Even as major parts of the world shut down, People Magazine’s Rachel DeSantis reports in her recent article, ‘4 Major Hurricanes Are Possible in ‘Above Normal’ Season, Researchers Predict’, that an above average Atlantic hurricane season is predicted in 2020. While we all get used to a new normal, it seems for mother nature it is business as usual. With the start of hurricane season about two months away, are people ready?
According to a recent Colorado State University forecast, researchers Philip J. Klotzbach, Michael M. Bell and Jhordanne Jones estimate the 2020 Atlantic basin hurricane season will have above-normal activity.
The researchers say there is a 69% chance of at least one major Category 3 hurricane hitting the continental U.S. coastline, up from an average of 52%. In total, they forecast six hurricanes, 16 named storms and three major hurricanes in 2020. That means businesses, governments, communities and individuals need to prepare for the coming hurricane season with no less diligence this year, despite COVID-19.
Lead With Data
For many years now, Mapcite has worked closely with the insurance industry and leading system integrators developing spatial data solutions that improves preparations for and responses to severe weather events.
When severe weather events are forecast, our product suite can be quickly integrated to augment and scale existing solutions, from enabling insurers to work more closely with local communities to helping them better partner essential service providers like police, fire and medical, to prepare severe weather emergency response procedures that optimise asset allocation and remote monitoring.
Access, Analyze and Stay Informed
Are you looking for a simple tool to give you location intelligence? Do you need quick and powerful Portfolio Analysis? Then consider using the Mapcite Excel Add-In with Nearmap.
This state-of-art geospatial SaaS platform can help:
- Show Insured Properties on a Map in Seconds
(To get started with geocoding, read my article here)
- Understand Where You are Most Exposed
(Use in-built tools to draw geospatial shapes around areas of interest to understand the impact of Cat events)
- Create Pre-Cat Condition Reports
(Use high definition aerial imagery from Nearmap®)
- Quick Scenario Planning
Before Disaster Strikes
How does an organization decide, before a disaster, how to best minimize losses and recover quickly after a disaster? Long before a disaster strikes and damage occurs, the best response plans post-crisis begin with smart risk management decisions pre-crisis. These are typically enabled by using smart location intelligence to model various scenarios.
Use the Mapcite SaaS Geospatial Platform to trial various scenarios:
- Visualise Where Cat Events Will Occur
- Analyse Risk Exposure for an Event
(For example, for hundreds to millions of records, simultaneously)
- Score the Potential Impact of Events
(For example, model extreme wind speed and possible effect on different property construction types)
- Alert Management
(For example, create timely and relevant alerts to those at identified at risk by their location)
- Produce Reports in Seconds
(For example, Reserve Management Reports)
- Help Plan Response Mobilization
(For example, pinpoint your people and allocate work based on geographic location)
When Disaster Strikes
While no one can fully predict the impact of a natural disaster, with a solid emergency plan, businesses can be prepared to respond quickly and effectively when disaster strikes. Part of this response plan can include access to local essential goods and services, which can be promoted via a mobile web application leading up, during or after severe weather seasons. For an insurer, or any organisation, wishing to deploy such a web app, a full list of essential goods and services could be easily profiled on a map.
After a Disaster
When a catastrophe strikes, communities can be devastated. Insurers may also be faced with a staggering number of claims. As everyone works to get communities and businesses back on their feet, proprietary mobile web applications designed to help Loss Adjusters both collect data from and take data into the field can be augmented with location intelligence from the Mapcite mobile app.
Web Apps augmented with location intelligence can help users:
- Discover Data ‘Around You’
(Easily locate insured assets)
- Generate Notifications Automatically
(For example, when nearing a data point)
- Capture Loss Adjustment Information
(For example, images)
- Provide the Office With a Real-Time View
(For example, response progress and initial estimates of loss)
Service & Product Innovation
Got an idea to upgrade an existing service or product or even launch something altogether new? If you are interested in learning how to run a successful proof-of-concept (POC) pilot, simply request our free resource:
Alternatively, if you want more information about the Mapcite SaaS spatial platform, contact us now to learn how we can support your business during the 2020 storm season.
Writer: Richard Crump
Editor: Claude Drulik