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North Dakota Commission OKs Spending For Disaster Recoveries

The North Dakota Emergency Commission has approved spending requests for weather-related disasters this year. The Bismarck Tribune reported National Guard state commander Maj. Gen. David Sprynczynatyk brought the requests to the commission. One was to increase spending authority to more …

Guide to Help Hawaii Boaters Prepare For Disasters

Hawaii boaters have a new guide to help them protect themselves and their vessels from natural disasters. The University of Hawaii and the state worked together to prepare the Hawaii Boater’s Hurricane and Tsunami Safety Manual. University of Hawaii Sea …

Coalition Pushing for New National Framework for Disasters

A coalition of national interests has introduced a framework intended to shape how the nation responds to natural disasters, or as one advocate of the framework described it, change the way governments and communities operate so they can “prespond to …

Alaskan Senator Seeks $15M For Tsunami Debris

An Alaska senator wants $15 million for tsunami debris clean-up included in a federal disaster relief package for West Coast states affected by Superstorm Sandy. Sen. Mark Begich says the impact of debris from the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in …

Lloyd’s Report Focuses on ‘Gap’ in Disaster Costs and Insurance Coverage

A new report from Lloyd’s notes that the “the world has been battered by natural catastrophes in recent years, revealing a serious gap between the economic cost of natural catastrophes and the levels of insured risk.” Recently published research, Lloyd’s …

Minn. Gov. Dayton Appeals FEMA Flood Aid Denial

Gov. Mark Dayton is raising concerns about the safety and sanitation of northeastern Minnesota homes that were badly damaged by summer flooding and that won’t be covered by federal assistance. Dayton on Wednesday appealed last month’s denial of individual assistance …

Global Economy Could Endure Disaster – for ‘Only a Week’

The global economy could withstand widespread disruption from a natural disaster or attack by militants for only a week, as governments and businesses are not sufficiently prepared to deal with unexpected events, a report by a respected think-tank said. Events …

Report: Emergency Preparedness Eroding in Montana

Montana is at risk of becoming less prepared to respond to disasters and public-health emergencies because of state and federal budget cuts. That’s according to a new report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Trust for America’s Health. …

Swiss Re Estimates 2011 Economic Cat Loss at $350 Bn; Insured Loss $108 Bn

Swiss Re describes 2011 as the “year with the highest catastrophe-related economic losses in history, at $350 billion.” It could have been the most costly year ever for the insurance industry, if Japan had been more fully insured. The figures …

Nationwide Mutual’s Profit Down on $1.5 Billion Disaster Losses

Insurance company Nationwide Mutual said profits in the first half of the year fell by more than half after paying claims, like the rest of the industry, for some of the worst tornadoes in U.S. history. Privately held Nationwide, one …