GK Insurance Introduces Policy to Cover Loss of Income due to Natural Disaster

Photo: Michael Sloley Assistant Manager in charge of Strategy and Business Support at GK Insurance, Jordan Tait addressed a JIS Think Tank, recently.

Story Highlights

  • Farmers and persons living in areas that are susceptible to catastrophes can benefit from insurance coverage under a policy developed by GK Insurance.
  • Assistant Manager in charge of Strategy and Business Support at GK Insurance, Jordan Tait, said the scheme is aimed at mitigating the effects of natural disaster, particularly in vulnerable communities.
  • To access LPP, persons are being encouraged to visit the National People’s Cooperative Bank or selected credit unions. For further information, please call 926-5442.

Farmers and persons living in areas that are susceptible to catastrophes can benefit from insurance coverage under a policy developed by GK Insurance.

The Livelihood Protection Policy (LPP) covers loss of income due to heavy rains or high wind speed.

Assistant Manager in charge of Strategy and Business Support at GK Insurance, Jordan Tait, said the scheme is aimed at mitigating the effects of natural disaster, particularly in vulnerable communities.

He explained that the product is a parametric insurance. Unlike traditional indemnity insurance that covers a policyholder’s actual loss, parametric insurance pays out in response to defined triggers. This means the insurer can quickly establish how much it owes the policyholder, providing faster, smoother payouts.

Mr. Tait said that GK Insurance adopts a method that is used globally where “we identify a threshold of wind speed or an amount of rainfall within certain geographical locations and once this threshold is exceeded there is a payout”.

“After a disaster when you have to go out and assess damages, this will ultimately take a longer time to get compensation, which will slow down the recovery process.  This method will speed up the recovery process significantly,” he pointed out.

The annual premium under the LPP ranges from $6,600 to $66,000 while coverage ranges from $50,000 to $500,000.

Mr. Tait, who was addressing a recent JIS Think Tank, said LPP will help to reduce the financial strain on the public purse or budget, while ensuring that income earners such as farmers, market vendors, the self-employed and informal traders are able to quickly get back on their feet.

 

“When disaster occurs and it is very critical …to help persons to focus on what  truly matters, which is taking care of their families. They must be able to transfer their risks and concerns to someone or an entity like an insurance company,” he pointed out. LPP is in support of the Jamaica Rural Economy and Ecosystems Adapting to Climate Change (JaREEACH) project, which is aimed at protecting rural lives, livelihoods and ecosystems through interventions that increase and strengthen climate-change resilience.

To access LPP, persons are being encouraged to visit the National People’s Cooperative Bank or selected credit unions. For further information, please call 926-5442.

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