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Sen. Bill Nelson Moves to Get Federal Guarantees for FL Catastrophes
At meetings with Florida legislative leaders, U.S. Senator Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) discussed federal loan guarantees to sustain the state's Hurricane Catastrophe ...
U.S. Treasury Would Guarantee Cat Funds Under Bill by Sen. Bill Nelson (FL)
Newly introduced legislation from Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) would have the U.S. Treasury guarantee bonds issued by the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund as ...
It's Less Than 30 Days Until Hurricane Season - Time to Consider Flood Insurance
June 1, 2009 marks the beginning of Atlantic hurricane season. In addition to knowing appropriate safety precautions, FEMA recommends protecting your property ...
Updated 2009 PIA National Hurricane Flyers Available
Hurricane Tips for Homeowners (color PDF)Hurricane Tips for Homeowners (B&W PDF) (Please note: These are PIA member-only resources and require you to login.) ...
Hurricane Parties: Not a Good Idea
Over the years, some people have been injured and some even killed because they decided to hold "hurricane parties" when one of the big storms...
Poll Finds Most Coastal State Residents Not Concerned by Hurricanes
A new survey from Miami's Florida International University finds residents of coastal states are largely indifferent toward the threat presented by hurricanes. ...
Building Codes Bill Welcomed by Insurers
Newly introduced federal legislation would encourage the adoption and enforcement of statewide building codes throughout the United States. The Safe Building ...
GAO: FEMA Delays Hamper National Disaster Readiness
A new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report urges the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to speed up development of its natural disaster ...
Florida Allows Mitigation Program to Expire 30 Days After Start of Hurricane Season
The state of Florida will not renew its $250 million "My Safe Florida Home" program, citing a $6 billion budget gap. The program provides...
PIA Supports Americans for Smart Natural Catastrophe Policy
PIA National, through its Natural Catastrophe Working Group, is participating in a national industry coalition of insurance, environmental and taxpayer groups ...
Hurricane Season is Underway - Make Sure You Have a Plan
The 2009 hurricane season has officially begun and should serve as a reminder to coastal residents that preparation is essential in order to limit injuries...
PIA National Supports Three New Disaster Bills
PIA National has announced its support for three bills introduced by Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security: H.R. 3026, ...
Bill Gates Wants to Disarm Hurricanes by Siphoning the High Seas
Microsoft founder Bill Gates and a number of scientists and engineers have filed a patent application for a system of giant ocean-going tubs that would...
Florida, Georgia DOIs Extend Cooperative Disaster Agreement
Florida Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty and Georgia Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine have renewed a partnership agreement enabling the insurance ...
President Declares Major Disaster For Iowa
The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal disaster aid has been made available for the state of Iowa and ordered...
NFIP Asks: Are Your Clients Prepared for Hurricanes?
Peak Atlantic hurricane season has arrived, and residents and business owners should not assume that a calm June and July mean a major hurricane is...
NC Commissioner Praises Passage of Limits on Liability at PIA Meeting
North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin praised that state's General Assembly passage of a revised Beach Plan, which would limit insurance ...
NAIC Adopts White Paper on Catastrophes
The full membership of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners approved a white paper on natural catastrophe risks. The paper was four years in ...
Natural Disasters, Healthcare Reform on NCOIL Agenda
State lawmakers attending the annual meeting of the National Conference of Insurance Legislators in New Orleans November 19-21 will discuss healthcare reform ...
PIA Supports Disaster Response, Recovery and Enhancement Act (H.R. 3377)
PIA National has put out a statement of support for the Disaster Response, Recovery and Mitigation Enhancement Act of 2009 (H.R. 3377). The legislation is...
Disaster Group Urges Passage of House Bill
A group pushing for natural disaster policy reform said it is urging swift House passage of legislation providing incentives for states to develop ...
NCOIL Committee Discusses Cat Financing Proposal
On November 19, the National Conference of Insurance Legislators' (NCOIL) Natural Disaster Subcommittee considered a proposal regarding public-private ...
"Very Inactive" Hurricane Season About to End, But Don't Relax Yet
A tropical storm still could develop even after this year's Atlantic hurricane season officially ends November 30, according to government forecasters. The ...
Good News: The Hurricane Season That Wasn't
Here's some really good news: the 2009 Atlantic hurricane season was the tamest in 12 years. For the first time in three seasons, not a...
PIA Supports Weatherization Bill (S. 2818)
Legislation to increase home weatherization assistance for low-income homeowners as a means of catastrophic loss abatement has been introduced in the U.S. ...
Forecasters Will Now Issue Hurricane Warnings 12 Hours Earlier
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) has announced it will begin issuing storm watches and warnings 48 hours ahead of time, about 12 hours sooner than...
Recent Quake Events Are an Insurance Wake-Up Call for California
A 6.5 magnitude earthquake that recently struck the shore of Northern California didn't even come close to the devastation of the quake that destroyed much...
What's the Insurance Value of Pre-season Hurricane Predictions?
At the start of December a pair of forecasters at Colorado State University kicked off the 2010 hurricane prognostication season with a call for an...
Outspoken Louisiana Hurricane Expert Sues Over Dismissal
Dr. Ivor van Heerden, the former deputy director of the Louisiana State University Hurricane Center, is suing the university to get his job back. Dr....
Damage From Mid Atlantic Storms Tops $2 billion
The nation's capital is digging out from a week which saw two major snowstorms paralyze the city and bring almost everything to a halt. Things...