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Though it's still early in the 2015 season, the polar vortex is back - and with a vengeance.
How to Prepare for the Return of the Polar Vortex
These tips can help prevent your home from being victimized by Old Man Winter's wrath.
If there is an energy facility near you, the U.S. Energy Information Administration recently released a web tool that can help determine whether its located in a flood zone.
EIA Releases Flood Vulnerability Map Web Tool
The U.S. Energy Information Administration has an online tool that allows users to see if energy infrastructure near to them is at risk for flooding.
If you're looking for the state where natural hazards are fairly few and far between, Michigan may be your best bet, according to newly released data.
Michigan Carries Lowest Risk for Property Damage Loss, Study Finds
The Wolverine State is the least likely in the U.S. for damaging natural disasters to take place, according to a new report from CoreLogic.
As with previous years, recent wildfire occurrences were largely confined to the Pacific Northwest, but even here, a fairly limited amount of acreage was consumed, comparatively speaking.
Off Year for Wildfire Activity, New Numbers Show
Less than 38,500 wildfires occurred in the U.S. through September, making it one of the quietest years in recent memory.
As hard as it may be to believe, it's been two years since Hurricane Sandy roared ashore, the superstorm that took shape in late October and didn't let up until early November.
Fallout of Hurricane Sandy Still Felt Two Years Later
Superstorm Sandy may be a distant memory, but its effects are still being felt today.
As the second half of the year plays out, the first six months were ones to remember in the natural disaster department, according to newly released details on the economic impact of environmental disasters.
Relatively Quiet First Half of 2014 for Natural Disasters
Economic losses were half of what they are normally at the year's midpoint, but Aon Benfield says the concluding six months could be a different story.
The Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety applauded the U.S. House of Representatives for passing The National Windstorm Impact Reduction Act, which was up for reauthorization.
Windstorm Bill Being Considered by Lawmakers
The Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety recently recognized the U.S. House of Representatives for passing a bill that would help protect structures from wind-related damage threats.
Close to 95 percent of people who have a place of their own say that they have coverage, based on a recent survey performed by ORC International on behalf of the Insurance Information Institute.
Reduce the Cost of Homeowners Insurance
The average homeowner spends $35 per month in premiums for every $100,000 a home is worth, according to estimates.
As a general rule, earthquakes are fairly rare events, certainly the ones that can bring substantial damage.
USGS Raises Risk Level of Earthquake for Nation
The U.S. Geological Survey says 42 states have a 'reasonable chance' of experiencing a major earthquake in the next 50 years.
Top factors business owners must address to assess flood risk
Top Factors Business Owners Must Address to Assess Flood Risk
Duration, velocity, depth and water condition play major roles in how damaging floods can be for businesses.
According to the National Weather Service, there's an 80% chance that El Nino will occur during either the fall or winter.
Will Fall Bring an Active or Quiet Season for Storms?
If 2014 is a repeat of 2013, it could be another quiet autumn on tap.
If you live in a flood-prone area, here's how to prepare your home for a potential disaster
How to Prepare your Home for an Upcoming Flood
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has tips on how to prepare when flooding is anticipated.
If you plan on hosting a pool party, it's important to be aware of the potential issues that may come up if someone is seriously hurt.
End-of-Season Pool Party Planned? Make Safety a Priority
The Insurance Information Institute reminds homeowners about the insurance implications resulting from pool-related accidents.
This year's hurricane season is expected to be less severe and on par with last year's relatively calm period.
Another Dormant Hurricane Season on Tap, NOAA Says
The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration indicates there's a 50% chance there will be fewer hurricanes than normal this year.
Experts have asserted that the the government needs to enforce stronger building codes to offset climate change effects.
NAMIC: Government Must do More to Curb Effects of Mother Nature
The National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies says lawmakers should create incentives for states to enforce more rigorous build codes.
A new report from a leading home safety group suggests homeowners can do more to protect themselves against natural disasters.
Non-Profit Group Says U.S. Homes Should be More Disaster-Resistant
The Federal Alliance for Safe Homes recently issued recommendations on how to improve building codes.
Americans may not have a very clear idea of what leads to a mandatory evacuation.
Determining Factors in a Hurricane Evacuation
8 in 10 Americans incorrectly believe that evacuation boundaries are affected by hurricane category, according to a FLASH survey.
When Sandy knocked out power to millions for weeks on end, it became apparent how important generators were
The Biggest Lesson Learned from Hurricane Sandy
Three-quarters of residents affected by Sandy lost their power for at least a day, making life quite difficult for those who didn't have a backup power supply.
Just because a hurricane season is predicted to be weak doesn't mean the individual storms won't be powerful.
Inactive hurricane seasons have produced big storms
Safety organizations and the insurance industry remind U.S. residents that historically quiet hurricane seasons can still be damaging.
If new forecasts are correct, 2014 won't be a disastrous year when it comes to hurricanes.
2014 Hurricane Forecast Predictions
Colorado State University climatologists say 2014 could be a repeat of 2013, when hurricanes were few and far between.
Hurricane Arthur reminds business owners to prepare
Hurricane Arthur reminds business owners to prepare
Watches and warnings are in effect along the Carolinas, according to the National Weather Service.
Spring is flood season, which puts property owners at risk if they don't have a plan in place.
Should the NFIP be privately owned and operated
Governor Chris Christie says the National Flood Insurance Program would be better off if the government weren't involved, but experts say that costs may rise as a result.
The 2014 hurricane season arrives after one that was unusually quiet.
Preparing for hurricane season
The National Weather Services has a handy tool to get people prepared for what Mother Nature may have in store in 2014.
Even at points in the year where high water levels aren't as pervasive a threat, investing in flood insurance is a smart move to make, the Federal Emergency Management Agency recently advised.
FEMA: Flood risk never ceases
The Federal Emergency Management Agency recently issued a reminder about why flood insurance is important to have no matter what time of year it may be.
It's important to have the proper coverage in place, including flood insurance.
Guarantee the livelihood of your business with flood insurance
How entrepreneurs can ensure the financial readiness of their companies with flood protection.
Homeowners who don't have a flood insurance policy in place may want to consider

one, even if they're in an area where flooding isn't common.
Report reveals fickle nature of seasonal weather
An Aon Benfield study explains that Mother Nature had lots of twists and turns in the last full month of winter.
Tornadoes can occur at any time, and there's no telling when or where the next one will be.
Latest tornado outbreak a cautionary tale for Americans to prepare
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has suggestions on what to do before, during and after a tornado.
In addition to helping to reduce rates, the bill should also provide a refund for policyholders who have had their flood insurance rates increase after buying or selling a home.
House passes flood insurance relief legislation
The U.S. Congress recently signed off on the Homeowner Insurance Affordability Act
This past year was one of the least-active hurricane seasons in recent memory, with only 13 named storms forming, two of which became hurricanes.
Researchers say sea-level rise guaranteed to affect flooding
Virginia Tech analysts indicate that more of a focus needs to be put on how sea levels have already swelled, rather than their potential to.
Though floods have the potential to take place throughout the year, this week also coincides with some of the more damaging flood events in U.S. history.
Recalling historic flooding events for Flood Safety Awareness Week
Some of the country's most damaging floods have taken place in March.
With this being Natural Severe Weather Week, climatologist remind Americans that the upcoming season could be an active one for catastrophes.
Report: 2013 fourth-warmest year on record
The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration's report reveals that last year was one of the hottest.
The report indicated that homeowners insurance claims were relatively minimal in particular for hurricane destruction, noting that the damage done was minor along the Atlantic corridor.
Report calls 2013 calm for natural catastrophes
Hurricanes, tornadoes, floods and wildfires all occurred last year, but not to the extent that was predicted, according to a new report from CoreLogic.
Freezing temperatures serve as a reminder of just how dangerous Mother Nature can be, both for cold and heat.
Temperature extremes call for added vigilance
Freezing temperatures serve as a reminder of just how dangerous Mother Nature can be.
Many climatologists say that the prevalence of flooding - and in so doing, flood insurance claims - is largely the result of climate change.
Fighting the effects of climate change
The National Research Council says that the forecasting tools currently in place aren't adequate.
Forecasters have a few theories as to why few named storms materialized in 2013.
2013 hurricane season among calmest in history
Forecasters say the last time fewer storms formed was 45 years ago.
With a greater likelihood of flooding, families may be more inclined to purchase flood insurance.
Smaller storms as powerful as Sandy
Tufts University analysts believe that rising sea levels will make relatively weak hurricanes more damaging.
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