STATE OF NEW YORK
ONE COMMENCE PLAZA
ALBANY, NEW YORK 12257
Eric R. Dinallo
No. 8 (2007)
|TO:||All authorized property/casualty and co-operative property/casualty insurers|
|RE:||Corporate Emergency Access System (CEAS) Insurance Adjuster Credentialing Program|
|Following a disaster, insurance adjusters need to inspect
damaged properties as soon as it becomes practicable. For this reason, the Insurance
Department, working in conjunction with the New York City, Nassau County and Suffolk
County Offices of Emergency Management, and the Business Network of Emergency Resources
(BNET), has created a voluntary program for the pre-credentialing of a limited number of
insurance adjusters who would have priority access to any disaster area in the five
boroughs of New York City, and the counties of Nassau and Suffolk.
The insurance adjuster pre-credentialing program revolves around the use of the Corporate Emergency Access System (CEAS) cards. CEAS cards allow critical business employees to gain access to restricted areas following a disaster or serious emergency by using a secure identification card recognized by the police. The CEAS program was created by BNET, a not-for-profit company dedicated to establishing practical and effective emergency and crisis management solutions through partnerships between the public and private sector.
Typically, a CEAS card allows a critical employee access to a corporations specific business site or sites; however, recognizing that adjusters need access to the possibly numerous sites insured by the company they represent, the CEAS cards in this program allow unrestricted access throughout the seven counties covered by this program.
There are two major elements of the insurance adjuster pre-credentialing program: the "First Response Task Force" and the "2,000 Area-wide Adjuster Program".
If you would like additional information, or have questions about these programs, please contact Associate Insurance Examiner Vincent Mazzarella of the Disaster Preparedness and Response Bureau by phone at (212) 480-5339 or via electronic mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.