When disaster strikes, a timely response is critical

Following a catastrophe, critical post-event activities include the catastrophic response actions aimed at facilitating recovery. Our experts stand ready to assist you in assessing the impact of your catastrophic event. We asses and evaluate business interruption, structural damage (caused by seismic forces, wind, hail, or snow loading), equipment damage (mechanical, electrical, or fire protection), and in determining whether damage was pre-existing or caused by wind, storm surge / flood, or seismic damage. Our team is on the ground collecting data, documenting physical evidence, and coordinating repair and remediation work through all phases of disaster recovery.


The JENSEN HUGHES Catastrophe (CAT) Response Team

Our seasoned team provides experienced and dedicated resources for engineering, specialty investigation and remediation design services in the aftermath of a disaster and includes engineers, architects, scientists, fire investigators, technicians and support staff that are experienced in catastrophic losses. We are experienced with complex sites, consulting and interacting with first responders and loss professionals through all phases of a disaster. From on-the-ground investigative support to recovery, repair and remediation, the team provides damage assessments and consulting services following earthquakes, tornadoes, floods, hail storms, hurricanes, lightning strikes, fires and other natural disasters.

JENSEN HUGHES professionals are licensed in nearly every state and province in the United States and Canada, to ensure timely responses during a Catastrophe (CAT) event. Our experts are available 24/7 and have responded to hundreds of storm events, earthquakes and resulting tsunamis, tornadoes, hail storms, wild land fires, and other natural disasters world-wide.


Structural Damage Assessments

JENSEN HUGHES helps facility owners and insurance carriers determine whether it is safe to use a structure after a significant event, and how to repair relevant damage. Our team of civil / structural engineers, architects, historic preservationists, and other experts assess the extent of damage and assist with future seismic mitigation to bring structures and equipment up to code and help limit future issues. We can to determine feasibility, scope, the estimated cost of repairs and monitor construction progress.


Wind vs Surge / Flood Damage Determination

Determining the root cause of reported damage provides key information to facilitate the path to repair and recovery. Catastrophe response support includes an experienced and efficient analysis of the root cause of reported damage to distinguish between wind damage and water damage. This task can be dauntingly complex, demanding expertise in structural engineering, historic building codes, construction practices, wind forces, and water/wave forces. Our staff has performed hundreds of wind vs surge or flood damage assessments and given presentations at various conferences on the topic.


Pre-existing vs Storm Damage Determinations

Understanding whether reported damage on any structure or piece of equipment requires a consistent approach and experience in a broad range of areas, our team is asked to review available evidence and determine the timeline and root cause of issues. We have experience in this area, whether it’s leveraging our meteorologist to model a weather event, a civil engineer evaluating suspected hail damage, or a structural engineer inspecting a tree strike.


Post Event Mitigation

JENSEN HUGHES is uniquely positioned to help evaluate options and get back to business as usual after a severe or catastrophic event. Post root cause determination, or as a stand-alone service, our seasoned team of experts evaluate and recommend next steps to mitigate downtime, business interruption and costs. Examples of mitigation services include helping to determine whether to recommend the repair of a structure or a tear down, understanding the code implications of all options, and evaluating whether storm-damaged equipment be safely reused or repaired?


Wildland Fire Investigations

JENSEN HUGHES has years of experience investigating wildland and urban interface fires, from duff to trees, shrubs, grass and dense forests. Our investigations range in scale from a single acre to thousands of acres. Our team of experts can isolate an area of origin based on fire damage indicators, and determine casual factors based on remaining evidence.

Engineers and investigators are trained in specialized wildland fire origin and cause investigation. Our expertise is supplemented by our staff’s background in forestry, land management, vegetation management, right of way management, electrical ignition, power lines, transmission lines, overhead power lines, ignition sources, hot particle analysis, fire protection plans, weather analysis and wildland fire fighting techniques.

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