New 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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"Wetlands play a vital role in flood protection", by Tamara Dietrich, The Daily Press – April 18, 2015
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"Governor Christie, Army Corps Announce $202 Million Resiliency Project To Bolster Union Beach Against Storms And Flooding", by State of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie – April 8, 2015
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"Rethinking Resiliency", by John Cetra, AIA, CetraRuddy, MHN Online – April 7, 2015
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"Coastal Population Growth = Hurricane Exposure", By Eliot Kleinberg, The Palm Beach Post, Fla. – April 2, 2015
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"Federal Flood Insurance Premiums for Homeowners Rise", by Ann Carrns, New York Times – April 2, 2015
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"New IBHS Report Rates Building Codes in 18 Coastal States", by Institute for Business and Home Safety – April 1, 2015
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"FEMA Won't Help States That Don't Plan For Climate Change", by John Upton, Climate Central – Mar. 19, 2015
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"Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment Sees the Power of Partnership in Urban Flood Control", by Joanna Pope, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Nebraska – Mar. 19, 2015
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"International recognition for risk mitigation group", by IBO – Mar. 19, 2015
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"Focus of climate change discussions shifts from mitigation to adaptation: UC Santa Cruz climate conference panel address coastal resilience and 'wicked tradeoffs", im Stephens, UCSC – Mar. 16, 2015
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"Portland not as prepared as Japan for major earthquake", by Keely Chalmers, KGW.com – Mar. 11, 2015
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"Floating homes developer targets flood-prone Berkshire site", by Keith Cooper, Construction News – Mar. 9, 2015
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"Sea Isle City recognized as a leader in flood mitigation", by Cindy Nevitt, Press of Atlantic City.com – Mar. 6, 2015
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"Investing in disaster resilience vital for sustainable development – senior UN official", UN News Centre – Mar. 4, 2015
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"NIST funds center to model disaster recovery strategies", by GCN Staff, GCN – Mar. 4, 2015
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"How Climate Change Will Alter New York City's Skyline", by Neel V. Patel, Wired.com – Mar. 3, 2015
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"UN Names Hoboken Role Model for Resilience", by Marielle Mondon, Next City- Mar. 3, 2015
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"Watch Out NY, Houston: Floods Could Be Headed Your Way", Texas A&M Today – Mar. 3, 2015
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"U.S. insurers may start feeling the heat on climate change mitigation", by Sam J. Friedman, Property Casualty 360 – Mar. 2, 2015
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"Florida Proposal Aims to Ease Sting of Soaring Flood Insurance Rates", by Josh Boatwright, Tampa Tribune – Feb. 23, 2015
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"Paving the road to a new global climate agreement", by Lean Alfred Santos, Devex – Feb. 20, 2015
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"Before the storm: Shifting federal disaster policy toward mitigation", by Jason Barnosky, Brookings – Feb. 19, 2015
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"Experts brainstorm ways to fund cities to withstand disasters", by Alisa Tang, Reuters – Feb. 16, 2015
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"As Climate Change Strains Federal Funds, FY16 Budget Request Invests in Resilience", by Andrea Vittorio, Bloomberg BNA – Feb. 2, 2015
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