Conferences & Workshops


      Hurricane Preparedness and Response Workshop – August, 2018

      • When:  Thursday, August 9, 2018 – 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p. m.
      • Where:  City of Tampa’s Emergency Operations Center:  711 E. Henderson Ave., Tampa, Florida 33602
      • Click the Following Link for Agenda and Registration Information:  Hurricane Preparedness Workshop Agenda
      • RSVP for this free event by emailing Pam DeBoer at by July 26th!

      Private Market Solutions for Closing the Property Protection Gap – May, 2018


      • When: Wednesday, May 2, 2018
      • Where: The Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel in Tampa, Florida


      The FAIR Foundation’s 2018 Annual Industry Conference, Private Market Solutions for Closing the Property Protection Gap, brings together industry and policy experts for a fast-paced and comprehensive discussion of risks, impacts, opportunities and solutions.


      This conference focuses on private market SOLUTIONS for natural disasters. Flood. Sea Level Rise. Storm Surge. Wind. Earthquake. Wildfire. What can we do to close the protection gap? How can we prepare, adapt and transform to combat inevitable natural disasters?


      Natural disasters pose a massive threat to our economy, environment and quality of life. Witness 2017.  Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria combined with devastating Western wildfires and other natural catastrophes to make 2017 the most expensive year on record for disasters in the United States, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Nationwide losses exceeded $300 billion. In Florida alone, insured losses are approaching $8 billion from Hurricane Irma with more than 900,000 claims filed.


      Following the tremendous success of last year’s Insuring Uninsured Risk Conference, the FAIR Foundation is dedicating this year’s symposium to creating and maintaining a culture of preparedness through innovation and action.


      Last year was a huge success for all attendees, many sharing positive feedback about the information shared and the notable people in attendance. Participants encompassed the entire spectrum of the property and insurance industries, including state and national insurance companies, small and large Florida businesses, property owners, educators, reinsurers, data modelers, rating agencies, media and legislators.


      A limited number of guest rooms are available at the Renaissance Tampa International Plaza at a discounted conference rate of $229/night on a first-come, first-served basis. Please reference “FAIR Foundation Conference” when reserving rooms.


      This conference is conducted as a component of the primary educational mission of The FAIR Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Registration fees support our ongoing efforts to provide proactive education, promote solutions for insuring uninsured risk and to advocate for resiliency through mitigation.


      A Special Thank You to Our Sponsors



      Previous Workshop:


      Insuring Uninsured Risk:  Sea Level Rise, Flood & Natural Catastrophes – May, 2017


      • When: Wednesday, May 24th, 2017
      • Where: The Vinoy St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club, in St. Petersburg, Florida



      Insuring Uninsured Flood Risk: As we have seen in recent years, many victims do not have flood insurance. For example, flooding in Louisiana in 2016 resulted in serious damage to nearly 50,000 homes, but less than a fifth of these homes were covered by flood insurance. A recent study of the top ten American cities vulnerable to storm surge found that six of those cities are in Florida. The Foundation will pursue educational programs to encourage more homeowners to insure themselves against flood risk, using public or private insurance products.


      In collaboration with the Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions, St. Petersburg College, the foundation hosted a successful conference, Insuring Uninsured Risk: Flood, Sea Level Rise and Natural Catastrophes, on Wednesday, May 24, 2017, at the Vinoy St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club, in St. Petersburg, Florida.



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      Wind and Flood Mitigation: The FAIR Foundation serves as a resource for both the public and private sectors to integrate the effects of climate change and catastrophic risk from wind and water events on risk management, the economic cost benefits of mitigation, and the overall impacts on community viability post catastrophe.


      The Foundation collaborated with the Southeast Florida Regional Compact for Climate Change and its members representing the Florida counties of Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach, and the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, on a one-day workshop, Climate Resilience – Wind & Flood Mitigation, held on July 26, 2016 at the Long Key Nature Center in Davie, Florida.

      The workshop’s objective was to educate public officials, policy makers and property owners on wind and flood mitigation improvements that increase safety, lower insurance and reinsurance rates, and increase community viability after a hurricane event.

      Interactive panel discussions discussed:

      • Implications of sea level rise
      • Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund and the role of the state in stabilization of property insurance rates
      • Flood mitigation
      • PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) as a program for property owners to enhance renewable and/or sustainable energy improvements and improvements that provide protections against catastrophic risk from wind events such as hurricanes and tropical storms.


      Mitigation efforts are critical in reducing risks, enhancing post catastrophe community viability, improving safety, and making coastal areas more resilient against climate factors.

      Previously, the Foundation’s hosted a successful workshop based on the “Role of Catastrophe Reinsurance in Wind Exposed Regions“, held on April 28th, 2016. Many industry professionals and guest speakers were in attendance.

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