Wildfire insurance problems persist 2 years after Canadian Fort McMurray Disaster

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After flames ripped their way through entire neighborhoods of the Alberta town, rebuilding is been slow. Two years after the devastating Fort McMurray fire in Canada, wildfire insurance problems continue to plague homeowners. In fact, only 20 percent of the destroyed homes are rebuilt. The northern Alberta saw 2,579 homes completely destroyed by the wildfire that struck in 2016. The destruction produced the highest wildfire costs in Canada until that time, as Live Insurance News reported. Donations to support those whose homes were ravaged poured in from across the country…

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California wildfire insurance stirs up heat between industry and state lawmakers

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The state Senate Insurance Committee is taking on the insurance industry regarding this coverage. California wildfire insurance was a hot topic, so to speak, between insurers and the State Insurance Committee. The committee is chaired by Senator Steve Glazer (D), widely considered to be the most moderate senator in the upper house. The Senate Insurance Committee voted on to bills that will dictate the future of wildfire coverage. The vote took place on Friday for the two bills. These bills were designed to make significant changes to the way California…

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Climate change will be challenging for insurance companies, says Moody’s

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A new report revealed the impact of warming climates worldwide on the insurance industry. The impact of climate change on the economy will have an increased liability risk for insurance companies. Catastrophes related to extreme weather are becoming more severe and frequent, according to a Moody’s Investors Service report. The report pointed to the rising instance of weather disasters like Hurricane Harvey in 2017. Moody’s Investors Service recently released a report. It investigated the economic aftermath of climate change. Insurance companies will face an increased liability risk from more frequent…

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Insurance news made as Africa seeks epidemic disaster coverage

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Countries in that continent are now looking to broaden a catastrophe protection fund for emergencies like Ebola. African countries are in insurance news headlines as they now seek to widen a new type of catastrophe fund, which has already made its first payout, as of January, which was for $25 million. The catastrophe insurance fund is meant to provide protection against Ebola-like outbreaks. This insurance news could mean that countries that face catastrophes such as the devastation left behind by the Ebola outbreak in several African countries, could receive payouts…

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Polar vortex batters the insurance industry

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Polar vortex slams into the US, causing significant problems during the first two weeks of January The first two weeks of 2014 were marked by an unusual natural event that has been called the “polar vortex.” The event affected the majority of the U.S., causing property damage throughout the country as well as business interruption. The polar vortex broke into the U.S. on January 3, 2014, and lingered for nearly two weeks thereafter, bringing freezing temperatures and heavy snowfall to many states throughout the country. All states, including those notorious…

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State agency seeks to provide guidance on homeowners insurance issues

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Homeowners insurance confusion could be a problem for Illinois residents A powerful tornado swept through Illinois earlier this week, leaving a path of destruction in its wake. The city of Washington was one of those that suffered most from the natural disaster, which destroyed more than 500 homes and damaged property throughout the entirety of the city. The devastating event has caused some confusion concerning homeowners insurance and natural disasters, which has spurred the Illinois Department of Insurance to take action. Agency to provide one-on-one counseling sessions for disaster victims…

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Is insurance worth it?

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What is the value of insurance coverage? Insurance can be a very tricky issue for many people. Coverage of any kind is often considered to be an extra expense that is difficult to justify. For some, the cost of insurance is not worth the protection it offers, while others consider insurance coverage to be mandatory even if it is expensive. The value of insurance coverage varies from person to person as much as it does from one type of coverage to another. Because there are many forms of insurance available,…

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Aon report focuses on impact of US natural disasters

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US disasters deal costly blow to global insurance industry, according to Aon Aon Benfield, a leading reinsurance and catastrophe modeling firm, has released its latest Annual Global Climate and Catastrophe Report. The report highlights the impact that natural disasters have had throughout the world and how these disasters have hit the global insurance industry and economy. According to the report, two of the world’s costliest natural disasters occurred in the U.S. While these disasters were largely confined to the borders of the country, Aon notes that their influence has sent…

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Hurricane Sandy emergency relief moves one step forward

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Hurricane Sandy relief package makes modest progress Little more than 10 weeks have passed since Hurricane Sandy visited the East Coast, leaving a path of destruction in its wake. The recovery effort is still underway as those affected by the storm try to regain some semblance of balance in their lives. Late last week, the U.S. House of Representatives finalized their approval of a $50.5 billion emergency relief plan designed to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy. The move exposed divisions throughout the Legislative branch, creating a significant amount of…

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Insurance news from Australia shows surprising spending of disaster payouts

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Many victims are using their funds to help to pay their vet bills for pet care. A recent insurance news report has shown that the disaster emergency fund payments are being spent in ways that were not expected, as data indicates that thousands of policyholders are spending half of the money they collect on veterinary bills. The statistics were collected through cumulative figures generated by emergency fund debit card use. In order to help disaster victims as quickly as possible, the insurance news reported, insurers have been issuing debit cards…

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