Recent wildfires in Northern California, specifically in Napa and Sonoma counties, have sparked widespread devastation across the area to lives, homes, and businesses. Despite the fires still being active, and the numbers still being calculated, this event is already “the deadliest and most destructive series of wildfires in California history,” and among the worst in U.S. history. And with damages estimated between $3 billion and $6 billion (which could still rise), insurers may face another massive payout due to natural catastrophes in 2017. These devastating events are proof that data is the only line of defense for insurers. And, it’s more paramount than ever, to gain a better understanding of how you can use data to better mitigate and underwrite wildfire risk going forward.
SpatialKey is pleased to offer its insurance clients access to market-leading political violence data from IHS Markit. IHS Markit provides comprehensive location-specific risk scores and in-depth intelligence, which is immediately available to underwriters and exposure managers within SpatialKey’s geospatial insurance analyticsplatform.
“We got cows!” This memorable line from the movie Twister came when a cow was hurled by a tornado in front of a truck driven by two storm chasers. A tornado can pick up just about anything, and while flying cows may not be on most insurers’ minds, they do need to worry about the impact 200+ mph winds could have on their books of business.
The risk of wildfire is unlike any other, as today, 90 percent are caused by humans. That’s an alarming amount, considering all it would take is one inexperienced hiker failing to properly extinguish their campfire to scorch an entire mountain.
“If you try to win, you might lose, but if you don't try to win,
you lose for sure!” -Jens Voigt
Alpe d’Huez is a legendary climb, world-renown by cyclists. A relentless 8.5 miles with 21 hairpin bends and 8.1 percent gradient, it’s been a stage that can make or break the Tour de France for riders. But, it’s not included in every Tour. This epic climb only comes once in awhile. And, what’s important about it, is the decisiveness of Alpe d’Huez as a stage in determining the overall leaders.
With the NFIP $24.1 billion in debt, the floodgates are opening to an epic, never-before-seen private flood insurance market. Now more than ever, underwriting and risk selection are not only paramount, but clear areas for competitive advantage as the market heats up.
Hail is scary and it hits home for many of us. SpatialKey’s home state of Colorado is no exception to hail risk. Our downtown Denver headquarters reside in a heavy hail risk zone—and so do the homes of many SpatialKey team members.
HazardHub data shows hail risk at SpatialKey headquarters in downtown Denver
So, what does Groundhog Day have to do with underwriting?
On February 2nd, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow. And, you're probably thinking, "So what does this have to do with my underwriting?" Just bear with the logic for a moment….Do you know how often Phil’s forecasts have been right? If he were right say even 70-80 percent of the time, would you see animal predictions as rooted in science? A sound piece of data perhaps?
2016 has been a year of growth and evolution here at SpatialKey from enhancing our solution for underwriters, actively monitoring catastrophic events that impacted insurers, and bringing on more 3rd-party data partnerships to fuel our solutions. With 2017 on the horizon, now is the time to reflect on the events of 2016 and understand how they can inform your strategy for 2017.
SpatialKey to include hazard data for more countries
SpatialKey now offers its insurance clients access to global peril data from Impact Forecasting, a catastrophe model development center within Aon Benfield. Designed to highlight potential risks for underwriters and exposure managers, SpatialKey geospatial analytic solutions now seamlessly integrate with expert content from Impact Forecasting. Insurers can now access the same, expert hazard data across both underwriting and exposure management disciplines, enabling them to make more confident business decisions.