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Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction to share Fort McMurray research in July 12 webinar


July 4, 2016   by Canadian Underwriter


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The Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR) has scheduled a webinar, July 12, on its preliminary findings of the forensic investigation into the wildfire damage in Fort McMurray, Alberta.

“As catastrophic as it was, this disaster presents opportunities for learning lessons that should prevent its repetition,” states ICLR, an industry association that provides information on how to reduce property losses from natural disasters.

Resident Kenny Gibbons looks through his demolished backyard in the neighbourhood of Timberlea, in Fort McMurray, Alta, on Wednesday June 1, 2016. Residents began returning to their homes after being evacuated due to wildfires. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Resident Kenny Gibbons looks through his demolished backyard in the neighbourhood of Timberlea, in Fort McMurray, Alta, on Wednesday June 1, 2016. Residents began returning to their homes after being evacuated due to wildfires. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

The webinar – Why some homes survived: Learning from the Fort McMurray fire disaster – is scheduled to start at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight time.

Click here to register.

ICLR uses research from labs in London, Ontario, such as Western University’s Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel, the Wind Engineering, Energy and Environment Research Institute and the Insurance Research Lab for Better Homes. Its board of directors has representation from major property & casualty insurers as well as from Western University.

ICLR says it was granted access to Fort McMurray “to conduct a ‘real-time’ on-site investigation to answer the vital question: ‘Why did some homes survive the fire with little or no damage, while others were vulnerable to ignition and destruction by the wildfire?”

ICLR will “present preliminary results of those investigations” during its July 12 webinar.