State Farm fire insurance customers protected by Wildfire Defense Systems

State Farm fire insurance - wildfire near home in California

The insurer has contracted the private wildland firefighting firm to protect covered homes in California. Californian homeowners with State Farm fire insurance coverage will now be protected by private wildland firefighting services from Wildfire Defense Systems. This is positive California insurance news for policyholders in a state increasingly affected by season-long wildfires. This means that private firefighting crews may be dispatched to protect covered homes in the state. According to a Mercury News report, as of April 1 citing a letter from the insurer, Wildfire Defense Systems has been contracted…

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FEMA unveils NFIP Risk Rating 2.0 with potential for cheaper flood insurance

NFIP Risk Rating 2.0 - Piggy Bank - Savings

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is promising reduced rates for its policyholders. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has unveiled its NFIP Risk Rating 2.0 pricing strategy. This is an update to the way it calculates its National Flood Insurance Program rates for its 5 million policyholders. FEMA promises that many homeowners will see a reduction in their premiums. The new NFIP Risk Rating 2.0 strategy will mean that about two out of every three older homes will see a reduction in their premiums, according to FEMA. At the same…

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Progressive Corporation records $40 million reinsurance recovery for February

Reinsurance recovery - Winter storm - ice on home

The US winter storms, particularly occurring in Texas and Oregon, generated massive catastrophe losses. The Progressive Corporation recorded reinsurance recovery of $40 million in February as a result of the extreme winter weather that struck southern regions of the United States. Insurance damages left behind by the extreme and uncommon weather in the south were substantial. During February 2021, Progressive’s catastrophe losses were recorded at $87 million. This translated to a net catastrophe loss ratio of 2.7 percent of the insurer’s earned premiums, including the reinsurance recovery impact. The vast…

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Florida flood insurance rates are too low, says recent study

Florida flood insurance rates - water in house

New research shows that the National Flood Insurance Program is undercharging property owners. Florida flood insurance rates aren’t as high as they need to be to reflect the risk associated with the property, says the results of a recent study. It indicates that the National Flood Insurance Program is undercharging people and that it could justifiably raise its rates. Undercharging Floridians means that it is more affordable for people to live in dangerous locations. The Florida flood insurance rate findings were made following a new analysis by First Street Foundation.…

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Allstate and State Farm take on tens of thousands of Texas storm claims

Texas storm claims - Snow in city street

The insurers have deployed claim centers and technology to support affected policyholders. As Texas storm claims come rolling in by the tens of thousands, insurance giants like Allstate and State Farm have deployed staff and technology to meet policyholder needs. Allstate has deployed six mobile claim centers into the areas most heavily affected by the storms. The six Allstate mobile centers have been deployed for Texas storm claims in the areas most heavily affected in Dallas, San Antonio, Houston and Austin. Each of them has carefully included COVID-19 safety measures.…

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Climate change is likely increasing flood insurance rates quite a bit this year

Increasing flood insurance rates - Flooding in neighborhood - shops & cars

The federal government is examining the cost of coverage on April 1, with data suggesting premium hikes. Much of the country is expected to see increasing flood insurance rates this year in order to cover rapidly rising costs resulting from climate change, according to new data that will create a substantial political struggle for the Biden administration. NFIP would need to raise its premiums by four times for covering high-risk homes in floodplains. The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) will need to send its premiums sky high in certain areas…

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AAA Insurance issues tips to homeowners in the face of nationwide cold snap

AAA Insurance - icicles on home roof

As frigid temperatures descend on states across the country, the insurer reminds of the risk of frozen pipes. AAA Insurance has issued a list of tips meant to help homeowners to protect their homes and possessions from damage that would occur if pipes were to freeze in the recent and upcoming dropping temperatures. The Arctic blast making its way straight through the central US will worsen over the weekend. “Freezing temperatures put your pipes at risk, and recovery can be difficult and costly,” explained AAA Insurance managing director Dan Scroggins.…

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