Property Insurance Roundtable

Hurricanes and Windstorm Coverage

06.09.2016

This podcast and the corresponding Adjusting Today article titled: “Hurricanes and Windstorm Coverage,” focus on the idea that understanding your insurance policy before a disaster strikes is essential to protecting your organization from the next major hurricane or windstorm and ensuring a fast recovery. Different types of special coverages may be available and needed for property owners in hurricane prone areas. Tips for policyholders include: making sure there is an electronic PDF copy of the insurance policy, before and after claim property pictures/videos, insurance audits and considerations for microbes.

Key Takeaways

  • [01:30] What areas of the United States are the most exposed to hurricanes or tropical storms?
  • [02:54] What type of hurricane damage should property owners be concerned about?
  • [05:07] Does a standard residential or commercial insurance policy protect a property from hurricane damage or is special coverage required?
  • [08:10] In layman’s terms, what types of coverages are available that would benefit property owners in case of a hurricane or windstorm?
  • [25:10] Is mold covered in a standard insurance policy and is it capped?
  • [29:23] In the aftermath of a hurricane, what is the first thing a policyholder should do?
  • [36:46] Additional comments from the panelists about coverages and premiums.
  • [38:58] How have insurance policies changed based on past major hurricane events?
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Panelists

Keith Hayman is a partner at Goodman-Gable-Gould/Adjusters International and has over twenty years’ experience in strategic negotiation for disaster recovery consulting, major insurance claims, business development, and adjusting fields. He is focused on the principles of maximizing and expediting clients’ financial recovery within the complexities of building, property, builders risk, and business interruption claims.

Mr. Hayman has run catastrophe teams after 9/11, Superstorm Sandy, multiple hurricanes, California wildfires, earthquakes, tornado outbreaks, and floods. He has worked on major claims in the United States, Mexico, Europe, Caribbean, and Asia.

Notable clients include Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Hilton Worldwide, Thayer Lodging/Brookfield Hotel Properties, Union Station Investco, Sullivan & Cromwell, SL Green Realty, The Biltmore Hotel, Nelson Peltz, Robert Kennedy, Jr., Langan Engineering & Environmental Services, The Boomer Esiason Foundation, Jack Resnick & Sons, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Trinity Property Consultants, Werthan Packaging, and others.

Mr. Hayman has been a featured speaker and panelist for The National Bar Association, Windstorm Conference, Tea Fires of Santa Barbara, International Marina & Boatyard Conference, National Franchise Association, Chamber of Commerce of Nashville, The Nashville Entrepreneur Center, and many others. He has provided several educational seminars for commercial insurance agencies. Topics include strategic negotiation, multi-layer insurance coverage, and complexities in major property and business interruption claims.

Mr. Hayman has been a mentor at the Nashville Entrepreneur Center, played defensive back at Carnegie Mellon, spent 3 years as a touring musician, backpacked through the USA, Canada, Central America, Europe, SE Asia, South America, India, Nepal, Indonesia, and several other regions and countries, produced films and music, and has enjoyed other life adventures.

Keith is the author of the Adjusting Today article titled, “Hurricanes and Windstorm Coverage: Case Studies and Coverages.” He was featured as an expert panelist on Adjusters International’s Property Insurance Roundtable podcast in the corresponding episode based on his article as well as in “When Disasters Become Real: Our Public Adjusters’ Recollection of Memorable Cases.”

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John Marini
President and CEO

John Marini has extensive disaster recovery experience and knowledge of public adjusting and the FEMA Public Assistance Program. He specializes in assisting public entities with their financial recovery through the integration of insurance claims with FEMA grant funding.

Marini has established a team of more than 140 experts who assist applicants and grantees with their post-disaster FEMA grant management and insurance recovery. He is closely involved in the management of Adjusters International’s Catastrophe Operations, assisting FEMA Public Assistance applicants and grantees with recoveries from Hurricane Andrew in 1992, hurricanes Katrina/Rita/Wilma in 2005, hurricanes Gustav and Ike and the Midwest Floods in 2008, as well as many other cases.

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C. Todd Thomas
Vice President of Risk Management

Todd Thomas is the Vice President at Adjusters International (AI) and Tidal Basin (TB). He is also the Chief Consultant and Partner of Adjusters International’s affiliate Sigma Consulting Corp. He has worked in the Management Consulting industry for 23 years. Currently, he works with AI and TB's strategic partners to offer the highest quality Risk Management and Disaster Recovery consulting services possible. Thomas has worked in a management capacity on high-profile FEMA, insurance and construction projects since 1996. Thomas regularly serves as an expert witness and Special Master to courts in the area of finance & insurance.

Thomas’ experience assisting public entities, non-profits and other organizations with risk management and insurance includes but is not limited to broker selection, insurance marketing, total cost of risk, risk identification, risk allocation, underwriting, claims, financial risk management, FEMA obtain & maintain compliance, risk analysis, risk management information systems and enterprise risk management.

He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Financial Management (FAAFM), Member of the American Economic Association, Member of the Association of Certified Chartered Economists, a Fellow of the Risk and Insurance Management Society, Member of the Global Risk and Insurance Management Institute, Caribbean Actuarial Association and Member of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries. Todd is a Chartered Economist (ChE), Certified Risk Analyst (CRA), Certified Organizational Risk Manager (CORM), RIMS Fellow (RF), Fellow of Risk Management (FRM), Chartered Property & Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), Associate in Risk Management specializing in Public Entities (ARM-P), Master Project Manager (MPM), Accredited Financial Analysis (AFA), Accredited Management Accountant (AMA) and Workers Compensation Claims Law Specialist (WCLS).

Moderator

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Brianna Moyer
Digital Marketing Manager & Website Administrator

Brianna Moyer joined the Adjusters International team in 2014 as the Social Media Specialist and was promoted to Digital Marketing Manager and Website Administrator. Brianna collaborates with AI’s nationwide firms to create robust social media campaigns while assisting the firms with updates to their websites regarding new search engine optimization techniques, content, imagery, the latest technology, and more. She regularly reports to management and the firms while measuring the effectiveness of different strategies. Brianna monitors the latest trends in social media and web design to keep AI on the cutting edge.

Since joining Adjusters International, Brianna has introduced new media ventures such as a podcast series titled, Property Insurance Roundtable and producing video clips. Ms. Moyer writes content for the websites which include blogs, web news stories, and landing pages. She has also been instrumental in creating Standard Operating Procedures for various AI initiatives such as trade shows and disaster plan protocols.

Prior to joining Adjusters International, Brianna worked as an Assistant Business Manager and Sales Assistant at Townsquare Media. In her free time, she pursues freelancing opportunities as a graphic designer and website developer.

For further information on this topic, please read our Adjusting Today article: “Hurricanes and Windstorm Coverage: Case Studies and Coverages”