When it rains…..it pours! Minnesota gets golf ball size hail May 10, 2011

May 11, 2011

First we have fires, floods, and severe tornado damage….and now we have golf ball size hail in Minnesota which happened last night.

To read the news from the Star Tribune on the storm and to view photos just follow this link.

I worked hail losses in Roseville, MN for almost a year as a catastrophe team manager in the late 90’s. The folks up there were wonderful to work with as were the policyholders. The difficulty adjusters experienced there in closures was the fact there were so many prior losses due to multiple hail storms in the area at the time that is slowed production from the standpoint the prior losses all had to be reviewed prior to settlement to assure no duplication of damages were being claimed.

We can post job opportunities for property adjusters in all of our social media outlets and on ClaimSmentor if your firm needs additional personnel due to all of the current losses nationwide. Just email me at dkmoroy@dimechimes.com if interested in this job posting service to carriers and adjusting firms.


Colorado storm of July 20, 2009 estimated at 350 Million/ 50,000 plus claims

July 29, 2009

The Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association is reporting that the July 20, 2009 hail and wind storm is the 2nd most costly storm in Colorado and is reporting claim losses exceeding 50,000 losses. For complete details, refer to this bulletin posted on their site:

http://www.rmiia.org/News_room/catastrophe%20news/2009_07_27_Colorado_Wind_Hail_Cost.html

The June hail/wind storm isn’t far behind at 161 million!

I imagine many of you have received assignments out there. Be safe on those steep roofs while out there!


Colorado Storm Preliminary Storm Damage Stats In from storms beginning 6/7/09

June 17, 2009

Just a ClaimSmentor moment link to Colorado preliminary storm damage statistics and claims for the numerous storms last week beginning 6/7/09:

http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2009/06/17/101433.htm


Final Reminder for 40 hours Fundamentals of Claims Class to begin 6/9/08- Also Vendor and Carrier Field Claims Mentor Opportunities- Post Yours Now

June 3, 2008

We are beginning our next online LIVE 40 Hour Fundamentals of Claims Class Monday June 9, 2008 .

 All information on the class and registration information for ClaimSmentor is listed in this blog topic:

 https://dimechimes.wordpress.com/2008/05/15/next-40-hour-online-live-fundamentals-of-claims-class-begins-june-2-2008/

**Note the start date was moved to 6/9/08 with first pre-class reading assignments to be posted this Friday and self study guides on ALE, Contents Claims, and much more to be emailed out to class participants this Saturday.

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These are very exciting days for many of the ClaimSmentor trainees who have received their first assignments for deployment on hail storms nationwide. We are most appreciative to the adjusting firms offering these folks trainee opportunities to work in the field as assistants to experienced adjusters on rope and harness teams to assure their first files go well and to assure great claim customer service is provided to insureds.

If your firm is offering field claim mentor opportunities this hail or hurricane season with the vast number of storm claims now being reported, we will post these opportunities in our Career Forum at ClaimSmentor for trainee adjusters to submit their resumes to your designated HR personnel. We have worked with hundreds of trainee adjusters since the inception of ClaimSmentor (now going into our third year) and can attest to the fact that most of these adjusters have obtained their adjuster resident and non resident licenses, obtained many of the required carrier certification courses, and done much more to obtain excellent claim training from ClaimSmentor as well as from many other reliable training sources.

We hope one day to see Insurance company claims departments offer storm season claim intern opportunities to independent adjusters similiar to the programs many insurance companies offer to college students and summer intern opportunities for teachers. Having worked in the claim management carrier ranks and interviewed hundreds of folks for trainee positions, I can attest to the fact these are much more qualified trainee adjusters having their licenses, estimate software classes, construction backgrounds and agency backgrounds, as well as much more training then you ever find by candidates applying for trainee positions normally have. This will save carriers months of training and also help resolve some of the baby boomer retirement and personnle issues many carriers are facing today. Join ClaimSmentor today if you are in HR at the carrier level or adjusting firm level and have free access to our rosters and view these folks resumes yourself.

You will be pleasantly surprised to find such a large group (now 823 members) of valuable candidates! All registration info is on the About page here on the blog. Just advise you are HR personnel  or claim management with the carrier using your carrier email address and we can register you without further identification.


Colorado Hail/ Tornado of May 22, 2008- Updated Damage Reports

May 23, 2008

That was quite some storm in Colorado yesterday and the hail damage report sizes shown on the NOAA storm reports indicates there was major hail there. Here’s some of the best of the news reports we located and other information you may need if heading to CO for tornado/hail storm duty:

Here’s one of the best stories with details on the structural damage:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080523/ap_on_re_us/severe_weather

 

State Farm’s CO Regional office suffers storm damage and Dept of Insurance encourages insureds encouraged to call SF corporate instead:

http://www.krdo.com/Global/story.asp?S=8368796

Colorado Dept of Insurance website:

http://www.dora.state.co.us  (Nothing on site about adjuster’s licenses- I don’t believe they are required)

Colorado Dept of Insurance Market Share and Carrier Insurance Dept complaint info- Good link for adjusting firms looking for insurance companies to market their services to with their market share for these storm claims:
http://www.dora.state.co.us/pls/real/ins_comp_ratio_report.generate_report?p_report_id=Complaint%20Ratio%20Search%20Results&p_report_year=2006&p_policy_type=HOME&p_min_complaints=5&p_min_marketshare=0.10&p_report_format=HTML&p_report_type=Standard%20Reports&p_order_by=company_name

 Here’s several links to some interesting storm stories in the Denver post on the damage:

http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_9352829

http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_9352828

**look for the word tornados in the left side of the box on this second link to lots of video footage of the damage

http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_9352505

Here are yesterday’s NOAA storm reports showing the tornado and hail damage reports:

http://www.spc.noaa.gov/climo/reports/yesterday.html

**note if your accessing the storm report link after 5/23 then you’d enter 5/22/08 on the link to find these reports

Here’s the Windsor CO website showing neighborhoods closed to public and more info today on damage there and emergency shelters:

http://www.ci.windsor.co.us/

Weld County is the county listed in the NOAA storm reports- here is some helpful info on the Weld County Sheriff’s office site:

http://www.weldsheriff.com/

Very interesting info on how very large Weld County is- and other links you may need to their Building Inspector and Building and Permits numbers:

http://www.co.weld.co.us/

Weld County covers an area of 4,004 square miles in north central Colorado. It is bordered on the north by Wyoming and Nebraska and on the south by the Denver metropolitan area. The third largest county in Colorado, Weld County has an area greater than that of Rhode Island, Delaware and the District of Columbia combined. The climate is dry and generally mild with warm summers, mild winters and a growing season of approximately 138 days. Read more…

Here are some interesting statistics on the most costly storms in the Rocky Mountain region:

http://www.rmiia.org/Catastrophes_and_Statistics/catastrophes.htm#regional

I’ll update this blog post throughout the day as we locate carrier damage numbers.


Haag Education Seminars available for Adjusters and Adjusting firms- Great Roof Damage Assessment Training

April 24, 2008

 

It isn’t often I’m willing to go out on a limb to recommend a specific school’s training programs but I wanted to pass along this information as we have had many participants take Haag Engineering’s educational seminars reporting back on the excellent quality of the training. I took a one week roofing class at their home office years ago and thought very highly of the program.

The classes meet our search for reputable sources of classes that also provide CE credits. At the top of my list of favorite programs they offer for adjusters are the Roofing Certification Course  and the Roof Damage Assessment classes for adjusters.

Visit www.haageducation.com for your CE credit and other training needs. In addition to their educational programs, they will come to an adjusting firm’s facility to present much needed training such as California Earthquake certification,etc which is an outstanding option given the unrealistic price of gas approaching $4.00 per gallon this summer at a time when adjuster’s have had much less work the past two seasons. You can find a complete list of ALL of the seminars they have available and search by date, city,etc here. New this year, they also offer their class room facilities for adjusting firm for field classes at a much more reasonable price than hotel facilities often used for field meetings.

I’ve often wondered just what did happen to the experiment they were working on years and years ago when I attended a one week roofing school while a staff field reinspector at their headquarters where they were experimenting with newly manufactured shingles WITHOUT the granules on them to see what it did to the life of the shingles(comparing it to a second set from same manufacture group with the granules). Their plan had been to leave this roof section ( I think it was 10 x 10) out in the field 10 years. All experienced adjusters are well aware of granule loss claims by roofers alleging they totalled the roof. It will be interesting to hear from them as to how that ever turned out.

If you get a chance, visit with John Derosa, Haag Engineering Education Seminar Manager who is most approachable and willing to service your training needs where it is most convenient for your group. I am fortunate to have met him in person at the 2007 NACA convention. In the event you’d like to talk to him directly, here is John’s direct contact information:

John M. DeRosa

Seminar Manager

Education Department

Haag Engineering Co.

Failure and Damage Consultants since 1924

Direct : (214) 614-6562

Cell: (972) 897-2947

Fax: (214) 614-6501

4949 West Royal Lane

Irving Texas  75063

I don’t want to fail to mention their publications as well for those of you unable to travel to any of their field locations. You can view those available here. This same link shows tools such as their PITCH gauge and provides information on their newest publications such as the Tile Roof Assessment guide. Having a few of these items myself in my library, I can attest to the quality of these guides and the quality of the information and training guidance for trainees and experienced adjusters alike. Their pricing is extremely reasonable on their publications so they should be within the reach of everyone’s budget. 

Here is also a link on their site where you can check the CE credits available for their classes by state:

Click here

Should you be a ClaimSmentor member or Dimechimes Corporation Roster participant, be sure to ask John for your participant discount on classes and course publications.


Supplemental Request 4/18/08 for TX licensed/Nationwide Certified Adjusters

April 18, 2008

 

We have received a supplemental request (original was 4/11/08-click here for all details on prior blog post on the opportunity) for TX licensed (resident or non resident) adjusters who do HAVE their Nationwide Insurance carrier certification exam. Please see the prior link for all necessary information for consideration. We do need the approximate date of your Nationwide passing exam as well as the name of the vendor you took the exam through as the adjusting firm we are staffing firm must verify with Nationwide that you have completed their certification. No exceptions can be made. Last week we received resumes from some outstanding experienced adjusters but they did NOT have the Nationwide certification thus we were not able to submit their information for this particular opportunity.

We do welcome all applicants for future opportunities but for this particular one- the Nationwide certification AND the experience requirements must be met for consideration. All others- please just specify in the subject area of your email that you are requesting roster placement.

Note that a 5.4 Earthquake has hit today in Illinois, we’ll have more information up on that soon as well as posting information throughout the week on any additional staffing requests so check back often.