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How to Lower Home Insurance Premiums and Wildfire Risks

Homeowners in the US got new guidance to help them defend against increasingly frequent wildfires and associated rising insurance premiums. The Insurance → Read More

81% of Flood Insurance Policyholders Will See Rate Increases, Report Says

When the Federal Emergency Management Agency rolled out a major overhaul to its beleaguered National Flood Insurance Program last April, it promised that → Read More

Rates to Rise for Millions of Homeowners Under National Flood Insurance Program

The federal government Friday rolled out a flood-insurance program revamped to reflect worsening climate change, a program that will raise rates for → Read More

Millions Risk Losing Homeowners Insurance in Fire-Ravaged California

A California moratorium guaranteeing insurance in wildfire-threatened areas lapsed Saturday, putting 347,000 homes in Pasadena and other Los Angeles → Read More

Q&A: New Director Criswell Prepares FEMA for a Hot, Chaotic Future

Deanne Criswell, the first woman to lead the Federal Emergency Management Agency, in April took over a 20,000-person operation exhausted by managing → Read More

Tropical Storm Nicholas to Test Post-Harvey Houston Infrastructure

On Aug. 25, the fourth anniversary of Hurricane Harvey, which dumped about 50 inches of rain on Houston, Mayor Sylvester Turner announced that the city → Read More

Ida’s Inland Path May Reveal Hidden Risk, Test Mapping Methods of Hurricane Floods

With remnants of Ida delivering downpours and fierce winds from North Carolina to New Jersey, U.S. government methods for assessing flood risks may be put → Read More

Why Snow, Hail and Wildfire Are Expensive for Insurance Industry

If you're having trouble wrapping your mind around the spree of natural catastrophes currently plaguing the world—from deadly July floods in Germany and → Read More

FEMA Knows About Trying to Build Back Better Infrastructure

Lawmakers in Washington are gearing up for the Biden administration's first major legislative challenge: a set of measures on long-term economic → Read More

Tracking Tool Spotlights Repetitive Flood Loss Homes Receiving U.S. Taxpayer Funds

Passaic County in New Jersey is not in the hurricane belt nor is it on the banks of a major river, and yet 810 properties there received $170 million of → Read More

Plastic Pollution in Oceans Expected to Triple by 2040

The annual flow of plastics into our oceans is on a trajectory to triple over the next 20 years, which could add up to 110 pounds of plastic trash for → Read More

Government-Produced Flood Maps May Have Underestimated Properties at Risk

First Street Foundation, a nonprofit agency, is making accurate climate change-adjusted flood scores available for every property in the U.S. today. There → Read More

How to Manage Two Disasters at Same Time

On March 5, Tennessee governor Bill Lee announced the state's first confirmed case of Covid-19. Three weeks later on Easter Sunday, tornadoes touched down → Read More

How Draining the Reservoir Can Help Mitigate Flooding

Persistent rains have been pounding the Southeast, and a week ago, the Pearl River in Jackson, Mississippi, spilled over its banks, submerging a dozen → Read More