March 27, 2020

The Environmental Impact of Hurricanes in Florida

It’s not just the people who suffer when hurricanes make landfall. Thousands of animals are killed, waterways are damaged, trees are uprooted and the ground is eroded. As a natural part of Earth’s climate, these disasters are events that have been altering the coasts for millions of years. The natural ecological destruction hurricanes in […]
March 27, 2020

History of Okeechobee – Florida’s Deadliest Hurricane

Hurricanes in Florida aren’t new, but there are recent technological advancements that help save lives and reduce the extent of damages. Better medical equipment, better training, faster emergency response, sturdier structures, improved communication and the ease with which people can be warned and evacuate are all factors that reduce the property damage, injuries and […]
March 27, 2020

Preparing Your Home or Business for a Hurricane

When the National Weather Service (NWS) and state officials start warning Florida residents of a hurricane’s impending arrival, you should take the threat seriously. How much time you get to prepare and evacuate can vary depending on the circumstances, but the really serious threats are usually announced days in advance. The steps you take […]
March 26, 2020

The Recent History of Hurricane Lawsuits in Florida

Hurricane Irma caused a massive amount of property damage in Florida, which resulted in the filing of a very high volume of property damage claims. Mistakes and oversights are inevitably made when insurers are suddenly inundated with a huge number of claims. Insurance companies try to cope and process all those claims in a […]
March 25, 2020

How Much Do Natural Disasters Cost the United States?

Nature enriches all our lives in countless valuable ways, but it can also unleash staggering levels of devastation. Florida residents are all too familiar with the dark side of nature, especially when it comes to the destructive power of hurricanes. Hurricanes aren’t the only source of harmful natural forces. Many parts of the country […]
March 25, 2020

The 2020 Florida Hurricane Season

Many Floridians ask the same question each time a new year comes around – what will this year’s hurricane season be like? The state got lucky in 2019. The closest call was Hurricane Dorian, but that storm thankfully turned north at the last minute. Although we should still have a bit of a break […]
March 25, 2020

Why Is Florida the Hurricane Capital of the United States?

If you asked most people where the highest frequency of lightning strikes occur in the United States, they may guess mountains or tall buildings. Central Florida usually isn’t the thing that first comes to mind. You may be surprised to learn that the corridor located between Orlando and Tampa has several natural features that […]
March 25, 2020

The Expensive and Lasting Damages of Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma was an expensive natural disaster responsible for significant property damage, more than a dozen deaths and a season-long slowdown in agricultural production. The National Hurricane Center attributed roughly $50 billion worth of property damage to Hurricane Irma. Before the storm, dozens of city and county governments put into place evacuation plans, resulting […]
March 25, 2020

Hurricane Andrew’s Impact on the Insurance Industry in Florida

Hurricanes have always been a fact of life in Florida. For as long as people have lived in the region there has been a recognition of the risk posed by hurricanes. There was, however, a lull in massive Category 5 hurricanes between the 1935 Labor Day hurricane – still the strongest recorded hurricane to […]