We usually think of Western Washington as wet or at least damp, putting it at low risk for wildfires. But a reputation for rainy weather is not, unfortunately, protection against wildfires.Read More
Many major urban areas feel like crane forests these days. In Chicago, 42 high rises are under construction,1 and in the San Francisco Bay Area, the largest construction projects collectively cost $22 billion, more than the gross domestic product of 80 countries.2 Central Seattle is home to 66 major construction projects, with 4.5 million square feet of office space slated to open this year.3Read More
We all take for granted that, if a fire strikes, firefighters will respond to protect our homes and businesses from devastation. What many people don’t realize is just how many of those firefighters are volunteers.Read More
In response to our blog about the cryptic language of insurance, many of you have asked for a sequel. Insurance is full of confusing terms, so we are all too happy to oblige. Hopefully we can shed a bit of light into the darkness with the following clarifications.Read More
Now that the snow in Western Washington is beginning to melt and life is slowly returning to normal, it’s tempting to let your guard down. But melting snow brings with it some special hazards to be aware of and prepare for.Read More
Providing our Subscribers with the best possible information and data to evaluate risk is our mission. We are constantly searching for new sources of information and, as technology and the world change, we must adapt and evolve to ensure you have the appropriate data. As we evaluated our Public Protection and Building Code Effectiveness Grading Schedule (BCEGS) Classification Manual, we noted that revisions were needed to accommodate the advances in fire protection methodologies and services.Read More
After a tornado ripped through Port Orchard, Washington in December 2018, the question on people’s minds was how common are tornadoes in the Pacific Northwest. We did some research and found some interesting stats.Read More
The destructive and deadly California Camp Fire is still fresh in my mind and haunts my dreams due to my first-hand experience with wildfires.
The wildland urban interface or ‘where homes meet the forest’ is where I live.Read More
Sit down and get comfortable, because it’s time to hear a soft story. This story does not feature princesses, bean stalks nor giants; and hopefully, it won’t put you to sleep. It is a story that can give underwriters nightmares.Read More
When the Big One hits, what kind of damage can you expect? While it’s up to fate as to how intense or severe the quake will be — or when it will happen — the fact is set in stone. Earthquakes can and do happen here.
In fact, Washington state is second only to California when it comes to earthquake risk, and this is reflected in our earthquake classifications.