California: CDI Requests Insurers' Plans to Accommodate Homeowners Who Suffered 'Total Loss' Because of 2017 Wildfires
The California Department of Insurance reminded all property/casualty insurance companies on Jan. 10 that responses to the notice “Personal Property Coverages for Wildfire Claims” issued on... (Jan. 10, 2018)
California: CDI Requests Insurers Implement Expedited Claims Handling, Billing Grace Period Procedures Due to Wildfires
In a notice dated Dec. 8 and just disseminated to insurers, the California Department of Insurance has requested that all property insurers implement emergency expedited claims and billing... (Dec. 12, 2017)
California: CDI Issues Notice Prohibiting Insurer Moratorium on Writing or Adjusting Personal Auto Coverage Due to Impending Wildfire
The California Department of Insurance issued a notice dated Dec. 8, reminding insurers writing personal auto coverage that imposing a moratorium on (1) writing new policies and/or (2) adjusting coverage under existing... (Dec. 12, 2017)
Florida: OIR Reminds Companies of Final Data Calls for Hurricanes Matthew and Hermine
The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation has issued a final notice reminding companies of approaching deadlines for claims reporting in the Catastrophe Reporting Form data collection system related to both Tropical...
Florida: Claims Reporting Schedule Released for Matthew, Hermine
The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation Market Data Collections Department has released a claims reporting schedule for both Hurricane Matthew and Hurricane Hermine. Companies are instructed to follow the schedule here.
North Carolina: DOI Issues Bulletins and Orders Related to Hurricane Matthew
North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin has released orders and bulletins directed at companies handling claims as a result of Hurricane Matthew.
South Carolina: DOI Issues Hurricane Matthew Claims Data Call
As expected, the South Carolina Department of Insurance has issued a data call for Hurricane Matthew claims. The data call applies to all authorized property/casualty insurers (licenses, E&S, and private flood insurers).
South Carolina: DOI Making Plans to Collect Claims Information
NAMIC’s industry trade partner in the Palmetto State, the South Carolina Insurance Association, is reporting that the Department of Insurance will issue a data call Oct. 10 to collect claims information from insurers.
South Carolina: Insurance Director Issues Emergency Regulation, Order Allowing Additional Time for Insureds to
Respond to Policy Requirements Due to Hurricane Matthew Disruption
South Carolina Insurance Director Ray Farmer issued emergency regulation 69-78 on Oct. 8 to help "provide safeguards for consumers...
South Carolina: DOI Prepares for Licensing Temporary Non-Resident Adjusters to Handle Hurricane Matthew Claims
The South Carolina Department of Insurance has issued Bulletin 2016-07, regarding licensing of temporary non-resident adjusters. The bulletin became effective immediately upon issuance and will remain in effect until further notice.
Florida: Hurricane Matthew Claims Reporting
The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation is requesting that insurers provide claims reporting data in the Catastrophe Reporting Form data collection system related to Hurricane Matthew beginning as early as Oct. 8, if data is available.
South Carolina Governor Announces Additional Evacuations
Gov. Nikki Haley signed an executive order requiring the evacuation of residents of Colleton and Jasper counties with the exception of those critical or emergency response personnel.
Georgia: Deal orders mandatory evacuation east of Interstate 95 for six coastal counties
Acting on a recommendation from the state's Emergency Operations Command in anticipation of Hurricane Matthew, Gov. Nathan Deal [Thursday] issued a mandatory evacuation east of Interstate 95 for six coastal counties.
Florida: Catastrophe Reporting for Insurance Companies
In the event of a hurricane or other natural disaster causing catastrophic damage in Florida, it will likely become necessary for the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation Office to institute a data call for the purposes of collecting claims and other relevant information from insurance companies. Please click here for more information.
South Carolina Governor Announces Evacuations
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley announced evacuations for certain coastal zones in the following counties: Phase 1 evacuation will begine Oct. 5 at 3:00 p.m.: Berkeley, Charleston, Dorchester, Jasper, Colleton and Beaufort counties. Phase 2 will begin on Oct. 6 and will include portions of Horry and Georgetown counties. For more evacuation information, visit the Emergency Management Division’s website.
South Carolina Department of Insurance
The South Carolina Department of Insurance has issued Bulletin 2016-07 relative to the licensing of temporary, non-resident adjusters. It is effective immediately and will remain in effect until further notice.
These images show the mudslide devastation in California
Destructive waves of mud sliding down barren hillsides in Southern California slammed everything in sight. The force of the mudslides was so massive ...(CNN, Jan. 10, 2018)
California wildfires prompt regulator action
The California Department of Insurance has issued a notice to insurers asking them to agree to expedite wildfire claims handling and adopt a ... (Intelligent Insurer, Dec. 13, 2017)
California regulator warns insurers over auto policy practices
The California Department of Insurance issued a formal notice to insurers directing them to cease any and all moratoriums on auto insurance and reminding them... (Intelligent Insurer, Dec. 13, 2017)
Winds, dry conditions to hamper efforts to tame California wildfire
Powerful gusts of wind and bone dry conditions will remain overriding concerns for Californian firefighters on Wednesday as they seek to tame a huge blaze that has destroyed ...(Reuters, Dec. 13, 2017)
In California, Mixed Results for Regulations Meant to Help Stop Fires
The wildfires that raced across the hills of Southern California this week have tested the tough regulations California communities put in place to contain widespread destruction of homes... (MSN, Dec. 12, 2017)
Toll From Northern California firestorms Sharply Rise: 2,000 Structures Destroyed, at Least 17 Dead
The toll from Northern California’s ranging wildfires continued to grow Tuesday evening as officials said the fires destroyed up to 2,000 structures and killed at least 17 people. The devastating losses establish firestorms among the...
Wildfire Victims Could Tap Insurance for Evacuation Cost Reimbursement
Thousands of residents from Butte, Sonoma, and Napa counties ordered to evacuate may have homeowner or renter insurance coverage to help with evacuation and relocation costs, even if their homes are not damaged or destroyed, and in many cases no deductible is...
Wildfires Blaze through Western U.S. and Canada
Following a wet spring, at least six western states are now fighting wildfires, which have been intensified by extremely high temperatures, wind gusts and...
Thousands Flee Wildfires in California
Wildfires barreled across the baking landscape of the western U.S. and Canada, forcing thousands of residents to flee and destroying...
Canada Declares State of Emergency in British Columbia as 138 ‘Extraordinary’ Wildfires Spread Over Province
The Canadian state of British Columbia has advised around 3,000 people to evacuate and declared a state of emergency as wildfires sweep through the...
South Georgia Wildfire Could Burn For Months, Officials Say
A wildfire that's been burning for weeks in South Georgia might not be contained for months, according to the National Wildfire Coordinating Group, which...
Florida NFIP Policyholders Have 60 More Days to File A Proof of Loss Associated with Hurricane Matthew Claims;
Proof of Loss Extension Associated with Hurricane Hermine Claims Has Expired
At the request of Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has granted...
Florida NFIP Policyholders Now Have Until January 31, 2017 to File A Flood Insurance Claim Associated with Hurricane
At the request of Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has granted another extension giving National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) policyholders in Florida an extra...
Meetings to outline flood recovery
Lawyers specializing in storm recovery are holding another round of meetings next week in Eastern North Carolina beginning Tuesday in...
FEMA Extends NFIP period for Hurricane Matthew Flood Claims
The Federal Emergency Management Administration has extended the proof of loss requirement by an additional 60 days for all Hurricane Matthew related flood claims in...
South Carolina: DOI Publishes Hurricane Matthew FAQs
The South Carolina Department of Insurance has published answers to frequently asked questions about Emergency Regulation 69-78 and the Hurricane Matthew claims data call. This information is...
Hurricane Matthew-related insurance claims pass the 75,000 barrier
The number of insurance claims filed following Hurricane Matthew has now surpassed 75,000, state regulators announced Monday. The estimated insurance loss was $454 million. When last counted on Friday
A.M. Best: Damage From Hurricane Matthew Won’t Affect Most Insurer Ratings
A.M. Best does not anticipate a significant number of rating actions related to Hurricane Matthew, as most rated insurance carriers have sufficient capital and appropriate reinsurance programs in place to effectively absorb this event, according...
Hurricane Matthew reported losses reach $454m in Florida
Insurance claims from hurricane Matthew reached $454 million by the end of last week, more than doubling over two days as claims were filed, according to an update from the Florida Office...
CDC Issues Consumer Guide on Mold Cleanup After Disasters
The Centers for Disease Control, along with FEMA, EPA HUD, and the NIH, have issued a detailed guide on mold remediation for homeowners and renters.
Florida: Updated Claims Data
The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation has posted numbers received through Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at 8:15 a.m. These results show a total of 39,302 claims have been reported across Florida with estimated insured losses at $218 million.
GOP lawmakers, McCrory say session on Matthew unneeded now
Republican legislative leaders agreed Wednesday with Gov. Pat McCrory that there's no need for the North Carolina General Assembly to reconvene now to address …
South Carolina: Catastrophe Claims Town Hall Meeting in Beaufort
A Catastrophe Claims Town Hall Meeting will be held in Beaufort on Oct. 13, providing residents an opportunity to meet with Insurance Director Ray Farmer and staff to discuss insurance matters relating to the damages resulting from Hurricane Matthew.
Florida: Hurricane Matthew Disaster Resource, Information
The Florida Department of Financial Services Division of Consumer Services has created a Hurricane Matthew Disaster Resources and Information page on its website.
South Carolina: DOI Hosts Catastrophe Claims Center in Bluffton
The South Carolina Department of Insurance will host a Catastrophe Claims Center in Bluffton, SC Wednesday, October 12th and Thursday, October 13th to assist consumers with their insurance questions and claims resulting from Hurricane Matthew.
Florida: Atwater and Altmaier to Tour St. Augustine Damage and Meet with Insurance Executives about Insurance
Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater and Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier will join legislative members, local leaders, and insurance company executives to tour Hurricane Matthew damage in St. John’s County. Following the tour, participants will meet to discuss the insurance industry’s claims-handling response.
Preliminary Hurricane Matthew Claims Data Information Now Available
The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation has posted preliminary statewide Hurricane Matthew claims data …
Citizens to open EOCs along Space Coast to handle Matthew Claims
Citizens Property Insurance Corporations is opening two emergency operations centers (EOC) along the Space Coast to assist our policyholders recovering from Hurricane …
Partners in Recovery Last Hurricane Matthew Report, October 10, 2016
This is the last Partners in Recovery report relating to Hurricane Matthew.
Hudgens Reminds Hurricane Victims How to Seek Help for Insurance Questions and Problems
In the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens wants Georgians to know that his office is ready to assist them in their recovery …
Matthew downgraded to post-tropical cyclone
Hurricane Matthew was downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone Sunday morning but still had some dangerous fight left in it, dumping more than a foot …
Florida picks up the pieces after Hurricane Matthew
Two days of torrential rain, hurricane force winds and historic storm surge accompanied Hurricane Matthew as it raked Florida’s east …
Matthew triggers severe flooding North Carolina as it exits
A deteriorating Matthew was stripped of hurricane status Sunday morning and began making its exit to the sea after unloading more than a foot of rain on North Carolina and …
Flooding Hits Jacksonville as Hurricane Matthew Nears
In St. Augustine just south of Jacksonville, about half of the 14,000 residents have refused to heed evacuation orders despite warnings of an eight-foot …
Hurricane Matthew: Live updates
The damage in Florida -- Here's a look at some of the damage that Matthew did Friday in coastal east-central and northeastern Florida -- a state where more than 1 million customers were left …
Hurricane Matthew blamed for 4 US deaths, sparks flash-flood fears
Floridians along the Atlantic coast were coping Friday with rising water as Hurricane Matthew drenched the state with rain and as strong winds pushed waves …
Hurricane Matthew: What will the economic damage be?
Hurricane Matthew, which slammed into Florida Thursday and threatens Georgia and South Carolina, could deliver a potentially devastating economic wallop to one of the country’s most vibrant …
Hurricane Matthew's eyewall nears Cape Canaveral: What we know now
Hurricane Matthew is the most powerful storm to threaten the Atlantic coast in more than a decade. Here's what we know now about the powerful …
Hurricane Matthew hammers Florida coast; more than 300,000 without power
Hurricane Matthew lashed the Florida coastline Friday morning leaving more than 300,000 homes and businesses without power, as the Category 3 storm threatened to unleash winds of 120 mph and punishing …
Hurricane Matthew grows to Category 4 storm: Florida prepares for an assault
The National Weather Service warns that Hurricane Matthew may hit the Orlando area with winds more powerful than what it faced during Hurricane Charley in …
Hurricane Matthew Could Leave Behind Nearly $15B in Florida Economic Losses
Hurricane Matthew has thousands fleeing the U.S. Southeast where it’s expected to batter the coastline and threaten electricity supplies to more than 1 million people in Florida. Potential …
Gov. Haley gives update on evacuations, preps for Hurricane Matthew
Hurricane Matthew strengthened to a Category 4 storm, and its projected path is the central east coast of Florida, with it expected to bring major flooding to the South Carolina coast.. She said the evacuations in Charleston and Beaufort counties continue. Haley said 175,000 people …
Florida Issues Informational Memorandum on Hermine deductibles
Informational Memorandum OIR-16-07M was issued Oct. 3 regarding the deductible applicable to Tropical Storm/Hurricane Hermine damage claims.
Southeast 'On Alert' for Hurricane Matthew; Florida Gov. Rick Scott Activates National Guard as Preparations
As Hurricane Matthew churns through the Greater Antilles, authorities in several Southeastern states are making plans should the storm decide to take aim at ...
Hurricane Matthew: US evacuations begin ahead of storm
Hurricane Matthew likely won't strike the US for another day -- but after seeing its devastating impact on Haiti, many are not taking ...
Hurricane Matthew Closes in on the Bahamas; Destructive Strike on Florida's East Coast Likely
Hurricane Matthew is now back over warm water north of Cuba, and will rake through the Bahamas and appears likely to be a strong hurricane strike for a sizable swath of Florida's Atlantic...
Southeast in potential path of Hurricane Matthew
The Lowcountry began bracing for Hurricane Matthew on Monday as the devastating storm approached Haiti. Computer models and forecasters began to track its path closer to the South Carolina coast, with some runs suggesting a Florida landfall while a leading model put landfall near the North Carolina ...
Grand Strand in Matthew’s cone of uncertainty, forecasters say path unclear
National Weather Service forecasters show Hurricane Matthew tracking further west and say the threat scenarios now include a direct hit of the Category 2 storm in the Carolinas ...
Gov. Scott cancels Cabinet meeting to monitor Matthew
The U.S. Coast Guard on Monday warned boaters to start preparing for Hurricane Matthew, and Gov. Rick Scott announced plans to visit the state’s emergency operations centers along Florida’s …
Florida preparing as Hurricane Matthew's path shifts closer to coast
Hurricane Matthew's path has shifted closer to Florida's east coast and officials say residents should start preparing. The storm started to pick up speed overnight ahead of making landfall about 7 a.m. in southwestern Haiti as a powerful Category 4 hurricane …