Disaster Relief

Helping victims of natural disasters file IRS casualty loss claim...


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Disaster Relief offers homeowners, whose lives have been turned upside down by federally declared natural disasters, the information they need to file casualty loss claims with the IRS.

Most homeowners find they are not well protected by insurance when a disaster occurs. Few taxpayers know about the IRS Casualty Loss Program. Disaster Relief has technology to help homeowners take advantage of this program. With a robust awareness and marketing campaign, they can provide help to millions.


 


Harnessing the power of technology, we help homeowners document their losses so they can access cash to help them rebuild their homes and their lives.

Disaster Relief was founded in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. For many flood victims, their only salvation was the IRS casualty loss program. We provided more than 10,000 property valuations and loss estimates that enabled victims to take advantage of this little-known program.

We use automated valuation processes to generate defensible values and Disaster Loss Reports. Automation allows us to scale to accommodate a disaster of any size.

Whether the problem is providing value information for the 15,000 homes that were lost to the Camp Fire in Northern California or the 700,000 homes impacted by Hurricane Florence in the Carolinas, Disaster Relief has a ready solution.



We were baptised by a hurricane. In less than 90 days after Hurricane Harvey devastated the Houston area in 2017, our team provided more than 10,000 valuations to support casualty loss claims. Our work generated approximately $200,000.

We’ve tested the marketing waters. We ran an awareness test to determine how disaster victims might respond to a social media message. During the 60 days following Hurricane Florence in 2018, more than 1,000 disaster victims visited our website in response.



Mark is the founder of automated valuation technology and has 40 years of experience in the design and development of valuation analytics. He is credited with having had a hand in the development of numerous advancements in automated valuation technology since 1981. He has been appraising real estate since 1968.

Mark’s business experience spans the industries of banking, real estate brokerage, property casualty insurance, as well as system design & development. He designed the nation’s first comprehensive computer system for community banks, the first commercially marketed Automated Valuation Model, one of the country’s first Computer Assisted Mass Appraisal systems, and many enhancements to these various technologies.

Rob received his BS in Physics at the University of Santa Clara in 1966, and his MS, Ph.D. in Applied Science at the University of California at Davis in 1975. Having worked at such prestigious institutions as Lawrence Livermore Laboratory and Los Alamos National Laboratory, and as an officer and director of several independent software design and data management companies, he is uniquely qualified to oversee the maintenance and enhancement of the technology owned and used by Disaster Relief.

Rob’s personal strengths include Project/Program Planning and Management, Software Systems Design and Implementation, Computer Security System Design and Assessment, Applied Numerical Analysis and Modeling.

Mark is a designated member of the Appraisal Institute who has been formally educated in real estate through the Appraisal Institute and the Texas A&M Land Economics and Real Estate Masters programs. After Hurricane Harvey, Mark led a team that valued more flooded properties than ever before attempted by anyone.

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