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CAT Planning & Response to Catastrophes

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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    Robert Crowley, VP Claims, American Modern Insurance
    Ray Shelton, 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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    2019 Claims Conference information will be listed in the fall.

    Learning with and from others in our industry. A lot of great information was exchanged among attendees in the classes. interesting to hear about what others are doing and how it is working for them. I feel like it provides a perspective on common issues, insights that is difficult to gain in any other way.

    Opportunity to network with other professionals and discuss relevant topics of the day.


    PLRB remains the "gold standard" for insurance industry conferences.

    For my first time attending I really felt like I took away many helpful points to use.


    The conference was amazing and provided top notch educational opportunities, as it always does.

    The sessions I attended were relevant to my job, engaging, and well done.



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