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 catastrophe loss adjusting and claims-related services, with a focus on residential and automobile insurance claims. Eberl will continue to run independently within the Engle Martin family of brands via its own stand-alone management team under the name Eberl Claims Service, LLC. The addition of Eberl, Engle Martin’s fourth acquisition in less than two years, further solidifies Engle Martin’s position as a leading insurance services platform...

Unlicensed Adjuster Information for Insurers

Wind and Thunderstorm Event – July 12-14, 2015

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Unlicensed Adjuster Information for Insurers Wind and Thunderstorm Event – July 12-14, 2015 (Flooding, Hail, Tornadoes, Wind) States: Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin and Possibly Other Areas Catastrophe Serial No. 88 Companies sending unlicensed adjusters to Kentucky to assist with the claims from the wind and thunderstorm event July 12-14, must complete Form 8307 to register the unlicensed emergency adjusters with the Department of Insurance. The form must be completed and submitted by the insurer, not the individual adjuster or other entity. Form 8307 is submitted electronically through the insurer’s eServices account on our website at http://insurance.ky.gov. Click on the word eServices...

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 insurance adjusters’ working lives easier and more efficient. The idea, developed by three Erie Insurance employees, was vetted by the board of directors following a company wide contest. This is the first time Erie’s program has been disclosed beyond the company." 

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, Gaines, Montague and Van Zandt counties in the State of Texas.  On May 15, 2015, I amended my proclamation of May 11, 2015, to include Cooke, Grimes, Hood, Navarro, Smith and Wise counties.  Severe weather, tornadoes and flooding continue in these and other counties in Texas.

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 storm down to a Category 4 storm with 150 mph winds by Sunday morning. 

Canadian Hurricane Centre

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The Canadian Hurricane Centre (CHC) provides Canadians with meteorological information on hurricanes, tropical storms and post-tropical storms to help them make informed decisions to protect their safety and secure their property.

Hail damage claims pouring in after storm

Southeast Texas body shops are preparing for a busy week as hail damage claims have started pouring in. Sterling Bradley owns Bradley's Collision in Port Neches, he said he and his crew spent the entire day processing claims and giving estimates for dented ...

Large Hail Being Reported in OK, MO and KY Today

2" and larger reported

  • 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"  St. Francois MO 37.78 -90.43 NW SIDE OF FARMINGTON. (LSX)
  • 3" Morgan KY 37.97 -83.05 (JKL)

Storms cause damage, flash flooding in southern Missouri - STLtoday.com

Storms cause damage, flash flooding in southern MissouriSTLtoday.comPOMONA, Mo. • Parts of southern Missouri are cleaning up after strong storms brought heavy rains and high winds, including a tornado. The storms began Thursday night and continued into Friday morning. Pomona's assistant fire chief, Dennis Randall, told ...and more »

At least 1000 people rescued from flooded streets, homes Friday - WLKY Louisville

WLKY LouisvilleAt least 1000 people rescued from flooded streets, homes FridayWLKY LouisvillePRP firefighters from the Jefferson County Water Rescue were the heroes of the day as they safely brought residents out of their flooded first floor apartments and to a nearby parking lot. Some were reluctant to leave their homes and belongings behind ...

Flooding closes I-64 in Indiana, swamps tractor-trailers - USA TODAY

USA TODAYFlooding closes I-64 in Indiana, swamps tractor-trailersUSA TODAYJASPER, Ind. — Heavy rains closed parts of Interstate 64 on Friday and led to the rescue of a UPS driver. Westbound portions of the highway between Evansville, Ind., and Louisville, Ky., were closed in Perry and Dubois counties starting around 7 a.m ...Flooding shuts down sections of I-6414 News WFIE EvansvilleSection of I-64 closed near Ferdinand in Southern Indiana due to - 13 WTHR ...WTHRFlooding leads to rescue of driver after Indiana stormsYour News NowThe Heraldall 14 news articles »

Louisville struggles with 2 crises: Huge GE fire, flooding from storm - Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles TimesLouisville struggles with 2 crises: Huge GE fire, flooding from stormLos Angeles TimesMore than 200 firefighters battled to control a massive blaze that erupted at General Electric's Appliance Park in Louisville, Ky., on Friday even as city officials also had to cope with flooding from severe storms. Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer told ...and more »

Storms Bring Floods and Tornadoes to Missouri, Kentucky - NBCNews.com

NBCNews.comStorms Bring Floods and Tornadoes to Missouri, KentuckyNBCNews.comEmergency teams were called to more than 40 high-water rescues early Friday after a severe storm lashed parts of the Plains and South with tornadoes, rain and flooding. Kentucky was soaked by up to 5 inches of rain, leading to flash flood warnings in ...and more »

Flooding in Louisville Closes Roads, Prompts Water Rescues - ABC News

U.S. News & World ReportFlooding in Louisville Closes Roads, Prompts Water RescuesABC NewsAuthorities in Louisville, Kentucky, made more than 100 water rescues early Friday as area storms flooded roads and prompted at least one evacuation. Louisville MetroSafe spokeswoman Jody Duncan says 116 water rescues had been made since 1 a.m. ...Training thunderstorms cause dangerous overnight flooding in Kentucky, IndianaWashington Post (blog)'Like a hurricane': Floods swamp Louisville, prompt recuesU.S. News & World ReportFlooding hits Louisville.... updatesWLKY LouisvilleThe Courier-Journal -New York Daily NewsRead more

Storms, rain, flooding in Good Friday forecast - Cincinnati.com

Cincinnati.comStorms, rain, flooding in Good Friday forecastCincinnati.comMost of Northern Kentucky is under a flood advisory, while the rest of the region is under a flood watch, according to the weather service. The Ohio River is not expected to get close to flood levels. High temperatures near 65 are expected Friday, with ...Rain, snow return to CNY after warmup; minor flooding possibleSyracuse.comNWS: Flooding possible as rain continues todayEvansville Courier & PressFlood watch to begin at 2 this afternoonThe Daily GazetteBatesville Herald Tribune -Pittsburgh Post-Gazette -Read more

Officers close roadways due to flooding in Lexington - WKYT

WKYTOfficers close roadways due to flooding in LexingtonWKYTFlooding was reporting along Tates Creek Road near Gainesway Drive. Two officers blocked the inbound lanes of Tates Creek Road. On Leestown Road at New Circle Road a car was stuck in high water on Friday morning. Police helped the driver and made ...Heavy Rain Causing Widespread Street FloodingLEX18 Lexington KY Newsall 6 news articles »

Flooding causes numerous road closures, water rescues - WLKY Louisville

WLKY LouisvilleFlooding causes numerous road closures, water rescuesWLKY Louisville“Slept late and went to get my son ready for school, and felt the basement step and stepped onto what was a flooding carpet,” Steve Heggie said. Heggie has lived in Okolona for more than 16 years, but he's never seen extensive water damage like this.and more »

Rain, flooding forces road closures, JCPS to delay school day - WHAS 11.com (subscription)

WHAS 11.com (subscription)Rain, flooding forces road closures, JCPS to delay school dayWHAS 11.com (subscription)LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Rain and flooding across Kentuckiana has forced the closure of several roadways in the area and prompted Jefferson County Public Schools to be on a two hour delay Friday. Nearly ever intersection with an underpass near the ...

Flooding, heavy rain, hail in parts of North Texas - WFAA

WFAAFlooding, heavy rain, hail in parts of North TexasWFAAA powerful spring storm in northern Tarrant and southern Denton counties Wednesday afternoon brought heavy rain, flash flooding and some hail damage. "We do not have any severe weather; that is the good news," said WFAA Chief Meteorologist Pete ...and more »

FEMA to Reopen Superstorm Sandy Claims in Light of Fraud - GovExec.com

FEMA to Reopen Superstorm Sandy Claims in Light of FraudGovExec.com“This is a significant turnaround for the thousands of Sandy survivors who have been victimized not only by the storm, but by FEMA, insurance companies and their subcontractors who systemically lowballed claims,” Menendez said. “I am pleased FEMA has ...

Afternoon Bulletin: FEMA To Revaluate Sandy Insurance Claims and More - New York Observer

New York Observer Afternoon Bulletin: FEMA To Revaluate Sandy Insurance Claims and More New York Observer The New York City homeless shelter system is facing hundreds of health and safety violations in 25 shelters, including dead rats and an elevator covered in urine, according to a report released by the city's Department of Investigation. Mayor de Blasio ... and more »

FEMA To Review Every Sandy Flood Insurance Claim - Hartford Courant

FEMA To Review Every Sandy Flood Insurance ClaimHartford CourantTRENTON, N.J. — Federal Emergency Management Agency officials have agreed to reopen and review every flood insurance claim filed by storm Sandy victims. The review will involve roughly 144,000 claims and not limit corrective action to 2,200 that are ...

FEMA to review every Sandy flood insurance claim - Press of Atlantic City

Press of Atlantic CityFEMA to review every Sandy flood insurance claimPress of Atlantic CityVolunters from Inspira Health Network and the Cumberland County Long Term Recovery Group held a day of service to help those still recovering from Hurricane Sandy. The group was working at the Charlesworth House, a Fortescue landmark restaurant that ...and more »

FEMA takes more action to bolster oversight following complaints about Sandy ... - NJ.com

SILive.comFEMA takes more action to bolster oversight following complaints about Sandy ...NJ.comToday's announcement is the latest step taken by FEMA in response to complaints about the way Hurricane Sandy homeowners have been reimbursed for damages suffered in the storm. In December, the agency agreed to consider appeals from ...FEMA announces new oversight to flood insurance policy programSILive.comFEMA says it will screen engineers for future homeowner claimsNewsdayall 7 news articles »

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 insurance. 

“We want to make sure everyone is clear on earthquake insurance,” said Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John D. Doak. “Oklahomans need to know what they are buying. Insurers need to know my expectations regarding the interpretation of polices.  And adjusters need to know how to evaluate an earthquake claim.”

After Sandy fraud, FEMA must restore public trust - Newsday

Vineland Daily JournalAfter Sandy fraud, FEMA must restore public trustNewsdayNow that a top official at the Federal Emergency Management Agency has acknowledged that some superstorm Sandy victims were denied flood insurance settlements because of fraudulent engineering reports, the way forward for FEMA is clear: Pay up.Sandy victims may get 2nd chance for payoutNews 12 New JerseyStop abusing Sandy victimsVineland Daily Journalall 6 news articles »

Hurricane Sandy: Buried Adjuster Report Raises New Fraud Allegations Against ... - International Business Times

International Business TimesHurricane Sandy: Buried Adjuster Report Raises New Fraud Allegations Against ...International Business TimesA broken tree falls on houses at Jersey City, New Jersey, Oct. 29, 2012. A Jersey City homeowner alleges he has uncovered new evidence showing he was fraudulently denied a Superstorm Sandy flood-insurance claim in the program that FEMA oversees.FEMA agrees to review flood insurance casesAsbury Park PressMenendez: FEMA says Sandy victims will 'get every penny to which they're entitled'NJ.comSenators ask FEMA to include all Hurricane Sandy fraud victims in lawsuit ...SILive.comInsurance News Net -BloombergRead more

Pallone says FEMA should notify Hurricane Sandy victims of fraud allegations - NJ.com

NJ.comPallone says FEMA should notify Hurricane Sandy victims of fraud allegationsNJ.comWASHINGTON — The Federal Emergency Management Agency should tell Hurricane Sandy victims of ongoing allegations of fraud and make sure they get they get the information they need to challenge any rejected claims, U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. said ...FEMA: Some Sandy Claims Denied Due to FraudNY1Hurricane Sandy Victims Reach First Set of FEMA Insurance DealsBloombergFEMA: Evidence of fraud in Hurricane Sandy reportsCBS NewsSILive.com -International Business Timesall 84 news articles »

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 endorsements cover bodily injury and property damage, personal and advertising injury or both liabilities under a single endorsement. Three parallel optional exclusions also are available, said Ron Beiderman, vice president of commercial lines coverage products at the Jersey City, New Jersey-based ISO.

The Storm after the Storm

Source: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/hurricane-sandy-60-minutes-fraud-investigation/

  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 years later, Sandy victims have been hit by something else they didn't expect, the storm after the storm. Many of them say they have been cheated out of their insurance claims. Thousands of claims have still not been resolved and there is evidence that many homeowners were victims of what appears to be wide-scale fraud where original damage reports were later changed to make it look like the damage wasn't as bad. Making matters worse, appeals to...

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 that advocates for consumers of insurance products, sued FEMA in federal court in Washington this week. Brought under the Freedom of Information Act, the suit claims the agency has improperly withheld records related to its National Flood Insurance Program, or NFIP, the main source of flood coverage for U.S. homeowners."

Lawyers, FEMA reach tentative deals on about 50 Sandy fraud suits - Newsday

Asbury Park PressLawyers, FEMA reach tentative deals on about 50 Sandy fraud suitsNewsdayLawyers say they have reached tentative deals with federal officials to settle roughly 50 lawsuits filed by superstorm Sandy victims in New York and New Jersey who say the National Flood Insurance Program cheated them out of tens of thousands of ...Twice-wounded Sandy victims seek payout as FEMA presses insurersChicago TribuneFEMA in Settlement Talks Over Sandy Flood ClaimsThe GuardianFEMA open house answers questions about flood riskAsbury Park PressBensonhurstbeanall 36 news articles »

Superstorm Sandy Victims Say FEMA's Role Is Fatally Conflicted - NPR

NPRSuperstorm Sandy Victims Say FEMA's Role Is Fatally ConflictedNPRHomeowners say engineers hired by insurance companies falsified damage estimates and that the homeowners aren't being repaid for the actual damage that Sandy caused. Some are questioning whether FEMA can be a watchdog for both disaster victims ...FEMA's bungled response to superstorm Sandy needs scrutinyNewsdayFEMA in Settlement Talks Over Sandy Flood Insurance ClaimsClaimsJournal.comall 31 news articles »

FEMA In Talks To Settle Sandy Flood Insurance Claims - NPR

FEMA In Talks To Settle Sandy Flood Insurance ClaimsNPRBut FEMA is negotiating a sweeping settlement as if the allegations are true. Steve Mostyn is the lead lawyer for the homeowners already in litigation, but he says this future settlement will likely include many more Sandy victims. STEVE MOSTYN: In ...

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