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Authorized by the State of Florida Legislature in 2000, the Florida Public Hurricane Loss Model (FPHLM) provides the state with a fair, open, and transparent tool for reviewing insurance company rate requests. The intent was to ensure fair pricing for both consumers and insurance companies. The model acts as a check on private sector models in determi…
The FIU 12-fan Wall of Wind (WOW) Research and Testing Facility was inaugurated on August 24, 2012, the 20th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew’s devastating landfall in South Florida. The WOW facility is capable of controlled testing in flows that replicate hurricane winds up to Category 5, accompanied by wind-driven rain. The WOW has confirmed the effect…
The updated Suriname Country Document on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) analyses the status of disaster risk reduction at the district and community levels, namely the two districts of Para and Commewijne, and pilots the Criteria to Identify Key Actions for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Planning.  The study identified hazards randing from flooding, coas…
The Country Document for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) presents a 2016 analysis of the status of DRR in Antigua and Barbuda. It identifies priorities and proposes strategies for the comprehensive national management of risk with the protection of human life and the environment as main goals. This Country Document was prepared within the international c…
The Country Document for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) presents a 2016 analysis of the current status of DRR in Haiti and is written and published in French. It identifies opportunities and priorities and proposes strategies for the comprehensive national management of risk, in the international context of DRR as encapsultaed in the Sendai Framework.
A new UNISDR study of the private sectors in Dominica and the British Virgin Islands finds that even though most businesses had disaster continuity plans, Maria and Irma revealed that they were unprepared for a level 5 hurricane. Businesses must recognize inconsistencies in information, resource access, education, and capacity building to enhance their…
Most of the planet changed its view this year about the meaning of disaster. Not only because of the health crisis posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, but because as the emergency unfolded, other risks had to be addressed and managed as well. COVID-19 has become a very clear example of what is meant by systemic risk, and an illustration of the cascading imp…