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Hurricane Recovery in U.S. Virgin Islands Lags Puerto Rico’s

Puerto Rico’s economy has shown considerable signs of improvement after the hit form hurricanes Irma and Maria two years ago, while the U.S. Virgin Islands economy remains “mired in a deep slump.” That’s the finding in new report by the …

Florida, California Towns Lack Path to Safety From Storms, Fires

Florida and California, two states with wide exposure to natural disasters, lack critical evacuation routes in some areas for residents to flee. Among the 100 American communities with the most-constrained evacuation routes, 20 are in Florida and 14 in California, …

CoreLogic: Wildfires, Floods Dominated Natural Hazards in 2017

Last year’s weather hazards reflected a mostly average season, with the exception of wildfires in California and flooding as a result of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, according to CoreLogic’s annual Natural Hazard Risk Summary and Analysis released last week. The …

A Refresher on the Named Storm Deductible

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma caused massive devastation to Texas and Florida and now frustration for policyholders, their attorneys and public adjusters due to the named storm deductible on some policies. This week Cozen O’Connor hosted a webinar to provide a …

Home Inventories Can Cut Claim Processing Time by 50%

Wild weather has become more common with climate change, the experts say, and homeowners can prepare for natural disasters by making home inventories – detailed lists of household belongings and their approximate value. Making a home inventory can be easy; …

Mississippi City’s New Ordinance Allows Older Homes to Rebuild After Disaster

The Oxford Board of Aldermen has approved a new ordinance that allows owners of older homes to rebuild after a natural disaster, even if the house doesn’t meet current setback codes and other newer regulations. City Planner Andrea Correll tells …

Additional Minnesota Counties Qualify for Disaster Aid

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 18 more Minnesota counties as primary natural disaster areas due to heavy rain, flooding and cold temperatures from May 1 through July 1. The designation makes farmers and ranchers in those counties eligible …

Natural Disaster Funds Could be Tapped to Fight Wildfires

A bipartisan effort underway in Congress would change the way the country pays to fight catastrophic wildfires, tapping natural disaster funds instead of money intended for fire prevention, lawmakers from Oregon and Idaho said Monday. In the past, as fire …

28 Louisiana Parishes in Drought Disaster Declaration

Louisiana’s Department of Agriculture says federal authorities have declared 28 parishes in the state natural disaster areas because of drought. Commissioner Mike Strain said in a Wednesday news release that the designation makes farm operators in the areas eligible to …

Home Inventories, Insurance Awareness Should Be Top Priorities: Allstate

Americans know that they and their homes could be impacted by a natural disaster, but they are not certain of their coverage and they have not recently reviewed their policies with an agent. These are among the conclusions resulting from …