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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

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

Assessing Landslide Risk

Posted by Bryan Stanwood on February 20, 2018

The threat of a landslide at Rattlesnake Ridge near Union Gap, Washington, is putting the spotlight on landslide risk. Though today’s technology lets anyone watch the Rattlesnake Ridge Slide unfold, underwriters view it through a professional lens.

Underwriters are well aware of the need to assess for landslide risk. While most standard policies exclude landslide coverage, many properties in rain-soaked Washington and other hilly states need it. How do you determine this? Most of the time, it starts with a review of a risk’s slope.

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Topics: PropertyEDGE™, Risk Assessment, landslide