The Friday Five: Week of September 16, 2019

If you care about what’s happening in the world of property and casualty (P&C), then this is the place to be. Each week, we serve up a bite-size roundup of the latest news, hot topics, and (admittedly subjective) tidbits to keep curious insurance professionals, like you, in-the-know.

The Friday Five: Week of September 9, 2019

If you care about what’s happening in the world of property and casualty (P&C), then this is the place to be. Each week, we serve up a bite-size roundup of the latest news, hot topics, and (admittedly subjective) tidbits to keep curious insurance professionals, like you, in-the-know.

The Friday Five: Week of September 2, 2019

If you care about what’s happening in the world of property and casualty (P&C), then this is the place to be. Each week, we serve up a bite-size roundup of the latest news, hot topics, and (admittedly subjective) tidbits to keep curious insurance professionals, like you, in-the-know.

Hurricane Dorian: The latest info for P&C insurers

The eye of Hurricane Dorian as captured by Garret Black, a hurricane hunter, who flew into the massive storm to gather weather data that’s used to prepare National Hurricane Center forecasts.

  • Hurricane Dorian is now a Category 1 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 90 mph moving to the NE at 14 mph. 
  • As of early Friday, Hurricane Dorian had reached North Carolina's Outer Banks with hurricane-force winds.
  • Prior to reaching the U.S. coast, Dorian battered the Bahamas for nearly 2 days causing utter devastation to life and property on the islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama. 
  • Initial estimates are 13,000 structures destroyed in the Bahamas and billions in insured losses.

How to make your event response workflow run like clockwork

When catastrophes strike, you have no time. You’re under pressure to quickly understand the financial impact of an event and provide estimates to management. At the same time, you (and your team) are constantly tracking the event, processing hazard data, making sure exposure data is accurate, pulling reports, and (hopefully) beginning outreach to insureds. The last item—proactive customer outreach—may suffer though when the other to-dos consume your time and resources.

Why P&C insurers need a better way to operationalize hazard data

Our industry is facing two major problems related to hazard data:

  1. There are more hazard and event data providers producing higher resolution footprints for a larger number of catastrophic events than ever before.
  2. This new quantity and quality of data is difficult (and, in some cases, impossible) for insurers to process fast enough to deploy timely response to their insureds.

Holborn adopts SpatialKey for advanced event response capabilities

How disparate systems sabotage your event response

The ecosystem of hazard models and data is rapidly expanding, and this is exciting news for the P&C industry. But with all the hazard data that is being generated, especially during catastrophic events like hurricane and wildfire, comes the need for a more streamlined way to access it.

Data quality and modeling is continually improving—more accuracy, better science, higher resolution—which we have witnessed here at SpatialKey working with providers like KatRisk, JBA, RedZone, Swiss Re, Impact Forecasting, HazardHub, and a host of others for a number of years now.

Automating Event Response: P&C Challenges & Solutions

Pricing pressure and challenging market conditions are making growth more difficult for P&C insurers:

  • Meeting growing customer satisfaction demands and reducing expenses requires a more efficient event response and claims process
  • This is especially evident due to more frequent and extreme perils, particularly in parts of the US more susceptible to the effects of climate change

Globally, the combined insured losses for 2017 and 2018 resulting from natural catastrophes were the highest ever for a two-year period at $219 billion, with a large percentage of those losses in North America. 

SpatialKey Releases the Next Iteration of its Automated Event Notification Solution for P&C Insurers, Including Hurricane and Storm Surge Alerts & Analysis

P&C insurers can now understand the immediate business impact of hurricanes, cyclones, and typhoons, as well as U.S. severe storms with SpatialKey's next iteration of its automated events notifications solution. 

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