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2019 Slated as California’s Worst Wildfire Year Yet

Late on September 2 a 117-acre mountainside wildfire, dubbed Snoqualmie Fire, ignited less than a mile from a residential neighborhood in Layton, Utah, prompting mandatory evacuations of 125 homes. The fire, which reportedly came within 100 to 200 yards of homes, began just one day after officials announced 100 percent containment of the Gun Range…

Hurricane Barry Serves as Flood Wake-up Call for Businesses, Homeowners

Barry touched down on the Louisiana coast as a Category 1 hurricane on July 13, shutting down businesses, tearing roofs from homes, flooding streets and halting oil production across the Gulf of Mexico. Even as the country’s first hurricane of the year diminished in power and was downgraded to a tropical storm, it continued to…

California Earthquakes Prompt Homeowners, Businesses to Examine Exposures

On July 5, approximately 125 miles northeast of Los Angeles in Ridgecrest, California residents experienced a 7.1-magnitude earthquake, only 34 hours after a 6.4-magnitude earthquake shook the same location. Fortunately, there were no deaths. As homeowners and businesses evaluate damage, early estimates predict at least $100 million in losses. California is the site of more…

2019’s Record-Breaking Tornado Season Continues, Causing Billions in Damages

Shortly before 9 p.m. on June 23, a tornado with wind speeds up to 125 miles per hour cut a two-mile path of destruction through South Bend, Indiana. A potentially treacherous stovepipe tornado was reported in northern Indiana’s St. Joseph County a few minutes later, at 9:15 p.m. A day earlier, tornadoes touched down in…

Fire Destroys 100-Year-Old Mansion, Highlighting Home Renovation Risks

A fire that destroyed a 100-year-old mansion in Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan on May 16 was so intense that several local fire companies were required to help douse the flames. Thankfully no fatalities or serious injuries were reported, though two responding public safety officers sustained minor injuries. Two months ago and less than a mile…

‘Jeopardy!’ Champion’s $1.8 Million Winnings a Reminder to Safeguard Sudden Wealth

On Monday, May 20, 34-year-old professional gambler James Holzhauer won $89,229 on his return to “Jeopardy!” following a two-week hiatus from regular play. He won another $86,905 on Tuesday, May 21 and set a series record for highest per-game winnings average: $77,798. Holzhauer is the biggest single-game cash winner – $131,127 – and second-biggest overall…

National Boating Safety Week Begins While Accident Numbers Climb

May 18 marks the beginning of National Safe Boating Week, a project of the National Safe Boating Council and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Weather Service. Set before Memorial Day, when boating season begins in earnest, the annual campaign provides free resources and education, seeking to raise public awareness of life-saving safety measures such…

60 Percent of Art Damage Claims Arise from Transport

According to the 2019 Art Basel and UBS Global Art Market Report, more artwork is fetching higher sale prices worldwide. Art sales at auctions, art fairs and online reached $67.4 billion in 2018, up 6 percent from the previous year. With the network of dealers and collectors spread across the globe, more art winds up…

Risk for Flooding on the Rise

A combination of rapid snowmelt, ice jams and torrential rains over several days in mid March left swaths of the Midwest and Great Plains states submerged and more than 10 million people under flood warnings by March 17. Powered in part by a “bomb cyclone”—when a rapid drop in barometric pressure leads to hurricane-force winds—flooding…

Million-Dollar Red Carpet Gems Require Unique Protection

This Sunday movie A-listers from around the world will promenade down the red carpet for the 91st Academy Awards, sporting garments created by a who’s who of designers, established and ascending. Designers and dealers vie for the coveted honor of outfitting celebrities with their jewelry and watches. One report estimated the total value of jewelry and…