As Hurricane Season Begins, urges Congress to Pass Mitigation

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MEASURES TO PREVENT HIGH COST OF BEING UNPREPARED FOR NATURAL DISASTERS WASHINGTON ‒ With the 2013 hurricane season getting underway today, is urging Congress to begin work on a legislative strategy to promote mitigation incentives that will minimize the financial impact disasters like Sandy. “Now that hurricane season is here, we should be reminded of the terrible cost of being unprepared for severe storms,” said  “It’s long past time for Congress to pursue a national mitigation strategy.  These kinds of measures will help save taxpayers billions of dollars…

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PRESS RELEASE: today asked President Obama to use his upcoming State of the Union address to urge Congress to take meaningful reform of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bill that makes a number of needed reforms that would put NFIP on sound financial footing, and the U.S. Senate Banking Committee unanimously approved a similar bill in September. “We believe the House and Senate bills can be easily reconciled, with a final bill sent to your desk for signature this year,”…

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Australia looking at insurance premium increases

Many predict insurance rates to increase in upcoming years for Australians due to a relentless wave of natural disasters thrashing the countryside. How much of an increase is hard to say, analysts and insurance companies are calculating the total financial loss from the Queensland flood and Cyclone Yasi, and will adjust accordingly. Wild figures being thrown out of 30% rate increases have been talked down by Patrick Snowball, chief executive of the Suncorp Insurance Group, the largest insurer of Australia. Stating it’s still too early to tell but insurance companies…

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