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Experts have asserted that the the government needs to enforce stronger building codes to offset climate change effects.
8/27/2014
NAMIC: Government Must do More to Curb Effects of Mother Nature
The National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies says lawmakers should create incentives for states to enforce more rigorous build codes.
 
A new report from a leading home safety group suggests homeowners can do more to protect themselves against natural disasters.
8/12/2014
Non-Profit Group Says U.S. Homes Should be More Disaster-Resistant
The Federal Alliance for Safe Homes recently issued recommendations on how to improve building codes.
 
Americans may not have a very clear idea of what leads to a mandatory evacuation.
7/23/2014
Determining Factors in a Hurricane Evacuation
8 in 10 Americans incorrectly believe that evacuation boundaries are affected by hurricane category, according to a FLASH survey.
 
When Sandy knocked out power to millions for weeks on end, it became apparent how important generators were
7/18/2014
The Biggest Lesson Learned from Hurricane Sandy
Three-quarters of residents affected by Sandy lost their power for at least a day, making life quite difficult for those who didn't have a backup power supply.
 
Just because a hurricane season is predicted to be weak doesn't mean the individual storms won't be powerful.
7/10/2014
Inactive hurricane seasons have produced big storms
Safety organizations and the insurance industry remind U.S. residents that historically quiet hurricane seasons can still be damaging.
 
If new forecasts are correct, 2014 won't be a disastrous year when it comes to hurricanes.
7/7/2014
2014 Hurricane Forecast Predictions
Colorado State University climatologists say 2014 could be a repeat of 2013, when hurricanes were few and far between.
 
Hurricane Arthur reminds business owners to prepare
7/3/2014
Hurricane Arthur reminds business owners to prepare
Watches and warnings are in effect along the Carolinas, according to the National Weather Service.
 
Spring is flood season, which puts property owners at risk if they don't have a plan in place.
6/5/2014
Should the NFIP be privately owned and operated
Governor Chris Christie says the National Flood Insurance Program would be better off if the government weren't involved, but experts say that costs may rise as a result.
 
The 2014 hurricane season arrives after one that was unusually quiet.
5/27/2014
Preparing for hurricane season
The National Weather Services has a handy tool to get people prepared for what Mother Nature may have in store in 2014.
 
Even at points in the year where high water levels aren't as pervasive a threat, investing in flood insurance is a smart move to make, the Federal Emergency Management Agency recently advised.
5/22/2014
FEMA: Flood risk never ceases
The Federal Emergency Management Agency recently issued a reminder about why flood insurance is important to have no matter what time of year it may be.
 
It's important to have the proper coverage in place, including flood insurance.
5/21/2014
Guarantee the livelihood of your business with flood insurance
How entrepreneurs can ensure the financial readiness of their companies with flood protection.
 
Homeowners who don't have a flood insurance policy in place may want to consider

one, even if they're in an area where flooding isn't common.
5/15/2014
Report reveals fickle nature of seasonal weather
An Aon Benfield study explains that Mother Nature had lots of twists and turns in the last full month of winter.
 
Tornadoes can occur at any time, and there's no telling when or where the next one will be.
5/1/2014
Latest tornado outbreak a cautionary tale for Americans to prepare
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has suggestions on what to do before, during and after a tornado.
 
In addition to helping to reduce rates, the bill should also provide a refund for policyholders who have had their flood insurance rates increase after buying or selling a home.
4/23/2014
House passes flood insurance relief legislation
The U.S. Congress recently signed off on the Homeowner Insurance Affordability Act
 
This past year was one of the least-active hurricane seasons in recent memory, with only 13 named storms forming, two of which became hurricanes.
3/21/2014
Researchers say sea-level rise guaranteed to affect flooding
Virginia Tech analysts indicate that more of a focus needs to be put on how sea levels have already swelled, rather than their potential to.
 
Though floods have the potential to take place throughout the year, this week also coincides with some of the more damaging flood events in U.S. history.
3/18/2014
Recalling historic flooding events for Flood Safety Awareness Week
Some of the country's most damaging floods have taken place in March.
 
With this being Natural Severe Weather Week, climatologist remind Americans that the upcoming season could be an active one for catastrophes.
3/3/2014
Report: 2013 fourth-warmest year on record
The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration's report reveals that last year was one of the hottest.
 
The report indicated that homeowners insurance claims were relatively minimal in particular for hurricane destruction, noting that the damage done was minor along the Atlantic corridor.
2/19/2014
Report calls 2013 calm for natural catastrophes
Hurricanes, tornadoes, floods and wildfires all occurred last year, but not to the extent that was predicted, according to a new report from CoreLogic.
 
Freezing temperatures serve as a reminder of just how dangerous Mother Nature can be, both for cold and heat.
2/13/2014
Temperature extremes call for added vigilance
Freezing temperatures serve as a reminder of just how dangerous Mother Nature can be.
 
Many climatologists say that the prevalence of flooding - and in so doing, flood insurance claims - is largely the result of climate change.
2/11/2014
Fighting the effects of climate change
The National Research Council says that the forecasting tools currently in place aren't adequate.
 
Forecasters have a few theories as to why few named storms materialized in 2013.
12/26/2013
2013 hurricane season among calmest in history
Forecasters say the last time fewer storms formed was 45 years ago.
 
With a greater likelihood of flooding, families may be more inclined to purchase flood insurance.
12/18/2013
Smaller storms as powerful as Sandy
Tufts University analysts believe that rising sea levels will make relatively weak hurricanes more damaging.
 
Because the storm impacted so many business owners, new regulations were put into effect that aimed to better handle the effects of flooding.
11/21/2013
Learning from Hurricane Sandy
New report highlights what victims of Sandy did in the aftermath to better prepare for another major hurricane.
 
The Biggert Waters Flood Insurance Reform can impact how much homeowners and renters pay in premiums based on their flood risk.
11/5/2013
Lawmakers' influence within the insurance domain
The effects on flood insurance due to the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act.
 
Though the repercussions of global climate change do not discriminate, business owners are particularly vulnerable.
10/23/2013
Small business owners especially susceptible to consequences of climate change
The Small Business Majority and American Sustainable Business Council advise entrepreneurs of the dangers associated with climate change.
 
Though it's late in the season, meteorologists warn that the threat for hurricanes still looms.
10/21/2013
Americans admit not prepared for disaster
Recent polling data shows that six in 10 families aren't ready to handle a crisis.
 
Taking safety precautions can help your family stay safe during Tropical Storm Karen.
10/7/2013
Tropical Storm Karen: Safety Tips and Resources
With Tropical Storm Karen upon us, we've put together some safety tips and resources to prepare you for the storm.
 
The GAO reports many homeowners are securing extra flood coverage in the last decade.
9/23/2013
GAO: Dramatic rise in share of policyholders with maximum flood coverage
The Government Accountability Office reveals that many Americans buy extensive flood protection rather than a limited amount.
 
Homeowners need to ensure they’re prepared in the event of an emergency.
9/16/2013
Responding with swiftness when emergencies occur
Americans are urged to take part in National Preparedness Month.
 
Numerous costly natural disasters hit the U.S. last year.
8/6/2013
NCDC: Nearly a dozen disasters totaling $1 billion each hit U.S. last year
The National Climatic Data Center says 2012 was the second-costliest year for storm activity.
 
A report shows how residential properties can be affected by major weather events.
7/12/2013
Storm surge threatens more than 4 million homes
With forecasters expecting an active season, hurricane damage could be substantial this year.
 
Global warming could make future storms more severe, the NOAA reports.
6/20/2013
Climate change to impact rainfall rates
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the impact of global warming may result in higher precipitation totals.
 
Oklahoma has been devastated by tornadoes in recent weeks.
6/13/2013
Recovery efforts continue after severe tornado leaves Oklahoma in tatters
The May 20 twister was a Category 5 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale.
 
Hurricane season is here, so homeowners will want to prepare their properties accordingly.
6/3/2013
New metric may bring about new classification for hurricanes
Florida State University professors have developed a measurement that may help climatologists better specify hurricane strength.
 
Having emergency supplies with you during a hurricane, including a first-aid kit, is imperative.
5/28/2013
Ready or not, hurricane season is here
May 26th marks the beginning of Hurricane Preparedness Week.
 
The East Coast could be affected by roughly a dozen hurricanes and severe storms this year.
5/24/2013
Heightened risk for hurricane to affect mainland, Colorado researchers say
Colorado State University scientists project an increased probability for major storm formation.
 
There's a chance hurricanes could be even stronger in 2013 than recent years.
5/2/2013
Hurricanes could be stronger this year
A new forecast suggests hurricanes that form in 2013 have the potential to be more intense.
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