The Grand Lake Chapter of the Home Builders Association (HBA) met last week at Shrangi-La Country Club on Monkey Island to discuss an overview of the Association and tips for handling storm damage and restoration insurance claims in the wake of recent disasters at Grand Lake and Joplin.

According to Grand Lake HBA President Terry Hunter, the association meets twice a year. They will meet again in the fall.

HBA members include not only builders, but real estate brokers, bankers, and contractors. The association helps its members stay up to date with codes, laws and issues such as the green initiative, networking, education and insurance.

Grand Lake HBA also plans to have locally focused billboards and advertising in magazines and local publications such as The Real Estate Book.

Hunter explained to the crowd of 20 or so who work or live in the Grand Lake Area the advantages of being a member of Grand Lake HBA; whether it is to stay up to date on building codes, insurance protection and other benefits. The local chapter will soon have a Grand Lake link from the Greater Tulsa HBA website where clients can go to find help.

Guest speaker Bill Brassfield from Pacesetter Claims Services gave his report of issues people faced after the tornado in Joplin and what people have to go through to rebuild after a natural disaster or fire.

He said he has seen a lot of damage and rebuilding around the lake from tornado, storm or fire damage. "We had 30 plus adjusters in Joplin. It was the worst tornado site I have ever seen."

According to Cindy Hefner, REC Manager of Public Relations, "REC hooked up a lot of power for people in condos who have moved here because it is cheaper than hotels."