wildfire

Severe Thunderstorms in the US and Canada Account for 80% of Property-Casualty Losses

Think of costly disasters and these leap to mind: tornados, hurricanes and wildfires. Surprisingly, these weather events cause far less property loss and damage than a much more commonplace event, one that can strike nearly anyone at any time during the warm months. Below we review the top causes of[...]

Paul Davis Helps When Disasters Like This Strike

Somewhat thankfully, California residents are breathing more easily as the 2019 fire season winds down with fewer acres burned than during the 2018 season. From early January through the end of November 2019, 46,706 wildfires burned 4.6 million acres in the state. During the same period in 2018,[...]

Fire Prevention Week Commemorates the Great Chicago Fire of 1871

Nobody knows if Mrs. O’Leary’s cow really kicked over the lantern but the Great Chicago Fire certainly ignited in the O’Leary barn. We may never know the true spark that ignited the city October 8, 1871, but whatever the source, that raging inferno stands out for its destructive power. The[...]

Put Safeguards in Place Before Wildfires Peak in the Months Ahead

The 2018 wildfires in the British Columbia charred many thousands of square kilometers and reduced entire towns to ashes, triggering scary memories of the severe 2017 fires that forced 65,000 people from their homes. In Canada, peak risks occur April through September but veteran forecasters warn of[...]

2019 Extreme Weather Incidents Prove Disruptive, With More to Come

Insured damages from ice storms, floods, windstorms and tornadoes across Canada rang up an astounding C$1.9 billion in costs last year, according to the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC). That organization noted that the year 2018 ranked fourth overall for highest amount of losses on record. This[...]