New Jersey Escapes Major Losses from Hurricane Irene

Columbus, Ohio, August 30, 2011: Hurricane Irene made its presence known on the East Coast over the weekend, leaving grim reminders in its aftermath.  With the death toll currently at 38 and catastrophe models forecasting insured losses associated with Hurricane Irene for all states in the $3-6 billion range, the losses may seem relatively small when compared to Hurricane Katrina.  Although the personal tragedies linked to Hurricane Irene are incalculable and inestimable, the property damage associated with Irene is finite and measurable.

Fortunately for homeowners affected in New Jersey, insurers listed as the Top 10 homeowners multi-peril writers for 2010  have a thorough understanding of this market.  The companies listed in the Top 10 for New Jersey are all affiliated with well-respected and financially stable groups.  Just the companies in four well known groups, State Farm, Allstate, Travelers and Liberty Mutual, accounted for over 36 percent of the 2010 direct premium written for homeowners multi-peril in New Jersey.

New Jersey
2010 Direct Premiums Written – Homeowners Multi-Peril

1. State Farm Fire and Casualty Company  — $278,836,667
2. Allstate New Jersey Insurance Company  — $168,805,224
3. New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Company  — $148,343,752
4. Liberty Mutual Fire Insurance  — $121,529,658
5. Fidelity & Guaranty Insurance Underwriters  — $116,177,398
6. High Point Preferred Insurance Company  — $111,756,325
7. Great Northern Insurance Company  — $92,110,136
8. Homesite Insurance Company  — $61,286,655
9. FMI Insurance Company  — $46,299,418
10. Encompass Insurance Company of NJ  — $40,638,527
Subtotal – Top 10  — $1,185,783,760
All others  — $821,691,159
Total  — $2,007,474,919

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Douglas Powell, Senior Financial Analyst
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