Windstorm Insurance Conference

Nobody publicly admits that they are acting unethical. Yet, for many endeavors in life, there are neither established ethical standards nor many rules explaining what fair and just behavior should entail. Until recently, I would suggest that appraisers and the appraisal process in many venues was a process with few rules and no ethical standards. I gave at least one example of current unethical behavior in the appraisal process yesterday in, The Current State of Appraisal and How Mutual Terms Can Prevent Appraisal.


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Many policyholders making Hurricane Sandy personal property claims will not get paid what they deserve because their insurance adjusters fail to tell them to include all acquisition and setup costs when determining value. I thought about this over the weekend following Friday’s post, The Mythical National Flood Claim Memo and Sandy Flood Claims.


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For the past 20 months, each Saturday, I have posted on an issue that impacts public insurance adjusters. Many of my past posts have featured great success stories and interesting details of the claims public adjusters are handling nationwide, but so many more public adjuster stories need to be told. One of the best events where public adjusters can share their stories with others and learn how to better handle their claims is the Windstorm Insurance Conference®. This year is no exception.


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On December 1, 2011, Steamboat Springs experienced wind speeds equivalent to an F2 tornado or a level three hurricane. Gusts of 123 mph were recorded at ski area peaks. Captured in a video on NBC’s channel 9 local news is the severe roof and window damage the winds caused to the condos in the village.

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The Windstorm Insurance Network’s 13th Annual Conference is set for January 30 to February 2, 2012, at the beautiful Buena Vista Palace Hotel in Orlando, Florida. WIND® recently posted the schedule, and, as you can see, there are educational opportunities for every adjuster, novice or highly experienced, to learn and better their skills. Adjusters, agents, and attorneys can earn continuing education credit in an affordable and engaging seminar.


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Myths and rumors in the property adjusting community are puzzling to me. As the current President of the Windstorm Insurance Network®, I was copied on an internet post that wrongly indicated that the Windstorm Insurance Conference® had attendance by public insurance adjusters that outnumbered the attendance of insurance adjusters by a four to one margin. The statement was ignorant and completely wrong.


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