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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

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