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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.
10/29/2014
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.
10/27/2014
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.
10/24/2014
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.
10/20/2014
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.
10/16/2014
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
10/3/2014
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.
9/22/2014
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
9/11/2014
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.
9/10/2014
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.
9/4/2014
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.
8/27/2014
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.
8/12/2014
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.
7/23/2014
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
7/18/2014
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.
7/10/2014
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.
7/7/2014
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
7/3/2014
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.
6/5/2014
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.
5/27/2014
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.
5/22/2014
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.
5/21/2014
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.
5/15/2014
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.
5/1/2014
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.
4/23/2014
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.
3/21/2014
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.
3/18/2014
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.
3/3/2014
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.
2/19/2014
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.
2/13/2014
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.
2/11/2014
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.
12/26/2013
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.
12/18/2013
Smaller storms as powerful as Sandy
Tufts University analysts believe that rising sea levels will make relatively weak hurricanes more damaging.
 
Because the storm impacted so many business owners, new regulations were put into effect that aimed to better handle the effects of flooding.
11/21/2013
Learning from Hurricane Sandy
New report highlights what victims of Sandy did in the aftermath to better prepare for another major hurricane.
 
The Biggert Waters Flood Insurance Reform can impact how much homeowners and renters pay in premiums based on their flood risk.
11/5/2013
Lawmakers' influence within the insurance domain
The effects on flood insurance due to the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act.
 
Though the repercussions of global climate change do not discriminate, business owners are particularly vulnerable.
10/23/2013
Small business owners especially susceptible to consequences of climate change
The Small Business Majority and American Sustainable Business Council advise entrepreneurs of the dangers associated with climate change.
 
Though it's late in the season, meteorologists warn that the threat for hurricanes still looms.
10/21/2013
Americans admit not prepared for disaster
Recent polling data shows that six in 10 families aren't ready to handle a crisis.
 
Taking safety precautions can help your family stay safe during Tropical Storm Karen.
10/7/2013
Tropical Storm Karen: Safety Tips and Resources
With Tropical Storm Karen upon us, we've put together some safety tips and resources to prepare you for the storm.
 
The GAO reports many homeowners are securing extra flood coverage in the last decade.
9/23/2013
GAO: Dramatic rise in share of policyholders with maximum flood coverage
The Government Accountability Office reveals that many Americans buy extensive flood protection rather than a limited amount.
 
Homeowners need to ensure they’re prepared in the event of an emergency.
9/16/2013
Responding with swiftness when emergencies occur
Americans are urged to take part in National Preparedness Month.
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