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EU Sends Help to Burning Balkans After Huge Fire Near Athens

ARIBOBI, Greece (AP) — The European Union promised assistance Wednesday to Greece and other countries in southeast Europe grappling with huge wildfires after a blaze gutted or damaged more than 100 homes and businesses near Athens. Fire crews in Greece …

Philippine Volcano Belches Dark Plume, Villagers Evacuated

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A small volcano near the Philippine capital belched a dark plume of steam and ash into the sky in a brief explosion Thursday, prompting officials to start evacuating thousands of villagers from high-risk areas. Government experts …

PG&E to Ante Up $150M for Botched Outages, Recent Wildfires

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric is getting hit with a nearly $150 million billion for neglect that caused Northern California wildfires during the past two years and mismanagement of blackouts designed to prevent the utility’s crumbling …

No Hugs Or Handshakes: Pandemic Complicates Storm Relief

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — For people who lost homes to the deadly tornadoes that rampaged across the South, there are no comforting hugs from volunteers or handshakes from politicians. For homeless families, there are no Red Cross shelters, only hotel rooms. …

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 …