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September is National Preparedness Month, which raises awareness about the importance of preparing for disasters and emergencies that could happen at any time. This collection of articles will help insurance professionals and their clients mitigate exposures and understand what to do before and after a disaster.

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Addressing wildfire risk Wildfires contributed to a 46% increase in fire severity for U.S. carriers in 2018 and making it critical for them to factor an extended fire season into their predictive models. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Recent years have seen consecutive devastating wildfire seasons in the U.S. and around the world.

In California, the 2017 wildfire season became the worst on record, only for 2018 to prove even more deadly and destructive. In 2017, fires destroyed more than 10,800 structures in California – more than the previous nine years combined. Worse, 2018 experienced a total of 8,054 fires burned over 1.8 million acres, the largest area of burned acreage recorded in a fire season, and over 17,800 structures were lost.

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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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