Natural disasters in the Gers: recognition criteria relaxed

Natural disasters in the Gers: recognition criteria relaxed
Natural disasters in the Gers: recognition criteria relaxed

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The Gers prefecture published a press release this Monday concerning the measures announced this year as part of the order of February 8, 2023, relating to the management of certain natural disasters.

A press release published this Monday, May 13 by the Gers prefecture confirms the relaxation of the criteria for recognition of natural disasters. “Concretely, the Government is significantly relaxing the criteria used to analyze the intensity of episodes of drought and soil rehydration, which have occurred since January 1, 2024,” specifies the prefecture.

This relaxation results in a revision of the quantitative criteria allowing a drought to be qualified as a natural disaster, a possibility of recognizing the state of natural disaster in certain municipalities affected in recent years without an episode of great intensity, a possibility of integrating the hydrometeorological situation from neighboring municipalities to those having requested recognition of a natural disaster. “These improvements, expected by many elected officials and victims, will make it possible to increase the number of municipalities eligible for recognition of the state of natural disaster compared to the current situation, indicates the press release. The impact studies carried out by Météo France and the Central Reinsurance Fund anticipate an average increase in the number of municipalities recognized annually of around 17% compared to the current situation.”

The decree published on February 6, 2024 also strengthens prevention of future disasters by providing for an obligation to allocate the insurance compensation received in respect of a loss recognized as a “natural disaster” to the effective completion of repair work. sustainability of their homes.

Also note that compensation is now “focused on losses likely to affect the solidity or hinder the normal use of the damaged building.”

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