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Munich Re Tool Allows Fast Post-Disaster Damage Assessments

Munich Re had teamed up with a unit of the National Insurance Crime Bureau to offer insurance carriers an analytics tool that can quickly assess property damage after natural catastrophes and speed up claims payments. Roman Buegler, head of Munich …

Texas Housing Program Aims to Rebuild Faster after Disaster

HOUSTON — For Houston resident Scenacia Jones, the experience of getting her new home through an innovative way of building post-disaster housing was like an experiment. Jones and her two children had been living in a shelter for single parents …

IBM-Backed Project Creates Wi-Fi Network For Natural Disasters

About the photo: Hardware from Project OWL, an IoT software solution that keeps first responders and victims connected in a natural disaster, at their work space in Brooklyn, New York on May 2, 2019. Photographer David Williams/Bloomberg. From a cramped …

RIMS Speakers Offer Guidance on Preparing for Disaster

BOSTON — Preparing for the unthinkable requires a lot thought. Risk management professionals on Monday cautioned audiences of the myriad pitfalls in planning for catastrophes during the Risk & Insurance Management Society’s annual conference at the Boston Convention and Exhibition …

Climate Advocates Cheer Trump Policy Shift on Flood Insurance

About the photo: A member of a search and rescue team wades through floodwaters after Hurricane Florence in Carolina Beach, North Carolina on Sept. 17, 2018. Photographer: Callaghan O’Hare/Bloomberg Climate advocates say an overhaul of the nation’s flood insurance program …

Poll Finds That Neighbors Are Key to Coping With Disasters

Neighbor helping neighbor. Trust in a community. Looking out for each other. An Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research survey suggests that those factors – collectively termed “social resilience”- have a big impact on how prepared communities feel for …

Tax Credit Considered for Colorado Disaster-Destroyed Homes

Colorado residents who lost their homes in last year’s floods and wildfires still have to pay property taxes, but state lawmakers are trying to change that law. A bill being heard in a House committee Wednesday would give homeowners whose …

Arkansas Program Set for Managing Emergency Responders

The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management is to host more than 150 participants for a program on managing emergency responders who come in from out-of-state during a disaster. The Thursday event in Conway will focus on testing the agency’s ability …

Ohio Couple Ready When Disaster Strikes

Pearlia and Lawrence Kynard have walked through flooded streets in Cincinnati, endured hazardous wildfires in California, and observed tornado-struck communities in Mississippi and Oklahoma. Whenever a disaster strikes, the Kynards, who have been married 47 years, are ready to hit …

Nevada Officials Unveil Disaster Vehicle

Nevada Senator Harry Reid and Washoe County Sheriff Michael Haley are rolling out a special communications vehicle that will help officials set up a mobile command center during a disaster. The so-called Critical Incident Response Vehicle was unveiled yesterday in …