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PropertyCasualty360 Guest Article: Disastrous 2011 a Reminder to Obtain Sufficient Coverage
Leslie Conant Thorne
Nature has done a number on the U.S. this year. With two months remaining, 2011 already set the record for the most FEMA-declared disasters since the agency began keeping track in 1953. Between Midwestern and southern tornadoes, Texas fires, and northeastern blizzards and hurricanes, no corner of the country has escaped without being affected in some way. Domestic weather losses have exceeded $35 billion, according to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Association, and the damage doesn’t stop stateside. With a tsunami in Japan and flooding in Australia, the rest of the globe has been hit hard as well. This has been the costliest year on record, with economic losses in the first six months alone topping $265 billion, according to Munich Re.
In handling these crises, businesses must act quickly to contact their insurance brokers, evaluate potential coverage, and file claims. Delays in identifying insurance create unnecessary problems and can even foreclose coverage. Failure to pursue available insurance can even create liability to shareholders and others.
To protect themselves, affected companies should first review their policies to determine what coverage may or may not be triggered. This also represents an opportunity to consider what additional coverage should be purchased moving forward to protect against loss from future disasters.
Excerpt from PropertyCasualty360, Nov. 3, 2011. To view the full article, click here.