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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 both through Florida State University involving campus activities as well as community outreach activities.
Campus educational activities include lectures to business school as well as law school classes. The Director is available to discuss the role of the Storm Center, its various activities, and its on-going research projects that are meaningful for the State of Florida. Catastrophic storm risk management is an advanced topic that can benefit students and open their horizons to highly sophisticated areas of further study as well as employment possibilities.
Other educational activities that are available to students involve the Director serving as a mentor in helping students with insurance and risk management related research papers and projects dealing with perils that can lead to various disasters that need to be uniquely managed. There are also internships that are available which can help students learn in a working environment which may be beneficial in supplementing class room experience.
Additionally, certain research materials and results can from time to time be disseminated by the Storm Center which may be beneficial to students and faculty by supplementing class room materials.
Various outreach educational activities involve the organization, sponsorship, and participation in conferences, symposia, and workshops. These various programs focus on the public including consumers and businesses groups as well as those that are in the insurance industry or related activities. In addition, the Storm Center may serve to provide educational programs to the Florida Legislature and its staff as well as to various state agencies. Such programs may involve 1) state, federal, or international legislative proposals, 2) insurance and reinsurance issues, 3) disaster modeling and pricing, 4) loss prevention and mitigation, 5) private and public risk financing programs, 6) forecasting catastrophic events -- over the long and short term, 7) construction of buildings and residences to mitigate losses, 8) ways to prevent loss of life and property, 9) financing catastrophic losses by the use of capital markets, 10) claim settlement including loss development associated with various types of disasters, 11) structuring and/or reforming various state catastrophic risk financing programs, and 12) programs involving other issues within the scope of the Storm Center.