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CAT Planning & Response to Catastrophes

Monday 10:30 - 12:00
Wednesday 8:30 - 10:00

Craig Sakraida, CPCU, AIC, Claims Director CAT Operations, Citizens Property Insurance
Joseph Wagdy, INC, AIC, Catastrophe Claims Manager, Auto Club Enterprises Group

  • Prepare for the event with pre-season meetings to identify the resources and protocols needed to respond
  • Perform initial reconnaissance of the damaged area to evaluate severity and determine how best to deploy your resources
  • Improve your response by conducting ongoing evaluations and post-mortem sessions to improve the planning and response process
  • Earthquake Claims Handling Accreditation

    Monday 3:30 - 5:00

    Dan Dyce, CPCU, RPA, Consultant, Dan Dyce Consulting

  • Establish an accurate dollar estimate of covered earthquake damage
  • Describe the appropriate level of detail and documentation needed for an earthquake damage estimate
  • Review the California Earthquake Claims Mediation Program and California Fair Claims Handling requirements
  • Review state and federal programs designed to assist earthquake victims
    This session is a companion session to "Earthquake Damage Assessment & Repair.” Attendees can earn their California Earthquake Claims Handling Accreditation certificate after attending these two sessions.
  • Earthquake Damage Assessment & Repair

    Monday 1:30 - 3:00

    John Osteraas, Ph.D., PE, Group VP & Principal Engineer, Exponent

  • Identify earthquake-related damage and differentiate it from pre-existing conditions
  • Utilize public domain guidelines that help you assess earthquake damage and appropriately scope necessary repairs
  • Determine when to get a technical expert like an engineer involved and what a complete engineer’s report should include
  • This session is a companion session to "Earthquake Claims Handling Accreditation.” Attendees can earn their California Earthquake Claims Handling Accreditation certificate after attending these two sessions.
  • NFIP Flood Insurance Certification: Part I

    Tuesday 8:00 - 12:00

    James A. Sadler, CPCU, AIC, Special Asst. to the Director, FEMA
    Donald Waters, Insurance Examiner, FEMA

  • Review coverages and provisions of all three Standard Flood Insurance Policy forms to assist in fair and accurate claims adjustments
  • Describe the framework of the NFIP program and tools to perform flood policy adjusting duties
  • Identify the information, knowledge, and skills to be self-reliant, using the tools developed by the NFIP
  • Review ways to reduce adjusting errors and help ensure quality adjustment for all policyholders
    Attendees must attend both “NFIP Flood Insurance Certification: Parts I and II” to earn their National Flood Insurance Program Certification.
  • NFIP Flood Insurance Certification: Part II

    Tuesday 1:30 - 5:00

    James A. Sadler, CPCU, AIC, Special Asst. to the Director, FEMA
    Donald Waters, Insurance Examiner, FEMA

  • Review coverages and provisions of all three Standard Flood Insurance Policy forms to assist in fair and accurate claims adjustments
  • Describe the framework of the NFIP program and tools to perform flood policy adjusting duties
  • Identify the information, knowledge, and skills to be self-reliant, using the tools developed by the NFIP
  • Review ways to reduce adjusting errors and help ensure quality adjustment for all policyholders
    Attendees must attend both “NFIP Flood Insurance Certification: Parts I and II” to earn their National Flood Insurance Program Certification.
  • Stress Management with Rising Claims & CAT Deployment

    Monday 1:30 - 3:00
    Tuesday 1:30 - 3:00

    Robert Crowley, VP Claims, American Modern Insurance
    Ray Shelton, Ph.D., Dir.-Professional Development, National Center Crisis Mgmt.

  • Describe the impact stress has on overall wellness, safety, performance, productivity, relationships, and the claims process
  • List safety strategies to use while deployed on CAT duty
  • Describe specific steps to safely manage the angry, hostile policyholder
  • Identify action steps to regain control of your stress and protect the well being of relationships and family
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