How Claims Adjusters Prepare For A New Year

 Preparing For The Catastrophes of 2020

The floods, tornados, and hurricanes of 2019 are behind us. This means now is the time to make sure you are prepared for a new year in the field of insurance claims and catastrophe adjusting. Make sure your ducks are all in a row to get 2020 kicked off right. 

It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.

– William Shakespeare

Is there anything that can be done in advance to prepare for the year ahead? The answer is a resounding “Yes!”. As insurance claims adjusters, it’s crucial that we prepare as much in advance as possible so that when a catastrophe hits, our minds can focus on the task at hand. Here are some things you can do now, to make sure your new years runs smoothly. 

Make Sure Your Licenses Are Up-To-Date

This seems like an obvious one, but it’s easy to let things slip through the cracks when life gets busy. It’s against the law for a CAT adjuster to deploy without an up-to-date license. Check your records to see if your home state license is still valid, as well as in any other states that you may plan on working for the year. It’s a simple thing to do, so just do it!      

Make Sure Your CE Credits Are Current

To keep your licenses is good standing, it is very important to make sure you are completing your continued education (CE) credits as is required per state. How are your CE’s coming along? Are they current? Make sure you haven’t fallen behind as you may need to spend a few weeks catching up. Take a look at where you stand for your CE’s so that you can be properly prepared to handle catastrophe claims of 2020. 

Ask Yourself The Tough Questions 

It’s not always easy to be honest with yourself, but if you can clarify a few things in your mind before CAT season gets into full swing you will feel the relief of knowing your goals and boundaries. 

How many jobs are you comfortable with? It is common for claims work to be in high demand during catastrophe season. But nobody knows you better than you know yourself. As tempting as working multiple assignments simultaneously sounds, most of can’t do it while maintaining your level of quality and integrity. Be honest with yourself about how much you can handle, and remember that if you do good work you will always have work. 

Will you be committed to the job? Depending on the catastrophe season, some jobs can last anywhere from a few weeks to a year. Are you looking for jobs that will only last a few weeks or months? Or are you in it for the long haul when necessary? 

Asking yourself these questions in advance, and telling anyone else who may need to know where you stand can relieve the stress of having to make on-the-spot decisions. 


Do you have any tips for the new year that you would like to share with us? Please let us know in the comments section below! 

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