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We recently wrote that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced a new pricing structure for its federal flood insurance program in an effort to improve the equitability of flood insurance. Disaster insurance and preparedness is a topic that is becoming an all too familiar topic as extreme weather events cause billions of dollars in damage each year.
This is why we were thrilled to have the chance to speak with Dr. Carolyn Kousky who is the Executive Director at the Wharton Risk Management Center at the University of Pennsylvania. We asked Dr. Kousky about FEMA’s plans to modernize the way it sets rates, the ways in which we can rethink disaster coverage so that it protects more people, and the overall lack of information available to homeowners living in high-risk areas. If you’re a homeowner or looking to purchase a home, this interview is a must-watch! An FYI from Dr. Kousky:
“Federal government aid, unfortunately, is really limited. So there are localized disaster events that don’t get any federal assistance. And even our big events that do get federal dollars, it takes so long and [the payouts] are much more limited than people think. The average FEMA grant is a couple of thousand dollars which doesn’t come close to [helping people rebuild].”
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By Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer After a record-breaking drought, much of the West and Southwest has been hoping for a winter of rain. But with scientists predicting a second consecutive winter with La Niña conditions, the dry spell may be prolonged. La Niña is a climate pattern that tends to produce droughts in the […]
By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor As California’s summer fire season comes to a close, autumn’s Santa Ana winds have intensified a fast-moving wildfire now terrorizing Santa Barbara County. The Alisal fire began Monday afternoon. Since then, it has engulfed 16,801 acres and is only 5% contained, according to CalFire. As a result, a portion […]
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