Claim numbers reported thus far as a result of April 2011 Tornado damage

May 9, 2011

AIR is reporting 65,000 claims reported thus far in Alabama as a result of the April 2011 tornado damage with an estimated 3.7 to 5.5B in damages according to this  PropertyCasualty360 report. There is also a May 6, 2011 Press Release from the Alabama Department of insurance verifying these numbers and indicating that 2,000 adjusters had already arrived in their state with more expeced.

The comments made by Jim Loveland, President and CEO of Xactware Solutions  in this April 28, 2011 CEO  blog also indicate access to XactAnalysis is up to an all time high record up 60% over 2010 numbers due to the April storms. View his complete blog post here.

Missouri Insurance Regulators are quoted as stating 7,000 homeowner and auto claims had been filed as of May 2, 2011 as a result of the tornado in St Louis, MO in this article which provides a breakdown on the claims reported there.

One of the most interesting updates on the tornado damage is found in this May 9, 2011 report by NOAA updating the April 2011 tornado and fatality numbers. You will also find this Huffington Post article excellent as far as providing historical information on US history and indicating these twisters were the 2nd deadliest in US history.

We were not able to locate numbers on the TN claims and MS claims but will update the blog as numbers come in.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the adjusters working these claims full of emotional issues for homeowners and residents who have suffered severe damage and loss of life in their communities and families.

Update Tuesday 5/10/2011: Georgia and Mississippi Claim Statistic info is now added in this link.

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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.