A warning to prepare for potential strong winds and coastal flooding this weekend, starting as early as Friday

The National Weather Service calls for warning on their Watches, Warnings and Advisories page for Hawaii.  The message couldn’t be any clearer about preparedness for this weekend’s potential bad weather:  ‘A powerful low pressure system is expected to move toward islands from the north over the weekend, bringing multiple weather hazards. While the details and... Continue Reading →

What is the National Flood Insurance Program’s CRS?

The Community Rating System (CRS) is a voluntary incentive program that encourages communities (counties) to go above and beyond the minimum National Flood Insurance Program requirements for floodplain development and activities. Participation in the CRS is rewarded with flood insurance discounts for it’s policy holders.  There are 10 CRS classes with class 10 being non... Continue Reading →

All the bills that directly deal with the climate change and sea level rise introduced in the new Legislative Session 2019

Hawaii lawmakers will confront major policy questions this session as they grapple with looming problems from a warming planet, sea level rise and climate change in general. Rising seas and crumbling shorelines are staring lawmakers in the face as they consider more than a dozen bills dealing with climate change this session. Where should the... Continue Reading →

BIA Home Building & Remodeling Show, Honolulu 2019

Please join us at this years BIA Home Building and Remodeling Show at Neal S. Blaisdell Exhibition Hall. The show starts January 25 and ends January 27. Our DLNR Flood and Dam Section will be set up at booth #725, educating homeowners on their flood zone and flood risk.  Stop by and say hi.

National Flood Insurance Program: Re-authorization UPDATE 2019

Congress must periodically renew the National Flood Insurance Program’s statutory authority to operate. On December 21, 2018, the President signed legislation passed by Congress that extends the National Flood Insurance Program’s (NFIP’s) authorization to May 31, 2019. NFIP re-authorization is an opportunity for Congress to take bold steps to reduce the complexity of the program... Continue Reading →

FLOOD AFTER FIRE

Wildfires change the landscape, destroying root structure and creating top soil that could repel water instead of absorbing it. Debris flows and mudflows can occur up to five years after a wildfire. Debris flows can take homes off their foundations and can carry things like vegetation, trees, large boulders and vehicles. Mudflows on the other... Continue Reading →

Insurance against Extreme Events: Pairing Short-Term Incentives with Long-Term Strategies

Why do insurance companies classify certain types of risk as uninsurable? And why do insurance regulators prohibit insurers from setting premiums that reflect risk, particularly in locales that repeatedly suffer losses from natural disasters? The short answer is that insurance today is misunderstood and hence is not effectively meeting its most important objectives—to inform those... Continue Reading →

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