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What Property Insurance Professionals Need to Know about Soil Liquefaction

Posted by Zhu Zhu Xiao on December 10, 2019

Our new Earthquake Risks tool gives you easy access to information on multiple earthquake-related data points for any location in Washington state. One of those factors is susceptibility to soil liquefaction. In previous blog posts, we’ve talked a little about what soil liquefaction is and the damage it can cause. Today, we’ll go into more detail about liquefaction and what can be done to reduce its potential impact. 

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Topics: Insurance underwriting, Hazards, earthquake, liquefaction

To Educate Customers about Earthquake Risk, Look Beyond Fault Lines

Posted by Bryan Stanwood on December 4, 2019

Western Washington is one of the most earthquake-prone places in the country,1 yet only 11.3% of homeowners in the state have earthquake insurance, and just 43.2% of commercial properties have coverage.2  

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

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

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

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