California earthquake insurance sales skyrocketed last year

Los Angeles California Earthquake Insurance

Californians have been warned for many years, but 2017 seemed to be the year to take action. Scientists have been cautioning homeowners to buy California earthquake insurance for decades. They have been warning that there is a major tremor overdue in the state. However, many Californians have balked at the thought of buying, afraid premiums would be too high. California earthquake insurance, despite the threat of a serious potential quake, has been a very tough sell for insurers and agents. Only about 10 percent of households in the state had…

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Tropical Storm Cindy provides this year’s flood insurance reality check to homeowners

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Property owners who didn’t heed warnings at the start of the hurricane season are thinking again. From the point that Tropical Storm Cindy received its name, it was already too late for homeowners to buy flood insurance for coverage against any damage it may cause. This was the warning government officials issued at the start of the hurricane season, but the message always reaches too few. The severe weather is expected to bring a foot of water, along with high winds, to Louisiana and Texas. Tropical Storm Cindy brought several…

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Hurricane Matthew insurance losses may not be as bad as expected

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Early predictions estimated that insured costs could reach $25 billion to $30 billion from the storm. Early industry estimates had suggested that Hurricane Matthew insurance losses may be the second highest the country has ever seen. This storm represented the first direct hit the United States has experienced from a hurricane in over ten years. It is still too early to know the total cost of the damage it caused. Estimates had said it could be as high as $25 billion to $30 billion. This would make the storm the…

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Natural disaster damage is causing the insurance industry to struggle

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Insurers are facing growing challenges with the cost of environmental catastrophes from fire to flooding. A new statement from the Insurance Bureau of Canada has underscored the challenges caused by natural disaster damage to insurers. The insurance companies in Canada are struggling with a rising number of environmental catastrophes. The statement pointed out that the most at-risk property owners will likely find themselves paying more for coverage. This situation is hardly one that is exclusive to the country as insurance companies worldwide face costly challenges. The Insurance Bureau of Canada’s…

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West Virginia flood insurance rare despite increased risk

West virginia Flood Insurance Coverage

The vast majority of homeowners don’t have coverage against the most expensive type of natural disaster. West Virginia flood insurance has yet to become commonplace in that market. That is problematic when taking into account the fact that flooding is the fastest growing form of natural disaster. Moreover, it is also the most costly form of natural disaster in the state. In the majority of West Virginia counties, not even one percent of households have this insurance coverage. Not even a month after deadly flooding struck a great deal of…

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Atlantic hurricane season starts today and may be an active one

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North America could be in for a more active storm season in 2016 than has been the case for the last few years. The North American east coast may be getting itself ready for activity this Atlantic hurricane season, which means that residents, businesses and insurance companies on that side of the continent should likely start to keep an eye on weather reports and take the right steps to prepare. Over the last few years, major hurricanes have been few in numbers, but it only takes one to bring catastrophe.…

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Texas hailstorms highlight the importance of homeowners insurance

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Hailstorms batter Northern Texas, showing consumers the need for insurance coverage Northern Texas was recently the victim of a major hailstorm, which has highlighted the need for comprehensive homeowners insurance coverage. In the Dallas area, insurers experienced a flood of claims, which were the result of a hailstorm that passed through the region. As with all natural disasters, the hailstorm struck without warning, causing significant damage to property and vehicles in some parts of the region. Some homeowners have been experiencing hail damage for weeks due to unfavorable weather patterns.…

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Missouri homeowners are being encouraged to purchase flood insurance coverage

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Consumers and businesses alike are being urged to acquire flood insurance Missouri homeowners, business owners, and renters are being encouraged to purchase flood insurance coverage, even if their properties are not located in risk-prone areas. Floods have caused significant damage in the past due to heavy rainfall and powerful storms. In Missouri, those without flood protection are being urged to acquire coverage in order to adequately protect themselves and their properties. Typically, however, the only place for people to find coverage is through the National Flood Insurance Program. Agencies in…

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Wildfires in California hit the insurance industry with $1 billion in losses

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Fired introduce more financial strain to the insurance industry Two wildfires in Northern California have destroyed almost 150,000 acres of land, causing approximately $1 billion in insured losses, according to the California Department of Insurance. The fires hit the state last fall and the insurance industry has been working to measure the damage caused by the disasters since then. One of the fires, called the Valley Fire, has become the third most devastating wildfire in the state’s history in terms of total structures destroyed. Wildfires could be more destructive due…

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Disasters place more attention on the National Flood Insurance Program

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Severe flooding has placed more focus on the federal flood insurance program Devastating floods in Missouri and Texas have highlighted, yet again, the problems that exist with the National Flood Insurance Program. In December, floods throughout the Midwest and Southwest caused several millions of dollars in property damage, as well as claiming more than 40 lives. The damage caused by these disasters has added to the financial strain that the National Flood Insurance Program is facing. The federal program is currently $23 billion in debt, with lawmakers failing to resolve…

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