Catastrophe Response

In the aftermath of any catastrophic event, policyholders and claimants expect fast, responsive service. Crawford is uniquely equipped to handle the increases in volume, complexity and the additional stress and strain on the system of carrier infrastructure. In this space, we provide the latest information on how Crawford is responding to recent severe weather events/disasters and other major events.

Major Events

Crawford is the industry's leading independent adjusting resource for insurance claim management in response to natural and man-made disasters. In this section, you will find detailed information on our response to any major event Crawford is currently handling.

Analysis and Resources

During the last 70 years, Crawford has handled all kinds of property and casualty claims, both large and small. In this section, we share our expertise and lessons learned from select severe storms and other major events.

Alerts


12/08/2017
Crawford Catastrophe Services Prepare Response to Southern California Wildfires
Firefighters continue to battle Southern California wildfires for the fifth consecutive day. More than 115,000 acres and 300 homes have been incinerated in areas stretching from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara, and officials continue to announce mandatory evacuations. The Santa Anna winds reaching up to 35 miles per hour are sustaining five separate blazes.
10/13/2017
California Firefighters Call in Reinforcements; Crawford GTSSM Adjusters Assess Losses at Large Wineries
Dry air in Northern California is preventing firefighters from containing the 21 fires that are currently moving across the landscape incinerating everything in their paths. Reinforcements have been called in from all over the state to help stop the blazes. Nearly 200,000 acres have been scorched, and fire officials are saying that the situation is likely to get worse before it gets better. These fires are considered to be the deadliest in California history; the death toll has risen to 31, exceeding that of a 1933 fire that killed 29.1
10/12/2017
Crawford Catastrophe Induction Center Established in San Juan, Puerto Rico
In the three weeks since Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico, dire conditions have encumbered the response and recovery effort. More than one third of Puerto Ricans are still without clean water, 90% are without power and cellular service is very erratic.1 While the airports are operational, roads are still largely impassable, making food and water difficult to disburse.
10/11/2017
Firefighters Working to Squelch Seventeen California Wildfires in Sonoma and Napa Counties
Fire crews are fighting to contain 17 wild fires in Northern California as they turn wine country into ash. More than 20,000 people have fled their homes and more than 115,000 acres have burned since Sunday evening. Sources also report that 94,000 homes are without gas and electricity. 1
10/06/2017
Nate Gains Strength in the Caribbean and is Forecast to Make Landfall on the Gulf Coast This Weekend
Tropical Storm Nate is currently moving through the northwestern Caribbean and is headed toward Honduras and Nicaragua. Nate is expected to gain strength within the next 24 hours and become a Category 1 Hurricane by the time it reaches Cancún and Cozumel on Friday evening. Residents of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula are preparing for torrential rains of up to eight inches and storm surges of one to three feet. Damaging 40 mph winds will also move through the area.
09/22/2017
Maria Ravages Caribbean Islands; Crawford® Puerto Rico Will Relocate Temporarily
Hurricane Maria, a Category 4 storm, ravaged Puerto Rico and the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, along with the islands of Guadeloupe, Dominica, St. Kitts, Nevis, Montserrat, Culebra and Vieques earlier this week.
09/19/2017
Jose Downgraded to Tropical Storm; Maria Outlook Bleak for Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico
Hurricane Jose is currently 300 miles off the coast of Massachusetts. Now a tropical storm, Jose will bring heavy rainfall and tropical storm force winds to areas from the Delmarva Peninsula to Long Island, New York; however, damage is expected to be minor1
09/15/2017
Hurricane Irma: Additional Crawford® Adjusters for Caribbean
The worst of Hurricane Irma might be over, but the cleanup is only just beginning in the U.S. and the Caribbean islands. Many islands have been virtually destroyed by Hurricane Irma with Saint Martin one of the worst affected areas.
09/14/2017
Southeastern U.S. Assesses Irma’s Damage
A significantly weakened Hurricane Irma is currently traveling northward, bringing rain to parts of the Ohio Valley. Though once a Category 4 hurricane, Irma is no longer treacherous. The immediate danger has passed, but residents of Florida, Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina are now returning home to find their homes and businesses damaged or, in many cases, obliterated.
09/11/2017
Irma Pummels Florida; Southeast Engulfed Monday and Tuesday
Though losing strength as it travels northward over the Southeastern U.S., Irma is still considered a dangerous tropical storm, bringing flooding rain and wind gusts of up to 50 miles per hour. Northern Florida, as well as Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee and South Carolina are expected to feel the effects of Irma on Monday afternoon through Tuesday.
09/09/2017
Hurricane Irma Draws Closer to South Florida; West Coast Most at Risk
Hurricane Irma is currently battering the northern coast of Cuba, while South Florida begins to feel the rain and wind effects of the storm that is now less than 24 hours from making landfall in Florida as a Category 4 or 5 hurricane, the state’s strongest hurricane strike since Charley in 2004.
09/07/2017
Irma Tears through Caribbean; Southeast U.S. braces for storm
Hurricane Irma, described as the most powerful Atlantic storm in a decade, is battering the Caribbean. The category 5 storm has wind speeds of 185 mph. Early reports of damage to buildings, hotels and infrastructure are being reported on several Caribbean islands along with major flooding.
08/28/2017
Record Breaking Floods Force Evacuations in Texas
The Bravos River is expected to reach its highest levels ever, which means that several levees in Texas are in danger of breaching. Mandatory evacuations have now been instated for areas around the Brazos River and its tributaries. Four thousand national and state guard officials have been deployed to the area, and FEMA is expecting to place 30,000 people into shelters and provide assistance to more than 450,000 residents. In addition, President Trump has declared 18 counties disaster areas, which makes federal funding available those affected. Unfortunately, more rainfall is expected through Wednesday, as much as 20 inches in the Houston-Galveston areas.
08/27/2017
National Weather Service Calls Harvey Flooding Unprecedented
Harvey is now poised to become a national disaster. Rainfall is reported to be between 20 inches and 40 inches in some areas with more to come as the storm continues to stall in the region over the next several days. Thousands of homes are flooded and hundreds of residents are stranded in their homes due to flooding. Government officials are asking the Department of Homeland Security to declare Harris County in Houston a federal disaster area, citing that damages have already exceeded $14 million
08/26/2017
Hurricane Harvey Makes Landfall
Now designated a tropical storm, Harvey is hovering 45 miles WNW of Victoria, Texas. The National Weather Service predicts catastrophic flooding to be the most formidable threat to the region over the next several days as Harvey stalls over Texas. Tornadoes and dangerous winds are also a threat. Harvey’s wind gusts are currently reaching up to 70 miles per hour, which will likely cause considerable damage to local businesses and residences
08/25/2017
Hurricane Harvey Continues to Strengthen
As Hurricane Harvey looms off the coast of Texas, businesses and residents are bracing for perilous winds and flooding. The National Weather Center is predicting up to three feet of rain in many areas and sustained winds reaching up to 110 mph. Moreover, the threat will likely linger for several days as Harvey lumbers over the shoreline, where it may ultimately build more strength and move toward Louisiana. Harvey could be the strongest hurricane to hit the U.S. in 12 years
08/24/2017
Crawford & Company® Catastrophe ServicesTM Adjusters Mobilize as Tropical Storm Harvey Threatens the Texas Gulf Coast
The Bravos River is expected to reach its highest levels ever, which means that several levees in Texas are in danger of breaching. Mandatory evacuations have now been instated for areas around the Brazos River and its tributaries. Four thousand national and state guard officials have been deployed to the area, and FEMA is expecting to place 30,000 people into shelters and provide assistance to more than 450,000 residents. In addition, President Trump has declared 18 counties disaster areas, which makes federal funding available those affected. Unfortunately, more rainfall is expected through Wednesday, as much as 20 inches in the Houston-Galveston areas.
08/22/2017
Crawford & Company® Organizes Response
Tropical Storm Harvey is currently regaining momentum in the Gulf of Mexico. It is likely to become a tropical storm or hurricane by Friday, bringing heavy rains and potential flooding to the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast this weekend or early next week.
07/31/2017
Crawford & Company® Organizes Response As Tropical Depression Six is Upgraded to Tropical Storm Emily
Earlier today, The National Hurricane Center upgraded Tropical Depression Six to Tropical Storm Emily. Wind gusts of up to 60 mph have been reported in the Tampa/St. Petersburg area as it crosses the Florida peninsula, headed north of the Bahamas. Power outages, isolated tornadoes and heavy rain are forecasted for much of Florida throughout Monday.
06/22/2017
Crawford & Company® CAT Adjusters on Standby to Respond to Tropical Storm Cindy
Tropical Storm Cindy made landfall on the Gulf Coast on Thursday morning, June 22. Tropical storm conditions are expected to continue for the next 36 hours from High Island, Texas to Morgan City, Louisiana. Though southeast Louisiana, southern Alabama, southern Mississippi, and the western Florida panhandle are not part of the forecasted path, these areas may experience heavy rain and potentially lifethreatening flash floods