Gainesville, FL (PRWEB) January 28, 2013

Concerned about severe windstorm risks in her native Alachua and Citrus Counties, Florida and the widespread tropical storm and hurricane damage in recent years,’s Margaret Hampton contacted Robert Stephenson, GM of Ocala-based Foundation Services of Central Florida, general contractors and wind-fire-water-sinkhole damage restoration specialists, and Michelle Griffin, Executive Director of Pensacola-based Windstorm Insurance Network (WIND), for answers and theyre timely here in one place.

Breaking news with answers! – Over 1500 top professionals in the windstorm claims industry and related disciplines from across the US are gathering this week (Jan. 28-31) for WINDs 14th Annual Windstorm Insurance Conference at the Renaissance SeaWorld, Orlando to share current windstorm industry trends and developments, insights into the impact of past hurricane seasons, special legal issues that have arisen, and other construction, windstorm claims and property insurance issues.

The events celebrity Keynote Speakers promise to entertain and instruct. January 29, Reed Timmer, star of Discovery TVs STORM CHASERS, will share adventures and insights from extreme storm-chasing, driving 50,000+ miles annually since 1999 from Mexico to Canada. On January 30, Dr. William Gray, SCU Research Scientist and hurricane season forecaster, will discuss the unusual hurricane season of 2012, an outlook for the 2013 season, and the large, multi-decadal cycles in US land-falling major hurricane activity.

Breakout Sessions will cover advanced topics, such as this limited sample:

3-D Animation and Other Technological Advances in Windstorm Investigation.
Unique Hurricane-related Claims, Coverage and Legal issues from Katrina, Charley, Irene, Sandy, issues such as wind vs. water; state regulatory requirements; executive orders/bulletins, handling of super storms claims, etc.
Building Damages with a Hypothetical Wind vs. Water Claim.
Building Envelope Failure: Wind damages to buildings and components, and the building envelopes relationship to structural integrity during high wind events.
Can Water Damage be aged? Recent technical research re: the impact of water exposure on various building materials, with interactive game show.
Gulf Coast / Southeast insurance case law update, and other legal sessions on windstorm and property claims law issues such as Assignment of Benefits in the property loss arena, Bad Faith causes of action and bad faith damages from Texas to Florida, preparation of insurance adjusters for depositions and more.

Foundation Services Stephenson called Hampton’s attention to these breakout sessions covering major recent developments directly impacting Floridas homeowners, general contractors, water-wind damage restoration and sinkhole repair specialists:

Impact of 2010 Florida Building Code on Wind and Flood Losses, anticipated litigation and Ordinances; challenges and lessons learned regarding restoration of wind and flood damaged structures; more.

Florida Sinkhole Claims Handling Issues from 2012 Legislative Changes, latest court holdings, and a practical approach to navigating the adjustment of sinkhole claims.

Florida Property Insurance Law Update: Wind and Related Cases The impact of case decisions on policyholders and the insurance community, with practical suggestions regarding how claims handling may be affected by any changes or clarifications of existing law.

Some Exhibitors will have prize drawings for visitors to their booths, such as the new 32 Magnavox TV and a half-day Quail Hunt with lunch for a party of four that Foundation Services will be giving away at Booth 504.

Windstorm Insurance Network, Inc. (WIND), a non-profit with 1000+ members, is the nations first educational member association devoted solely to industry insight and education for professionals and groups in all aspects of windstorm insurance claims and wind damage. WIND also provides Claims Software, Appraiser and Umpire Certification Programs, and Continuing Education programs for bar associations and others. See

Foundation Services of Central Florida, Inc., known for quality property restoration, foundation repair, soil stabilization and innovative new construction techniques, is a licensed Florida General Contractor whose “Florida Source Construction” arm specializes in repairs from wind, water, fire and sinkhole damage, as well as new construction and hardscapes. The landscaping division provides finishing cosmetic touches for both new and restoration projects. For more information, visit or stop by Foundation Services WIND Conference Exhibit in Booth 504., specialists in Strategic Marketing, Online Branding and Reputation Management, takes a proactive stance regarding issues affecting Florida businesses and residents. With four decades experience consulting for both mega corporate growth and emerging companies in such markets as New York, Atlanta and Florida, its founder, Margaret Hampton, matches a companys strategic objectives to its integrated online presence, lead generation, customer engagement and innovative profit strategies or charitable focus. The firm has expert teams for implementation of all relevant phases of a business online marketing. For more information and complimentary customized analysis, contact Margaret through

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