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Study Finds Offshore Wind Farms Can Tame Hurricanes
A new study says that billions of dollars in damage from mega-storms Katrina and Sandy might have been avoided with a surprising device: wind turbines...
Fracking Tied to Unusual Rise in Earthquakes in Central U.S.
n a new study from the U.S. Geological Survey, researchers say they are almost certain that a series of earthquakes in the middle of the U.S. could result from ...
Female-Named Hurricanes More Deadly, But Less Feared
A new study finds that people are slightly less likely to flee an oncoming storm with a feminine name than a masculine one...
Time for a Disaster Plan Checkup
As of July 1, 20 federal disasters have been declared...
March Toll for Insured Tornado Losses is $1.2 Billion
Aon Corp. reports that severe weather in the United States has caused more than $1.2 billion of insured losses in March 2012
Homeowners Not Sufficiently Scared of Earthquakes
State officials and insurance companies think that homeowners in California aren't sufficiently scared of earthquakes...
Katrina 10: PIA Video—Destruction and Recovery
PIA National President Richard A. Clements takes viewers on a 10th Anniversary tour of areas devastated by Hurricane Katrina in his beloved New Orleans.,,
Tropical Cyclone Sandy Puts New Stresses on NFIP
The federal government’s National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is at risk of running out of funds because under law, the NFIP can add only an additional $3 ...
Video: State Lawmakers Explore How Catastrophes Are Reshaping Markets
In a video from the summer meeting of the National Conference of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL),state lawmakers explore how recent catastrophes are impacting ...
Peak Hurricane Season Approaches, Active Year Could Cost Insurers
On August 8, as the peak of the hurricane season approaches, the National Weather Service released a new forecast for an unusually active year but not as ...
PIA Agents Call on Insurers to Promptly Pay Sandy Claims
PIA agents in three Northeastern states have written an open letter to insurance carriers asking them to send advance claim checks to victims of Tropical ...
Disaster Assistance Provided in Louisiana, Mississippi
President Obama declared disaster areas in the path of Hurricane Isaac on August 29 and ordered Federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in ...
PIA to Attend NAIC Spring Meetings in Houston
The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) is scheduled to hold its spring meeting in Houston, TX April 4 – 9...
Quiet Atlantic Hurricane Season Expected
With the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season set to start on June 1, Colorado State University researchers have forecast that the season will be less active than ...
FEMA Safe Rooms Provide Protection During Storms
Having a Federal Emergency Management Agency Safe Room in your home or business can help provide near-absolute protection for your family or employees during ...
Insurance Issues Updates
The Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.) has updated several of its issues sections as of May 1, 2012
Have the “Flood Talk” With Your Clients Before Hurricane Season
Top forecasters from Colorado State University predict a quiet 2014 Atlantic hurricane season, suggesting that nine tropical storms will form, but only three ...
Hurricane Season Begins June 1, Time to Prepare
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s annual forecast says there is a 70 percent likelihood that eight to 13 tropical storms will form...
Start of Hurricane Season Is Time for an Insurance Check-up
Florida Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty says that flooding is a serious and frequent threat to Floridians, and he urges residents to check their ...
Ten-year Anniversary of a Wave of Hurricanes
Ten years ago on August 13, 2004, the first of what would be a series of destructive hurricanes hit the United States...
USDA Declares Largest-Ever Drought Disaster in 26 States
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has made the largest natural disaster declaration in its history and designated 1,016 counties in 26 states in the ...
Updated Reports on Catastrophes, Flood Insurance by I.I.I.
The Insurance Information Institute has issued updated reports on insurance issues related to catastrophes, and flood insurance...
More Families Building Tornado Shelters
The staggering 2011 death toll from tornadoes has some families in the South and Midwest taking an extra step to be ready for future tornado incidents, ...
Report Warns Budget Cuts Could Hamper Hurricane, Tornado Forecasts
On May 2 the National Research Council released an analysis indicating that the ability to track tornadoes and forecast hurricanes will decline because the ...
Hurricane-Force Storm Causes Massive Damage in Europe
Insurers will have to pay out up to €1.3 billion ($1.75 billion) in claims after the storm that swept through northern Europe in late October, reinsurance ...
Tornado Losses Could Reach Hundreds of Millions
The March 2, 2012 tornado outbreak, which ravaged the Tennessee Valley, the Ohio Valley, and the South will go down in the record books as one of the worst, if ...
Hundreds of Sandy Victims Facing Insurer Delays
On Jan. 9, hundreds of homeowners frustrated with delays in dealing with their insurers regarding the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy met with representatives ...
House Passes Weather Forecasting Bill
Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John D. Doak is applauding House passage of H.R. 2413, the Weather Forecasting Improvement Act of 2014, sponsored by Rep. Jim ...
HUD Proposes Pitting Disaster-hit States Against Each Other for Relief
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development officials are considering the use of more than $1 billion of the remaining $3.6 billion in rebuilding aid for ...
Severe Weather in Southeast Expected to Cost Hundreds of Millions
Two days of severe weather recently swept across the Southeast, as states were raked by tornadoes, heavy rains and hail on April 27 and 28...