Wildfire insurance problems persist 2 years after Canadian Fort McMurray Disaster

Wildfire insurance problems - Forest Fire

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

California wildfire insurance - forest fire

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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California wildfire damage threatens homes, wine country and lives

California wildfire damage

Mandatory evacuations were ordered over the weekend to protect residents whose properties are at risk. Firefighters continue to battle Northern California wildfire damage as the blazes continue to be stoked by local winds. Evacuation orders were issued to residents in the wine country area as the fires continue to blast their way across the region. Despite the best efforts of local officials, at least 10 people have already been reported as killed by the fires. Twenty thousand people are now headed away to seek shelter. At first, hundreds of the…

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Insurance workforce required to maintain on-call status throughout extreme weather

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Teams of employees in the industry find themselves in on-demand positions with hurricanes, storms, and wildfires. Throughout this active season of hurricanes, heavy storms, wildfires and earthquakes, the insurance workforce has been maintaining a steady on-call status. Historic flooding, rainfall, winds and tremors have left billions upon billions of dollars in property damaged or annihilated. Homes, businesses, vehicles, equipment and products have been destroyed by active extreme weather. Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, the and the wildfires across the American west have left devastation behind, as Mexico experienced an earthquake more…

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Some insurers no longer sell wildfire insurance policies in Montana’s high risk zones

California wildfire damage

As fires blast their ways across western portions of the states, many providers have refused to continue selling. Wildfire insurance policies are becoming harder to obtain in certain parts of Montana. Some insurance companies have decided to stop offering this protection in some of the zones where the fires are currently ablaze. This is not an abnormal practice for companies selling protection such as wildfire and flood insurance. “It’s very common for insurance policies when it comes to natural disasters, whether it be fires or floods, that insurers won’t write…

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California wildfire insurance coverage remains important despite drought end

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Millions of residents of the state aren’t out of the risk of wildfires even though the rains returned. The end of the several year long drought in the state hasn’t eliminated the need for California wildfire insurance yet, says a new report. Last winter came with soaking storms that put an end to what looked as though it would be a never-ending drought. Despite the fact that the land is no longer parched as it has been over the last few years, this doesn’t mean that the threat of wildfires…

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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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California wildfire insurance rates are heading skyward

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In southern parts of the state, residents have been watching their premiums rise due to the fires. Dozens of Southern Californians are threatened by forest fires and at the same time as they worry for their homes, they are watching their California wildfire insurance premiums skyrocket. Many houses have already been damaged – or nearly damaged – which can be enough to affect premiums. That said, it’s important to note that wildfire insurance won’t automatically spike right away. The odds are that California wildfire insurance rates will rise. This is…

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Homeowners insurance coverage may pay for Sand Fire evacuation expenses

California wildfire damage

Many home and renters policyholders may be pleasantly surprised to discover they can be reimbursed the costs. The Sand Fire has destroyed eighteen homes, but for those who were evacuated, homeowners insurance coverage may still help. Many of the 20,000 evacuees don’t realize that their renters insurance and home policies cover those expenses. The fire burned its way into the Santa Clarita region and left massive physical and financial damage behind. Still, for those who were evacuated and faced the costs of having to live elsewhere, some relief may be…

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Fort McMurray wildfire insurance costs will be highest in the history of Canada

Fort McMurray wildfire

The Insurance Bureau of Canada estimates a total insured loss of approximately $3.58 billion. The tremendous Fort McMurray wildfire that ripped through the region in Alberta, Canada was the costliest in the country’s history. No other disaster brought such great expense to insurance companies. The Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) estimates a total cost of $3.58 billion. Canadian insurance companies have never faced an cost that large from any single disaster in history. The IBC issued a report based on information collected through a survey of insurance companies. With this…

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