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Preserve the Summer Fun: Prevent Rooftop Deck Fires

Posted by Daryl Girnus on August 20, 2019

A warm summer’s evening spent enjoying the Seattle skyline, a grilled feast and the company of good friends. When residents move into apartment and condominium buildings with rooftop decks, that’s the scene playing in their minds. Most of the time, that’s also the reality, at least when the weather cooperates.  

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Topics: Home safety, Washington state, Home Fire Protection, Hazards

To Educate Customers about Earthquake Risk, Look Beyond Fault Lines

Posted by Bryan Stanwood on July 23, 2019

If you needed a reminder that the Pacific Coast faces high risk for earthquakes, we’ve recently had four big ones: two quakes in Southern California over the Independence Day weekend and two quakes north of Seattle early on July 12. Hundreds of aftershocks have followed these four quakes.  

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Topics: property rating, risk, Washington state, Hazards, Risk Assessment, landslide, earthquake

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

Unreinforced Masonry Buildings: A Hidden Danger

Posted by WSRB on July 23, 2014

Did you know that almost 1,000 buildings in Seattle are unreinforced, and only about 15% of those buildings have had the necessary seismic upgrades to make them earthquake safe?

Many buildings are constructed of unreinforced masonry (URM)and prone to collapse in an earthquake.

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Topics: Building Construction, Hazards