Report from SmarterSafer Coalition Makes Important Policy Recommendations Focusing on Resiliency

The RenaissanceRe Risk Sciences Foundation welcomes a report published by the SmarterSafer Coalition that recommends a series of policy reforms to address the rising cost of natural disasters and their impact on people and communities across the nation. The report calls on policy makers to boost disaster planning and mitigation efforts; fortify infrastructure; address the cost of flood insurance rate hikes with targeted, means-tested, temporary and paid-for assistance that is outside the rate structure; ensure that lower-income communities and households are able to participate fully in federal mitigation efforts; and improve coordination between organizations and agencies planning for, and responding to, disasters.

The full SmarterSafer Coalition Report is available here.

SmarterSafer is a national coalition of individuals and organizations who support environmentally responsible and fiscally sound approaches to natural catastrophe policy that promote public safety. SmarterSafer believes the federal government has a role to play in encouraging and helping homeowners undertake mitigation efforts to safeguard their homes against natural disasters.

"We commend SmarterSafer for their detailed examination of U.S. disaster policy and endorse their recommendations for proactive rather than reactive measures to reduce vulnerabilities and limit the impact of disasters," said Stephen Weinstein, Chairman of the RenaissanceRe Risk Sciences Foundation. "Importantly, the report provides sound recommendations to help make the U.S. more disaster resilient in the future, with a focus on saving taxpayer dollars, valuing and protecting our natural environment, and reducing the risks facing communities across the nation."

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"Analyzing options for increasing affordability of flood insurance", National Academy of Sciences, December 11, 2015
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"Rising Tide of State Buyouts Fights Flooding", By Tim Henderson, The Pew Charitable Trusts, December 3, 2015
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"At climate meeting, some rare good news in South Florida sea rise battle", By Jenny Staletovich, Miami Herald, December 2, 2015
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"The Startup That's Restoring Louisiana's Coast", By Craig Guillot, the Atlantic CITYLAB, December 1, 2015
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"Catastrophic floods remain threat 3 years after Sandy", By David Abel, Boston Globe, November 30, 2015
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"Natural Disasters Are in 90% of Cases Causes by Weather", by Brian Galloway, Capital Wired, November 29, 2015
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"The U.S. has more natural disasters than any other country in the world", by Jessica Marmor Shaw, MarketWatch, November 24, 2015
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"Report: Miami could lose billions from coastal flooding by 2050", By Nicholas Nehamas, Miami Herald, November 24, 2015
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"US: Funds Announced for Sandy Coast Defence Projects", Dredging News Online, November 24, 2015
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"How do we save our power grid from rising sea levels?", by Dustin Waters, Charleston City Paper - November 18, 2015
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"A push for green buildings that can withstand disaster", by Howard Weiss-Tisman, Vermont Public Radio - November 16, 2015
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"Is New York City Prepared For Another Hurricane Sandy?", by Sara Jerome, Water Online – November 5, 2015
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"Researchers Say Google Street View Could Aid in Assessing Damage After Natural Disasters", Claims Journal - November 4, 2015
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"What's the Value of Nature?", by Glenn Prickett, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and Neil Hawkins, The Dow Chemical Company, Huffington Post – November 4, 2015
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"New York Prepares for Up to 6 Feet of Sea Level Rise", by Bobby Magill, Climate Central – November 2, 2015
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"How private insurers can save the National Flood Insurance Program", by Franklin Nutter, The Hill – October 28, 2015
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"Safety Necessitates a Retreat From the Waterfront" by Klaus H. Jacob, The New York Times – Oct. 28, 2015"
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"Hurricane Patricia: Why a record storm did surprisingly little damage" by Brad Plumer, Vox – Oct. 26, 2015"
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"As the Seas Rise: Managing retreat along New York City's coasts" by Elizabeth Rush, New Republic – Oct. 25, 2015"
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"Three years after Sandy: A stronger Atlantic coast" by Wendi Weber, Delmarva Now – Oct. 21, 2015"
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"During autumn king tides, nuisance flooding becomes chronic flooding in Miami area" by Brian McNoldy, The Washington Post – Oct. 20, 2015"
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"Dozens more companies join US pledge on climate change" by Reuters, Business Standard – Oct. 20, 2015"
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"Understanding the Intersection of Resilience, Big Data, and the Internet of Things in the Changing Insurance Marketplace" by FLASH, PR Newswire – Oct. 20, 2015"
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"Just a two degree Celsius rise locks us in sea level rise for thousands of years" by Eric Hopton, Red Orbit – Oct. 19, 2015"
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"NAMIC Hails The Call For National Mitigation Investment Strategy", Insurance News Net – Oct. 19, 2015"
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"California Earthquake Rules: Los Angeles To Adopt Toughest Building Codes In US" by Clark Mindock, International Business Times – Oct. 19, 2015"
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"Tallying the ROI of resilient buildings" by Lauren Hepler, GreenBiz – Oct. 7, 2015"
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"Is the U.S. prepared for more extreme storms and floods?" by Brian Mastroianni, CBS News – Oct. 7, 2015"
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"With Flood Insurance Rare, Homeowners Have Little Recourse" by Ann Carrns, NY Times – Oct. 7, 2015
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"NOAA awards $1.1 million to support coastal communities facing changing sea levels and coastal flooding" by NOAA – Oct. 6, 2015
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"Report: Florida Cities Most Vulnerable to Storm Surge" by Amy O' Connor, Insurance Journal – Oct. 5, 2015
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"Saving New York From Sea-Level Rise Could Cost $120 Billion" by Jeff McMahon, Forbes – Oct. 5, 2015
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"UN releases draft agreement on climate change" by CBS/AP – Oct. 5, 2015
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"Mitigation Should Be Congress' Disaster Goal, NAMIC Says" by Susan Rupe, InsuranceNewsNet.com – Sept. 30, 2015"
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"500-Year Floods Coming to New York Every 24 Years, Study Says" by Phil McKenna, Inside Climate News – Sept. 28, 2015"
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"Closing the protection gap before the next natural catastrophe event occurs" by Monica Ningen, Property Casualty 360 – Sept. 14, 2015"
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"Texas takes much-needed step towards coastal flooding, storm surge protection" by The Kinwood Observer – Sept. 10, 2015"
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"Designing the Built Environment for Climate Change" by Steve Hansen, Sourceable – Sept. 2015"
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"The Mothers of All Disasters", by David A. Graham, The Atlantic – Sept. 2, 2015"
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