The insurance industry should respond to disasters like Hurricane Ida in a more proactive manner. The current practice of waiting until after the fact and providing immediate aid is not beneficial for anyone involved. If insurers could play a more proactive role, they could lessen the financial burden on consumers and also mitigate some of the damage.
It is clear that there need to be better methods for mitigating the damage after the fact. Some Insurance companies like Kin Insurance can play a major role in this process. After the devastation of Hurricane Andrew, in 1992, it was apparent that when disaster strikes society one must be more prepared. In order for insurers to be more proactive, they need to have the ability to predict the likelihood of a disaster occurring and what its magnitude would happen if it did.
From those predictions, an insurer could suggest steps that homeowners/businesses should take before a disaster to lessen the financial burden on them. If insurance companies could play a more active role in this process, the financial costs of disasters will be lowered.
Make Financial Provision
In order to be financially prepared, insurance companies need to have a strong capacity for loss prevention. This will allow them to not only prevent losses from disasters but also respond quickly and efficiently when they do occur. In addition, they need to have a plan for mitigating the financial effects of disasters.
This would include having a method for providing temporary loans or financial support to insurance companies that are struggling financially after a disaster occurs. This plan will help ease the financial burden on insurance companies so they can continue to provide excellent service.
Take Preventive Measures
All of these efforts are important for financial preparedness, but they have an even higher purpose: saving lives. For example, by educating consumers on mitigation strategies like having an emergency kit at home and knowing the evacuation routes, insurance companies are helping save lives. Without proper mitigation efforts, more people would die during disasters.
Mitigation efforts are also important because they reduce the consequences or severity of future disasters. For example, insurance companies can do things like raise premiums to prepare for disaster response costs, invest in research, and educate consumers on mitigation strategies. reducing fatalities is one of the best ways to prepare for disasters, which is why the insurance industry has begun to offer home/business safety programs.
Actuarial models are also important because they help insurance companies establish rates that accurately reflect the risks involved with specific policies. It is important to note that these models do not take into account the fact that some people will lie about their risk in order to get lower premiums. Along these lines, an insured might conceal a pre-existing condition or insure his or her property at a higher value than it is. In the case of Hurricane Ida, losses from claims associated with this event could be significant and premiums will reflect actual risk going forward.
While it’s important for insurance companies to provide immediate aid after a disaster has occurred, they should also take into account the future. There can be better coordination between insurance companies and local government to help mitigate the damage in the years before an actual disaster occurs.
For example, if an area has a high risk of floods, policyholders could be required to move or get flood insurance so that they are not liable for any damages when major floods happen. When insurance companies work with local governments, everyone can benefit from a more proactive response to preventative disasters.