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Worst U.S. Nightclub Fire Influenced Building Safety Codes, Burn Care

In the blink of an eye the Cocoanut Grove – one of Boston’s swankiest nightclubs – became an unimaginable inferno, trapping hundreds of panicked victims as they jammed the club’s exits. In less than 15 minutes, 492 people were dead …

Superstorm Sandy’s Impact on Flood Risk Assessment, Mitigation 5 Years Later

It’s been five years since Superstorm Sandy caused widespread devastation to the East Coast, causing an estimated $18.75 billion in insured property losses at the time, according to ISO’s Property Claim Services (PCS). In an interview with Claims Journal, Marc …

Slow Recovery, Reconstruction After Mexico Quake

Wearing a hardhat, Rodrigo Diaz Mejia steps onto the hood of a crushed car and then gingerly into an apartment cracked open by the Sept. 19 earthquake. Inside he spots a photo of two young boys hanging on a wall …

After Hurricanes, Focus Turns to Assessing the Effectiveness of Building Code Adoption

As residents and businesses continue to recover after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, focus is beginning to turn to mitigation. In Florida, where experts say better buildings codes resulted from Hurricane Andrew 25 years ago, analysis will include how improved codes …

Engineers Say Mexico Quake Deaths Could Have Been Prevented

Warm lighting would enhance the wood floors’ natural glow, the developer promised, so when all the custom lightbulbs burnt out, Anahi Abadia and her husband grudgingly drove to Home Depot to replenish supplies for their chic new flat in central …

Quake Code Questions Raised After Mexico School Collapse

On paper at least, the Mexico City school appeared to be structurally sound and built to withstand a major earthquake. But it collapsed, killing 26 people, most of them children. And now authorities are looking into whether an apartment reportedly …

Harvey Could Spark Debate on How, Where Americans Build Homes

Jerry Garcia’s home in Corpus Christi missed the worst of Hurricane Harvey by just a few miles and lost nothing more than some shingles and his backyard pier, which turned up further down Oso Bay. A 5-foot bulkhead and sloping …

4 Lessons From Hurricane Andrew

It’s been 25 years since Hurricane Andrew struck the coast of Florida on August 24, 1992. The state was no match for the 17-foot storm surge and high winds the category 5 storm produced. Andrew became the costliest disaster in …

Munich Re Tornado Virtual Reality Experience Shows Need for Resilient Homes

Munich Reinsurance America, Inc. has developed an immersive Tornado Virtual Reality Experience to help people and businesses understand the devastation wrought by a tornado and the need to embrace resiliency to help reduce future property losses and save lives, all …

Montana Deck Collapse Investigation Underway

Friends and family had gathered to celebrate the life of a Montana firefighter when the deck below their feet suddenly gave way, and they became the victims of the type of disaster to which he spent three decades responding. Nobody …