“What we developed is a 24/7/365 next-generation forensic weather-reporting monitoring system featuring geo-targeted coordinates with more than 95% accuracy and can monitor any property in the world, right down to its exact address.” -- CEO Trevor Leeds
PLANO, TEXAS (PRWEB) November 18, 2014
The National Storm Damage Center (NSDC), under the leadership of new CEO Trevor Leeds and Executive Director Dave Carlson, has developed a revolutionary forensic, geo-targeted technology that can detect every critical characteristic of an impending tornado and hurricane, including the precise addresses that will be most affected, and alert homeowners about the storm crisis through text messages – all in real time.
This is the first time these capabilities have been combined and rolled it in under one umbrella to detect the exact location and intensity of a storm, whether it involves a tornado, hurricane, flash floods or a fierce baseball-size hail storm – anywhere in the world.
“What we developed is a 24/7/365 next-generation forensic weather-reporting monitoring system featuring geo-targeted coordinates with more than 95% accuracy and can monitor any home or property in the world, right down to its exact address,” Leeds says.
Current storm-detection technology is delayed, is only 60% accurate and “cannot come close to pinpointing the precise location of where a storm is going to strike,” Carlson points out.
“With our technology, we can tell you exactly when a storm is going to hit, the size and intensity of it, and the duration of it,” Leeds adds. “There isn’t a technology that exists today that can do that.”
The NSDC utilizes multiple next-generation weather-radar systems and technology to collect the most critical storm information and weather-mapping reports. Its meteorologist staff scans all storm data in real time. The innovative platform has transformed a manual process into an automated procedure, for the first time, featuring real-time storm-tracking data and algorithms.
Additionally, with the new technology, consumers for the first time can download an app that will enable them – and their children – to receive real-time text messages like Amber Alerts, informing them of an impending disaster and alerting them to the exact time, location, ferocity and duration of any kind of storm.
“We can also track an individual’s location by their cell phone and provide them with up-to-the-moment reports within minutes of a storm hitting,” Leeds says.
In conjunction with its forensic storm-tracking technology, the NSDC has also launched a first-of-its-kind, innovative and interactive portal for homeowners to be paired up with contractors and public insurance adjusters who work for the homeowner, not an insurance carrier.
“We designed a consumer face that touches a property owner, contractor and public insurance adjuster at the time of need, right after a storm hits and devastates a property,” Leeds says.
The problem with platforms that exist today is that they do not feature useful and effective tools for information and resources for property owners before or following a disastrous storm, Carlson says.
One of the biggest complaints by homeowners after a storm event is that they feel taken advantage of by unscrupulous “storm-chasing” contractors. They also feel they have been underpaid on their insurance claims -- or their claim has been unfairly denied all together by their insurance carrier.
The NSDC’s public-adjustor partnership will be a liaison between the homeowner, contractor and insurance carrier, a first-of-its-kind program. The public adjuster will go “toe to toe” with insurance carriers to maximize a claim for the homeowner.
“The NSDC brings a level of education, information and resources to a property owner after a storm and it connects them to licensed and certified contractors so they’re not being taken advantage of by storm chasers or an insurance carrier who attempts to reduce the amount of their claim or deny it altogether,” Leeds says.
Before the creation of NSDC, organizations of this nature were geared only towards contractors, not homeowners – it was more of a platform exclusive for select contractors paying to get the leads following a storm.
“We wanted to take a different approach,” Leeds says. “We not only want to provide certified contractors to customers, but we want to provide ongoing training and education to the consumer, as well as the contractor, as to how to manage and mitigate the claims process with the insurance carriers.
“We want to give consumers a place to get valuable information at the click of a button,” he adds. “We don’t want them to have to wait in a time of crisis. We wanted them to be able to go to the site and use resourceful tools to get current information.”
Leeds and Carlson are two of the primary players who brought EagleView Technologies to market. EagleView is a pioneer of aerial imagery and data analytics for the roofing industry and contractors.
The National Storm Damage Center headquarters are located in Plano, Texas with offices in California.
For more information, contact Rick(at)StormDamageCenter(dot)org or call (888) 598-6980 ext. 114.