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FEMA Preparedness Award Period Open
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency is pleased to announce that the application period for the 2015 Individual and ...
California Lawmaker Presses for Earthquake Early Warning System
In California, State Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) has proposed legislation to seek out funding to install and upgrade underground sensors and other equipment ...
PIANY, NY YIP Presidents Visit Sandy-Affected Agents on Long Island
PIANY President Michael Skeele, CIC, CPIA, and NY-YIP President Gino Orrino visited with a number of agents in hardest-hit areas of Long Island to discuss ...
By Some Measures, Sandy Worse than Hurricanes Katrina and Rita
It’s a competition no one wants to win, but the comparisons are coming in...
Willis CEO Plumeri Tries to Tie Catastrophe to OFC
Joe Plumeri, chairman and CEO of Willis Group Holdings, pushed for development of a national plan to support insurers and protect the nation's economy from...
Sen. Lott Tells Miss. Rotary Club He's "Reinvigorated" Battling "Surly" Insurers
Senate Minority Whip Trent Lott (R-Miss.) was among friends when he gave a speech to the Rotary Club of Edgewater, Mississippi on April 4. Insurance...
PIA President-elect Robert Page Addresses Issues in BestWeek Interview
PIA National President-elect Robert Page criticized proposals for federal regulation of insurance and analyzed competing approaches for insuring against ...
Last Year’s Washington D.C. Earthquake Was a Rare Event
A new seismic study by the U.S. Geological Survey suggests that the earthquake that jolted the Washington, D.C., region last year was most likely a tremor that ...
Insurers May Face $5 Billion in Drought Losses
Crop insurers may face losses that exceed $5 billion if this year’s U.S. drought is worse than one in 1988, according to Standard & Poor’s
Hurricane Isaac Slams Into Southeastern Louisiana
The National Hurricane Center reports that Hurricane Isaac made its second landfall early in the morning of August 29 near Port Fourchon, 60 miles southeast of ...
FEMA Launches Task Force on Superstorm Sandy
A task force is starting work with FEMA's National Flood Insurance Program to examine problems that arose after Superstorm Sandy and to develop recommendations ...
National Hurricane Preparedness Week Is This Week, May 24–30
Rather than counting on luck, it is better to be prepared...
Atlantic Hurricane Season Begins June 1
The 2015 Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1...
Free Webinar Series for National Preparedness Month
September is National Preparedness Month. The U.S. Small Business Administration and Agility Recovery, in collaboration with the Federal Emergency Management ...
Despite Growing Risk, Fewer Buy Earthquake Insurance
Despite increased risk, the number of homeowners with earthquake insurance nationwide sits at just seven percent, according to a new survey released by the ...
FEMA, NY Request More Info on Superstorm Sandy Claims
The National Flood Insurance Program came out on Monday March 16, 2015, with a request for information on Superstorm Sandy claims from two weeks in 2012...
Hurricane Advisories Will Now Include Storm Serge Alerts
As the people of New Orleans, New Jersey and New York know all too well, much of the death and damage caused by hurricanes isn't from the wind. It's from the ...
Cold Winter Caused $2.3 Billion in Damages
The 2014-15 winter caused an estimated $2.3 billion in insured damages in the United States, which was slightly lower than the $2.5 billion in losses recorded ...
California Approves a 10 Percent Cut in Earthquake Rates
California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones approved a statewide 10 percent rate reduction and new coverage options for California Earthquake Authority ...
PIA National Natural Catastrophe Working Group Approves Resolution
The PIA National Natural Catastrophe Working, led by Chairman Jimmy Beathard (TX), unanimously approved a resolution calling for immediate action to help ...
Drought Worst Since 1956, Temperatures Hottest Since 1895
The National Climatic Data Center describes the current drought as the worst since 1956, and private crop insurers and the federal government may see ...
NAIC Post-Storm Consumer Alert
Following the stress of watching a disastrous weather system move across your area, filing an insurance claim for damage caused by the storm can be challenging ...
PIA Agencies in Path of Tropical Cyclone Sandy Help Clients Cope
PIA independent insurance agencies in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states are doing something more familiar to their compatriots along the Gulf Coast: ...
Moore, Oklahoma Property Damage Could Top $3.5 Billion
The disaster modeling company Risk Management Solutions Inc. (RMS) estimates that the tornado that struck Moore, Oklahoma, on May 20 caused between $2 billion ...
Hurricane Isaac’s Dividing Line: Inside or Outside the Levee?
In Louisiana the dividing line during Hurricane Isaac was clear, with people living outside the Army Corps of Engineers’ new $14.6 billion flood protection ...
FEMA Requests Information on Superstorm Sandy Claims
The National Flood Insurance Program came out on Monday March 16, 2015, with a request for information on Superstorm Sandy claims from two weeks in 2012...
In New York Two Weeks After Sandy, Life Far From Normal
In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, large numbers of residents in New York and New Jersey who were most severely impacted are still working to get things back to ...
Very Few Homeowners Have Earthquake Insurance
Many homeowners lack earthquake insurance, even in earthquake-prone states such as California
Damage Estimates Mount From October Storms
According to an early estimate from the Connecticut Insurance Department, the “nor’easter” that hit the state during the last weekend in October caused insured ...
2011 a Record Year for Disasters
Federal authorities say that a dozen weather disasters that caused at least $1 billion in damages hit the nation this year, the largest number of major ...