In 2005 alone, we have experienced a record number of devastating disasters, including the tsunami, floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, mudslides, and wild fires. According to the National Flood Insurance Program, hurricane-related claims could surpass $22 billion, the largest amount paid in the entire history of the organization. The Federal Emergency Management Agency expects $10 billion to $30 billion in total flood claim payments.

The graphic and ongoing media coverage has illustrated the need to rebuild, while the government, non-profit organizations, insurers, and construction companies have come to the front line during response and recovery. Recent events also have raised the profile of the forensic accountant as a much more necessary element in disaster recovery.

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