The Florida Catastrophic Storm Risk Management Center (Storm Center) has a broad role in supporting the state of Florida in preparing for, responding to and recovering from catastrophic storms. One aspect of this role is education. Educating the public is accomplished through Florida State University’s involvement in campus activities, as well as community outreach activities. 

Campus educational activities include lectures in business and law classes, where the role of the Storm Center, its various activities and its impactful research projects are discussed. Catastrophic storm risk management is an advanced topic that provides students with insight into further studies and possible employment opportunities. 

The Storm Center’s outreach educational activities involve organizing, sponsoring and participating in conferences, symposia and workshops for consumers and industry. Additionally, the Storm Center serves to provide educational programs to the Florida Legislature and its staff, and to various state agencies. Such programs may involve: 

  • State, federal or international legislative proposals 
  • Insurance and reinsurance issues 
  • Disaster modeling and pricing 
  • Loss prevention and mitigation 
  • Private and public risk financing programs 
  • Forecasting catastrophic events over the long and short term 
  • Construction of buildings and residences to mitigate losses 
  • Ways to prevent loss of life and property 
  • Financing catastrophic losses by the use of capital markets 
  • Claim settlement including loss development associated with various types of disasters 
  • Structuring and/or reforming various state catastrophic risk financing programs 
  • Programs involving other issues within the scope of the Storm Center
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