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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 …