Delaware Governor Carney signs storm damage fund executive order

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Gov John Carney’s signature created the Delaware Resilience Fund Program. Governor John Carney signed an executive order at the end of last week, which effectively created a storm damage fund to help residents to recover from the recent destructive weather. The new program is meat to help residents to overcome the costs associated with recovery. The governor’s storm damage fund is meant to help people in Delaware who are struggling to cover the cost of recovery after having faced damage from the severe storms that happened earlier in August. The…

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Seek wildfire insurance reimbursement, says California’s Commissioner Lara

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Ricardo Lara recommends homeowners and renters carefully record their expenses. California residents who have been evacuated are being encouraged to record their expenses in order to seek wildfire insurance reimbursement regardless of whether or not their properties are ultimately damaged or destroyed. The recommendation was made by Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara. Commissioner Lara pointed out that homeowners’ policies will often cover relocation costs, even when not seeking direct wildfire insurance reimbursement for damage or destruction of property. Earlier this month, more than 10,000 lightning strikes over a single weekend led…

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Wildfire prone property insurance bill in California due for hearing

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The bill is expected to be heard in upcoming weeks as opposing sites prepare for major battle. A new California bill, the outcomes of which will have a lot to say about coverage for wildfire prone property in the state, will soon be headed for hearing. The hearing is expected to be a heated one as strong opposing opinions have the opportunity to be voiced. Opponents of this bill are calling it a direct attack on consumer protections in insurance. That said, proponents of the bill claim it is the…

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Severe weather damage in the US hits the $4 billion mark

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Hailstorms and other disasters have caused quite a bit of destruction already in 2020, says Aon. Severe weather damage from events across the United States have led to substantial costs for insurers. A sizeable portion of the $4 billion estimated economic cost is covered by insurance policies. Much or the severe weather damage caused by storms have involved hail, according to the monthly Global Catastrophe Recap report from Aon. A substantial storm outbreak struck the Plains, Midwest and Southeast on May 4 and 5. This event primarily affected parts of…

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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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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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5.7 magnitude Utah earthquake places spotlight on insurance coverage

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The quake struck the state on Wednesday morning, knocking out power and shaking residents. The 5.7 magnitude Utah earthquake that struck on Wednesday morning has reminded residents and business owners of the importance of coverage. Around 55,000 people were left in the dark from power outages in the Salt Lake City Area. The magnitude of the Utah earthquake was reported by the US Geological Survey, and the power outage figures were released by Rocky Mountain Power. Local news reports shared that many people in the region were startled by the…

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