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Florida Association of Public Insurance Adjusters

Florida Association of Public Insurance Adjusters "This group is what gives the public insurance adjusting industry a great name"Sean Shaw, Florida's About FAPIA - FAPIA was founded in 1993 to protect residential and business policyholders in the wake of devastating Hurricane Andrew in South Florida.

Today FAPIA consists of nearly 900 members who are committed to ensuring homeowners who suffer an insured loss receive full and fair compensation from their insurance carriers. FAPIA members are located throughout the state and commit to a strict code of ethics as well as continuing education requirements to ensure policyholders receive the best representation. FAPIA consists of licensed insurance

Today FAPIA consists of nearly 900 members who are committed to ensuring homeowners who suffer an insured loss receive full and fair compensation from their insurance carriers. FAPIA members are located throughout the state and commit to a strict code of ethics as well as continuing education requirements to ensure policyholders receive the best representation. FAPIA consists of licensed insurance

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11/23/2022

We each have so much to give thanks for every day. Even in difficult times, there is always something we can give thanks for. Today we thank our members, sponsors, exhibitors, and the policyholders we all serve for your continued trust and confidence. Happy Thanksgiving!

11/22/2022
11/22/2022

Always choose a FAPIA member public insurance adjuster to help you navigate the insurance claim process! Find yours and learn more at www.BeClaimSmart.com

In November, North Port police opened about three dozen investigations as part of "Operation Con-Tractor" with the assis...
11/16/2022
North Port police arrest 6 in undercover crackdown on unlicensed contractors after Ian

In November, North Port police opened about three dozen investigations as part of "Operation Con-Tractor" with the assistance of the Florida Department of Professional Regulation.

The police investigation into the six people arrested began with detectives calling "advertised business numbers from the plethora of roadside signs and advertisements made on various social media sites across the city of North Port," according to a news release.

Police said the men, who are not licensed to repair roof damage, solicited unlawful roofing repairs, which required a licensed contractor to complete.

11/16/2022

To assist in further Hurricane Ian recovery efforts, executed Emergency Order 2022-07, stating that registered electrical and alarm contractors are not subject to geographic scope limitations or requirements when providing services in listed counties, subject to additional requirements outlined in the emergency order. Read more >> https://bit.ly/3NSHt6q

This organization represents the professional, licensed public insurers of Florida and offers resources and benefits tha...
11/15/2022

This organization represents the professional, licensed public insurers of Florida and offers resources and benefits that far outweigh the cost of membership. FAPIA and its members gather for networking and the best Public Adjuster Specific continuing education credits available in Florida, both live and virtually.

FAPIA coordinates activities to help financially support charitable organizations all over Florida with donations totaling over $100,000.00 to groups such as JAFCO, Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital, Jessica June Children's Cancer Foundation, Boca Helping Hands, Gigi's Playhouse Tampa, Habitat for Humanity, Bahamas Relief after devastating Hurricane Dorian and Florida Food Banks during the pandemic. Our members took on over 30 pro-bono cases after devastating Hurricane Michael for the benefit of active military at Tyndall Air Force Base. We currently have members performing pro bono services after Hurricane Ian, as well.

Public Adjusters give back to their communities through town hall events coordinated with the Department of Financial Services and the Florida Property and Casualty Fraud Task Force, community groups, Insurers, and other experts to help policyholders gain valuable recovery information.

Learn how to be claim smart at BeClaimSmart.com
11/15/2022

Learn how to be claim smart at BeClaimSmart.com

Just Say No to Fraud!  It's very sad to learn about anyone engaging in insurance fraud.  Policyholders trust their agent...
11/14/2022
Florida Insurance Agent Charged with Absconding with $41,000 in Premiums

Just Say No to Fraud! It's very sad to learn about anyone engaging in insurance fraud. Policyholders trust their agents to make sure they are covered for potential risks. It is imperative for policyholders to confirm that they are covered by contacting the insurance company directly. Unfortunately, we've seen this story repeated over and over again. You purchase insurance from an agent and they don't purchase the insurance instead pocketing the money. This policyholder was from Naples.. we hope they were not victims of Hurricane Ian as well as their insurance agent.

When a big property owner in Naples, Florida, recently tried to refinance some loans, the owner was surprised to discover that 31 properties had no

FAPIA honors the selfless service of our veterans on this Veterans Day. Thank you for all you have done and all you do f...
11/11/2022

FAPIA honors the selfless service of our veterans on this Veterans Day. Thank you for all you have done and all you do for this great country. We especially honor our members who have served in the armed forces. If you are a FAPIA member who is a first responder or a veteran, please contact us to make sure you are receiving our special discounted membership rate and send us your photo so we can honor your service.

11/08/2022

Save the Date! Tuesday, November 29th at 10:30 AM for one hour only! Join us for the next Hurricane Ian - Into the Storm Course - The Essentials of RCV/ACV Estimate Requirements and Roof Damage Claims. This offering is FREE for FAPIA members and only $50.00 for public adjusters who are not yet members. We are submitting to both the FL Bar for our Associate Members and to DFS for our public adjusters. This is valuable information on a timely subject that every policyholder advocate needs to know. So BE THE EXPERT and join us for the next virtual course in the Hurricane Ian Into the Storm PA Academy series! You will be emailed an invitation to register. Mark your calendar and save the date now!

The National Hurricane Center predicts Subtropical Storm Nicole will impact Florida's East Coast and could affect portio...
11/07/2022

The National Hurricane Center predicts Subtropical Storm Nicole will impact Florida's East Coast and could affect portions of the previously impacted area still recovering from Hurricane Ian...
https://www.flgov.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/EO-22-253.pdf

Hurricane watch issued for Florida east coast as Subtropical Storm Nicole projected to transform and grow
11/07/2022
Hurricane watch issued for Florida east coast as Subtropical Storm Nicole projected to transform and grow

Hurricane watch issued for Florida east coast as Subtropical Storm Nicole projected to transform and grow

The National Hurricane Center has issued a hurricane watch for Florida’s east coast from the Brevard-Volusia county line south to Hallandale Beach as Subtropical Storm Nicole formed Monday morning in the Atlantic Ocean with a projected path predicted to bring it toward the state by Wednesday night...

11/07/2022

📣 Charlotte County Business Owners!
Charlotte County has a Business Recovery Center to assist businesses with applying for disaster assistance. They are ready to help small business owners apply for disaster assistance loans, Mon.-Thurs., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Promenades Mall, look for the mobile bus.

Photos from Bryan Norcross's post
11/07/2022

Photos from Bryan Norcross's post

Photos from Bryan Norcross's post
11/06/2022

Photos from Bryan Norcross's post

Hurricane Ian Tip of the Day - If you haven't already done so take photographs of ALL of your damaged property.  This in...
11/04/2022

Hurricane Ian Tip of the Day - If you haven't already done so take photographs of ALL of your damaged property. This includes your personal property such as sofas, tables, bedroom sets, clothing, shoes, kitchenware, as well as your home or business. Sometimes it's hard to know what to photograph. A licensed FAPIA member can help. Find your own insurance professional at www.yourownadjuster.com

The Florida Housing Finance Corp. is providing $5 million to help low- to moderate-income families and individuals in si...
11/04/2022
Florida Offering $5 Million to Help Needy Hurricane Victims Pay Insurance Deductibles

The Florida Housing Finance Corp. is providing $5 million to help low- to moderate-income families and individuals in six counties hit by Hurricane Ian to pay their homeowners’ property insurance deductibles, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced.

The Florida Housing Finance Corp. is providing $5 million to help low- to moderate-income families and individuals in six counties hit by Hurricane Ian to

We will need to keep an eye on Tropical disturbance #2 over the weekend for northeast Florida.  Stay safe folks.  Don't ...
11/04/2022

We will need to keep an eye on Tropical disturbance #2 over the weekend for northeast Florida. Stay safe folks. Don't wait till the last minute to prepare. Just in case.

Visit www.askoppaga.com to learn more about why policyholders should consider getting their own insurance professional t...
11/03/2022

Visit www.askoppaga.com to learn more about why policyholders should consider getting their own insurance professional to assess and present their claim.

One of our members just reported the following:  "Just had a local IA (who shall remain anonymous) who just told me he j...
11/03/2022
Voices of Policyholders

One of our members just reported the following:
"Just had a local IA (who shall remain anonymous) who just told me he just finished 100 claims and every single one should be reopened by a public adjuster. Says carrier is so stringent he cannot even use the word wind damage or the reports get kicked back."

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Watching the tropics again, but impact to the continental US is not yet forecast.  Watching Puerto Rico
11/02/2022

Watching the tropics again, but impact to the continental US is not yet forecast. Watching Puerto Rico

Insurance claims can be scary when you don't understand policy, construction, how to prepare a professional demand packa...
10/31/2022

Insurance claims can be scary when you don't understand policy, construction, how to prepare a professional demand package, regulations, statutes, rules and terms and conditions. It's particularly scary to learn that your policy has exclusions meaning you are not covered for something you thought you were. Contact a FAPIA member public insurance adjuster for help at www.yourownadjuster.com

When you have damage to your home or business many policyholders are sometimes convinced the adjusters working for and g...
10/29/2022
Learning About Hinkley's Poisoned Water -- Erin Brockovich

When you have damage to your home or business many policyholders are sometimes convinced the adjusters working for and getting paid by the insurance company are working for them. It's not easy for a public adjuster to have to break the bad news that the insurance company adjuster is not working for you. When you come to the realization that you may need your own insurance professional, always choose a member of FAPIA.

A powerful scene from the Oscar-winning movie Erin Brockovich.

For resources to make sure you're dealing with a licensed professional, property owners can visit BeClaimSmart.com or vi...
10/29/2022
Tips on how to review your insurance policy

For resources to make sure you're dealing with a licensed professional, property owners can visit BeClaimSmart.com or visit the state Department of Financial Services website at MyFloridaCFO.com.

George Bokios faced a quandary in the first week after Hurricane Ian hit Southwest Florida. Grateful for the safety of his family, and understanding of the first responders whose rightful focus was assisting survivors, the Sanibel Island property owner nonetheless was anxious to see what Ian had mad...

Avoid a disaster after the disaster - make sure anyone you're working with is licensed in Florida.  Ask for references. ...
10/27/2022
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Avoid a disaster after the disaster - make sure anyone you're working with is licensed in Florida. Ask for references. Visit www.beclaimsmart.com to learn more about resources that are available to you.

Learn about the insurance claim process in the aftermath of hurricane Ian

10/27/2022

AMAZING! Look at all the teamwork getting power restored recently along Sanibel-Captiva Road. Thank you for helping our Southwest Florida community! 💪

Timeline photos
10/26/2022

Timeline photos

10/24/2022
Catastrophic losses damage lives and property

Catastrophic losses damage lives and property
Catastrophic damages caused by hurricanes and floods can turn your life upside down. Policyholders may be unaware they can turn to licensed insurance professionals who work for the public to help. Members of FAPIA are available to help guide you to a full and fair financial recovery. FAPIA members believe, "We Rise By Lifting Others". Learn more at www.askoppaga.com

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10/24/2022
Florida Association of Public Insurance Adjusters

Why hire a public adjuster? Learn more at www.Askoppaga.com

"This group is what gives the public insurance adjusting industry a great name"Sean Shaw, Florida's Former Insurance Consumer Advocate"What would people do without public adjusters?" Florida's Former Chief Financial Officer, Alex Sink

"The Florida Association of Public Adjusters pushed back on Patronis’ agenda.“We are concerned that the recent release m...
10/20/2022
Florida CFO Calls for Ban on Assignments of Benefits, Limits on Public Adjusters

"The Florida Association of Public Adjusters pushed back on Patronis’ agenda.

“We are concerned that the recent release misrepresents the important role and work of licensed public adjusters,” FAPIA President Chris Cury said in a statement Thursday.

Instead of bad actors in the hurricane zone in southwest Florida, “it appears there is a focus on lawful and licensed insurance professionals who are truly working to help policyholders in their time of need.” Public adjusters have maintained that they help homeowners achieve a fair payout on claims, while insurance companies sometimes try to minimize the extent of damages."

In the wake of Hurricane Ian, Florida's chief financial officer has taken a hard line on insurance claims litigation, calling for an outright ban on

10/19/2022

Over 200 people have already registered for Friday's Hurricane Ian - Into the Storm What You Need to Know About Flood Claims Webinar! You don't want to miss out - register to receive this valuable content today! https://tinyurl.com/ycwxh8vy

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FAPIA is a trusted leader for public adjusters and the policyholders they represent. We are the largest state trade association for public insurance adjusters in the nation with nearly 700 members. Public adjusters are blessed to be able to make a living in a profession that is all about helping people. As long as there are policyholders and as long as claim disputes exist, FAPIA and its members will continue to serve as a vital consumer safety valve. Every public adjuster has experienced the gratitude from a home or business owner when their work resulted in a fair and just claim payment. This is why FAPIA leaders work to protect the public adjusting industry through legislative advocacy, public relations and legal actions. Each of you who support the public adjusting industry through FAPIA, help to make it possible for policyholders in Florida to receive full and fair compensation with the help of a licensed, trained and bonded insurance professional of their own. Locate your public adjuster at www.yourownadjuster.com

Public adjusting is still available in Florida, in large part, because our industry has an advocate in FAPIA. We speak for the professional public insurance professionals and the policyholders they represent since 1993.

About FAPIA - FAPIA was founded in 1993 to protect residential and business policyholders in the wake of devastating Hurricane Andrew in South Florida. Today FAPIA consists of over 500 members who are committed to ensuring homeowners who suffer an insured loss receive full and fair compensation from their insurance carriers. FAPIA members are located throughout the state and commit to a strict code of ethics as well as continuing education requirements to ensure policyholders receive the best representation. FAPIA consists of licensed insurance professionals who use their expertise to advocate for the consumer. The association is working to grow and enhance the industry by improving laws and regulations that govern public adjusters and their services to policyholders. For more information, visit www.fapia.net .

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"As advocates for insurance policyholders, the Florida Association of Public Insurance Adjusters applauds legislators’ efforts to rein in fraud, but we are hopeful they will also address “shrinkflation,” the growing problem of diminished coverage coupled with an increase in premiums. "
I know it's an unusual ask, but I spoke with someone in the Venice Beach - Sarasota area who needs help with mold - but he doesn't have insurance, or a lot of money. He needs a referral to someone who can remediate inexpensively.
FAIR is pleased to welcome Chris Cury to the Board of Directors! Chris is the current president of the Florida Association of Public Insurance Adjusters and has a wide variety of career experience, but primarily enjoys his public adjusting career because it focuses on advocacy for insurance consumers. Learn more about Chris & FAPIA here: https://www.fapia.net/
HAPPY HOLIDAYS Everyone! What gifts would you suggest for a PA this Holiday Season? or what is on your list of PA gadgets?
We had a fantastic time at the Florida Association of Public Insurance Adjusters (FAPIA) Conference! This event was a great opportunity to share knowledge, insights and our valuable services with industry leaders. https://buff.ly/3AgSJ4Q
We had an amazing time expanding our network at the 2021 FAPIA Conference!

Thank you to everyone who stopped by our booth to come meet us.

Our partners also enjoyed explaining The Examination Under Oath (EUO). In case you missed it or have any further questions, please reach out to us.

Until next year! Florida Association of Public Insurance Adjusters 🦸✨🦸‍♂️
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What an amazing event for thanks Florida Association of Public Insurance Adjusters for proving such a valuable resource and membership opportunity for public adjusting companies that want to serve policyholders in the Sunshine State.
Did you know our very own John Hornbuckle, President of Compass Claim Consultants, is on the Board Of Directors of the Florida Association of Public Insurance Adjusters?

FAPIA consists of nearly 800 members who are committed to ensuring homeowners who suffer an insured loss receive full and fair compensation from their insurance carriers. 👏


We're ready to go at the FAPIA Florida Association of Public Insurance Adjusters Conference! Stop by Booth #33 to learn about our Contents Management services and sign up for our raffle! With over 20 years of experience, we provide contents restoration, packouts, total loss reporting and valuation, photo/video inventory, air-conditioned storage, clean out and disposal services.
FAIR Board of Directors member and President of Florida Association of Public Insurance Adjusters, Karen Schiffmiller, penned an opinion piece about SB 76, contractor fraud, and protecting consumers. Be sure to read her full story: http://ow.ly/eCVF50GknzS
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