Local presence. National reach.

Whether following an insured property loss or a wide-scale declared disaster event, we will put together a team of specialists handpicked for the specific needs of each individual loss. With over 40 offices nationwide, the Adjusters International team includes the top talent from the public insurance adjusting and disaster recovery industries. Local commitment, personalized service and proven expertise are the hallmarks of our reputation.

About Adjusters International

Adjusters International was founded when the leading public adjusting firms in the nation came together with one goal: to provide our clients with an unsurpassed level of expertise in preparing and settling property damage insurance claims. From start to finish, our public adjusters are by your side, working closely with you and your insurance company to achieve a full and fair settlement.

Over the years, our service offerings have grown to encompass working with local communities and government entities to secure FEMA Public Assistance grants following major disasters. Our disaster recovery consulting services also incorporates hazard mitigation programs, commercial insurance, and other funding sources. Our goal is to make sure our clients get—and retain—all eligible funding for disaster related damages and hazard mitigation projects.

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Steve Surace Elected as NYSSCPA Board of Directors’ Vice President

Stephen Surace, CFO and Vice President at Adjusters International was elected as The New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA) Board of Directors’ Vice President for the 2015-2016 ...

Stephen Surace, CFO and Vice President at Adjusters International was elected as The New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA) Board of Directors’ Vice President for the 2015-2016 term. Surace has had extensive involvement in the society as he is the director-at-large on the Society’s Board of Directors and is also a member of the Real Estate Committee.

“I wanted to especially thank everyone who took part in the nominations; I am excited and honored for the position in the NYSSCPA and look forward to working together in my term as VP.”

 In his position at Adjusters International, Surace has extensive experience in all financial aspects of disaster recovery consulting. He specializes in business interruption/extra expense claims as well as all accounting-related aspects of property damage insurance claims. Surace has been a featured speaker for the New York State Bar Association, the NYSSCPA, and the National Association of Public Insurance Adjusters.

Founded in 1897, the NYSSCPA ”serves as an advocate and resource for New York State certified public accountants by representing and cultivating the profession’s core values and integrity, professionalism and ethics.”

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Helping Children Understand and Cope With a Natural Disaster

When traumatic weather hits, every living being in the surrounding area becomes vulnerable; a storm will not discriminate between seniors, adults, adolescents, children, animals, or pets. Unfortunately, children ...

Child_DisasterWhen traumatic weather hits, every living being in the surrounding area becomes vulnerable; a storm will not discriminate between seniors, adults, adolescents, children, animals, or pets. Unfortunately, children are not exempt from the long-lasting mental effects of bad weather that can wipe out everything they knew to be stable: entire homes, towns, and communities. As a parent, caregiver, family member or teacher with young children or adolescents to look after, there are many steps you can take to prepare for a disaster and thereby increase their chance of survival and mental health afterwards.


  • Children should be informed of the possible disasters and dangers your area is prone to (i.e. the Midwest has a higher risk for tornadoes; coastlines have an increased risk of hurricanes, etc.)
    • Preparing your child for the future teaches them foresight and responsibility
  • Come up with a family plan
    • Prepare emergency kits together
    • Create a communications plan
      • Include phone numbers of family members, emergency officials, neighbors and out of state friends/relatives
    • Run through evacuation drills and disaster scenarios
      • Pin-point safe spots in every room
      • Locate on and  off-site premises where your family will meet
      • Role-playing is crucial; for example, if your child’s escape route is through a bedroom window, you must ensure beforehand that the window is in working order – running through your plan can help mitigate these errors before an actual disaster takes place.

During the storm

Execute your plan and attempt to keep the child as calm and comfortable as possible. Once in a safe location, it is important to keep them fed and hydrated. Bringing games or activities for them to preoccupy themselves with in the meantime is especially helpful.


CarolNatural disasters and acts of terrorism can be extremely traumatic for children. Children are able to understand when something bad happens and more likely than not, they can remember their experiences throughout a traumatic event. Children may also develop symptoms of posttraumatic stress, which, if not treated, may lead to maladaptive behaviors that can interfere with successful functioning. These symptoms can also have a major impact on physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Following a major disaster, it is crucial for parents and caregivers to be aware of their children’s needs, and to act appropriately based on each individual child’s experiences. It is also important to reach out to qualified mental health professional who can screen for and treat symptoms of posttraumatic stress. This will help the child and the child’s family move forward after a trauma and return to a healthy state of functioning and overall well-being.

- Carol Gazitano - MA, LMFT at the Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County

The devastation of a natural disaster can affect children drastically. Seeing your home, town and community ripped to pieces is an overwhelming experience for anyone to endure. It is important to note that “children are particularly vulnerable to the stress that follows a natural disaster, and their symptoms may linger much longer than in adults according to mental health experts” according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

A child’s brain is still developing and they are less able to anticipate possible danger. Adults have ‘foresight,’ meaning they are able to recognize and prepare for events such as a traumatic experience and realize that there are options, resources and help. Children may not realize this and need additional time and aid in understanding the impact and ‘seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.’

  • Help your child cope
    • Teachers
      • School gives children a routine environment that can be especially beneficial post-disaster as it creates a sense of stability and security for them.
    • Encourage them
      • Make sure they are keeping up with their regular activities and participating in sports, friends, family, activities, and other events.
    • Acknowledge their feelings
        • Children have a more difficult time than adults in formulating their feelings into thoughts that can be expressed outwardly
        • Be empathetic
    • Give children a forum to speak
        • Help them understand that their feelings and fears are normal and expected
    • Help them feel safe
        • Take extra time to hold, hug, calm and comfort them post-disaster
    • Secure additional resources
        • Such as a therapist or mental health professional

In recent years, many shocking events have taken our country by storm such as the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks, Hurricane Katrina and Sandy and countless earthquakes and tornadoes. Not only have these events forever changed the landscape and geography of cities and entire regions, but they have also impacted the mental health of communities and the children who reside in them. It is important to not only prepare for a natural disaster, but to ensure that your child has the resources and means available to overcome such a traumatic event.

For further reading on this topic, visit:

Many Children Struggling After ’05 Storms – The New York Times

Still at Risk: U.S. Children 10 Years after Hurricane Katrina – Save the Children


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