Risk Mitigation Activities

RenaissanceRe – A Positive Force For Change

For 20 years, RenaissanceRe has been committed to being a leader in researching and modeling atmospheric hazards and the economic impact of catastrophic storms. As a reinsurance company, large insurance companies around the world are our primary clients – and their millions of homeowners are our ultimate clients.

By being a positive force for change by creating and sponsoring numerous risk mitigation efforts, we believe we can:

  • Increase the resiliency of storm-exposed communities by introducing them to the most effective mitigation techniques and products
  • Reduce the frequency of claims and the severity of the financial impact of storms to the (re)insurance industry

RenaissanceRe Risk Mitigation Efforts

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StormStruck - A Tale of Two Homes

Storm StruckRenaissanceRe is a sponsor of StormStruck – a popular attraction at INNOVENTIONS at Epcot® at the Walt Disney World® Resort, combining exhilarating special effects, interactive audience participation, and post-show information to raise awareness about weather risk mitigation research and recommendations. Since its launch in 2008, StormStruck has won numerous awards including the:

  • 2009 National Hurricane Conference Special Award for Outstanding Achievement for Mitigation and Public Awareness
  • 2009 Florida Governor’s Hurricane Conference Corporate Award

Read our StormStruck launch press releaseVisit the StormStruck website to learn more.

The RenaissanceRe Risk Sciences Foundation

RenaissanceRe created the RenaissanceRe Risk Sciences Foundation to support advanced scientific research in natural catastrophes, the development of risk mitigation and adaptive techniques to safeguard communities, efforts that reduce the economic turmoil following disasters, and organizations that preserve coastal and other risk-exposed habitats.

The Foundation promotes education, preparation, adaptation and mitigation of catastrophic risks through a number of activities, including as the primary sponsor of the Risk Mitigation Leadership Forum Series, StormStruck, the RenaissanceRe Wall of Wind, the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety, and the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes.

RenaissanceRe Wall of Wind

RenassainceRe Wall of WindRenaissanceRe invests in cutting-edge weather risk research like the RenaissanceRe Wall of Wind so we may help our clients and storm-exposed communities better understand their vulnerabilities to storm hazards and, ultimately, help build safer, more resilient communities.The RenaissanceRe Wall of Wind was launched in 2007 as a public-private partnership with the International Hurricane Research Center at Florida International University.It revolutionized wind engineering research by replicating the effects of Category 3 Hurricane winds and rain on full-scale residential structures and building components a laboratory environment.

The RenaissanceRe Wall of Wind was featured in the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Discovery Channel, ABC World News Tonight, and USA Today.

Read more about RenaissanceRe Wall of Wind

Risk Mitigation Leadership Forum Series

Risk Mitigation - Leadership Forum SeriesOur award-winning series of 9 forums featuring world-renowned speakers have been attended by over 2500 disaster-safety representatives. These invitation-only events bring together emergency responders, scientists, policy-makers, academics, and private sector representatives to advance natural hazards risk mitigation efforts and awareness. Our forums to date are as follows:

  • Build it Better Leadership Forum (May 2013 in Charlotte, NC)
  • Facing the Challenge Leadership Forum (October 2012 in Orlando, FL)
  • Gulf Coast Preparing for Extreme Weather Forum (July 2012 in New Orleans, LA)
  • Seismic Risk Mitigation Leadership Forum (May 2011 in San Francisco, CA)
  • Texas Risk Mitigation Leadership Forum (June 2010 in Austin, TX)
  • Safe Homes for all Leadership Forum (June 2009 in Washington, DC)
  • Hurricane Science for Safety Leadership Forum (December 2008 in Orlando, FL)
  • Northeast Hurricane Mitigation Leadership Forum (July 2008 in Newport, RI)
  • Hurricane Risk Mitigation Leadership Forum (February 2008 in Orlando, FL)

RenaissanceRe is the proud recipient of the 2011 National Hurricane Conference Outstanding Achievement Award in recognition of our Risk Mitigation Forums and “for outstanding and innovative achievement in any hurricane-related activity, which serves as a model to others”.

Learn more about our Forum events

Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS) Research Center

Institute for Business and Home SafetyInsurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS)RenaissanceRe is a proud sponsor and founding supporter of IBHS and their Research Center. IBHS is a nonprofit, scientific research organization wholly supported by the property insurance industry. IBHS works to reduce the social and economic effects of natural and man-made disasters, as well as other risks to residential and commercial property by conducting research and advocating improved construction, maintenance and preparation practices.Their state-of-the-art, multi-peril research facility in South Carolina launched in 2010 provides:

  • Full-scale testing of residential and light commercial structures, including wind, fire, wind-driven water intrusion and hail
  • Home and business owners visual information about mitigation and vulnerability
  • Manufacturers and builders information about achieving more resilient construction.

Learn more about IBHS.

Federal Alliance for Safe Homes, Inc. - FLASH

Federal Alliance for Safe HomesFLASH is a non-profit collaboration of organizations dedicated to strengthening homes and safeguarding families from natural and manmade disaster. FLASH is the nation’s fastest-growing disaster safety education organization with more than 100 partners including FEMA, Florida Division of Emergency Management, Home Depot, International Code Council, National Weather Service, RenaissanceRe, State Farm, and USAA.In 2008, FLASH opened the interactive weather experience; StormStruck: A Tale of Two Homes at Walt Disney World Resort. To learn more about FLASH and access their free consumer resources:Visit the FLASH website.