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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"Marking 10 Years Since Katrina, Consumer Agency Calls for Stiffer Building Codes," by FLASH, Claims Journal – Aug. 19, 2015
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"Doing More to Protect Frontline Communities Ten Years After Katrina," by Rachel Cleetus, Union of Concerned Scientists – Aug. 17, 2015
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"Enviros, state officials call for MRGO wetlands restoration," by Cain Burdeau, Associated Press – Aug. 12, 2015
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"This New Student-Designed Super-Resilient Home Is The Beach House Of The Flooded Future," by Jessica Leber, Fast Company – Aug. 12, 2015
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"Limited Colorado Springs storm damage shows success of flood mitigation," by Ryan Maye Handy, The Gazzette – Aug. 11, 2015
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"In Louisiana, Rebuilding Mother Nature's Storm Protection: A 'Living Coast," by Jesse Hardman, NPR– Aug. 8, 2015
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"How to Save a Sinking Coast? Katrina Created a Laboratory," by John Schwartzaug, New York Times – Aug. 7, 2015
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"Katrina's Impact on Commercial Property Insurance," by Denise Johnson, Claims Journal – Aug. 5, 2015
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" Is New Orleans Safe?", by John M. Barry, New York Times – Aug. 1, 2015
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""El Niño rainout in California? Think of it more like a wrecking ball", by Josh Sawislak, LA Daily News – July 30, 2015
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" Study: Climate change could ravage Texas - 10 key outtakes" by Dylan Baddour, Houston Chronicle –July 30, 2015
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"Levees vs. logic: Rigging federal flood insurance rates is dumb and dangerous", by K.C. King, The LENS – July 29, 2015
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"Florida leads nation in property at risk from climate change", by Jenny Staletovich, Miami Herald – July 27, 2015
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"What Is Community Resilience?" by Adam Stone, Emergency Management – July 27, 2015
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"Louisiana's physical footprint could be determined over next 10 years, coastal protection chair says", by David Jacobs, Greater Baton Rouge Business Report – July 27, 2015
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"Editorial: Proposed legislation a step forward for flood insurance reform", Tampa Tribune – July 23, 2015
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"Can your city survive the apocalypse?" by Kieron Monks, CNN – July 22, 2015
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"33 More Cities Will Get Resilience Boost", by Jen Kinney, Next City – July 22, 2015
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"The Really Big One: An earthquake will destroy a sizable portion of the coastal Northwest. The question is when." by Kathryn Schulz, The New Yorker – July 20, 2015
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"Rising Seas Are Threatening America's Cities" from To the Point, KCRW Radio – Aug. 4, 2015
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"Evidence from past suggests climate trends could yield 20-foot sea-level rise", UF News – July 9, 2015
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"Disaster chic: Builders, manufacturers go beyond code with anti-devastation designs", by Sharon O'Malley, CONSTRUCTION Dive – July 8, 2015
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"Commentary: Stronger Building Codes Make Communities More Resilient", by Julie Rochman, Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety – July 8, 2015
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"A Tale of Two Recoveries: 5 Lessons from Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy", by Susan Cutter and Christopher Emrich, Emergency Management – June 25, 2015
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"Disaster preparedness: In search of a better business model" by Dr. Irwin Redlener & Jeff Schlegelmilch, Property Casualty 360 – June 24, 2015
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"Architects Paving the Way for the Resilient Cities of the Future", by Sherry-Lea Bloodworth-Botop, Architects Foundation, Huffington Post – June 24, 2015
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"A New Playground in the Bronx Soaks Up the City's Problematic Storm Water", by Lisa W. Foderaro, New York Times – June 24, 2015
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"Extreme weather events linked to climate change, study says", by Doyle Rice, USA Today – June 23, 105
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"Study sees a 'new normal' for how climate change is affecting weather extremes", by Chris Mooney, The Washington Post – June 22, 2015
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"Preparing for the Big One: California's Seismic Retrofit Ordinances", by Scott Adan, Ph.D. & Randall Ward, IT Business Net – June 22, 2015
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"Science Panel Tries to Reinject Reality into Flood Insurance Pricing" by Andrew C. Revkin, Dot Earth – June 19, 2015
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"Seismic Risk? Research Addresses Dangers of Older Concrete Buildings in U.S.", by Jacqueline Conciatore, U.S. National Science Foundation, Live Science – June 13, 2015
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"The Odds Are Stacked Against Disaster Resilience", by Eric Holdeman, Emergency Management – June 11, 2015
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"Harnessing Insurance Markets to Enhance Climate Resilience", Center for American Progress – June 10, 2015
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"Poor Towns Pay More for Flood Insurance, Report Finds" by Caitlin Bronson, Insurance Business America – June 9, 2015
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"Florida Tops Nation in Potential Losses from Storm Surge", by Jenny Staletovich, Miami Herald – June 4, 2015
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"State Proposes Revisions to Rules Governing Flood-Zone, Coastal Construction", by Scott Gurian, NJ Spotlight – June 2, 2015
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"Flood Insurance Is Socialism, and Not in a Good Way", by Jim Schutze, Dallas Observer – June 1, 2015
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"The Great Katrina Footprint Debate 10 years later", by Richard Campanella, The Times Biscayne – May 29, 2015
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"Texas Floods Illustrate the Need to Plan for Climate Change", by Rob Moore, Switchboard – May 28, 2015
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"Protecting Priceless Art From Natural Disasters", by John Whitaker, The Atlantic – May 27, 2015
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"In Texas, the Race to Build in Harm's Way Outpaces Flood-Risk Studies and Warming Impacts", by Andrew C. Revkin, New York Times – May 26, 2015
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"NOAA announces $9 million in grants to improve coastal community resilience", NOAA News – May 19, 2015
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"New Study Shows How Florida Citizens Subsidizes the Rich", By Ray Lehmann, Insurance Journal – May 18, 2015
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"Dennis Ross Fights for Tax-Preferred Disaster Savings Accounts", by Kevin Derby, Sunshine State News – May 11, 2015
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"Someone built the 'world's biggest' hurricane simulator to help improve forecasts", by Kerry Sheridan, AFP; Business Insider – May 6, 2015
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"Huffington Post: You Can't Stop Mother Nature, But There's a Workaround", by Erik Rancatore, Portland Cement Association – May 4, 2015
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"Canada invests in disaster mitigation", United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction – May 1, 2015
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"New York City Selects Flood Panel Solution to Protect Small Businesses from Next Superstorm", PR Web – May 1, 2015
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