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How Real-Time Information Can Assist Insurers During Natural Disasters

At every phase of disaster preparation and recovery, time is of the essence. Today, social media platforms allow authorities to share critical updates with the public instantaneously and coordinate relief efforts. It also allows those in need to request assistance …

Experienced FEMA Chief Not a Newcomer to Government Disaster Response

Hurricane Katrina. Deepwater Horizon. And now, perhaps the worst disaster Texas has ever seen. Brock Long, the man directing the Trump administration’s response to Hurricane Harvey, is a veteran of disaster management in government and the private sector. But the …

Farmers Insurance Integrates Veterans Into Disaster Response Efforts

Farmers Insurance, a national multiline insurance group, and Team Rubicon, an El Segundo-based, international nonprofit organization that unites veterans with first responders to provide emergency response services, announced the launch of a unique collaboration that will integrate the skills of …

In-Depth Study Reveals How Drones Can Help in All Phases of a Disaster

Though drone usage is mainly used in disaster response currently, a new report highlights the benefits of using drones in all four stages of the disaster life cycle: prevention, preparation, response and recovery. Zurich North America, a co-sponsor of the …

Insurers Urge FAA to Speed Use of Drones for Disaster Response

U.S. companies including insurers and aerospace manufacturers urged federal aviation regulators on Tuesday to speed up the use of drones in disaster response and relief operations in the United States. A report sponsored by the groups and released by the …

Drought Triggers ARC Insurance Payout In Africa’s Sahel Region

ARC Insurance Company Limited will pay $25 million in drought insurance claims to three countries in the Sahel this month. Mauritania, Niger and Senegal, which paid a combined premium of $8 million, will use the payout to mobilize early interventions …

FAA Revamps Systems After Chicago Air Traffic Control Fire

The Federal Aviation Administration is revamping its systems following the September sabotage and fire at a suburban Chicago air traffic control center that disrupted travel nationwide. FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said Monday the agency is working to reduce its response …

Oklahoma Chemical Storage Site Locations Available Online

The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality has put on the department’s website the locations of chemical storage sites and other facilities in the state. The map also shows the locations of oil and gas wells, manufacturing plants and cellphone towers …

Mozambique Earmarks $32M for Future Flood Response

Mozambique’s government has announced a new plan to deal with the country’s frequent and deadly flood disasters. Deputy foreign minister Enrique Banze said on Wednesday the government has set aside up to $32 million in the national budget to cover …

Ohio Seeks Private Partners to Improve Disaster Response

Ohio officials are hoping to expand a state program intended to boost information-sharing and disaster response through cooperation between the public and private sectors. The Ohio Public Private Partnership, or OP3, was developed last year and now includes nearly 90 …