Newsletter July 2017

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President’s Message

“There’s no harm in hoping for the best as long as you’re prepared for the worst” – Stephen King

The 2017 Hurricane Season began on June 1 and all the experts promise a very active season. Depending on your vantage point, this may mean something different. However, all vantage points have one common theme – Plan ahead!

If you live in a coastal region, Hurricane Season is likely nothing new. It is time for the plywood to be pulled out of storage or replacement sheets can be purchased and sized for each window needing protection. Evacuation routes should be reviewed and updates noted. Provisions should be inventoried in the event of power failure; including water, non-perishable foods, flashlights and batteries.

For those of us in the Insurance Industry; specifically adjusters, engineers, consultants, and contractors this means something else. We need to be diligent with our time now so that we are able to assist in full capacity during a catastrophe. We also must plan ahead so that we are ready to deploy at a moment’s notice. Personal Protective Equipment such as hard hats, steel toe boots, safety vests and even respirators need to be packed and ready to go. Extra batteries, flashlights, and contingency plans for working without power and internet need to be considered for those included as first responders.

For more Hurricane Preparedness tips and other way to help you and your community to prepare, check out

During our last SLA meeting we all witnessed the theatrical performance of “Fred Ferrand and Associates” aka Swift Currie Attorneys Fred and Kori, and special guest star, Dayne Grey of MDD Forensic Accountants as they presented “Handling The Large Commercial Fraud Case, Including Vendor Fraud.” The theme of the message was to line up your experts early and often – especially if the claim is complicated or suspicious from the outset.

We look forward to seeing you next week at our regularly scheduled luncheon on Thursday, July 13, 2017 at the Northpoint Diner located in Alpharetta. Bart Barrett, P.E., of Nelson Forensics will be presenting “Forensics Investigation of Building Veneer Failures.” This course is approved for One Hour of Georgia CE credit.

Kind Regards,

Robbie Maples