Hurricane Felix-Category 5- Info about working claims in the Honduras

We had discussed the need for claims adjusters to be flexible in accepting assignments in our “Who Moved my Claims Cheese Blog” and our blog on  “Are  Independent adjusters Fungible Billing Units” due to the ever changing work environment in the insurance claims industry. If adjusters aren’t being flexible in considering new assignments, they are going without work in 06 and 07.

Adjusters are presently considering such options as working in Mexico for Hurricane Dean and now with Hurricane Felix as a Category 5, there will be others considering working in the Honduras and other Central American locations with damages. We previously supplied information on working in Mexico in this blog and had our blog on Billingual translation services here. Below is information needed to consider working in Honduras is provided. It is very interesting exploring some of these rare opportunities to work overseas as adjusters consider doing so due to the lack of claim assignments in the US.  

Here is the latest 8 am report on the projected path of Hurricane Felix- now a Category 5 heading towards the Honduras. I’ve also included many facts and figures an adjuster would need to know before agreeing to accept assignments from an adjusting firm to work claims.

http://www.foxnews.com/wires/2007Sep03/0,4670,TropicalWeather,00.html

Honduras has a population of approximately 6.8 million people. Reports linked to below indicates that about 2/3rds of the population there lives in poverty. Please be sure to read the safety warnings for women and others working there as well as the health and safety warnings on water and other food issues linked to below. The last major hurricane in Honduras in 1998, Hurricane Mitch, caused 11,000 deaths and damaged major roads, bridges, and infrastructure as show in this report:

http://www.utexas.edu/opa/news/00newsreleases/nr_200005/nr_mapping000503.html

Here is another report on the damages caused by Hurricane Mitch in 98 with different damage figures showing less deaths, more injuries, and states almost 1/4th of the population suffered damage (1.5 million damaged of 6 million or so in population):

http://www.iadb.org/regions/re2/consultative_group/backgrounder2.htm

Here is also a Honduras blog that shows some flooding there after Dean which will be interesting to watch after Felix goes through to see reports of damage:

http://lagringasblogicito.blogspot.com/2007/08/hurricane-dean-damagenot.html

9/3/07: Hurricane Felix approaching Honduras:

http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/at200706.public.html

Info on working in Honduras:

Honduras Facts-Population,Language,etc-Population 6.8 million people

http://www.internationalliving.com/honduras/fact_file.html

US State Dept-Honduras Info:

http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/1922.htm

US Embassy in Honduras:

http://honduras.usembassy.gov/english/index_e1.htm

Security warnings for travel in Honduras from US Embassy:

http://honduras.usembassy.gov/english/mission/sections/RSO/index.htm

US Services through Honduras US Embassy:

http://honduras.usembassy.gov/english/mission/sections/con_cit_serv.htm

US Passport info from Honduras:

http://honduras.usembassy.gov/english/mission/sections/con_pass_eng.htm

Travel Document System-US-Honduras relationships and info:

http://www.traveldocs.com/hn/foreign.htm

Minimum wage and Welfare of Workers in Honduras:

http://ftp.iza.org/dp2892.pdf

Info on filing US taxes on info there:

http://honduras.usembassy.gov/english/mission/sections/con_11.htm

Honduras this Week News link:

http://www.marrder.com/htw/

Emergency Financial Services to an American overseas:

http://honduras.usembassy.gov/english/mission/sections/con_08.htm

Two Insurance Law firms in Honduras:

http://www.hierosgamos.org/hg/db_lawfirms.asp?action=page&pcomp=14046&page=1&country=Honduras&SubCategory=Insurance

http://www.hierosgamos.org/hg/db_lawfirms.asp?action=page&pcomp=38394&page=1&country=Honduras&SubCategory=Insurance

Warning to US Buyers about buying real estate in Honduras:

http://honduras.usembassy.gov/english/mission/sections/eco_real_state.htm

MIT Flood Safe Project in Honduras:

http://web.mit.edu/lem/honduras/

Maps of Honduras:

http://hondurastips.honduras.com/index.htm

The People of Honduras:

http://hondurastips.honduras.com/index.htm

Best Airfares to Honduras:

http://sidewalkmystic.com/bestairfare.htm

Honduras currency and discussion on use of ATM’s there:

http://sidewalkmystic.com/honduras_vacation_tips_2.htm

Renting a car/ Car insurance in Honduras:

http://sidewalkmystic.com/Driving.htm

Food/Water/Airlines within Honduras/ Hotels in Honduras:

http://sidewalkmystic.com/honduras_vacation_tips_suggestions_1_travelogue.htm

More Hotel info on islands there:

http://www.tropicalrez.com/

Honduras Bay Island Hotel info:

http://www.roatan.com/catalog/honduras/hframeset.htm

Safety advice for women traveling in Honduras/medical treatment/gang violence

http://sidewalkmystic.com/honduras_vacation_tips_3.htm

2007 Crime and Safety report in the Honduras:

https://www.osac.gov/Reports/report.cfm?contentID=63539

Visas and Shots recommended for going to Honduras:

http://www.internationalliving.com/honduras/visas.html

High Speed Internet Services in Honduras:

http://www.netsys.hn/

Internet and phone service in Honduras:

http://www.aboututila.com/Directory/Listings/Tropico.htm

Info on Cellphone coverage in Honduras:

http://www.howardforums.com/archive/topic/727432-1.html

More info on the GSM 850 MHz phones:

http://www.thetravelinsider.info/roadwarriorcontent/quadbandphones.htm

Here’s an updated report from 9/4/07 5am. Reports on many weather stations say it may regain Cat 5 status just prior to landfall:

http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/weather/09/04/storm.felix/

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One Response to Hurricane Felix-Category 5- Info about working claims in the Honduras

  1. Dimechimes says:

    What horrors shared in this story about folks tied to trees and the dead washing ashore:

    http://www.reuters.com/article/homepageCrisis/idUSN06370060._CH_.2400

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