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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 …

Study: Flood Risk on Rise for New York City, New Jersey Coast

A new study looking back over 1,000 years finds the flooding risk along the New York and New Jersey coasts increased greatly after industrialization, and major storms that once might have occurred every 500 years could soon happen every 25 …

Local Conn. Businesses Are Told to Plan Ahead, Prepare for Next Big Storm

A Category 3 hurricane with forces not seen in Eastern Connecticut for nearly 100 years barrels into the mouth of the Connecticut River. Roads are blocked by downed trees and utility lines. Power is expected to be out for up …