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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.
Legal Management Magazine Interviews AI’s Greg Raab
Greg Raab, Director of Consulting Operations for AI, was recently interviewed by Legal Management magazine regarding business recovery in the wake of a major disaster. In response to ...
Greg Raab, Director of Consulting Operations for AI, was recently interviewed by Legal Management magazine regarding business recovery in the wake of a major disaster. In response to questions about how a law firm can be prepared ahead of time for a major catastrophe, Raab stresses the importance of having a comprehensive inventory of assets completed, having pre-disaster contracts in place with emergency response companies, and having a implementable recovery plan in place.
“Most companies think, ‘I have an idea of what my assets are, based on my accounting software,’ but have proof that insurance companies can see — here are photos of our desks, filing cabinets, ergonomic chairs and IT equipment,” Raab says. He also suggests creating a claims-management team and singular point person before disaster strikes. “When multiple sources are contacting the insurance company, [the firm is] not in control of how timely the information it’s getting is or how the company is interpreting it.” …
Additionally, your firm’s public relations professionals should play a key role in the wake of a disaster, according to Raab. “It’s going to be very important to let your clients know immediately that you’re still there, still doing everything you’re contractually obligated to do for them,” he says. “You don’t want clients to think about looking to do business elsewhere because you’ve got too much stuff going on.”
The entirety of the article “Disaster Planning in the Digital Age” is available to subscribers of Legal Management magazine. Legal Management is published by the Association of Legal Administrators.
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Disaster Mitigation in the FEMA Public Assistance Program
After a major disaster the President can issue an official Major Disaster Declaration for the affected area. This declaration provides FEMA Public Assistance (PA) Grant funding to those ...
After a major disaster the President can issue an official Major Disaster Declaration for the affected area. This declaration provides FEMA Public Assistance (PA) Grant funding to those communities impacted by the disaster. Besides providing the funds to rebuild, the FEMA PA Program also provides additional disaster mitigation funding to put measures in place to prevent future loss of property and infrastructure, which can have a beneficial impact on the community as a whole.
In order to qualify for disaster mitigation grants, the planned projects must be deemed to be cost-effective—that is, the estimated benefits outweigh the cost of the project itself. FEMA has two separate programs that provide hazard mitigation funding: the 404 and the 406 Hazard Mitigation Grant Programs (HMGP).
The 404 HMGP funding isn’t only for the applicants’ facilities that were damaged during a declared disaster; rather, 404 funding can be applied to any eligible applicant’s facilities in the state the declared disaster occurred, even if undamaged. The 404 mitigation program focuses on the impact of repetitive damages stemming from past disasters, and looks forward at how to mitigate losses from future similar disasters through funding new or improved facilities.
The 406 mitigation program, in contrast, focuses exclusively on the current declared disaster and the damage sustained as a direct result of that disaster. Under this program, FEMA will not only fund for the repair and replacement to bring the damaged facility back to its pre-disaster condition, but will also provide further funding for modifications that can help prevent similar damage in the future.
Disaster mitigation is important on many different levels. It bolsters local infrastructure, leading to more resilient communities. It increases community safety, bringing about the potential to save lives. And finally, there are the economic impacts of improved design, lessening the overall economic strain from future disasters.
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