“Some 20,000 homes along Alabama’s coastal counties are not insured for wind damage, and thousands more are functionally uninsured,” said Lars Powell, director of the Alabama Center for Insurance Information and Research. “The new Alabama Coastal Insurance Shopper’s Guide will help people better prepare for, and recover from, hurricanes, and potentially save money in the process.”
The guide features sections on the process of buying homeowners insurance, elements of coverage, flood insurance and even a Homeowners Comparison Checklist, as well as a “Top 10 Questions” to ask when buying insurance. It is designed to help people better understand homeowners insurance and help ensure they are buying the appropriate coverage.
Governor Bentley created the Coastal Insurance Working Group (CIWG) in June 2015. He asked members to focus attention on public policy, guidelines, and possible multi-state approaches to address the cost of property insurance along Alabama’s Gulf Coast. The Executive Director of the Alabama Center for Insurance Information and Research (ACIIR), Dr. Lars Powell, acted as Co-Chairman of the Coastal Insurance Working Group. The CIWG began working in August 2015 and completed this report in January of 2016. The group met diligently for two full days each week during this four-month period.
2016 Alabama Tornado Preparedness Guide and Insurance Tips
Five years ago, more than 200 people lost their lives and more than 2,000 injuries were reported from the April 27 tornado outbreak that swept across the state of Alabama. On that day, 35 of 67 Alabama counties suffered damage and 23,552 homes were damaged or destroyed.
The guide not only shares how state residents can prepare ahead of time for storms but also how they can work with insurance companies in the recovery process. The guide also offers various facts and information about some of the deadliest and costliest tornado outbreaks, including details from the April 27, 2011 outbreak.
The Debris Cannon Laboratory is a joint venture between Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering and the Alabama Center for Insurance Information and Research.
The cannon can independently or simultaneously launch debris from each of the four barrels. Each barrel can be independently loaded with unique material, aimed, and fired at different speeds.
The University of Alabama commissioned a four-barrel debris cannon to simulate and study building envelope damage caused by wind-borne debris. The ability to launch four projectiles allows researchers to strike a structure at four different critical locations either simultaneously or in succession.
Estimating the Effect of FORTIFIED™ Home Construction on Home Resale Value
A new study on the resale value of fortified home construction by The University of Alabama’s Insurance Research Center was the topic of discussion today at the White House.
The panel discussed property loss mitigation – past, present, and future – at this morning’s White House Forum on Smart Finance for Disaster Resilience.
The Alabama Center for Insurance Information and Research, and the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety were present for the panel discussion.
“This report is a great example of the practical application of academic research methods,” said Lars Powell, director of the Alabama Center for Insurance Information and Research. “We are very confident in the results and hope they will affect public and private behavior to make exposed communities more resilient to natural disasters.”