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Damage Analysis of 2017-2018 California Wildfires Keys on Mitigation

New findings point to need for home improvements that resist embers, the cause of up to 90 percent of wildfire ignitions Researchers identified key factors influencing the survivability of structures during a wildfire after surveying the devastation in Paradise, Calif. …

Parish in Louisiana Getting $5.3M to Elevate 88 Homes

Louisiana U.S. Rep. Garret Graves says Livingston Parish will receive a $5.3 million federal grant to fund the elevation of 88 homes that were substantially damaged during the 2016 flood. Graves says the money is part of the $300 million …

Clearing Large Swaths of Land Part of Plan to Slow Western Wildfires

The Trump administration is proposing an ambitious plan to slow Western wildfires by bulldozing, mowing or revegetating large swaths of land along 11,000 miles of terrain in the West. The plan announced this summer would create strips of land known …

Climate Change in 2015 Could be Bigger Than Religion – or Selfie

The phrase “climate change” yields roughly 108 million results in a Google search – in the ballpark in terms of numbers of results with “Jesus Christ,” “Mohamed” and “selfie” – and you can expect the phrase to become an even …

Family: Vail Misled Officials About Fatal Slide

The family of a teen killed in an avalanche at Vail Mountain last year says there is “substantial evidence” that employees have given misleading information, altered documents and failed to do slide mitigation work. According to depositions obtained by The …

Oklahoma Leaders Ask ‘What Have We Learned’ from May Storms?

With thousands of destroyed houses, 46 deaths and damage estimates topping the $5 billion mark, victims of Oklahoma’s two EF-5 tornadoes are asking the same question: What have we learned? The answers are almost as varied as those asking the …

Bill Proposing Property Assigned Risk Plan Filed in Texas

A bill has been filed that would drastically change the structure and/or funding for Texas’ insurer of last resort for wind and hail along the coast. Senate Bill 18 by Sen. John Corona would create the Texas Property Insurance Program, …

Insurer Using Imaging Technology to Spot Home Hazards Before They Cause Damage

A new imaging technology being deployed by Fireman’s Fund Insurance Co. can help reduce the risk of catastrophic damage, injury and loss of life due to fire. It can also spot potential water damage to homes and personal property before …

Property Owners Urged to Claim Louisiana Citizens Assessment Rebate

State officials in Louisiana are calling on property owners to claim their assessment rebate charged on their insurance policies. Following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005, all property policies were charged an assessment on behalf of Citizens Property Insurance Corporation …

Wells Will Determine Groundwater Contamination in Southern California

Thirty wells are being installed in Burbank and Glendale in an effort to determine the extent of groundwater contamination. Small amounts of cancer-causing chromium 6 left behind by the San Fernando Valley aircraft industry have been detected in local water …