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Focusing on Disaster Costs Before Rather Than After They Happen

The United States spends a lot of money responding to natural disasters but comparatively little trying to limit the costs of disasters before they happen. As the costs to the government and the insurance industry mount, more people in the …

Bridgeport, Conn., Getting $10M to Help Protect City Against Coastal Flooding

Connecticut’s largest city is getting $10 million from the federal government to help protect it against another superstorm like Sandy in 2012. Bridgeport, Conn., officials told the Connecticut Post that the money will be used to engineer strategies to protect …

N.H. to Map Hazardous Sites Most at Risk During Natural Disasters

New Hampshire is launching a new effort to inventory hazardous sites most at risk during natural disasters. New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan said on June 13 the effort will help the state target resources to reduce damage. She said developing …

Disaster Cost Has Quadrupled Since 1980s: EU Commissioner

The average annual cost of natural disasters has quadrupled over the last three decades and it makes economic sense to boost spending on preparedness to ensure a stable future, a senior European official said last week. Kristina Georgieva, European Commissioner …

FEMA Grants Helping to Raise Flood-Prone R.I. Homes

The owners of eight flood-prone properties near Misquamicut State Beach in Westerly, R.I., are using federal grant funds to raise their homes and businesses high enough to minimize any future damage. The Westerly Sun reports that eight property owners are …

Insurance Lab in South Carolina Aims to Alter ‘Cycle of Destruction’

The insurance industry hopes a 21,000-square-foot lab in rural South Carolina can help revolutionize the way homes are built and stem the cost of Mother Nature’s disasters. Officials at the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety say the wake …

Texas Lawmaker Scolds Insurance Industry over Coastal Coverage

A state senator in Texas is taking the insurance industry to task for what he perceives as its disinterest in coming up with new approaches to solving coastal windstorm insurance issues. In a Senate committee meeting on March 12, Sen. …

Insurers Urge Incentives for States to Adopt Stronger Building Codes

Property/casualty insurers are backing a measure in Congress to incentivize states to adopt stronger building codes. The National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC) told members of a House panel today that the measure they are considering would help to …

Alabama Study: Small Changes Could Prevent Twister Damage

A new study of tornado destruction in Tuscaloosa found that relatively minor changes in construction — including better shingles, more anchors and thicker vinyl siding — could have prevented much of the damage to houses on the fringes of the …