Focusing on Disaster Costs Before Rather Than After They Happen

Posted on August 7, 2014 By

The Nasello home, is a large DAC-ART Building System home on a rugged lot surrounded by a wildlife reserve and very close to the Gulf of Mexico.   Dac-Art stands for Dial Architectural Components, a modular concrete block building system developed by Ted Dial. Ted is drawing the plans for both of these houses as well as furnishing the Dac-Art Blocks. These huge, hollow, tinted man made stone blocks are dry set using heavy equipment and the seams are grouted after they are set. The hollow blocks are back-filled with concrete and contain rebar that runs both laterally and vertically throughout the blocks producing a very strong structure. All DAC-ART buildings are custom construction and all are very different.  Courtesy www.concretecottage.com

The Nasello home, is a large DAC-ART Building System home on a rugged lot surrounded by a wildlife reserve and very close to the Gulf of Mexico.
Dac-Art stands for Dial Architectural Components, a modular concrete block building system developed by Ted Dial. Ted is drawing the plans for both of these houses as well as furnishing the Dac-Art Blocks. These huge, hollow, tinted man made stone blocks are dry set using heavy equipment and the seams are grouted after they are set. The hollow blocks are back-filled with concrete and contain rebar that runs both laterally and vertically throughout the blocks producing a very strong structure. All DAC-ART buildings are custom construction and all are very different.
Courtesy www.concretecottage.com

Andrea Wells, Insurance Journal: As the costs to the government and the insurance industry mount, more people in the nation’s capital, local governments and the insurance industry are calling on government and the insurance industry to refocus on what can be done before a disaster hits to contain costs and save lives. While the insurance industry plays an important role in recovery from hurricanes, storms, tornadoes and wildfires, insurance covers only a part of all disaster-related losses. In 2012, the United States bore about $119 billion of total economic damage from disasters and private and public insurance paid for about half of that damage in the U.S., according to Swiss Re.

The Zurich Foundation report, part of a multi-year academic cooperation between Zurich, the Center for Risk Management at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (IIAS), proposes a framework to measure the ability of communities to withstand floods, quantify the success of flood resilience efforts and demonstrate the benefits of pre-event risk reduction as opposed to post-event disaster relief. Read more.

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