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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According to the latest FEMA data, earthquake losses in the U.S. total roughly $6.1 billion dollars annually. (Photo: Shutterstock) According to the latest FEMA data, earthquake losses in the U.S. total roughly $6.1 billion dollars annually. (Photo: Shutterstock)

During the first three months of 2020, the continental United States experienced five earthquakes measuring magnitude 5 or more, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). These include a magnitude 5.7 earthquake that struck outside Salt Lake City on March 18, and, 13 days later, a magnitude 6.5 quake 80 miles northeast of Boise, Idaho. 

At magnitude 6.5, the Idaho quake was the first of the year categorized as “strong” by the USGS, and it shook about six times more violently than the one near Salt Lake City. Fortunately, there were no reports of serious damage or injury because it was centered in a sparsely populated area, but the quake was the most powerful to strike Idaho since 1983.

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