The Friday Five: Week of July 15, 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 July 8, 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.

Willis Re deploys updated wildfire risk solution in partnership with SpatialKey

Willis Re, the reinsurance division of Willis Towers Watson, a leading global advisory, broking and solutions company, has deployed a wildfire risk solution that can be used throughout the U.S. to assess location level wildfire risk, and how the risk correlates to the company’s portfolio level wildfire exposure.  The new solution supports Willis Re clients to write and price wildfire risk with increased confidence and efficiency for the peril of wildfire. 

Underwriting wildfire risk requires a more strategic P&C approach...

Following back-to-back years of tragic wildfires, some California residents and business owners may face another crisis—getting adequate and affordable wildfire coverage. Surplus line carriers and the FAIR Plan, for homeowners who can’t get mainstream insurance, are seeing notable spikes in policies. According to the Surplus Line Association of California, in the first three months of this year 19,389 policies with $52.6 million in premiums were sold—up 93 percent and 143 percent respectively over the same period last year. In counties at "very high risk" of wildfires, the FAIR Plan is running 300 percent ahead of last year according to Tammy Schwartz, its vice president for underwriting and operations.

The Friday Five: Week of June 24, 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 May 27, 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.

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

Following back-to-back years 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. Last 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.” 

California wildfires devastate $58 billion wine industry

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. 

Check out our infographic to learn how to do just that

California wildfires continue to rage for the fifth straight day

California wildfires burn a Paras Vineyards building burns in the Napa area Oct. 10, 2017 (courtesy of Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)

This fall, it seems that we can’t catch a break from natural catastrophes and extreme weather. While many people have been eyeing the record-setting hurricanes we’ve seen over the last few months, wildfires in the West are rapidly competing for our attention. Northern California is the latest area to be hit by wildfires, and as of Thursday, they’ve burned for five days straight, with the worst occurring in Napa and Sonoma counties.

Spotlight on RedZone

IronMan is RedZone’s favorite superhero. And, it’s no wonder because he is, of course, the most data-informed superhero.

If you don't know RedZone, now's the time to become acquainted and here's why: In the U.S. to date (January 1-August 16), 42,010 wildfires have been reported and 6,299,005 acres have burnedCompare this to 3,616,320 for the same period last year. That’s almost double. With staggering numbers like these, insurers need to take a lesson from IronMan and do everything possible to be more data informed.

Fact is, wildfire season is starting earlier, lasting longer, and increasing potential losses. SpatialKey data partner, RedZone, has the wildfire data and accumulation models insurers need to extinguish this ever-increasing threat. Get to know RedZone with this quick 2-minute infographic, and then watch our webinar to learn how the wildfire landscape is changing, and how to leverage wildfire data science to gain new insight.

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