Friday, March 27, 2020


Texas Department of Insurance Commissioner’s Bulletin # B-0008-20

Re: COVID-19: Suspension of certain licensing requirements and fees

The below is from the bulletin. March 24, 2020 To:   All TDI-regulated carriers, agents, adjusters, and licensees Re:   COVID-19: Suspension of certain licensing requirements and fees On March 13, 2020, Governor Greg Abbott issued a disaster declaration in...

Wednesday, March 18, 2020


M 5.2 - 15km W of Petrolia, CA

PAGER - GREEN ShakeMap - VI DYFI? - VI Time2020-03-18 22:08:20 UTC2020-03-18 14:08:20 -08:00 at epicenterLocation40.348°N 124.456°WDepth28.61 km (17.78 mi)
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Wednesday, March 18, 2020


M 5.7 - 6km NNE of Magna, Utah

PAGER - YELLOW ShakeMap - VIII DYFI? - VITime2020-03-18 13:09:31 UTC2020-03-18 06:09:31 -07:00 at epicenterLocation40.751°N 112.078°WDepth11.70 km (7.27 mi)
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Friday, August 23, 2019


NHC Atlantic Outlook

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Thursday, July 04, 2019


Update: M 7.1 - Earthquake hits NNE of Ridgecrest, CA

Source: USGS

M 7.1 - 17km NNE of Ridgecrest, CA
2019-07-06 03:19:52 (UTC)35.766°N 117.605°W17.0 km depth

 


Saturday, May 25, 2019


NOAA 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook

Issued: 23 May 2019

2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook: Summary a. Predicted Activity NOAA's outlook for the 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season indicates that a near-normal season has the highest chance of occurring (40%), followed by equal chances (30%) of an above-normal season and a below-normal season....

Tuesday, April 23, 2019


U.S. hit with two billion-dollar disasters so far in 2019

Source: NOAA

"The so-called bomb cyclone that brought heavy snow, blizzard conditions and major flooding to the Midwest in March landed with a resounding meteorological “ka-boom!” and became one of two billion-dollar weather and climate disasters this year. The other was a severe storm that...
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Thursday, April 18, 2019


EXTENDED RANGE FORECAST OF ATLANTIC SEASONAL HURRICANE ACTIVITY AND LANDFALL STRIKE PROBABILITY FOR 2019

Source: Department of Atmospheric Science Colorado State University

"We anticipate that the 2019 Atlantic basin hurricane season will have slightly below normal activity. The current weak El Niño event appears likely to persist and perhaps even strengthen this summer/fall. Sea surface temperatures averaged across the tropical Atlantic are slightly below...

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...

Friday, March 22, 2019


Spring Outlook: Historic, widespread flooding to continue through May

Source: NOAA

From the NOAA Report; "Nearly two-thirds of the Lower 48 states face an elevated risk for flooding through May, with the potential for major or moderate flooding in 25 states, according to NOAA’s U.S. Spring Outlook issued today. The majority of the country is favored to experience...
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Friday, March 08, 2019


County officials say upstream dam releases causing major flooding, economic loss in ENC - WITN

County officials say upstream dam releases causing major flooding, economic loss in ENC  WITNBERTIE COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) - Several Eastern Carolina counties are asking for help as flooding from upstream dam releases threaten their economies.
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Friday, March 08, 2019


Conditions are ripe for widespread spring flooding in Nebraska, Iowa - Omaha World-Herald

Conditions are ripe for widespread spring flooding in Nebraska, Iowa  Omaha World-HeraldThis could be a rough spring. National Weather *Service* hydrologists on Thursday sounded the alarm over the potential for significant flooding in the central U.S. ...
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Thursday, March 07, 2019


Fitz Casino reopens after flooding - WREG NewsChannel 3

Fitz Casino reopens after flooding  WREG NewsChannel 3

TUNICA, Miss. — Fitz Casino and Hotel has reopened after temporarily closing due to excess flooding.

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Thursday, March 07, 2019


Watertown leaders preparing for flooding - KSFY

Watertown leaders preparing for flooding  KSFYLeaders with Watertown and Codington County are already preparing for potential flooding in the coming weeks and months.
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Thursday, March 07, 2019


Heavy snowmelt runoff in Verde, Salt rivers causes road closures, flooding in Phoenix area - AZCentral

Heavy snowmelt runoff in Verde, Salt rivers causes road closures, flooding in Phoenix area  AZCentralThis year's winter storms have created water runoff into the Salt River and floods through the southwest Valley, but is replenishing the water supply.
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Thursday, March 07, 2019


Knoxville church assembles care kits, collects water for flooding victims - WATE 6 On Your Side

Knoxville church assembles care kits, collects water for flooding victims  WATE 6 On Your SideAnother local church has stepped up to help families affected by recent flooding.
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Thursday, March 07, 2019


American Homeowners and Their Insurers Face a Flooding Crisis From Within - The Wall Street Journal

American Homeowners and Their Insurers Face a Flooding Crisis From Within  The Wall Street JournalMore homeowners are reporting water damage from inside their homes even as many other types of claims—including fire—have declined in frequency, ...
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Wednesday, March 06, 2019


Heavy rain floods homes, forces closures - St. George Daily Spectrum

Heavy rain floods homes, forces closures  St. George Daily SpectrumA rainstorm which moved through the area Wednesday caused flooding in the community of Brookside.
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Tuesday, February 26, 2019


The advantage of recruiting non-insurance workers as claims professionals

Source: canadianunderwriter.ca

For independent adjusters, the need to replace retiring workers is becoming more urgent.   “A number of our front-line adjusters are very senior, very talented and experienced,” said Paul Féron senior vice president for Ontario and Manitoba at ClaimsPro LP. “In the...
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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...

Thursday, December 27, 2018


Simsol’s Latest Build Release with the New NFIP Forms is Now Available

Source: Simsol Blog

Build Release 8.1.13 is now available for Simsol’s Property Estimating Software. The most significant improvements are the multi-page functionality and the new NFIP Forms for the Preliminary and Final Reports. The National Flood Insurance Program’s updated flood claim forms for...

Wednesday, December 05, 2018


Beazley takes $40m hit from worst wildfires in California history

The payouts from reinsurance hit the company’s bottom line after fires damaged several settlements and killed dozens in the US’s most populous state. It also faces challenges from difficult markets. “ ...
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Tuesday, December 04, 2018


Contractors Performing Roofing Repairs in Texas: Don’t Cross the Line with Property Insurance Carriers

The Texas Insurance Code restricts the ability of adjusters to ... contractor’s challenge to a ruling that certified a class of property owners who claim the company unlawfully acted as an insurance a...
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Monday, December 03, 2018


Small insurance company folds after Camp Fire, state takes over claims

PARADISE, Calif. -- A small insurance company was found to be insolvent after the deadliest and most destructive fire destroyed thousands of homes in Butte County. California's insurance regulator has ...
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Friday, November 30, 2018


2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season

From Wikipedia

The 2018 Atlantic hurricane season was the third in a consecutive series of above-average and damaging Atlantic hurricane seasons, featuring 15 named storms, 8 hurricanes and 2 major hurricanes and a total of $33.3 billion (2018 USD) in damages. The season officially began on June 1, 2018, and...
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Wednesday, November 28, 2018


'Hailnado' insurance claims hit $30 million for one company

TENS of millions of dollars in claims have been lodged with just one of multiple insurance companies as a result of the supercell that ripped through the Gympie region in October. The hail-loaded stor...
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Friday, November 23, 2018


Businesses Win Only 32% of Disputed Insurance Claims Cases

New research reveals that companies who take their insurers to court over non-payment of an insurance claim only win in around one in three cases. The findings are from Mactavish, the UK’s leading exp...
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Tuesday, November 20, 2018


New platform makes insurance claims easier

The platform is designed to expedite insurance claim approvals, cuts costs and eliminate duplicated claims to different insurers. Noting that patient data is encrypted and protected by the platform, M...
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Sunday, November 18, 2018


California Insurance Commissioner issues emergency declaration to help fire survivors across the state

November 14, 2018 Press Release

Insurance Commissioner issues emergency declaration to help fire survivors across the state SACRAMENTO, Calif. — In the wake of the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California’s history, Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones today declared an emergency situation, which allows...

Thursday, November 15, 2018


Ethiopia: Global Insurance Improves Profit, Reduces Claims

Claims reported by the company dropped by 23.4pc to 38.7 ... The insurance industry in Ethiopia incorporates 17 insurance companies and has 524 branches operating with 4.8 billion Br in total capital. ...
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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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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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Thursday, October 18, 2018


State Farm® to Conduct Drone Damage Assessment Flights Following Hurricane Michael

Source: State Farm 10-16 Press Release

It was less than one month ago when Hurricane Florence struck North and South Carolina. State Farm was the first and only insurance company to receive an FAA waiver allowing Claims pilots to operate drones beyond visual line of sight and over people for damage assessment. Drone flights were...

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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Thursday, July 05, 2018


CSU team decreases forecast, now calls for near-average 2018 Atlantic hurricane season

Source: Colorado State University

Colorado State University hurricane researchers have decreased their forecast from their early April prediction and now call for a near-average Atlantic hurricane season. The primary reason for this decrease is anomalous cooling in the tropical Atlantic. The weak La Niña that occurred...
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Friday, April 13, 2018


SPC PDS Tornado Watch 40

WW 40 TORNADO AR LA OK TX 131850Z - 140300Z URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED Tornado Watch Number 40 NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 150 PM CDT Fri Apr 13 2018 The NWS Storm Prediction Center has issued a * Tornado Watch for portions of Much of Arkansas Northwest...
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Thursday, February 08, 2018


Study: State insurance licensing reciprocity benefits everyone

Source: insurancebusinessmag.com

A new study has found that the current system of licensing regulations for independent claims adjusters is causing more harm than help for the industry. The study, entitled “Breaking Down Barriers” by Pacific Research Institute, found that the average claims adjuster holds between...
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Wednesday, February 07, 2018


AI Powered Drone Software Company Scores $750,000 Seed Funding

Source: DRONELIFE.com

... "According to the funding website, the Converge software takes the benefits of AI-powered obstacle-avoiding, flight stabilizing technology and puts it into a smartphone app – essentially allowing in-house operators like insurance adjusters to be able to fly well enough to get...
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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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Tuesday, September 19, 2017


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

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...

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