Earthquake-alert app becomes available in Los Angeles | NFIP to issue, renew policies during shutdown | 42K Michael-related claims still open in Fla., regulator says
January 8, 2019
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Earthquake-alert app becomes available in Los Angeles
People in Los Angeles can now download the ShakeAlertLA app, designed to provide early warnings of earthquakes. The app is aligned with the US Geological Survey's earthquake-alert system to provide several seconds' worth of warning time before an earthquake can be felt.
Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (1/2),  KNBC-TV (Los Angeles) (1/3) 
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NFIP to issue, renew policies during shutdown
NFIP to issue, renew policies during shutdown
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The Federal Emergency Management Agency reversed guidance it gave after the partial government shutdown began, which resulted in the National Flood Insurance Program halting policy renewal and issuance. FEMA said on its website that "the program will be considered operational since December 21, 2018, without interruption."
Reuters (12/31),  The Hill (12/29) 
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42K Michael-related claims still open in Fla., regulator says
Florida Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier said insurance companies should work to close the remaining 42,000 open claims stemming from Hurricane Michael. A Florida statute specifies that carriers must provide "undisputed amounts or partial full benefits owed under first-party property insurance policies within 90 days after an insurer receives notice of a residential property insurance claim."
Insurance Journal (12/31) 
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Storm leads to avalanche warnings, mudslide in western US
A storm that hit the West Coast over the weekend caused a mudslide that led to the partial closure of the Pacific Coast Highway in Southern California, while 80 miles of Interstate 80 were closed amid a lack of visibility and automobile spinouts. Heavy snow and strong wind also prompted avalanche warnings in California, Nevada and Utah on Sunday.
The Weather Channel (1/7) 
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Deadly tornado prompts N.D. to enhance warning system
Officials of McKenzie County in North Dakota are working to better warn residents about severe weather after a deadly EF2 tornado struck an RV park in June, leaving a newborn dead, two dozen people injured and more than 200 homes damaged. Changes could include software upgrades after Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., called for a federal study of how to improve the state's Doppler radar.
The Bismarck Tribune (N.D.) (12/27),  The Associated Press (12/29) 
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Mo. group urges FEMA to order lowering levee amid flood concerns
A group of Missouri landowners and environmentalists is calling for the Federal Emergency Management Agency to require the lowering of a levee along the Mississippi River in Illinois. The levee is blamed for causing flooding on the Missouri side of the river, and the group alleges the levee is taller than its authorized height, while the Illinois levee district said it was in compliance after getting federal approval to build the structure.
The Associated Press (12/26),  The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (1/3) 
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