The Resilience Report: Disaster Displacement

Natural disasters displace residents from their homes, and this trend is increasing. Yet, the single-biggest factor affecting a community’s disaster recovery is the number of residents who stay in their homes. What are the keys to rebuilding homes and communities post-disaster?

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The Earthquake That Killed Insurance (and how the industry is making a comeback)

This little-told story is a must-read for anyone buying a home in earthquake country. It’s been 25 years since the Magnitude 6.7 Northridge earthquake, and what lasting legacy has it left?  An overhaul to the insurance industry.

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What Affects Earthquake Shaking?

When an earthquake strikes, the intensity of earthquake shaking determines the damage severity. In turn, the main factors affecting earthquake shaking intensity are earthquake depth, proximity to the fault, the underlying soil, and building characteristics—particularly height. Let’s take a look at the latter two (soil and buildings) and how they interact.

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2019 New Year’s Resolutions

As a founder, I occasionally get asked “important” and “strategic” questions like: Does Jumpstart as a company have resolutions for the New Year?

Well, in fact, this year I did set two resolutions for the company. The constant uncertainty of a startup is not always easy, and these resolutions represent some of the ways we cope and thrive.

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