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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 …

Report Makes Chilling Forecast on Northwest Quake

More than 10,000 people could die when – not if – a monster earthquake and tsunami occur just off the Pacific Northwest coast, researchers told Oregon legislators Thursday. Coastal towns would be inundated. Schools, buildings and bridges would collapse, and …

Oklahoma Officials Learn Lessons From Ice Storm

Communications have been modernized, utility outage response has improved and emergency response officials in north-central Oklahoma are better prepared for natural disasters 10 years after one of the worst ice storms in state history crippled the region. A storm system …