Hurricane Katrina 10th Anniversary: I.I.I.’s Disaster Preparedness Experts Available via Satellite Media Tour on Thursday, August 27

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  New York Press Office: (212) 346-5500;  Media Tour Coordinator: Susan Higgins (212) 736-2727;


NEW YORK, August 19, 2015 – On Thursday, August 27, from 6:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET, the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.) disaster preparedness experts will be available via satellite media tour to discuss how individuals and small business owners can better prepare.


Dr. Robert Hartwig, CPCU, president and economist, and Jeanne M. Salvatore, senior vice president, chief communications officer and consumer spokesperson, can share state specific statistics and policy information so viewers know exactly what they need to do to be prepared. They can also discuss important tips, including an insurance checklist and free resources to keep people and property safe while protecting their finances. 


As we near the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina—the most costly insured catastrophe in the U.S.—Americans have become complacent about disaster preparedness. Too many homeowners, renters, and business owners underestimate their risk. Hurricanes, fires, tornadoes, floods, earthquakes and severe winter weather cause billions of dollars annually—on average $29 billion. In fact, about one in 15 insured homes has a claim every year.


For more information see the infographic: Hurricane Katrina 10 Years Later.


About Dr. Robert Hartwig, CPCU: A veteran of many major natural disasters including Hurricane Katrina and superstorm Sandy, Dr. Hartwig has focused his work on improving understanding of key insurance issues across all industry stakeholders including media, consumers, insurers, producers, regulators, legislators and investors. He is a member of the American Economic Association, the American Risk and Insurance Association, the National Association of Business Economics and the CPCU Society.


About Jeanne Salvatore: Ms. Salvatore plays a highly public role in representing the I.I.I. and the insurance industry. Ms. Salvatore works closely with national and local media, appearing often on radio, TV and in print as a spokesperson for insurance-related issues that directly affect the consumer, both individual and commercial. She serves as the industry liaison to numerous consumer, education, safety and community-based organizations. She also has an expertise in disaster response, providing consumer information for victims of natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy. She works closely with FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program.


Reporters interested in booking a satellite media tour interview with Dr. Hartwig or Ms. Salvatore, please contact Susan Higgins at:; (212) 736-2727.


The I.I.I. has a full library of educational videos on its You Tube Channel. Information about I.I.I. mobile apps can be found here.



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