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When Hurricanes Wreak Havoc: An Insurance Agency’s Perspective

Weathering a storm like Hurricanes Harvey, Irma or Maria requires planning, insurance and grit. In a span of 30 days the devastation from multiple hurricanes impacted millions of American families and businesses. When Harvey was offshore and still setting its …

How Mapping Disasters Can Help Devastated Communities Rally

On Meredith Beers’ laptop, the intensity of the twister that touched down here in February is marked in green, yellow and red. The colors illustrate light, medium and heavy damage from the 150-mile winds that tore through the city’s Ninth …

Six Months Later, Hurricane Flood Victims Still Recovering in Virginia

In the months since Hurricane Matthew, Dawn Sawyer has watched her 9-year-old, Sam, bite his nails down to “nubs.” She’s never seen him do that before. As Sam remembers it, he slept right through the storm. He knows the water …

Minot, North Dakota, Planning for Launch of Disaster Resilience Program

Minot officials have drafted a new governance structure for the city in hopes of giving momentum to its disaster resilience program. City Manager Tom Barry outlined the plan to the Minot City Council earlier this month, the Minot Daily News …

Louisiana Disaster Response Improved Post-Katrina but Gaps Remain

Eleven years ago, Sam Barbera hooked up his boat and headed to New Orleans to ferry people from Hurricane Katrina’s floodwaters. Four weeks ago, he found himself in another boat for rescues — this time at home in Baton Rouge, …

Mobile Homes, not Travel Trailers, Headed to Louisiana after Deadly Flooding

Mobile homes will fill front yards across southern Louisiana again, just like after Hurricane Katrina, as federal authorities bring in temporary housing for thousands of people displaced by catastrophic flooding. These houses, though, will be on blocks and strapped down …

UK Broker Bluefin Extends Loss Recovery Insurance Partnership with Lorega

Bluefin, the London-based insurance broker, has extended its existing loss recovery insurance services partnership with Lorega Ltd., the UK MGA and assistance specialist, across its middle market commercial business. The new three-year deal will see Lorega continue to provide loss …

Disaster Recovery Firm Interstate Restoration Acquires Canada’s FirstOnSite

Interstate Restoration LLC, the Ft. Worth, Tex.-based disaster recovery company, has completed the acquisition of FirstOnSite Restoration G.P. Inc. in Canada. As Canada’s largest independent disaster restoration services provider with 35 branches across the country, FirstOnSite Restoration will continue to …

Federal Disaster Declared in 33 Georgia Counties From Winter Storms

President Barack Obama has declared that a major disaster exists in 33 Georgia counties following recent severe storms and flooding that affected the state. The White House announced Feb. 26 that federal aid will be available to state and eligible …

Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Arkansas County

A joint federal/state disaster recovery center opened in Jefferson County Feb. 20 to help those whose homes or businesses were affected by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding in December and January, Representatives from the Arkansas Department of Emergency …