2020 Hail Investigation Program


The Hail Investigation Program (HIP) was launched during the spring of 2004. RICOWI deployed teams to conduct an investigation of the April 21, 2004 Oklahoma City, OK hailstorm. The published report is on RICOWI's website: www.ricowi.com.

A second investigation was conducted in June, 2011. RICOWI deployed seven hail investigation teams to Dallas Texas. The teams inspected over one hundred roofs impacted from the hailstorm of May 24 2011. The goal was to determine if impact resistant roofing systems performed differently from standard products. Roofs inspected were impacted by hail from .25" to 5". Results of the data gathered was presented at the RICOWI Spring Seminar on March 16, 2012 in Dallas, TX. A report of the findings has been published and available on RICOWI's website.


The Mobilization Criteria has been established as follows: "An event is identified as a hailstorm with hail stones greater than 1.5" in diameter causing significant damage covering an area of 5 square miles or more on one of the targeted areas." During the investigation, we will also have a team look at areas where the hail size ranges from .5 to 1.5" in diameter to help identify the threshold hailstorm size for various roofing products and identify any minor damages that could occur.

The Team Member Commitment form may be downloaded, printed and submitted via email, fax or mail, or may be submitted online using the form below.

In addition to submitting the Team Member Commitment form, each member must also complete the Participation Agreement.

Team Member Commitment
I agree to participate as a team member.
I have had experience investigating hail damage.

Next Steps

The Board of Directors and the Hail Investigation Committee are considering a third investigation in 2016. Additional details will be posted as they become available. If you have any questions or would like to get involved with the Hail Investigation Program, please complete the form on this website or contact jcook@ricowi.com.


We are looking for volunteers for HIP 2020 participation.

Participation in this investigation is a major commitment of time and must be seriously considered, as we expect each team member to take an active role from deployment through execution of the report. A team captain will be appointed and will assume responsibility to assign team positions i.e., report writer, photographer and data recorder (includes sample collecting where possible).

Team investigators are required to cover their out-of-pocket expenses and commit five days to this investigation:

  • Day 1 – travel, half day training refresher;
  • Days 2, 3, & 4 – field investigations;
  • Day 5 – debrief, finish reports, return home.

Please direct any questions regarding volunteering for HIP 2020 to Hail Committee Chair John Gimple (gimpleroof@qwestoffice.net), or Executive Director Joan Cook (330-671-4569).

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