Bill Introduced in MS to have feds decide wind vs water on claim disputes- Your thoughts?

May 31, 2011

A bill has been introduced in Mississippi to have feds decide wind vs water on claim disputes on hurricane losses. I have shared this link with several Linkedin groups for opinions and would like to share it here as well. Feel free to post your comments in response to this story. Do you think it will pass? What effect if any do you see as to how this would impact insurance carriers willing to write coverage in MS?

Mississippi River Flooding- Finding which insurance companies sell Flood insurance by state search

May 14, 2011

Here’s a link for the adjusting companies searching for which insurance companies write flood policies by state:;jsessionid=557F40DDAA89ECF0899EDD7DB6434E0C.Worker2Public2?action=Init

Our Prayers are with those in MS and LA flood zones this weekend- Articles says if spillway not opened that flooding in New Orleans could be worse than during Katrina

May 13, 2011

I had started to post a few humorous claim stories for some light hearted claim news this weekend but after checking on the status of the flooding expected in MS and LA and watching some news reports, I’d rather share this Reuters news story discussing projected flooding in MS and LA including the statement that should the spillway not be opened tomorrow that New Orleans will suffer more flooding than post Katrina:

I think when independent adjusters were hoping for assignments this year, no one ever could have asked for the severe amount of tornado damage and flooding damage which has happened just in the past few weeks.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims AND the adjusters and claims personnel working in these storm zones.

FEMA sets the 2011 NFIP Adjuster Workshop Schedule- Released 12/31/2010

December 31, 2010

I received the following information via email from FEMA today with the schedule for the 2011 NFIP certification workshops. I used the link to the training website and they are not yet up on the website so here is the info:

    2011 Adjuster Seminar Schedule

Registration for the 2011 NFIP Adjuster Certification Workshops is now open. Adjusters seeking to renew certification must attend an NFIP Adjuster Certification Workshop. Adjusters seeking to become certified or upgrading their certification must attend the certification workshop and also submit an Adjuster Certification Application, (FF81-110). This form can be found at

Below please find this year’s workshop schedule with links to each sponsor’s registration site. Please direct questions related to registration to the appropriate sponsor for your chosen workshop. Contact information for the sponsors can be found by following the registration links listed here.

To be notified of additional workshops that may be scheduled, please sign to up receive email Bulletins at

Seminars are from 8:30am-4:30pm. Sign-in begins at 8:00am.

Jan 10
Daytona Beach, FL
35th Annual NACA Convention
Convention Registration Required
Register Here
Jan 27
Houston, TX
2011 Windstorm Insurance Conference
Convention Registration Required
Register Here
Feb 3
Tampa, FL
Tampa Convention Center
Feb 9
Sunrise, FL
Holiday Inn Suites
Mar 3
Syracuse, NY
Oncenter Complex
Mar 8
Stamford, CT
Holiday Inn
Mar 17
Humble, TX
Humble Civic Center
Mar 21
Des Moines, IA
Embassy Suites on the River
Mar 31
Southaven, MS
Desoto Civic Center
Apr 6
O’Fallon IL
The Regency Conference Center
Apr 8
Pittsburgh, PA
Doubletree Hotel, City Center
Apr 11
Lexington, KY
Kentucky Theater
Apr 13
Cayce, SC
South Carolina Farm Bureau
Apr 19
Kenner, LA
The Ponchartrain Center
Apr 21
Virginia Beach, VA
Doubletree Hotel, Virginia Beach
Apr 26
Hammond, IN
Ramada Conference Center
May 4
Orlando, FL
Loews Portofino Bay Hotel
May 9
Jacksonville, FL
Marriott Jacksonville
May 17
Sacramento, CA
Radisson Hotel, Sacramento
May 19
San Diego, CA
San Diego Conference Center
May 21
Waco, TX
Wardlaw Claims Service
May 23
Seattle, WA
Embassy Suites, Tacoma Airport
May 25
Mobile, AL
Mobile Convention Center

Coming in July 2010- The ANFI- Associates in National Flood Insurance Designation through AICPCU

May 14, 2010 has recently announced a new designation that will be equally as important as the AIC designation.  It is for adjusters interested in handling flood claims.

The name of the designation is ANFI – Associates in National Flood Insurance. It is to be available beginning in July 2010 as a 3 part course. Here is a link to it as well as to the AIC designation we’ve previously discussed in several prior blogs.  I have completed AIC and all but my last part of CPCU and the information gained has been of significant value throughout my claims career. These designations are especially important should you be looking to advance in staff claims opportunities as continuing insurance education is usually preferred for staff claim and staff management positions.

Here are the links:

ANFI designation:
AIC designation:

We also published a blog entry just yesterday on universities also offering degrees in insurance. I highly recommend pursuing this if you are serious about a career in claims as it opens many avenues. The AICPCU program has been accepted by most universities to award college credit for these designations such as AIC, ANFI, and CPCU as well so your completing several important continuing education goals at the same time. I see you already have a degree but Ill post the link anyway for others viewing this topic which may not have a Bachelors Degree.

Here is a link to the blog:

We also had an article published by Claims Education Magazine in their Winter 2008 publication titled “Luck- Where Preparation Meets Opportunity in 2008 that also provides information and links to how to obtain college credit for your AICPCU completed courses. Here is a link to that article:

Federal Flood Insurance Program is Closed for Weeks- Be sure to read this Insurance Journal Article

March 26, 2010

Federal Flood Insurance Program Closed for Weeks ———————————————————— As insurance and real estate agents and homeowners feared, Congress left Washington without extending the federal flood insurance program. Congress adjourned until April 12 after failing to agree on an unemployment benefits bill that included a provision with an extension of the National Flood … This article can be found at:

Here is a second article about the Flood Insurance program closing giving additional reasons why it lapsed:

Obama signs NFIP National Flood Insurance Extension Through 3/28/10- Just a ClaimSmentor moment post

March 3, 2010