I have worked in many CAT losses, where I created friendships with government agents, adjusters, environmental professionals, and restorers. The consensus is “CAT losses are some of the hardest, dirtiest, unsafe, time consuming, physically exhausting, and mentally challenging jobs you will ever be involved with”. If you plan on working in CAT losses, consider the following.
While crises can take many forms, standardizing a response plan to prepare for such events can help ensure your fleet minimizes downtime while maximizing safety. The thoroughness of your fleet’s response plan and protocols allows your organization to remain informed and ready to act during stressful times.
With CAT season coming soon, we invited Avelina Lamb, owner of PuroClean of Chandler, to discuss her franchise’s approach to growing CAT restoration services. She shares advice based on work in Louisiana following Hurricane Ida, as well as fire and smoke damage projects in Colorado following recent wildfires.
"NOAA’s geostationary satellite system provides the only continuous coverage of the Western Hemisphere, enabling forecasters to issue warnings to protect the lives and property of the one billion people, who live and work in the Americas,” said Steve Volz, Ph.D., assistant administrator of NOAA’s Satellite and Information Service.
“By leveraging granular data for the increasing frequency and severity of catastrophes, we are able to see that more than 14.5 million homes were impacted to some degree by natural hazards in 2021. That’s about 1 in every 10 homes in the United States,” said Tom Larsen, CoreLogic’s principal, Industry Solutions.
Julie and Tony Roberts’ SERVPRO franchise in Henderson, Ky., is directly involved with CAT restoration work following the devastating tornadoes that touched down in December 2021, including one of the largest projects in the town of Mayfield, Ky.
Developed by NCEI with data from NOAA, FEMA and academic institutions, this interactive NOAA mapping tool provides detailed information on a location’s susceptibility to weather and climate hazards that can lead to billion-dollar disasters — such as wildfires, floods, drought and heat waves, tornado outbreaks, and hurricanes.
FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell has released the agency’s 2022-2026 FEMA Strategic Plan, outlining a bold vision and three ambitious goals designed to address key challenges the agency faces during a pivotal moment in the field of emergency management.
On August 29, 2021, Hurricane Ida made landfall on Louisiana’s Gulf Coast. PuroClean Residential Loss division vice president Bart Meador leads a team that steps in to respond on the ground and mobilize teams following such disasters. He shares PuroClean’s experience responding to Ida, including its impact on the Northeast.
In this personal, heartfelt Ask Annissa episode, Annissa Coy talks about evacuating her home in the face of the Ford Corkscrew Fire. An experienced fire damage restoration and contents cleaning professional, Coy has worked with property owners through many wildfires and more home fires than she can count. This was the first time Coy and her family were personally impacted.
The 2018 hurricane season saw two named storms make landfall in the U.S. First, Hurricane Florence battered the Carolinas in mid-September. Then, Hurricane Michael barreled out of the Gulf of Mexico, into Florida, and across neighboring Southeastern states. This photo gallery contains photos from projects completed by restoration contractors in the affected regions. Photos courtesy: 911 Restoration
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