Wildfires – Western US

Source: FEMA - Updated 9/27

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The information below is from the FEMA Daily Ops Briefing issued 9/27 @ 8:30 am Situation: : Of the over 7 million acres burned, the National Watch Center continues to track 12 active fires that have burned over 2 million acres from the West Coast to the Rocky Mountains. Mandatory evacuations continue throughout the impacted regions. Current U.S. Air Quality Index ranges from "Moderate” to Very Unhealthy" for Central California to northern Washington state. No...

CFO Jimmy Patronis Activates Emergency Adjuster Licensing System to Aid in Hurricane Sally Recovery

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Florida Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis announced the Department of Financial Services’ emergency adjuster license system has been activated to support homeowners’ and businesses’ efforts to get back on their feet following the impacts of Hurricane Sally in the Florida Panhandle.

From the Monday, September 21, 2020 Press Release

Commissioner Lara urges insurance companies to cover reimbursement costs for those displaced during wildfires

California Department of Insurance

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News: 2020 Press Release For Release: September 3, 2020 Media Calls Only: 916-492-3566 Email Inquiries: cdipress@insurance.ca.gov Commissioner Lara urges insurance companies to cover reimbursement costs for those displaced during wildfires LOS ANGELES, Calif. — To assist Californians displaced by the current and recent wildfires throughout the state, Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara issued a Notice to all California property and casualty insurance...

CSU researchers now predicting extremely active 2020 Atlantic hurricane season

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"Colorado State University hurricane researchers have increased their forecast and now predict an extremely active Atlantic hurricane season in 2020, citing very warm sea surface temperatures and very low wind shear in the tropical Atlantic as primary factors. Tropical Atlantic sea surface temperatures averaged over the past month are at their fourth-highest levels since 1982, trailing only the very active Atlantic hurricane seasons of 2005, 2010 and 2017. Warmer-than-normal sea...

M 5.1 - 4 km SE of Sparta, North Carolina

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Yellow alert for economic losses. Some damage is possible and the impact should be relatively localized. Estimated economic losses are less than 1% of GDP of the United States. Past events with this alert level have required a local or regional level response.

NOAA updated 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook

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'Extremely active' hurricane season possible for Atlantic Basin

August 6, 2020 - Atmospheric and oceanic conditions are primed to fuel storm development in the Atlantic, leading to what could be an “extremely active” season, according to forecasters with NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, a division of the National Weather Service. Today, the agency released its annual August update to the Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook, initially issued in May.

Busy Atlantic hurricane season predicted for 2020

Source: NOAA

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From the NOAA Forecast;

"May 21, 2020An above-normal 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is expected, according to forecasters with NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, a division of the National Weather Service. The outlook predicts a 60% chance of an above-normal season, a 30% chance of a near-normal season and only a 10% chance of a below-normal season. The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30.

 

WORLEY CLAIMS SERVICES ANNOUNCES NAME CHANGE TO ALACRITY SOLUTIONS TO REFLECT STRATEGIC GROWTH AND INNOVATION

CADO Admin

"Fishers, IN – March 10, 2020 – Worley Claims Services LLC, a recognized leader in providing insurance claims services in North America, announced the launch of a new company brand and name to Alacrity Solutions Group effective immediately. The change reflects the company’s broader commitment and its expertise in providing innovative claims management services in the property, auto and casualty claim marketplace."

Commissioner Lara Orders Insurance Data on Business Interruption Coverage to Assist California Small Businesses

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From the Press Release ... "Commissioner Lara called on the insurance industry to assist small businesses facing layoffs and lost income due to business closures and government actions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Insurance company responses to the data call are due by April 9, 2020, and will help the Department understand the number and scope of commercial business interruption type coverages in effect and the approximate number of policies that exclude viruses such as...

EXTENDED RANGE FORECAST OF ATLANTIC SEASONAL HURRICANE ACTIVITY AND LANDFALL STRIKE PROBABILITY FOR 2020

Source:Department of Atmospheric Science Colorado State University

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We anticipate that the 2020 Atlantic basin hurricane season will have above-normal activity. Current warm neutral ENSO conditions appear likely to transition to cool neutral ENSO or potentially even weak La Niña conditions by this summer/fall. Sea surface temperatures averaged across the tropical Atlantic are somewhat above normal. Our Atlantic Multi-decadal Oscillation index is below its long-term average; however, most of the tropical Atlantic is warmer than normal. We anticipate...

Texas Department of Insurance Commissioner’s Bulletin # B-0008-20

Re: COVID-19: Suspension of certain licensing requirements and fees

CADO Admin
The below is from the bulletin. March 24, 2020 To:   All TDI-regulated carriers, agents, adjusters, and licensees Re:   COVID-19: Suspension of certain licensing requirements and fees On March 13, 2020, Governor Greg Abbott issued a disaster declaration in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Governor authorized the use of all available state and local government resources necessary to cope with the disaster. TDI expects carriers to work with their...

TWIA Policy Changes effective 1/2020

CADO Admin

All new and renewal TWIA policies with an effective date on or after January 1, 2020 will include updated coverages, terms, and conditions. Many of the changes are a result of recent revisions to the Texas Insurance Code by the Texas Legislature.


"The above is from the TWIA website"

Port Neches Response

Updated 12/7/19

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The below is from the Port Neches Response website. Updated: 12/7/19 News Release # 19 Claims activities update: Approximately 200 claims representatives, including call center operators, field claim adjusters and claims processors, remain in the area. Residents seeking walk-in appointments at Claims Processing Centers are experiencing long wait times. Claims personnel are working to increase staffing at the processing centers to assist more people. Don’t wait in line: call...

FEMA to Evaluate Readiness of Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

CADO Admin
The Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency will evaluate a biennial emergency preparedness exercise at the Limerick Generating Station in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. The exercise will take place November 19, 2019 to test the ability of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to respond to an emergency at the nuclear facility.

FEMA Approves $1,606,065.75 to the town of Brookfield, Connecticut

CADO Admin
REGION 1 – The town of Brookfield will receive $1,204,542,56 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for the costs incurred for debris removal operations as a result of Severe Storms, Tornadoes and Straight-line Winds event from May 15, 2018.This funding is a result of a partnership between FEMA and the State of Connecticut Emergency Management Agency.

FEMA Grants Santa Rosa $1M To Ensure Effective Evacuation Routes

CADO Admin
Oakland, Calif. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has granted $1 million to the City of Santa Rosa for the installation of battery back-up systems to 175 traffic signals. Recent wildfires and Public Safety Power Shutoffs have highlighted the need to maintain established evacuation routes. When traffic signals lose power, intersections become four-way stops, dramatically slowing evacuations and increasing driver uncertainty.

FEMA Updates Flood Maps in Kaua‘i County

CADO Admin
Oakland, CA — The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is updating Kaua‘i County’s flood maps in 2020. New maps identify the latest flood hazards, assess flood risks, and provide data to guide local stakeholders in taking effective mitigation actions, resulting in safer and more resilient communities.

Monthly Atlantic Tropical Weather Summary

Source: National Hurricane Center

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NHC is the source of the info below Monthly Tropical Weather Summary NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL 800 AM EDT Fri Nov 1 2019 For the North Atlantic...Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico: Tropical cyclone activity during October was slightly above normal for the Atlantic basin. Five named storms formed during the month and one of them became a hurricane. Another hurricane, Lorenzo, carried over from the month of September. One tropical depression also formed and failed to...

FEMA Grants Marin County $2.9M to Elevate Homes

CADO Admin
Oakland, Calif. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has granted $2.9 million to elevate 16 Marin County homes that have repeatedly flooded. Each home will be raised at least one-foot above the identified high-risk flood elevation shown on FEMA flood maps.

FEMA Grants Santa Rosa $3.4M To Protect Critical Infrastructure

CADO Admin
Oakland, Calif. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has granted $3.4 million to the City of Santa Rosa to replace and upgrade 21 generators and transfer switches, which will deliver reliable back-up power to the city’s critical fresh and wastewater systems after earthquakes, floods, and wildfires.

Understanding FEMA Determination Letters and How to Appeal

CADO Admin
AUSTIN, TX – Survivors who registered with FEMA for disaster assistance because they were affected by Tropical Storm Imelda will receive a determination letter explaining the eligibility decision and the reason for that decision. If approved, it will state the dollar amount of the grant and how the funds should be used and when ineligible, the letter explains why and how the applicant can appeal that decision.  

FEMA Updates Flood Maps in Yavapai County

CADO Admin
Oakland, CA — The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is updating flood maps in Yavapai County, AZ in 2020. New maps will help identify the latest flood hazards, assess flood risks, and provide accurate data to guide local stakeholders in taking effective mitigation actions that result in safer and more resilient communities.

Mexico Beach Approved for an Additional $3.3 Million for Debris Removal Costs

CADO Admin
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — FEMA has approved an additional $3,317,098 for the state of Florida to reimburse Mexico Beach for debris removal costs following Hurricane Michael. Disaster-generated debris posed a threat to public health, safety, natural resources and tourism. Grant funds cover the cost of emergency debris cleanup activities from Oct. 24 through Nov. 2, 2018. 

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