NFIP "Kick the Can" Continues: What P&C insurers need to know...

At a glance:

  • National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) was extended (again) on Thursday, Dec 6
  • This was the ninth short-term extension in 2018, and the eighteenth extension since 2008
  • Congress has until Friday, Dec 21 to pass another extension 
  • A long-term solution remains elusive while the NFIP continues to lose an estimated $1.4 billion each year and remains $20+ billion in debt to the US Treasury
  • Despite the NFIP, the private flood insurance market grew $217 million in 2017

Cultivating a culture of gratitude: SpatialKey gives thanks this holiday season

Randy Pausch, the late professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon, said in his book, The Last Lecture, “Showing gratitude is one of the simplest yet most powerful things humans can do for each other.” The holidays are a good time to stop and take stock, both personally and professionally. The problem is, many of us are just too busy for gratitude! Appreciation is such a powerful, simple thing, yet so seldom expressed—especially in the workplace. In fact, one survey found that people are less likely to express gratitude at work than any place else, with 74 percent never or rarely expressing gratitude to their boss. Indeed, the workplace can be a place of high critique—whether it’s yourself or others evaluating your work. We’re often quick to criticize, not so quick to give praise.

3 ways P&C insurers can get more creative about wildfire risk

On the heels of tragic wildfires, some California residents and business owners will face another crisis—getting wildfire coverage—and making sure it’s adequate and affordable. As an insurer, agent, or broker, how do you rise to this challenge? The challenge of helping Californians rebuild and safeguard their homes and businesses, while protecting your own interests. There’s no doubt, insurance plays a key role in California's economy and resilience as wildfire risk continues to evolve. In August, California Governor, Jerry Brown, stated about fighting wildfires in California: “We’re in for a really rough ride...and we have to apply all our creativity to make the best of what is going to be an increasingly bad situation.” He knew—we all knew—there would be more fires in 2018. Little did we know that those fires would be “historic” again, or as Governor Brown recently declared, "This is not the new normal, this is the new abnormal."

[Video] Key challenges facing P&C insurers: SpatialKey CEO, Tom Link, talks with Insurance Thought Leadership

In this 3-minute video, Tom Link, SpatialKey Founder and CEO, talks with Insurance Thought Leadership about how SpatialKey is helping P&C organizations make better decisions by enabling, enriching, and analyzing any and all data—via a single solution. He also explains why data is both a problem and an opportunity for insurers, especially with the influx of more sophisticated hazard and event data. Using the 2017 hurricane season as an example, Mr. Link describes how insurers, brokers, and MGAs may struggle with accessing the right data, at the right time.

Technology is shaping better wildfire perimeter data & analytics

Technology is shaping better data and analytics for improved wildfire response. Instead of guessing about how a fire has grown and which insureds are impacted, insurers can access regular fire boundary updates within SpatialKey. Up-to-date wildfire perimeter data has historically been a challenge, with insurance professionals resorting to hand-drawn boundaries or custom shapefile creation. Now, insurers can gain a much more accurate and comprehensive understanding of exposure by overlaying the latest fire perimeter data, including multiple models such as RedZone, GeoMac, and NASA data (all available during the latest California fires), with their portfolio data to visualize exposure, apply buffers and filters, and understand TIV and/or policy exposed limits.

How to interpret post-event hurricane footprints

KatRisk’s inland flood depth footprint is just one of the many hurricane post-event footprints made available during recent hurricanes.

With hurricanes comes a deluge of data. First, you have to obtain it, then comes the job of making sense of all of it. Whether you use SpatialKey for your analysis, or another data enrichment and geospatial analytics solution, here are a few tips and definitions to help you make sense of event footprints.

JBA Risk Management makes high-resolution Florida Flood Maps and pricing data accessible within SpatialKey

Global flood expert, JBA Risk Management (JBA), and leading data enrichment and geospatial insurance analytics firm, SpatialKey, have collaborated to provide JBA’s new 5 meter flood maps and associated pricing data to insurers who underwrite and manage flood risk in the state of Florida. These are the most detailed flood maps available for Florida and the start of the initial rollout of JBA’s high-resolution maps for the continental United States. The maps are now available for use within SpatialKey and will bring increased insight into flood risk to the wider insurance community.

Hurricane Michael: Here we go again...the latest data & analytics for P&C insurers

At a glance:

  • Hurricane Michael is a Category 4 hurricane, with maximum sustained winds of 150 mph
  • Located 60 miles SSW of Panama City, Florida
  • Landfall expected along Florida's northeastern Gulf Coast sometime Wednesday afternoon
  • Cat 4 hurricane has never made landfall in the Florida Panhandle
  • Storm surge could reach 9-14+ feet in places
  • Rainfall flooding is a significant threat inland into the Carolinas

Hurricane Michael has rapidly intensified. Now the question is, will it hold its strength with landfall? According to forecasters, Hurricane Michael's rapid intensification over the past two days, despite shifting winds, "defies traditional logic." Michael is expected to make history, as it will be the strongest hurricane to ever come ashore (since 1851) along the Florida Panhandle. Hurricane warnings are currently posted for the Florida Gulf coast from the Alabama/Florida border to Suwanee River, Florida, including Pensacola, Panama City, Destin and Tallahassee.

10 critical hurricane takeaways for P&C insurers to consider during & after an event

While we would like to think last year’s hurricane season was an anomaly, recent NOAA research points to more frequent and severe hurricanes due to climate warming. This means re/insurers, MGAs, and brokers alike, will need to become more proficient at the job of operationalizing sophisticated hazard data. As a 2017 report from McKinsey & Company found, “...a large operational performance gap remains. These disasters will likely demonstrate significant value for those insurers that have made the investment in digital tools. Insurers that have not and were highly exposed to the hurricanes will find their operations severely challenged….”

Hurricane Florence: The latest data & analytics for P&C insurers

At a glance:

  • Hurricane Florence is a Cat 2 with maximum sustained winds near 105 mph
  • Potentially catastrophic flooding (20+ inches)
  • Maximum storm surge 9-13 feet
  • Catastrophic flash flooding and major river flooding expected
  • More than 1 million evacuated
  • Expected to crawl near or along the coast of the Carolinas through Friday
  • Moving northwest at 10 mph
  • Landfall expected sometime Friday

Centered about 130 miles east-southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, Florence is moving northwestward—slowly. Although downgraded to a Cat 2, the original storm surge predictions are still valid with the National Hurricane Center stating Wednesday evening that, "the wind field of the hurricane continues to grow in size. This evolution will produce storm surges similar to that of a more intense, but smaller, hurricane, and thus the storm surge values seen in the previous advisory are still valid."

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