Preparing for A Hurricane

As of September 10, we are now at the peak of the Hurricane season that runs from June 1 to November 30th each year. Hurricanes are unpredictable and can result in strong winds and in many cases severe flooding. Often strong winds arise from tornados that spin off of hurricanes. Flooding can occur both along the coast and from rivers overflowing inland.

From the Director

Welcome to our website.   Beginning August 2017, I was hired as Director of the Florida Catastrophic Storm Risk Management Center (which I’ll refer to as Storm Center or Center).  It has been an honor to be named Director and deal with the many challenges the Storm Center offers.  For over 10 years since the creation of the Storm Center, I served on the Center’s Advisory Council and have become very familiar with its mission.

William T Hold

Dr. William T. Hold is the co-founder and president of The National Alliance for Insurance Education & Research. He was name to the prestigious Insurance Newscast’s annual list of the “100 Most Powerful People in the Insurance Industry” six years in a row, and in 2011, he received the Dr. Henry C. Martin Award of Industry Achievement. 

Due to Dr. Hold’s generosity and long term support, on February 28, 2012, the FSU’s risk management and insurance program was named the Dr. William T. Hold Program/National Alliance Program in Risk Management and Insurance.

The Florida Catastrophic Storm Risk Management Center

The Florida Catastrophic Storm Risk Management Center was created by the Florida Legislature in 2007. Housed within the Department of Risk Management/Insurance, Real Estate & Legal Studies in the FSU College of Business, the Center supports the state's ability to prepare for, respond to, and recover from catastrophic storms. Specifically, the Center:

  • Coordinates and disseminates research efforts that are expected to have an immediate impact on policy and practices related to catastrophic storm preparedness.
  • Coordinates and disseminates information related to catastrophic storm risk management, including but not limited to research and information that benefits businesses, consumers and public policy makers.
  • Facilitates Florida's preparedness and responsiveness to catastrophic storms and collaborates with other public and private institutions.
  • Creates and promotes studies that enhance the educational options available to risk management and insurance students.
  • Publishes and disseminates findings primarily related to risk management.
  • Organizes and sponsors conferences, symposia and workshops to educate consumers and policymakers.

Upcoming Events

Closing the Gap on Natural Disaster Risk Reduction: Linking Research and Practice
Friday, November 9, 2018
Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center, University of Pennsylvania.