Long-Term Disaster Recovery
With a focus on preparedness, response and recovery, Farmers® collaborates with a variety of non-profit organizations to rebuild communities and restore lives when disaster strikes.
SBP (formerly Saint Bernard Project) has a mission to shrink the time between disaster and full recovery by helping disaster-impacted citizens and communities recover in a prompt, efficient and predictable manner. Farmers began our relationship with SBP in 2012, and we’ve worked together on projects in Joplin, Missouri; Monmouth County, New Jersey; San Marcos, Texas; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; and Houston Texas.
In 2016, more than 400 Farmers agents and employees volunteered through SBP for a combined 18,788 hours in New Jersey, Texas, New Orleans and Baton Rouge. Their efforts enabled 38 families — some of whom had evacuated four years earlier — to return to their homes.
Farmers helped develop SBP's Disaster Recovery Playbook, which provides disaster-impacted communities with clear action steps and a standardized, adaptable model for post-disaster recovery.
Farmers has signed on as an Employer of National Service with a specific commitment to hire SBP alumni; at least two have joined the Farmers team so far. Also highlighted at our careers page is our commitment to hiring AmeriCorps alumni.
"SBP's partnership with Farmers is not transactional – it is a relationship, and one we're grateful to have.
Farmers doesn't just invest their dollars in SBP, they invest their 'sense' by empowering their best asset – their people – to work with SBP in ways that greatly increase our capacity and strengthen our culture.
Whether mentoring our management and staff, helping us solve complex and time sensitive problems, or creating resources like the Disaster Recovery Playbook, which will shrink time between disaster and recovery across America, Farmers demonstrates best-in-class commitment to community resilience and stability."
~Zack Rosenburg, Co-Founder & CEO, SBP
Since 2015, Farmers® has supported Team Rubicon, which rapidly deploys emergency response teams staffed by military veterans.
In the aftermath of a major disaster – whether fire, hurricane, tornado or earthquake – Team Rubicon supplements our on-the-ground relief efforts by offering assistance in home repair and debris management such as: securing properties to prevent looting; searching for valuables; and tarping roofs to alleviate further damage.
With up to 100 veterans serving an affected area, Team Rubicon also supports local authorities as requested with disaster readiness, relief, recovery and search, and rescue missions.
Farmers received Team Rubicon's Veteran Advocacy Award in 2015 for displaying an ongoing and steadfast commitment to championing veterans' issues.
American Red Cross
The American Red Cross works to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.
Farmers supports the Annual Disaster Giving Program (ADGP), which enables the American Red Cross to respond immediately and compassionately when families across the country are affected by disasters.
Catastrophe Response Team
Formed in 1996, Farmers' Catastrophe Response Team (CRT) has developed a reputation to be there when our customers are experiencing a catastrophic loss. The CRT team has quickly and efficiently processed claims for customers who experienced wildfires in California; tornadoes in Joplin, Missouri, and Moore, Oklahoma; Hurricanes Harvey, Katrina, and Rita in Texas and; and hundreds of other events.
The team also frequently volunteers while deployed to disasters, sometimes working 12-hour shifts seven days a week during a three-week deployment.
We encourage Farmers employees who don't work in claims to join the effort as CAT auxiliary volunteers. They provide relief to customers and the community when it's needed most, greeting and triaging the needs of anyone at relief sites; staffing induction centers; and providing other general assistance.
"I was part of the CAT response team on two fires and this was a humbling experience. To see how devastating these events were to the affected people just made me want to help them; my heart went out to them. While the days were long, it was an experience I will never forget."
~ Mark Ronald Jones, Western Commercial Claims Office, Farmers Insurance®