In honor of the national holiday that coincides with this issue of NU, we thought we’d serve up a feast of items about which P&C pros (and NU’s editors) can be thankful.

And if your families are anything like ours, going around the table on Turkey Day and asking for reasons for thanks nets answers both serious and (hopefully) humorous. So we offer our list in that same inclusive spirit.

No Hurricane Horrors: Not to dismiss the very real (and very far inland) damage caused by Irene, but this year’s wind season was relatively benign—a hugely welcome respite after an especially destructive spring.

A Risk-Ready City Saves Countless Lives: A big thanks to all those city officials and others in Joplin, Mo., who so successfully hammered home the message of tornado preparedness to its citizens. Considering the mind-blowing power and size of that May storm, the fact that thousands weren’t killed is a testament to the municipality’s excellent mitigation strategies.

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