Special Report

2020 Catastrophe Preparation and Recovery

June 1 marks the beginning of hurricane season, while the peak of tornado season is March through May. Wildfire season is traditionally during the summer months, but in some states the risk is yearlong. Preparation is key to providing a timely response in order to help policyholders begin the recovery process. In this Special Report we share information on how best to prepare for natural disasters and how to recover if one damages your property.


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Hurricane Dorian inflicted unprecedented damage in the Bahamas over Labor Day Weekend. Early insured loss estimates price Dorian at $7 billion, but the recovery efforts in the affected Bahamas islands will be an extensive, long process. (Photo: AP) Hurricane Dorian inflicted unprecedented damage in the Bahamas in September 2019. Early insured loss estimates priced Dorian at $7 billion, but the recovery efforts in the affected Bahamas islands will be an extensive, long process. (Photo: AP)

Following the trends of recent years, the U.S. experienced more record-breaking weather activity in 2019, which is now the second wettest year on record, according to new data and analysis from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

NOAA recently released its complete 2019 weather and climate totals for the year and recapped U.S. climate and extreme weather activity in 2019. According to NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information., precipitation across the contiguous U.S. totaled 34.78 inches in 2019 (4.48 inches above the long-term average), making 2019 the second-wettest year on record after 1973.

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Danielle Ling

Danielle Ling is an experienced video journalist and business reporter. As associate editor, Danielle manages all multimedia and reports on industry news and risk-related coverage, managing all weather-related content. A University of Maryland and Philip Merrill College of Journalism alum, Danielle previously served as a video journalist for Verizon FiOS 1 News NJ, Push Pause. Connect with Danielle on LinkedIn or email her at [email protected].

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