Earthquake insurance and preparedness low in Israel, despite risk

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The region typically experiences large quakes every 80 to 100 years and is now coming due. In Israel, preparedness and earthquake insurance to protect against a major quake remains too low. The State Comptroller, Yosef Shapira has now issued a warning to the country that preparedness is entirely inadequate. This is a serious problem as the country is now considered to be due for a major earthquake. Earthquake insurance coverage is only one of many steps residents and businesses could take to protect themselves. Over the last week or so,…

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Swiss Re insurance stops covering coal-dependent companies

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The massive insurer is a part of a growing movement finding that fossil fuels are becoming a liability. The Swiss Re insurance giant has implemented a new policy against covering firms highly reliant on coal. As the world works to eliminate coal power, firms are finding that the move is as good for their bottom line as it is for the environment. The insurance industry is starting to see many fossil fuels as a type of reliance too risky to cover. The new Swiss Re insurance coverage policy will refuse…

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Insurance drone use spikes as hurricane season gets rolling

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With each new season of potential natural disasters comes a much larger investment in this tech. Insurance drone use has been taking off – so to speak – with each new hurricane season. This year has been no exception. Every year, the tech proves itself in terms of improved safety for claims adjusters while simultaneously lowering costs. Insurance companies need to carefully plan their reactions to natural disasters for speed and reliability. When a hurricane happens, insurance companies need to move quickly. This requires substantial planning as well as tech…

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New Florida hurricane insurance option to be deductible- and inspection-free

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Coverage has always been important to homeowners as it is regularly threatened by the storms. A new Florida hurricane insurance option is being launched to make claims more straightforward for property owners. Millions of homeowners in the state are used to the time and expense still required after a claim. Standard Florida hurricane insurance requires a homeowner to have to pay a deductable when a claim is made for storm damage. In many cases, that deductible is high that the customer ends up paying the entire repair cost. For many…

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California home insurance is harder to get with each new climate-related disaster

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Insurers take wildfires, high tide flooding and other issues into consideration before selling a policy. California home insurance is becoming increasingly challenging to find for many homeowners affected by climate-related disasters. Insurers are using climate science to estimate the risk associated with a property when it comes to a number of different perils. Insurers are no longer assuming that homes that were once in low-risk areas continue to be so. The last few years have shown that homes never affected by climate-related disasters are not immune to those events. High…

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Wilkes-Barre tornado victims get helpful tips and advice from Allstate

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The insurer reached out to residents of the township to offer them safety and coverage tips. Allstate issued some important advice to those affected by the Wilkes-Barre tornado last week. It reminded customers that their safety should come before anything else when returning home. Homeowners may be keen to assess possible damage, but Allstate reminds them to be cautious. The Wilkes-Barre tornado caused notable damage to the township. That said, the Allstate report reminds customers that when they return home, the damage may create unexpected dangers. Therefore, homeowners should first…

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Insurance companies to feel climate change effects most, but aren’t investing that way

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Insurers will be hit hardest by rising global temperatures, but their investments aren’t low-carbon. The insurance industry will feel climate change effects more powerfully than most other industries. That said, a new Forbes report suggests insurers are failing to invest into the low-carbon economy. The insurance sector is most threatened by droughts, floods, extreme heat and severe storms. However, the report shows that climate change effects don’t appear to be enough motivation to change investing habits. These firms are some of the largest investors in the world and stand to…

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Flood insurance program risks expiry (again) as hurricane season starts

Standard homeowners insurance policy may not cover short term rental damage

Seven million homes are at risk of damage from Atlantic storms and coverage may be up in the air again. After already facing a named storm this year, the flood insurance program is back in the spotlight. Yet again, after the disaster – both left behind by weather and in the expiration of the program – in 2017, the coverage program is due to expire. Last year brought record-breaking damages from natural disasters and the full totals aren’t in yet. This year, Americans are feeling less confident about their safety…

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2018 Hurricane Season should be an average one, says Munich Re

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The Germany based reinsurer is predicting fewer storms than 2017’s record breaking year. Munich Re is predicting an average 2018 Hurricane Season. This comes as somewhat of a relief following the record-breaking destruction left behind last year. The 2017 season brought insurance companies approximately $135 billion in costs. Munich Re is the second largest reinsurance company in the world and releases its predictions publicly. The world’s second biggest reinsurance company predicts that there will be notably fewer powerful tropical storms in the 2018 Hurricane Season than there were last year.…

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Hawaii lava damage will be covered, says Insurance Commissioner

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Destroyed homes will be covered by standard homeowners policies, according to Gordon Ito. The Hawaii lava damage caused by Kilauea’s eruption will be covered by homeowners insurance policies, said Hawaiian Insurance Commissioner, Gordon Ito. Ito made it clear that homes damaged or destroyed by the lava flow into a Big Island neighborhood will be covered. This should come as a relief to homeowners previously uncertain as to their coverage, as reported by Live Insurance News. Ito has been Hawaii’s insurance commissioner since 2010 and is NAIC Western Zone chair. Ito…

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