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Pipe-Bomb Mailings Draw Attention to Building Security, Terrorism Risk Insurance Program

  • October 26, 2018

In the wake of this this week's national pipe-bomb mail campaign, the implications for building security and terrorism risk insurance are profiled in today's The Real Deal.  (Real Deal NY, Oct. 26)

In the wake of this this week's national pipe-bomb mail campaign, the implications for building security and terrorism risk insurance are profiled in today's The Real Deal.  (Real Deal NY, Oct. 26)

  • Real Estate Roundtable Senior Vice President Chip Rodgers is quoted in the article, which reports how numerous building managers are ramping up security after multiple suspicious packages containing potential explosive devices were found mailed to high-profile Democrats throughout the country. 
  • The Real Deal also reports that the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA) helps building owners manage the risks associated with large-scale acts of terrorism.
  • Rodgers comments that although the small size of the devices discovered this week are not likely to trigger TRIA, the attempted attacks show how "terrorism continues to pose a clear and present danger to our nation, to American businesses and to real estate." 
  • With the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2015 (TRIPRA) scheduled expiration date at the end of 2020, The Roundtable is advocating for the long-term reauthorization of the program.Rodgers also notes that "TRIA does not stop terrorist attacks, but it does undermine the goals of terrorists who seek to weaken or destroy our economy."  He adds other nations have permanent terrorism insurance programs because they "recognize that markets cannot underwrite this risk."
  • "There is no homeland security without economic security," Rodgers told The Real Deal.

The Roundtable's Homeland Security Task Force (HSTF) and Risk Management Working Group (RMWG) met on Oct. 18 at the Federal Bureau of Investigation's New York City office to discuss the threat landscape and real estate industry concerns.  HSTF and RMWG will meet next on Nov. 13 at the FBI's Washington, DC headquarters.