California earthquake insurance sales skyrocketed last year

Los Angeles California Earthquake Insurance

Californians have been warned for many years, but 2017 seemed to be the year to take action. Scientists have been cautioning homeowners to buy California earthquake insurance for decades. They have been warning that there is a major tremor overdue in the state. However, many Californians have balked at the thought of buying, afraid premiums would be too high. California earthquake insurance, despite the threat of a serious potential quake, has been a very tough sell for insurers and agents. Only about 10 percent of households in the state had…

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California lawmakers are attempting to improve natural disaster preparedness and response

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The state has been plagued by different types of catastrophe over the last few months. The catastrophes in California over the last few months have been fatal to dozens of people, spurring natural disaster preparedness efforts among state lawmakers. Emergencies have been widespread and frequent, revealing a need to improve readiness and response strategies. Governor Jerry Brown and state lawmakers are seeking to change state regulations to improve disaster response. The various factors to be included in the state national disaster preparedness changes will include the emergency alert systems, insurance…

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California mudslide expected to generate tens of millions in insured losses

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A new Aon Benfield report indicated that insurance companies are bracing for sizeable claims from the devastation. Aon Benfield’s Impact Forecasting unit released a report predicting that the California mudslide brought on by heavy rains following massive wildfires in the region will generate widespread losses. Overall, the report predicts an economic loss above $100 million. That said, the insured losses will be within the tens of millions. The areas hardest hit by the mudslides are the cities of Carpinteria and Montecito. Parts of areas surrounding those cities had already been…

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Northern California wildfires break $9 billion in insurance claims

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The fires that torched their way through the state’s wine country in October have broken fire records. The Northern California wildfires from October have already generated an incredible $9 billion in insurance claims. This has easily left the previous wildfire insurance claim records well behind. The October blaze is now the most expensive single fire in the history of the United States. California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones does not think that total will rise much further for those Northern California wildfires. The $9 billion figure represents the total insurance claims…

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California wildfire loss totals grow among insurance companies

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Nationwide has already revealed that it expects to face a loss greater than $1.3 billion from the state’s fires. Nationwide Insurance has announced that it predicts its California wildfire loss will be more than $1.3 billion. Blazes ripped through the state in October and another sparked near Los Angeles, forcing evacuations in Ventura County as the fires reach the Pacific Ocean. The Tubbs wildfire alone generated a loss of what is expected to be about $1.2 billion, with other fires adding. That California wildfire loss only grew with the Atlas…

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California wildfire victims worried that they can’t afford to go home

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As the holidays approach, evacuees whose homes were burned are left with little more than uncertainty. Santa Rosa, California wildfire victims are facing a very uncertain future in the aftermath of the blaze. Evacuees whose homes are gone may not be able to afford to return to the same place they used to live. Rents have skyrocketed, with reports of apartments as expensive as $13,000 per month in Santa Rosa. Now, renters and homeowners alike are finding themselves to be common California wildfire victims who don’t know where they will…

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SmarterSafer coalition calls for U.S. flood insurance reform, facing December deadline

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Recent efforts to overhaul NFIP has reached a struggling point, but one business group wants to push ahead. The latest shot at American flood insurance reform has come across a serious obstacle in its attempts to move ahead. However, a business and environmental groups coalition has strengthened its call for an overhaul to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). They’re pushing for lawmakers to make much needed changes to the program before its December expiry. The flood insurance reforms need to be made before December 8, 2017 if they are…

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California wildfire insurance losses have reached $3.3 billion and continue to rise

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A new report from the state Department of Insurance released figures based on claims reported by 15 insurers. The losses faced by California wildfire insurance companies continue to rise as the figure has now broken the $3.3 billion mark. That number was revealed by the California Department of Insurance and is based on the claims data reported by 15 insurers in the state. That figure only represents the current losses faced by the insurers but the total for the year will only get higher. That data is based on California…

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John Oliver describes Flood Insurance Program failures via talking seagull

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As hurricanes and flooding becomes increasingly problematic Oliver brought NFIP into the spotlight. The most recent episode of HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver focused on the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), and its current widespread failings. This episode arrived at a time in which the issue is exceptionally relevant but isn’t necessarily in the public’s eye. NFIP is struggling from all sides and is in dire need of reform at the same time that floods plague the country. “Floods were everywhere this summer,” explained Oliver. Although they may…

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Munich Re profits likely to suffer as a result of 2017 hurricanes

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Harvey, Irma and Maria will take their tolls on the insurance and reinsurance giant. One of the largest insurers in the world has stated that hurricanes would cause it to suffer a loss as Munich Re profits prove inadequate. The company said its 2017 third quarter would record a loss as a result of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. The insurer predicts that the hurricanes would cost $3.1 billion in its covered insured damages. These damages occurred in the United States and the Caribbean and the size of the losses…

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