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As Hurricane Season Starts, Coronavirus to Impact Disaster Preparedness

With forecasters predicting another intense Atlantic hurricane season with as many as 13 to 19 named storms, disaster preparedness experts say it’s critically important for people in evacuation zones to plan to stay with friends or family, rather than end …

How to Manage Two Disasters at Same Time

On March 5, Tennessee governor Bill Lee announced the state’s first confirmed case of Covid-19. Three weeks later on Easter Sunday, tornadoes touched down outside of Chattanooga, killing four people and flattening 2,000 structures. Since the start of the pandemic, …

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 …

U.S. Spends Billions on Disaster Aid Over Investing in More Lasting Preparedness

Forecasters are expecting this year’s North Atlantic hurricane season to be roughly average, with about 14 named storms including six full-fledged hurricanes. Last week, the government finally dealt with the fallout from 2018, enacting a $19.1 billion relief package to …

Risk Managers Reminded of Strategies for Coping with Disasters in Their Many Forms

Preparing for the unthinkable requires a lot thought. Risk management professionals this week cautioned audiences of the myriad pitfalls in planning for catastrophes during the Risk & Insurance Management Society’s annual conference at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. Corporations …

Experts Give Texas Mixed Reviews on Disaster Preparedness

More than a year and a half after Hurricane Harvey slammed into Texas, killing dozens, the state is still waiting on billions in federal recovery dollars. In the meantime, Texas lawmakers are looking to prepare the state — the most …

New Tsunami Warning System Could Add Vital Minutes of Warning for Indonesia

Indonesia’s tsunami detection system, made up of seafloor sensors that communicate with transmitting buoys on the surface, has been rendered useless by vandals and lack of funding. Now Indonesian and U.S. scientists say they’ve developed a way to dispense with …

IICF’s Northeast Division Awards Ten Local Community Grants

The Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation’s (IICF) Northeast Division today announced it has awarded ten local community grants – in the amount of $2,500 each – to nonprofit organizations working outside the Metropolitan areas in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. …

Virginia Sets Up Fund to Cope With Sea-Level Rise

Virginia has set up a new revolving loan fund designed to help property owners prepare for rising sea levels. But the Virginian-Pilot reports that the fund has no funds and may not have any money for several years. Still, Virginia …

New York Trains More Than 100K Residents in Disaster Response

More than 100,000 New York state residents are now trained in how to help out during a natural or man-made disaster. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the Citizen Preparedness Corps reached the milestone on March 21. The training program …