National Tornado Summit 2014

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Photo: Bob Hartwig, president/CEO of the Insurance Information Institute, presents a check on behalf of the insurance industry to help rebuild Moore Public Schools. Deidre Ebrey and her daughters, Meredith (left) and Allison, accepted the donation. Ebrey is the director of economic development for the City of Moore and also serves on the board of the school foundation. Her daughters are students in Moore public schools.

Mother Nature can knock you down, but you can’t let her keep you there. That was my takeaway from a panel of mayors who spoke of recovery and rebuilding at the National Tornado Summit in Oklahoma City.

Life Insurance: A Love Letter

Candy is dandy and all that, but on Valentine’s Day, it’s comforting to remember that there are many ways to show your love. At LifeHappens.org, the The Life and Health Insurance Foundation for Education (LIFE) invite you to stop and consider the true meaning of love.

Ski Vacations, Insurance, and You: Snow Isn’t Guaranteed (but You’re Covered)

Ski Vacations--Insurance Has Got You Covered

WNBC-4NY reporter Lynda Baquero and I were discussing our favorite New York City-area ski hills. This led to a great question from Lynda: “what would happen if all my ski equipment gets stolen—either from my car from car or some other location? Am I covered?  And, what if I accidentally injure somebody on the slopes?  Is there insurance for that?”

Long story short: next to a good helmet, your best protection on the slopes is to understand what’s in your insurance policy.

Car and Driver … and Economist

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The 54.5 MPG CAFE fuel mileage standard (mandated by 2025) means that U.S. carmakers need to get serious about fuel efficiency. Really serious.

The Lighter Side of Being a Responsible Super Bowl Party Host

The Big Game--social host liability video

Drunk Driving? Not funny. Stupid human tricks? Comedy gold!

The Winter of 2014 is Off to a Cold and Blustery Start

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 If there’s a silver lining to the snow, ice and wind that have battered much of the country – other than great conditions for skiing, snowshoeing and other winter sports, that is – it’s that most winter-related damage is covered by insurance.

Consider the FULL cost of of being a pet parent (BEFORE taking home that cute dog, cat or bird…)

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If you keep up with such things (and I do…),  a number of animal shelters are reporting an overabundance of pets. Many of these animals were given as holiday gifts, but when the owners realized the cost, time and responsibility of living with a pet, they gave the animal away to a shelter (in some circles, this is what’s known as “101 Dalmatians syndrome.”)

Northridge at 20: The Impact of Earthquakes (In California and Beyond)

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Damaged portion of the Golden State Freeway at Gavin Canyon, January 17, 1994. Source: FEMA/Wikipedia

On Jan 17, 1994, just past 4:30 am, the earth beneath Southern California’s San Fernando Valley shook violently. Centered in the town of Reseda, near Northridge, California, the event—since known as The Northridge Earthquake—generated shocks felt as far away as Las Vegas, NV.

Fast earthquake facts from FEMA 

Fast forward to today, and you’ll find no shortage of remembrances of Northridge, the costliest US earthquake for insurers And this makes sense, since, beyond the facts and figures, Northridge has changed how scientists, governments and non-profit alliances have worked to reduce the danger of earthquakes to lives and property through such innovations as improved detection devices, and statutes requiring homeowners to secure heavy fixtures.