Secondary catastrophic perils on the rise from climate change, says Swiss Re

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Global economic losses from disasters (natural and human-caused) last year reached $146 billion. Secondary catastrophic perils are rising in a measurable way as a result of climate change, said a recent Swiss Re Institute sigma. The sigma was titled “Natural catastrophes in times of economic accumulation and climate change”. Severe weather events were the primary driver of losses overall last year, as was the case in years prior. Last year, worldwide economic losses from disasters broke the $146 billion mark. This represented a fall from 2018’s $176 billion. The ten-year…

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Most residents of high-risk flood zones don’t have flooding insurance, analysis

High-risk flood zones - Flooding in neighborhood

A recent study has shown that an average of 6 in 10 affected homeowners aren’t covered. Severe weather events don’t plan to take a break just because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but a new analysis shows that 6 in 10 homeowners in high-risk flood zones don’t have insurance against overland water damage. The Atlantic hurricane season starts today, and severe flooding has already started in some areas. Central Michigan, for instance, has already been affected by considerable flooding in many regions. ValuePenguin.com recently published the results of an analysis it…

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Missouri homeowners insurance rates have increased 76 percent in ten years

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Consumers in the state are experiencing some of the fastest increases in the US due to severe weather events. A new analysis of Missouri homeowners insurance rates has shown that consumers in the state are paying an average of 76 percent more this year than they did a decade ago. The severe weather that is striking the state on a more regular basis is to blame for the rate hikes. The Missouri homeowners insurance rate hike is the seventh largest percentage increase in the country. As severe weather events become…

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Allstate coronavirus assistance announced for employees and customers alike

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The insurer has released its plans for supporting its workers and policyholders during the pandemic. An updated Allstate coronavirus support strategy has been released by the insurer. This reflects the company’s efforts to help both its employees and its policyholders throughout the COVID-19 state of emergency. The insurance company had already announced that it will cover personal vehicles for essential deliveries. Part of the Allstate coronavirus support already announced was that it would extend its auto insurance coverage. Typically, anyone using their personal vehicles for commercial purposes – such as…

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Arkansas places moratorium on tornado insurance policies to protect homeowners

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The 60-day moratorium stops insurers from being able to cancel coverage to residents affected by Saturday’s twister. The Arkansas Insurance Department has issued a 60-day moratorium on the cancellation of tornado insurance policies. This move was made following the Jonesboro tornado that ripped through homes, a mall and other buildings. This is meant to stop insurers from cancelling coverage of affected Craighead County residents. Residents affected by the Jonesboro twister cannot have their tornado insurance policies cancelled due to non-payment for another 60 days. That said, it is only affected…

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FEMA announces 120-day NFIP grace period for flood policy renewals

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency is lengthening this time from having been 30 days. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced the extension of the NFIP grace period for flood insurance policy renewals to 120 days. The National Flood Insurance Program’s limit used to be thirty days. The reason the NFIP grace period length has changed is that FEMA is aiming to provide customers with relief at the moment. It acknowledges that many people are struggling with financial hardships from the coronavirus pandemic. Therefore, the extension is meant to…

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A homeowners insurance review is important at the start of every spring

Homeowners Insurance Review - Residential

Property coverage should be re-examined annually, and this season presents a good opportunity. Experts in the industry typically recommend that property owners conduct a homeowners insurance review once per year, and the spring is an ideal time to do it. The start of this season allows property owners to ensure they have adequate coverage for the year ahead. With the fresh starts that come with springtime, a homeowners insurance review can help policyholders to ensure that their coverage is still appropriate for their needs. This way, they can know that…

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