Kicking Off Hurricane Preparedness Season Symposium 2012
May 31, 2012
In order to mark the beginning of the 2012 hurricane season, the Travelers Institute, in partnership with the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS) and Ceres, hosted a national symposium to convene legislators, business, and community leaders to identify solutions for protecting and insuring coastal regions. Discussion topics focused on the economic impact of severe weather on coastal areas. Panelists addressed the current challenges regarding the availability and affordability of coastal insurance and subsequent tax payer exposure as well as disaster preparedness, response and recovery. The event also addressed key lessons learned from the Travelers Institute coastal symposia series held across the country since 2009. Click for a full summary.
Joan Woodward, President, Travelers Institute; Executive Vice President, Public Policy; The Travelers Companies, Inc.
Jim McConnell, Assistant Commissioner for Strategic Data, New York City Office of Emergency Management
Moderator - Debra T. Ballen, General Counsel and Senior Vice President, Public Policy, Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety
Moderator - Cynthia McHale, Ceres
Bob Hartwig, Insurance Information Institute
Dave Treutel, Smart Home America
Eleanor Kitzman, Texas State Commissioner of Insurance
Eric Nelson, Travelers
Giovanni Taylor-Peace, Global Disaster Response Team, Habitat for Humanity International
Ken Katz, Travelers Risk Control
Nancy Rodrigues, Build Smart Virginia
Stephen Weinstein, RenaissanceRe