Responding to the Worst Hurrincanes, Storms & Floods

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Responding to the Worst Hurricanes, Storms & Floods

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Florida Resort Areas Recover from Hurricanes

Lee County, Florida

…The hardships encountered while processing requests for assistance under FEMA’s Public Assistance Programwere simply unimaginable. Without the persistent and unwavering commitment to detail and quality exhibited by your firm, we could not have completed the nearly $25 million in FEMA requests and the $2.1 million in FHWA reimbursements processed to date. The knowledge base needed to deal with FEMA regulations [is] mind-boggling. It was obvious you and your team are very much up to speed with these regulations, procedures and processes.

…Your firm’s ability to bring together the right team of professionals at the right time resulted in the creation of a superior product. Your thoroughness, knowledge, attention to detail, and logical approach provided us with the assurance that we would obtain the maximum reimbursement from all eligible sources…

Tony Majul, Budget Director Wayne Fiyalko, Risk Manager Sue Lange, Budget Services Manager Roger Good, Grants Manager Lee County Florida Lee County, Florida

Lee County, Florida, includes a number of Florida’s jewels, including Sanibel Island and the bustling mainland City of Fort Myers.

County officials needed a financial recovery plan that accounted for the complexities of four major hurricanes in a single season and, one year later, the added devastation of Hurricane Wilma.The county, along with the cities of Sanibel and Fort Myers, turned to Adjusters International for expert disaster recovery consulting.

The hurricane caused $40 million in damages to 400 buildings across Lee County. Additionally, the costs of debris removal and cleanup topped $30 million. Adjusters International’s recovery strategy tapped multiple federal disaster relief sources and integrated the recovery with the various insurance claims. The hurricane recovery was multifaceted and complex, with Adjusters International’s experts handling a wide range and variety of projects. Major rebuilding efforts included the Sanibel Causeway, the highway that connects Sanibel to Fort Myers, which was eligible for funding from several sources. Other work included such out-of-the-ordinary tasks as the removal from Sanibel of all non-native Australian pine trees, which could not withstand hurricane-force winds.