Wind Mitigation Inspections Made Easy
The official Atlantic Hurricane season runs from June to November, but occasionally storms form outside of those months. Since the inception of the Saffir-Simpson Scale for gauging the severity of hurricanes in 1851, 292 hurricanes have hit the U.S. It probably comes as no surprise that 41% of those hurricanes have made landfall on Florida due to its location directly between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. Florida is the most hurricane-prone state in the country with double the total hurricanes as the second most prone state, Texas.
With a higher likelihood of property damage due to hurricane-force winds, insurance providers in Florida needed to add additional inspections to ensure the ongoing safety of Florida residents.
In 2008 the Florida Department of Financial Services certified the Uniform Mitigation Verification Inspection Form OIR-B1-1802 (also known as a Wind Mitigation Form). With this form, they standardized the inspection process and requirements for wind mitigation inspections across the state of Florida.
So what's the problem?
The Uniform Mitigation Verification Inspection Form kind of sucks.
Unfortunately, despite being a standard form used by every inspector, the reality is that many inspectors interpret the content of this form differently. As a result, the inspection process varies depending on who is completing it. Some inspectors are great and do a thorough job assessing the property and filling out the form with great attention to detail. Some don't even fully understand what the form is asking for and end up completing an inaccurate inspection.
It is imperative that inspectors complete these forms efficiently and accurately. If they don't, it could be the reason their customers end up spending outrageous amounts on wind insurance premiums or repairs for roofing components that don't actually need to be replaced.
The question then, is how can wind mitigation inspectors standardize their inspection process, clarify the contents of the form, and create a consistent, accurate, and efficient inspection process?
The Answer = Digital Mobile Forms.
Pen and paper forms are inefficient and fillable PDFs never work the way you want. The best way to complete important inspection reports is with a mobile form. Using any mobile device, you can input all the needed inspection data and then have your finalized PDF automatically generated and ready to be delivered. All without wasting time filling out paper forms, scanning them into a document reader, importing photos, or chasing down signatures.
Array already has the certified Uniform Mitigation Verification Inspection Form, OIR-B1-1802, fully built and ready to deploy. We did the research so you don't have to. Our mobile OIR-B1-1802 Form is loaded with tools to make your wind mitigation inspection easy, breezy, and accurate. All you do is follow the form prompts to input the inspection data, securely e-sign it, and then hit "submit". Then, the finalized, standardized PDF format form will automatically generate and be ready for delivery via download or email. Less work for you, more accurate forms for insurers, and better results for your customers.
How can a mobile inspection app like Array support your Wind Mitigation Inspections?
Integrated Media Capture
Take photos directly on the mobile form and then annotate, illustrate, or caption them for a deeper level of detail. They will all load directly into the finalized PDF for delivery.
Complete the form on any iOS or Android mobile device, but have a deliverable PDF output in the proper standardized format.
Array stores all your collected data on a fully encrypted secure cloud-based server, so you and your customers' information is always protected.
Securely sign the mobile form on your tablet or cell phone with an accurate date and time stamp. This signature will transfer over into the finalized PDF Document that generates when the form is submitted.
Apply conditional logic to your forms and have Email, SMS, or Notification triggers to let customers or managers know when your form is completed. You can even automate your form delivery to have the final PDF Report sent to any needed parties as soon as your form is complete.
Working in a dead zone? No access to WiFi? With Array, you don't need to worry about losing your important data. All your information will be stored locally and then automatically uploaded to the cloud when the device reconnects.
Wind Mitigation Inspections. Powered by Array.
Array has powerful tools loaded into its mobile forms. There are plenty of web-based platforms that can build out a digital form, but at the end of the day they are really just making clunky, non-intuitive fillable PDFs. We designed our digital forms to actually work for you, with features designed to make your forms smarter than you could have ever imagined. We took the guesswork out of the Uniform Mitigation Verification Inspection Form so that your life could be easier.
Learn more about how Array powers your home inspections with every form needed to get the job done.
Give it a try for free today, and see what Array can do for you.