michael Claims Data

Source: Florida Office of Insurance Regulation

The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation is reporting a total of 78,688 claims as of October 18, 2018 with Total Estimated Insured Losses at $835,868,692.  See the report for additional details.
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Categories: News, Hurricanes, Catnip


Wednesday, August 08, 2018

USAA reports 8,000 claims from hailstorm in Colorado Springs; mobile claim center opening

Source: Colorado Springs Gazette

USAA received 8,000 claims for damage to homes and vehicles Tuesday, twice as many as from the June 13 hailstorm that hit Fountain, the insurance and financial services giant reported. Other top insurers, including State Farm, Farmers and Progressive, didn’t have claims numbers or...
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Categories: News, Storms, Catnip

Tags: Hail, Colorado, USAA

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Farmers Insurance Is Using the Oculus Rift to Train Workers in Virtual Reality

Source: Time Inc

Over the years, virtual reality technology has improved so much that insurance companies are starting to experiment with VR headsets like Facebook’s “fb” Oculus Rift.

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Categories: News, Insurers, Work


Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Addendum to the NFIP Adjuster Claims Manual — Special Adjustment Issues: Fiberboard Sheathing/Blackboard

WYO Bulletin w-17065

On October 13, 2017, the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) updated the NFIP Adjuster Claims Manual by adding an addendum providing additional guidance on special adjustment issues surrounding perimeter wall sheathing. The addendum expands upon and replaces existing guidance found at...
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Categories: Flood, NFIP

Tags: NFIP

Friday, January 06, 2017

Severe weather, nat-cats cause record insurable damage in Canada: IBC/CatIQ

by Canadian Underwriter

Severe weather last year exacted a heavy toll in terms of insured losses, with the $4.9 billion hit dwarfing the previous annual record of $3.2 billion in 2013, Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) reports. Stormy Weather Ahead Road Sign Flooding in southern Alberta and the Greater Toronto Area...
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Categories: Catastrophes


Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Citizens hires company to review water damage repair estimates, negotiate lower invoices

Source: Sun Sentinel

State-run Citizens Property Insurance Corp. is hiring an outside vendor to scrutinize water-damage repair estimates from contractors, and to directly negotiate lower invoices with those contractors in exchange for a cut of the savings. The company's board of governors on Tuesday agreed to a...

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Crawford & Company® Launches Australia’s First National Insurance Drone Service

Crawford 7/6/16 Press Release

SYDNEY (6 July, 2016) – Crawford & Company® has launched Crawford® Drone, designed to significantly improve catastrophe and operational claims management by providing real-time detail. Darren Trot, Crawford’s national business development manager, said, “Drone...

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

ICAT Partners with Neon to Provide Additional Catastrophe Capacity

Source: ICAT Website

Partnership will allow ICAT to write additional per-risk cat capacity in the U.S. E&S market Broomfield, CO: ICAT has teamed up with Neon, the specialist Lloyd’s insurer, to provide an additional $10 million of per-risk capacity to catastrophe-exposed commercial properties in the...
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Sunday, June 26, 2016

West Virginia Flooding

NFIP Policy Counts for the named counties

President Declares Major Disaster for West Virginia WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the State of West Virginia to supplement state and local...
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Categories: Flood


Wednesday, January 13, 2016

NFIP Training Available Online

The NFIP offers free online courses in basic and advanced flood insurance topics through the FEMA Emergency Management Institute. NFIP Training courses are free and open to anyone. Click on a link below to begin your self study course.    (note: we first posted this in December...
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Tags: Flood, NFIP, Training

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Engle Martin Closes Acquisition of Eberl

ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Engle Martin & Associates, a diversified insurance services provider, completed its acquisition of a majority share of Eberl’s Claim Service, Inc. and its related companies on September 1, 2015. Eberl provides a full suite of complementary daily and...
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Categories: Vendors


Saturday, June 06, 2015

Exclusive: Erie Insurance tests Google Glass to help process claims

Source: Paul J. Gough, Pittsburgh Business Times

"The next time you get a visit from an insurance adjuster, he or she might be wearing a futuristic headset to help process your claim. Pittsburgh policyholders were part of a pilot program from Erie Insurance (NASDAQ:ERIE) to test the use of off-the-shelf Google Glass as a way to make...
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Saturday, May 30, 2015

Texas floods: Enough rain to cover entire state with 8 inches of water in May

(CNN)So much rain has fallen this May on flood-ravaged Texas that it could cover the entire state with 8 inches of water, meteorologists say. And it ain't over yet. Every drop of rain these days is a drop too many in much of Texas, where 22 people have died and President Barack Obama has...
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Categories: Storms, Flood, Catastrophes


Monday, May 25, 2015

Governor Abbott Adds 24 Counties To Disaster Declaration

NFIP Flood Policy for the counties

TO ALL TO WHOM THESE PRESENTS SHALL COME: I, GREG ABBOTT, Governor of the State of Texas, issued an Emergency Disaster Proclamation on May 11, 2015, certifying that the severe weather, tornado and flooding event that began on May 4, 2015, has caused a disaster in Bosque, Clay, Denton, Eastland,...
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Categories: Flood


Monday, May 18, 2015

Super Typhoon Dolphin Becomes Earth's 5th Category 5 Storm of 2015

Source: Jeff Masters , 11:58 AM GMT on May 17, 2015

Super Typhoon Dolphin intensified into a Category 5 storm with 160 mph winds and a central pressure of 925 mb at 2 pm EDT Saturday May 16, becoming Earth's fifth Category 5 storm of the year. Dolphin hung on to Category 5 strength for twelve hours before increasing wind shear helped knock the...
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Categories: Hurricanes


Friday, April 10, 2015

Office Approves Removal of up to 45,500 Policies from Citizens

Florida Office of Insurance Regulation


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Tags: Citizens

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Large Hail Being Reported in OK, MO and KY Today

2" and larger reported

4"  Franklin MO 38.22 -91.17 3-4 INCH HAIL. LARGEST HAIL WAS SPIKED... WITH DIAMETER MEASURED FROM SPIKE-TO-SPIKE. (LSX) 3" Roger Mills OK 35.61 -99.58 (OUN) 3" Roger Mills OK 35.66 -99.38 (OUN) 3" Franklin MO 38.24 -91.17 (LSX) 3" Franklin MO 38.24 -91.17 ROOF OF...
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Categories: News, Storms


Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Phil Klotzbach's presentation from the National Hurricane Conference

Phil Klotzbach's presentation from the National Hurricane Conference has been posted. 

Phil Klotzbach
Department of Atmospheric Science
Colorado State University

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Categories: Hurricanes


Sunday, March 08, 2015

Notice Issued to Protect Oklahomans Who Have Earthquake Insurance

Source: Oklahoma Insurance Department

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Insurance Department is taking a proactive step to protect Oklahomans who buy earthquake insurance. Today the Department released a bulletin to property and casualty insurance companies to address important issues surrounding earthquake...

Monday, March 02, 2015

Legislators Introduce Bill To Change Adjuster Licensing In Florida

LEGISLATORS INTRODUCE BILL TO CHANGE ADJUSTER LICENSING IN FLORIDA NEW PROPOSED LAW TO REQUIRE ADJUSTERS TO TAKE THE STATE TEST Currently, adjuster candidates who obtain an approved designation are exempt from taking the state licensing test. On February 24, 2015 two bills were introduced into...

Monday, March 02, 2015

Drone insurance cover set to take off

Source: Business Insurance

“Most drone operators are buying legal liability limits of less than $10 million, and at those levels there is abundant capacity in the market,” said Chris Proudlove, senior vice president at aviation underwriter Global Aerospace Inc. in Parsippany, New Jersey. Optional ISO...
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Categories: News


Monday, March 02, 2015

The Storm after the Storm


  When Hurricane Sandy made its way towards the East Coast in the fall of 2012, residents knew it could be devastating. What they didn't expect was just how bad Sandy turned out to be: 117 deaths, and damage estimated at more than $60 billion, second only to Katrina. Now two and a half...
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Categories: News, Hurricanes


Sunday, March 01, 2015

FEMA Sued Over Records Related To Superstorm Sandy Victims And Other Flood Insurance Claims

Source: IBT Media Inc

"The Federal Emergency Management Agency is facing a new lawsuit filed by a nonprofit organization that wants a look at FEMA’s inner workings, especially the way its officials decide the fate of insurance appeals made by flood victims. United Policyholders, a San Francisco-based group...
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Categories: News, Hurricanes


Monday, February 09, 2015

Don’t Mess With Texas Adjusters In Hail Damage Claims

Source: Zelle Hofmann Voelbel & Mason LLP

Texas hail claim policyholder lawyers, like many plaintiffs’ lawyers, clearly prefer to be in state court rather than federal court. To accomplish this and prevent the defendant insurer from properly removing the lawsuit to federal court, Texas policyholder attorneys simply sue the...

Sunday, February 08, 2015

Want to move to New Zealand and work as a Loss Adjuster?

Earthquake Commission (EQC) will pay 24 of its staff $65,000

The Earthquake Commission (EQC) will pay 24 of its staff $65,000 a year to fill new positions requiring just over one week's work per month. The public insurer is looking for candidates from within its workforce for "base contractor" positions, as loss adjusters and estimators, around the...
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Monday, January 26, 2015

NYC, Boston ban road travel as huge storm hits

Source: USA Today

A historic snowstorm blasted its way through the Northeast on Monday, bringing with it havoc, flight cancellations, school closings and worry that up to 3 feet of snow and hurricane-force winds might be on the horizon. Both New York City and Boston took the rare step of banning all forms of...
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Categories: Storms, Catastrophes


Monday, January 12, 2015

Insurance industry wins temporary FLSA exemption for insurance adjusters in CRomnibus

Source: Lexology

Congress's omnibus spending bill effectively created a new exemption to the FLSA's overtime rules for insurance adjusters during the two-year period after a major disaster. Section 111 of the appropriations bill for the DOL directs the agency that the FLSA "shall be applied as if" there is an...
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Categories: Insurers

Tags: Wages, Overtime

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Review of natural catastrophes in 2014

Relatively low losses from weather extremes and earthquakes, globally and in U.S.

PRINCETON, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The absence of very severe catastrophes and a quiet hurricane season in the North Atlantic meant that losses from natural catastrophes in 2014 were much lower. In North America, overall losses of US$ 30bn and insured losses of US$ 18bn were well below...
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Categories: Storms


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