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If Fire Strikes, Make Every Second Count: Part 1

Posted by Daryl Girnus on June 4, 2019

When a fire ignites, putting it out is all about speed. The faster you or a firefighter douse the flames with water or an extinguisher, the better. If anything slows down the response, the fire burns longer, causes more damage and poses a greater threat to human life.  

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Topics: Disaster preparedness, fire departments, Hazards

The Snow is Melting, But Hazards Remain

Posted by Bryan Stanwood on February 20, 2019

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.

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Topics: Hazards, landslide

Do You Know Your Earthquake Classifications?

Posted by Robert Lacy on December 4, 2018

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.

  

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Topics: Insurance underwriting, Building Construction, GIS Mapping, Inspections, insurance, Hazards

Soil Liquefaction for Insurance Underwriting

Posted by Joe Nolan on October 23, 2018

 

 

Located along the infamous Ring of Fire, Washington state experiences an earthquake about once every 8 hours[1]. As an underwriter, chances are you have a number of risks on or near a fault line — over 100 known faults crisscross Western Washington and Oregon.

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Topics: Insurance underwriting, PropertyEDGE™, GIS Mapping, Hazards, earthquake, liquefaction, volcanoes

Quick Hit PropertyEDGE Training Videos – Now Available

Posted by Joe Nolan on June 19, 2018

Thanks to all of you who participated in our customer survey this winter. We’re taking your requests into account as we develop new services and tools, to help you work smarter and faster.

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Topics: PropertyEDGE™, Hazards, Risk Assessment, Loss Cost Lookup

Before the Water Rises Again - an NFIP Update!

Posted by Bryan Stanwood on January 9, 2018

Looking back, 2017 might be remembered as the year of the flood. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria devastated large areas of the country, racking up huge losses. Record rainfalls hit California, resulting in significant flooding. And here in rainy Washington, floods are a regular thing.

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Topics: Building Construction, Hazards, flood insurance, FEMA

Your input in action: new improvements to WSRB products and services

Posted by Kelly Chapman on November 28, 2017

At WSRB, we’re always looking for ways to help you streamline processes and ease your workload. In our annual Subscriber survey and focus groups held throughout 2017, many of you shared ideas on how we can do just that.

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Topics: PropertyEDGE™, Hazards, Risk Assessment, Loss Cost Lookup

Thoughts On Insurance Conventions And Vendor Booths

Posted by WSRB on October 7, 2016

Throughout my career I’ve attended a good number of conventions and other meetings as a vendor. I set up my booth and talk about WSRB and other topics like golf. OK, mostly golf.

I like to wander about from time to time because I am curious and my feet hurt if I stand still too long. Every show I learn something new on how to display, how to talk to folks, and generally how to do a better job.  The best part of a show is seeing old friends, talking about what we can do and seeing the strength of the insurance agent.

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Topics: rating bureau, insurance, SWAG, Hazards

We're Hosting a Webinar: Earthquakes Explored!

Posted by WSRB on December 1, 2015

 

Living in the Pacific Northwest, we anticipate that earthquakes will occur. Every so often we even hear about "The Really Big One" that will inevitably hit and change our landscape. We would like to invite you to a webinar hosted by our very own Tracy Skinner, discussing all things earthquake: types, fault lines and buffers, local tectonic plates and Modified Mercalli Intensity. We also will review how WSRB's GIS mapping tool, PropertyEDGE®, can help you evaluate a property risk and increase your DIC cross-sales.

Option 1: Thursday, December 10, 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. 

Option 2: Tuesday, December 15, 1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. 

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Topics: PropertyEDGE™, rating bureau, GIS Mapping, Hazards

E-cigarettes and the Risk of Fire

Posted by WSRB on August 19, 2014

The first time you saw someone walking down the street smoking a glass tube with an electric blue or red light on it, you were probably taken aback. Electronic cigarettes (or e-cigs) are surrounded by controversy, but whatever your opinions on cigarettes and smoking, they have revolutionized an industry. Initially, it seemed, from a fire safety standpoint, if people don’t have burning objects in their hands, much of the fire loss associated with smoking can’t happen. (An estimated 90% of forest fires are man-made, with discarded cigarettes being one of the major causes, and over 1,000 home fire deaths every year are attributed to cigarettes.) Are e-cigs any more fire-safe than the traditional cigarette, and what exactly are they?

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Topics: Home safety, Home Fire Protection, Hazards