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February 8th, 2017

Southern U.S. Severe Thunderstorms

Posted at 2:11 PM ET

us-local-storm-reports-february-7-2017-smA severe thunderstorm outbreak has affected areas from Louisiana to Kentucky to Florida. Several tornadoes have been reported in Southeast Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida. This includes a probable EF-3 tornado affecting the East New Orleans area, according to media reports. Significant property damage has been reported for several areas, with especially severe impacts for the East New Orleans tornado. Downed trees and powerlines with light to moderate property damage have been reported for affected areas of the Florida Panhandle. At least 36 injuries and one fatality have been reported in the media. Rescue and damage survey operations are ongoing, and it is too early to ascertain the full scope and severity of this event. Our first thoughts and concerns are with those directly affected by this event.

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February 8th, 2017

Public Sector Risk Financing Perspectives – Sharing Visual Intelligence for Disaster Response: Part II

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

beverley-adams-sm21Dr. Beverley Adams, Head of CAT Planning and Response

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National disaster response plans of governments rarely include references to insurance or make provisions for visual intelligence as part of the operational response toolkit. Recent events reaffirm the value of visual intelligence - particularly when access to sites is restricted - and suggest that a more collaborative approach between emergency services and the insurance industry would enhance public sector response and facilitate community resilience.

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February 7th, 2017

Public Sector Risk Financing Perspectives – Sharing Visual Intelligence for Disaster Response: Part I

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

beverley-adams-sm2Dr. Beverley Adams, Head of CAT Planning and Response

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As governments and emergency responders focus on search and rescue in the hours and days following catastrophic events, the (re)insurance industry is autonomously responding with visual technologies for loss assessment.

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January 24th, 2017

Public Sector Risk Financing Perspectives in Asia Pacific: Part II: Highlights of Recent Initiatives

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

graham-jones-smGraham Jones, Senior Vice President

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In July 2016, the China Residential Earthquake Insurance Pool (CREIP) was jointly established by the China Insurance Regulatory Commission (CIRC) and Ministry of Finance. In development since 2014, the scheme consists of 45 insurers distributing policies with basic limits of USD 7,500 and USD 3,000 for urban and rural residents, respectively. Coverage up to a maximum limit of USD 150,000 is negotiable. The claims process has been simplified with payouts equaling zero, 50 or 100 percent of the policy limit based on five damage levels.

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January 23rd, 2017

U.S. SCS Outbreak January 20—22, 2017

Posted at 3:13 PM ET

us-local-storm-outbreak-jan-20-22-2017-local-report-sm1A significant severe weather outbreak has affected areas from East Texas to the Florida Peninsula to South Carolina. These severe thunderstorms were enabled in an especially favorable environment to produce reports of tornadoes, hail and nontornadic wind gusts. One significant tornado has been confirmed by the National Weather Service to affect areas of Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Probable significant tornadoes have also been reported in South Georgia. Significant property damage has been reported for areas affected by these tornadoes. Media reports also indicate downed trees and powerlines with light property damage in areas affected by other weaker tornadoes and nontornadic wind gusts. At least 19 fatalities have been reported by the media, and our first thoughts and concerns are with those directly affected by this event.

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January 23rd, 2017

Public Sector Risk Financing Perspectives in Asia Pacific: Part I

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

graham-jones-smGraham Jones, Senior Vice President

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According to United Nations estimates, 54 percent of the world’s population lives in Eastern, Southern and Southeastern Asia. The region hosts 778 million urban inhabitants and seven out of the world’s top ten most populated cities. The region is also home to every major peril - from cyclone to tsunami - and has experienced some of the world’s largest catastrophes based on economic loss. While there are natural catastrophes all over the world, Asia is a unique confluence of people and perils.

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January 19th, 2017

Public Sector Risk Financing Perspectives in Latin America: Part II

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aidan-pope-headshot-sm21Aidan Pope, Managing Director

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In response to the continued need for post-event budget allocation, the Mexican federal government established the Fund for Natural Disasters (FONDEN) in 1996 (1). It is a financial vehicle by which the federal government provides pre-event funding from tax revenues for post-disaster response and reconstruction - it has been critical in providing the government with access to international risk transfer schemes.

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January 18th, 2017

Public Sector Risk Financing Perspectives in Latin America: Part I

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

aidan-pope-headshot-smAidan Pope, Managing Director

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Globally, three of the ten most costly natural disaster events in the last 35 years occurred in total or in part in the Latin America/Caribbean region (1). As the region’s population, urbanization and gross domestic product concentration continues to grow, the effects of climate volatility are likely to further increase the impact of natural perils losses on economies that are already struggling. We are just now assessing the losses from Hurricane Matthew in the Caribbean. The ultimate costs of these catastrophe event responses causes a strain on public balance sheets and an increase in public debt, ultimately burdening taxpayers.

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January 17th, 2017

Further Considerations on the Hurricane “Shield” Theory

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

james-wallerJames Waller, Ph.D, Research Meteorologist

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A recent New York Times article titled “Conditions That Form More Hurricanes Also Protect U.S., Study Finds” (1) notes a hurricane “shield” for the U.S. coast during busy hurricane seasons. The article, based on recent research by James Kossin, (2) provides valuable insight, including some notes of caution from other experts in the field, but the observations should be treated with a moment of pause. Some key points to consider:

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January 16th, 2017

Chart: Top Ten Significant Insured Loss Events: 2016

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

The table lists the latest estimates for the top ten significant insured loss events for 2016.

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