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Unavoidable Catastrophe
Mitch Caster July 12, 2022 Posted in: Blog Posts, Insurance / Insurers, Reinsurance
A useful and illustrative measure of extreme weather events are catastrophic (CAT) insurance claims, herein defined as any occurrence resulting in more than $25 million in insured damages. The insurance industry has seen an increase in large CAT claims over the last decade relative to historical experience – with notable recent events including hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Matthew.
California Homeowners Insurance – Availability and Affordability as Wildfires Burn
As of November 2020, there were 9,279 wildfires in California. These incidents were responsible for 4.2 million acres burned, 31 fatalities and over 10,000 structures damaged or destroyed. According to Cal Fire, significant fire potential remained above normal across Southern California through December. Even before the devastating year, the California Department of Insurance (CDI) was researching the availability and affordability of wildfire coverage. One step in increasing availability was ordering the California FAIR Plan to provide a comprehensive policy in addition to its fire-only coverage by June 1, 2020. 
CAT Modeling and Wildfires
Multiple June 11, 2019 Posted in: Blog Posts, ERM, Insurance / Insurers, News
The 2018 news cycle was flooded with disturbing images of roaring fires in California. These wildfires were cataclysmic in scale and severity. Even more concerning is that the 2018 severe wildfire season was preceded by an awful 2017 season, which was the worst in recorded history until it was outdone by 2018. These events are troublesome and seem to be increasing in frequency. How can we in the risk management industry account for these seemingly worsening risks?
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