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How Forested Communities Are Trying to Adapt to Growing Wildfire Threat

Unless it’s Sunday, Kelly Loew is steering her rusty red Jeep down the same mail route in Shingletown, as she has six days a week for the last seven years. But she delivers less mail these days as California’s persistent …

How Insurers Help Design High-End Homes That Mitigate Disaster Risk

Bruce Gendelman wanted a mountainside retreat when he bought 12 acres in Aspen, Colorado. But forest fires that have torched nearby land in recent years left him concerned. So Gendelman, who runs an insurance brokerage, tapped into a program that …

FEMA Chief Urges New Culture of More Individual Responsibility for Disaster Mitigation

Americans must assume more responsibility for protecting themselves from the rising toll of natural disasters, the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency warned. “Most people think, ‘I see it on TV, it’ll never happen to me — I’m not …

Insurers’ Firefighting Teams Move to Limit Damage from California Wildfires

California’s raging wildfires are so bad that American International Group Inc. and Chubb Ltd. are deploying teams of specialists and former firefighters to spray retardants on homes. The season may soon rank among the industry’s most costly. The latest blazes …

Critics Say Bond Rating Agencies Ignore Municipalities’ Climate Risk

Last fall, after a trio of deadly hurricanes, ratings companies warned vulnerable coastal cities to get ready for climate change — or face higher borrowing costs on the $3.9 trillion municipal bond market. Climate advocates cheered, hoping the prospect of …

Latest Storms May Finally Shift Focus to Disaster Mitigation by Local Communities

Hurricane Michael’s devastation could spur policymakers to better prepare vulnerable communities for the effects of climate change. The images of entire towns in Florida’s panhandle all but erased by storm surges, as well as accounts of bodies pulled from shattered …

After Pair of 1-in-1000 Year Floods, a Maryland Town Seeks Safeguards

The deadly flash flood that devastated a Maryland town’s historic center in July 2016 was dubbed a 1-in-1000 year event. Less than two years later, an even more treacherous flood ravaged the town, gutting shops and killing a visitor. Exasperated …

Federal Disaster Mitigation Saves $6 for Every $1 Spent: Report

Federal programs to protect Americans against extreme weather and other natural disasters save even more money than previously thought, according to a report funded by the same agencies that have proposed cutting many of those programs. The report, released Thursday …

Vanuatu Villagers Provide Lessons in Survival After Cyclone Pam

Villagers in Vanuatu buried food and fresh water as one of the strongest storms on record bore down on them, fleeing to churches, schools and even coconut drying kilns as 300 kph winds and massive seas tore their flimsy houses …

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 …