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Locked-Down Lawyers Warned Alexa Is Hearing Confidential Calls

Hey Alexa, stop listening to my client’s information. As law firms urge attorneys to work from home during the global pandemic, their employees’ confidential phone calls with clients run the risk of being heard by Amazon.com Inc. and Google. Mishcon …

Iowa Town Learns Tornadoes Destroy Quickly But Property Recovery Takes Time

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa— It took 23 minutes for the July 2018 tornado to rip a path through Marshalltown resulting in millions of dollars in property damage. Like many homes and private businesses, city and county properties were not spared from the …

After a Disaster, Imagery Gives Insurance Companies a Clear Picture: Viewpoint

Some of the most famous planes in the weather world are hurricane hunters, piloted by steely nerved aviators who fly into storms to measure what is imperceptible to people on the ground. Since the first storm-chasing pilot plunged into a …

Storm-Weary Carolinas Worry Michael May Impact Rebuilding

In the storm-weary Carolinas, Hurricane Michael is stoking fresh fears among homeowners who still have tarps on their roofs or industrial dehumidifiers drying their floors from destruction left by Hurricane Florence. Thousands of homes in North and South Carolina were …

Hawaii Plans $550M Request for Disaster Recovery

Big Island Mayor Harry Kim is planning to ask the state Legislature for $550 million for disaster recovery following the effects of the Kilauea volcano eruption. Kim said he discussed a conceptual plan with Gov. David Ige last week, and …

Louisiana Recovery Group Marshals Cash, Volunteers to Help Flood Victims

Leslie Garon pressed her right hand to her chest and choked back tears as she addressed more than a dozen green-shirted volunteers in her living room earlier this month. “From the bottom of my heart, I appreciate every one of …

Research Reveals Coastal Housing Recovery Gaps After Disasters

A team including an Iowa State University researcher studied Galveston, Texas, homes following Hurricane Ike, finding that the types of housing and homeowners – and how U.S. recovery policy handles each – played a major role in recovery outcomes. Sara …

Texas Coastal Cities Conduct Post-Harvey Dune Restoration

The relaxation of state regulations after Hurricane Harvey has allowed Texas coastal communities to undertake nearly a dozen dune reconstruction projects. Galveston can authorize emergency beachfront repairs until at least Jan. 3, including for dunes damaged by the storm, the …

White House Warns Next Disaster Bill to Cost ‘Tens of Billions’

The White House says the next request for disaster aid will cost tens of billions of dollars and Congress should consider making cuts in other government programs to finance it. In a letter to top lawmakers in Congress, Office of …

Aerial Imaging, Machine Learning Speed Hurricane-Related Damage Assessments

In the wake of three devastating hurricanes this season, many carriers and vendors used drones and airplanes to assess structural storm damage in several states. The use of aerial imaging combined with machine learning has led to speedier claims resolution, …