Saturday, September 13, 2008

Gustav and Ike

I started my new job last week and on day 3, I was deployed to Hurricane Gustav to work two huge tree-on-houses claims. It's very unusual for a new adjuster to get two claims like that off the bat, but I think I did pretty well if I do say so myself. I stayed in New Orleans and drove to Baton Rouge for both claims.

And Monday, I am heading down to Hurricane Ike. I am not sure yet where I am going, but I think they are putting us all up in San Antonio and we'll be driving back and forth to the Houston area. Not really sure yet on that one but we'll see.

To all of my readers in the Gulf Coast areas of Texas and Louisiana, I will keep you in my prayers. I know that this is a hard time for you, especially those that suffered severe property damage to their homes and those that are without power. Just hang in there.

A little hurricane humor to share from my travels...I recently picked up a souvenir t-shirt on Bourbon Street. It reads:


I don't know...I found it funny in a sick way because FEMA just disgusts me. One of my insureds actually approached the FEMA truck asking for a tarp to put on their house that had a tree on it and the driver said, "Oh, I'm sorry, these tarps are for the next parish over." My OTHER policyholder actually was told by FEMA that in order to even 'consider' their request to have the generator paid for that they bought so they could stay in their home (since there was no power and no hotels in the area with vacancies that were open), they would have to see the original receipt. Not a copy, not a fax, but the original. Since I agreed to pay for it anyway, the insured gave it to me when I was out there, and I had to turn around and overnight it to her the day after so she could give it to him. And then the jerk never even showed up the next morning to collect it.

WHATEVER. And they wonder why they are ridiculed. I get that they are overwhelmed and wading through layers of red tape, but do they have to act like jackasses in the process?

I'm home today doing laundry, packing and cooking. I made spaghetti and salads for P and I and I have brownies in the oven right now. I need a little normalcy before I hit the road Monday!

See y'all on the flip side. Be safe.


Blogger Suz said...

Good luck dealing with Ike! We still have those FEMA assholes down here being unhelpful.

Not that some areas here couldn't still use the help (from Dolly), but they don't seem to do much of anything but take up space and get in the way.

PS: I love that shirt. Should I see that, I'd totally buy one too!

8:36 PM  
Anonymous Jill in CA said...

yeah, when the Witch Creek fire burned down a large amount of my neighborhood about a year ago I learned from far too many friends just how unhelpful FEMA is. Good luck with your Ike dealings, and I totally love that shirt saying.

3:01 PM  
Blogger Abi said...

I love that shirt! We tried to get help from FEMA after the snow storm in Buffalo. Of course we were not eligible for anything even though we didn't have power for several days.

10:11 AM  
Blogger disa said...

I love it ! Very creative ! That's actually really cool Thanks.

1:20 PM  

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