Travelers Institute Hosts Sixth Annual Hurricane Preparedness Symposium in Charleston

May 26, 2016

Travelers Honors All Hands Volunteers with 2016 Community Resilience Award

CHARLESTON, S.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The Travelers Institute, the public policy division of The Travelers Companies, Inc. (NYSE: TRV), today hosts its annual “Kicking Off Hurricane Preparedness Season” symposium at The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina. In collaboration with the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety and the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of South Carolina, the event focuses on how local governments, businesses and families can prepare for and recover from severe weather as the Atlantic Hurricane Season officially begins June 1.

“Preparedness is critical to staying safe during catastrophic events that can devastate communities and displace families and businesses,” said Joan Woodward, President of the Travelers Institute and Executive Vice President of Public Policy at Travelers. “We are pleased to organize resources and provide a forum to share best practices on what communities can do to help protect lives and property during storm season.”

During the event, Travelers will award the second annual Travelers Excellence in Community Resilience Award to All Hands Volunteers, a nonprofit disaster relief organization that is committed to helping communities around the world recover after harsh weather or other devastating events. Presented by the Travelers Institute and the Travelers Foundation, the $100,000 grant recognizes organizations that help communities recover from natural disasters.

“All Hands Volunteers is honored to receive recognition for our commitment to staying with communities from the first days post-disaster through the recovery process of rebuilding their homes, schools and hope,” said Erik Dyson, Executive Director and CEO of All Hands Volunteers, who will join today’s panel discussion. “This award will enable us to strengthen flood-affected counties in South Carolina through ‘build back better’ construction and partnerships which improve the capacity of local partners to meet future crises.”

Ray Farmer, Director, South Carolina Department of Insurance, will deliver the symposium’s keynote address. Woodward will moderate a discussion on hurricane preparedness, joined by the following panelists:

  • Erik Dyson, Executive Director and CEO, All Hands Volunteers
  • Julie Rochman, President and CEO, Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety
  • Michael Ventrice, Operational Scientist, The Weather Company, an IBM Business
  • Benjamin Wham, Associate Vice President for Facilities, Engineering and Safety, The Citadel

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About the Travelers Institute

The Travelers Institute, the public policy division of The Travelers Companies, Inc., engages in discussion and analysis of public policy topics of importance to the insurance marketplace and the financial services industry more broadly. The Travelers Institute draws upon the industry expertise of Travelers’ senior management, as well as the technical expertise of many of Travelers’ underwriters, risk managers and other experts to provide information, analysis and solutions to public policymakers and regulators. Travelers is a leading provider of property casualty insurance for auto, home and business. For more information, visit

Judy Senechal, 860-277-2366
Courtney Garro, 860-277-8719
All Hands Volunteers
Elizabeth Davis-Edwards, 617-947-9563

Source: The Travelers Companies, Inc.