DEFRAYING THE ECONOMIC COSTS OF DISASTERS
The insurance industry plays a vital role in helping individuals and businesses prepare for and recover from the potentially devastating effects of a disaster such as a catastrophic hurricane or storm or wildfire.
NATURAL CATASTROPHE LOSSES IN THE UNITED STATES, 2015
CATASTROPHES IN THE UNITED STATES
Property Claim Services (PCS®), a Verisk Analytics® business, defines a catastrophe as an event that causes $25 million or more in insured property losses and affects a significant number of property/casualty (P/C) policyholders and insurers. PCS estimates represent anticipated insured losses from natural and man-made catastrophes on an industrywide basis, reflecting the total net insurance payment for personal and commercial property lines of insurance covering fixed property, vehicles, boats, related-property items, business interruption and additional living expenses. They exclude loss-adjustment expenses. P/C insurance industry catastrophes losses in the United States rose to $15.5 billion in 2014 from $13.1 billion in 2013 according to PCS, the second consecutive below-average year of losses. The number of claims reached 2.1 million in 2014, compared with 1.8 million in 2013. The number of catastrophes rose to 31 from 28 in 2013. Munich Re estimates shown below are for natural catastrophes only.
TOP 10 MOST COSTLY CATASTROPHES, UNITED STATES (1)
ESTIMATED INSURED PROPERTY LOSSES, U.S. CATASTROPHES, 2005-2014 (1)
INFLATION-ADJUSTED U.S. INSURED CATASTROPHE LOSSES BY CAUSE OF LOSS, 1995-2014 (1)