MEDIA ADVISORY: Insurance And Disaster Preparedness Experts Available For Interviews At 2018 National Hurricane Conference

For immediate release New York Press Office: (212) 346-5500;  

Orlando, Fla., March 26, 2018—The Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.) is participating in sessions on Wednesday, March 28, and Thursday, March 29, at 2018’s National Hurricane Conference (NHC), where experts on insurance and disaster preparedness will be available for media interviews.

Held at the Hilton Orlando, 6001 Destination Parkway, Orlando, Fla., the annual gathering begins today (Monday, March 26) and concludes on Thursday, March 29.

The I.I.I.’s participation starts on Wednesday, March 28 with an informal discussion at 8:30 a.m. titled Snappy Comebacks: Resiliency Strategies to Prepare for, Save Money and Bounce Back from Disaster. The session will focus on how insurers are communicating the importance and effectiveness of taking proactive steps to minimize the impact of major storms and to encourage storm-damaged communities to rebuild stronger. A new report by the National Institute of Building Sciences states that, for every $1 spent on hazard mitigation, the U.S. can save $6 on future disaster costs. Getting people to understand the importance of making that investment is at the center of many of the topics covered at the NHC.

Sessions of potential interest to the media on the NHC’s final day, Thursday, March 29, include:

8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Risk Management/Crisis Management: How Insurers Communicate Before, During and After the Storm  Susan Millerick, Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS);
Lynne McChristian, I.I.I.
10:30 a.m. to noon Recipe for Resilience: Ingredients to Build Better and Bounce Back Rob Galbraith, USAA Property &
Casualty Insurance Group;
Alexandra Carey, IBHS;
Julie Shiyou-Woodard, Smart Home America
1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. National Flood Insurance Program: What’s Changed and What It Means for Communities and Consumers Patricia Templeton-Jones, Wright Flood;
Thomas Santos, American Insurance Association
3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.   


Disaster Response Goes High Tech James Schweitzer, National Insurance Crime Bureau;
Devin Loehrs, WeGoLook


The I.I.I.’s media contact at the event is Lynne McChristian, the organization’s Florida-based Communications Consultant. She can be reached at and 813-480-6446.  

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