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PIA National Natural Catastrophe Working Group Affirms Commitment to Mitigation
PIA National Natural Catastrophe Working Group Affirms Commitment to Mitigation: The PIA National Natural Catastrophe Working Group met in Arlington, Virginia ...
Property Insurers Watching Ominous Hurricane Forecasts
Three forecasters predict four intense hurricanes in the Atlantic Basin, well above the long-term average of two to three intense storms. Warmer sea surface...
Documents You Need When Disaster Strikes
Experts say it is crucial to identify and prepare important documents before a disaster strikes. Such documents include mortgage or rental agreements; ...
"Above-Average" Atlantic Hurricane Season Begins June 1
Insurers are eyeing June 1 start of the Atlantic hurricane season with nervousness. A majority of pre-season predictions point to a much more active ...
NOAA Considers How a Hurricane Would Affect the Oil Spill
Scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are considering the effects of a major storm hitting the expanding oil spill in the ...
PIA's 2010 "Hurricane Tips" Brochure Now Available
PIA National has an updated 2010 brochure that is designed as a brief informational piece PIA members can share with their clients. The PIA Hurricane...
FEMA Issues Guidance Memo on Oil and the NFIP
The issue of oil mixed with flood waters is not new for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). James A. Sadler, Director of Claims for...
Oklahoma Storm Losses May Top $1 Billion
In Oklahoma, claims from a May 10 hailstorm and tornado and a May 16 hailstorm likely will exceed $1 billion. According to State Insurance Commissioner...
Disaster Insurance Less Available, More Expensive
With catastrophic floods occurring in many states and the threat of an active hurricane season, people may be looking for extra insurance protection. But ...
U.S. More Vulnerable to Storms During Busy Hurricane Seasons
If it seemed to you that in some years hurricanes seemed to follow the same path, it turns out you're right. The U.S. coastline is...
Some Good Catastrophe News: Fires Way Down in California
Above average rainfall in the winter and lower than average temperatures in the summer have led to a wildfire season that is one of the...
Storms to Test Florida's Insurers
Florida's homeowner's insurance market may be put to the test this year if a major hurricane hits the state. Florida has experimented in recent years...
This Year's Hurricane Season Could Be Worse than 2005's
Using new tools for measuring ground, water and atmospheric cycles as the basis for forecasting major storms, leading scientists are predicting an extremely ...
Rep. Taylor's NFIP Wind Bill Gets Vote This Week, PIA Opposes
Stymied last week when the House parliamentarian ruled his amendment out of order, Rep. Gene Taylor (D-Miss.) this week will get a separate vote on...
Hot Atlantic Could Heat Up Hurricane Season
The tropical Atlantic is hotter than ever, leading hurricane forecasters to maintain their predictions for an active hurricane season, despite its slow start. ...
Researchers Say Next Major California Earthquake Could Happen Soon
A forthcoming report that is about to be published in the scientific journal Geology quotes earthquake researchers as saying the next major earthquake along ...
Active Hurricane Season So Far, But Most Storms Don't Hit the U.S.
Forecasters correctly predicted an active Atlantic hurricane season for this year, but most of the storms that developed did not reach the coast of the...
U.S. Dodges Bullet in Active Hurricane Season
Here's a case of no news being good news: In an exceptional run of good luck, the nation avoided a direct hit by a hurricane...
U.S. Dodges All Hurricane Season Bullets
The United States dodged many bullets during the just-ended 2010 Atlantic hurricane season - and this year, there were more bullets to dodge....
PIA National President Fred Thomas Introduces FEMA Video Thanking Agents
PIA National President Fred Thomas appears in a new video that thanks agents who participate in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Produced by the...
New Hurricane Computer Model Could Lead to Rise in Rates
Risk Management Solutions (RMS), one of the top producers of software used by insurance companies to estimate hurricane losses, is scheduled to release a new...
PIA National to Participate in Nat Cat Panel Discussion at Texas Capitol
The Heartland Institute, a nonprofit research and education organization, is hosting a panel discussion on January 27 at the Texas Capitol in Austin. The ...
State Farm Sheds Some Wind Cover in Louisiana, USAA Plans Same in Mississippi
State Farm Group, the largest insurer in Louisiana by market share, is shedding wind and hail coverage for small commercial properties in coastal areas and...
PIA National Addresses Catastrophe Insurance During Forum at Texas Capitol
PIA National Assistant Vice President of Regulatory Affairs David Eppstein addressed issues of availability and affordability of insurance in catastrophe-prone ...
California Residents Can Now Find Their Homes on Quake Maps Online
Property owners in California can use their computers to find whether their homes or business are in an area declared an earthquake hazard zone, officials...
New Approach to Tornado Forecasting Could Save Lives
Officials in the Dallas and Ft. Worth region are near completion of a deal with the Engineering Research Center for Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the...
NOAA Advises Coastal Residents to Be Aware of Tsunami Threat
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has called on U.S. residents who live along American coastlines to consider seriously the threat of ...
Major Hurricane This Year in U.S. Could Have "9/11 Impact" on Insurance Industry
According to Axis Capital Holdings Ltd. CEO John Charman, if a major hurricane makes landfall in the United States this season, it could have a...
Californians Express Renewed Interest in Earthquake Insurance
People in California are suddenly expressing interest in earthquake insurance in the wake of the 9.0-magnitude quake that struck off the coast of Japan two...
Signs Point to Above-Normal Hurricane Activity
This year's Atlantic hurricane season is expected to see above-normal activity, according to Tropical Storm Risk (TSR). Current and projected climate ...