Today’s Pickup: FEMA report suggests blockchain for disaster, insurance claims

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) should pilot the use of blockchain technology to speed up the payouts of disaster assistance or insurance claims, an advisory board said in a report.

FEMA’s National Advisory Council recommendation appeared in a draft report released on Nov. 18. The report suggested the creation of a pilot blockchain-based registry that could contain vital information such as property ownership records and policy documents, which otherwise could be lost in disasters.”

“By piloting a blockchain-based registry in this manner, FEMA can catalyze cross-sector engagement and develop technology-enabled use cases that can improve the speed of disaster responses and insurance claim payments, without sacrificing accuracy or increasing the risk of fraud.”

While the proposed blockchain pilot wouldn’t have a direct implication on FEMA’s disaster logistics and its partners in the transportation industry, it could pave for their adoption down the road.

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