How CAT Adjusters Stay Safe While Traveling During Hurricane Season

What all seasoned or new adjusters need to know is how to stay safe when doing on-site assessments. This is especially true for catastrophe or CAT adjusters. These people often have to perform on-site evaluations during or after catastrophes, for example, during the hurricane season. That’s why safety always has to come first. After all, Texas is no stranger to hurricane season. It begins June 1 and lasts up until November 30. During that time, people make a lot of claims to their insurance companies, and adjusters have to be the ones to go check things out. Here’s how to stay safe during your travels.

Vehicle Maintenance

This is probably one of the most important things for CAT adjuster safety. You never know where you’re going to end up when going on-site. Your trusty vehicle should take you wherever you need to go. That’s why you should do a maintenance check before you set off.

Your car might be completely fine on the outside, but you never know what kind of troubles might be a-brewin’ beneath the hood. This is the perfect time to change your oil, check the tires and A/C, etc. Also, make sure you always have enough gas, and fill up whenever you can. Fuel is one of the things that can be lacking after catastrophes. So, you don’t want to be stuck without fuel or have your vehicle give up on you in the middle of a dangerous zone. 

Stay Up-to-Date

Whether you’re going on a site or not, you should always stay up-to-date with the latest information. That can include keeping up with news on the weather, so you know where claims will be coming from. Plus, staying in the loop will enable you to prepare for your trips better.

Once you know where you’re going, keep an eye on news from that specific place. It’s useful to know the situation, so that you’re able to navigate and get to your sites as soon as possible. Additionally, blocked roads aren’t uncommon in catastrophes like this, so you’ll want to know which route to take to reach your destination.

Bring All Necessary Equipment

We’re not only talking about the equipment necessary for work like tape measures, cougar paws, etc. You should also take into account any personal protective gear you might need, such as masks, gloves, and even hard hats.

Other essentials you need to have on you are food and water. It’s easy to overlook something as basic as this. So, you should always ensure that you have a water supply as well as food or snacks for the road, especially if you’re going to be traveling a long distance. A change of clothes can always come in handy too.  

2021 Training for Texas CAT Adjusters

Now that we’ve ensured you’re safe during travels, we can also ensure that your license is renewed on time. 2021 Training offers many courses, among which you’ll find Texas CE courses. Take a look at our resources and guides, or contact us with any questions you might have. We’d love to be of assistance.