WASHINGTON – The Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI) today hosted a policy briefing entitled “Natural Disasters: Preparedness, Response and Recovery” on Capitol Hill to provide resources to Congressional staff to assist constituents with preparing and recovering from natural disasters.
The event was the third installment in PCI’s 2015 Capital Engagement Series. Leon Buck, PCI’s assistant vice president, federal government affairs was joined by Patty Templeton-Jones, executive vice president and chief program advocate, Wright Flood Insurance Company; Mike Kangior, supervisory emergency management specialist, FEMA; Doug Hilderbrand, lead of NOAA’s Weather-Ready Nation; Christopher Topik, director of Restoring America’s Forests, The Nature Conservancy; and Tiffany O’Shea, director, public affairs, Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS).
“PCI is pleased to partner with each of our panelists to help consumers prepare and recover from natural disasters. Preparing for disasters is a year-round activity. It’s not a matter of if the next disaster will happen, but when,” said Buck. “PCI has many resources to help consumers prepare and recover from a disaster. We are also working with our members and others in the industry to encourage everyone to create a disaster response plan and review their insurance policies to ensure that their home, business, and property are covered. I am grateful for the participation of all of our panelists and their help in making this an informative program.”
“We have to be vigilant. Complacency returns as memories fade. Those of us who have lived through Katrina need to keep pushing our elected officials, our community groups and our fellow citizens to remember the power of the storm and remain informed, protected and prepared,” said Templeton- Jones.
"Building a Weather-Ready Nation takes a whole-community approach. PCI has taken a leading role as a Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador in making communities ready, responsive, and resilient to extreme weather events,” said Hilderbrand.
“As the US continues to face a terrible wildfire year, we are proud to join PCI and the expert panelists in presenting important new information on ways that citizens can deal with wildfires and build more resilient communities that also benefit nature, water and wildlife,” said Topik.
“We are very pleased to work with PCI to help further their public policy efforts focused on strengthening communities across the country before disaster strikes. We must break the cycle of destruction we are in by not continuing to build in the same ways, in the same places, over and over and over again,” continued O’Shea. “While we can’t stop Mother Nature, we can ‘build forward’ to create stronger, safer, more resilient communities that will better withstand tomorrow’s disasters."
The PCI Capital Engagement Series is a series of briefings and policy discussions that bring together insurance industry thought leaders to discuss the importance of property casualty insurance and the current issues impacting the industry. Past PCI Capital Engagement Series policy briefings discussed topics related to tax reform and the impact proposed international standard setting would have on the current state-based insurance regulatory structure.