Tag Archives: hurricanes

Interactive Map of Hurricane Katrina

interactive hurricane katrina

Only ten years ago the city of New Orleans, “the Big Easy” was left battered and broken by ravaging winds and unyielding storm surge brought in by Hurricane Katrina. Even though it was a highly anticipated and well-forecast storm, Katrina … Continue reading →

10 Years On: The Evolution of Modeling Since Katrina

Risk modelling experts on the evolution of hurricane catastrophe models since Hurricane Katrina

The re/insurance industry used catastrophe risk models long before Hurricane Katrina, but Katrina challenged the standards of these models. It called into question the quality of exposure data, how the models were used and their suitability for various business applications. … Continue reading →

Haiyan Loss

Super Typhoon Haiyan's Eye - detailed infrared image from NASA/NOAA

Every time there is a major natural catastrophe somewhere in the world, losses are measured in several terms. First and foremost there is the human cost. While the loss of life may eventually be measured in a number, the suffering … Continue reading →

Lessons from Hurricane Sandy: “A Wake-up Call”

Hurricane Sandy: NJ coast. A handout photograph by the US Air Force on 30 October 2012, taken during a search and rescue mission by 1-150 Assault Helicopter Battalion, New Jersey Army National Guard, in New Jersey, USA. Credit: EPA

Maybe the reason this year’s hurricane season has been so light is that last year’s gave us so much to think about. Insurers realized they were underpricing a serious exposure – “we were giving it away,” one underwriter said. Continue reading →

Prepare for a Rough Hurricane Season

Emergency Kit

Hurricane season has returned, and forecasters say it will be an extremely active one.  Hurricanes cause heavy rains and high winds that can result in extensive damage in coastal and inland areas.  Continue reading →

NYIA 2013 Annual Conference: A Few Thoughts on Superstorm Sandy and Northeast Hurricane Risk

Superstorm Sandy Oct 30, 2012

I recently delivered a presentation at the New York Insurance Association’s (NYIA) 2013 annual conference, New York’s premier property and casualty insurance industry event, which was held in Lake Placid, New York during May 29th-31st. The conference was attended by close … Continue reading →

2013 Hurricane Season: What Happens if the Big One Hits?

Hurricane Winds (gold)

Last year’s Hurricane Sandy caused approximately $20 billion in insured losses.  Notwithstanding the devastating loss of life and extensive property damage, Sandy was not a true tail catastrophe event from a U.S. perspective.  Continue reading →

Video: The Devil is in the Detail: Hurricane Sandy-Related Insurance Claim Issues Beginning to Emerge

Hurricane Sandy: New Jersey Coast

As Hurricane Sandy-related insurance claims move into the next phase of the adjustment process, several key issues are beginning to emerge.  Continue reading →

Video: Sandy’s Price Tag Keeps Climbing

Hurricane Sandy: Utter Destruction

The Wall Street Journal reported today that catastrophe modeling firm Risk Management Solutions is telling clients that insured losses from Hurricane Sandy could reach $25 billion or more, the highest potential estimate reported since the storm struck two weeks ago. Continue reading →

Video: Cleaning Up Environmental Claims After Sandy

Hurricane Sandy, Atlantic City, NJ. 31 October 2012. Credit: EPA

There’ll be a lot of complex claim scenarios following the natural disaster named Sandy that struck the heart of America’s most populous region. Among the most complicated will be those that involve the release of hazardous contaminants or pollutants. Continue reading →