Verisk Analytics Inc. : ISO Files Revisions to Fire Suppression Rating Schedule and Public Protection Classification Structure

    Verisk Analytics Inc. : ISO Files Revisions to Fire Suppression Rating
           Schedule and Public Protection Classification Structure

JERSEY CITY, N.J., January 14, 2013 - ISO announced today that it has filed
revisions both to modernize and enhance its Fire Suppression Rating Schedule
(FSRS) and to restructure property rating rules to recognize a revised Public
Protection Classification (PPC) structure. ISO is a member of the Verisk
Insurance Solutions group at Verisk Analytics (Nasdaq:VRSK).

"ISO undertook a comprehensive effort to review the content of the FSRS with
the goal to identify those portions of the current grading evaluation that
warranted necessary revision,"  according to Robert Andrews, vice president
of Community Hazard Mitigation, who is responsible for countrywide
implementation of ISO's PPC program. "ISO initiated dialogue with national
water, fire, and emergency communication associations and dozens of municipal
fire authorities to develop a significant body of feedback relating to
modernization of the FSRS."

"To enhance the predictive value of our PPC program, ISO conducted extensive
actuarial and statistical modeling analyses," Andrews emphasized. "We
evaluated each section of the FSRS to determine its correlation with fire
losses. The result is an increasingly predictive and modern schedule that
incorporates standards developed by professional organizations such as the
National Fire Protection Association, American Water Works Association, and
Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials International."

ISO collects information on municipal fire protection efforts for more than
47,000 fire response jurisdictions throughout the United States. Using the
Fire Suppression Rating Schedule, ISO assigns a Public Protection
Classification from 1 to 10, with Class 1 generally representing superior
property fire protection and Class 10 indicating that the area's fire
suppression program doesn't meet minimum criteria. When applied by ISO's staff
of professional field surveyors, the revised FSRS provides crucial information
for understanding the entire landscape of risk associated with a specific

"The PPC has long been recognized as a pillar of property insurance where
reliable, up-to-date information about a community's fire protection services
has been proven to correlate directly to underlying risk," said Kevin
Thompson, president of ISO Insurance Programs and Analytic Services.

"During development of the new edition of the FSRS, we examined commercial
property and homeowners loss experience," added Thompson. "Based on the
results of that analysis, we plan to introduce new categories within the PPC
structure to recognize favorable loss experience for certain communities,
relative to split classifications, that reflect the reduced loss potential
when compared to single-class communities."

A split classification is one in which properties within a given community may
vary in class based on their distance from a responding fire station or
distance from a recognized water source (for example, hydrant).

ISO will begin applying the new schedule this summer, with the revised PPC
structure taking effect in 2014.

About ISO
Since 1971, ISO has been a leading source of information about
property/casualty insurance risk. For a broad spectrum of commercial and
personal lines of insurance, the company provides statistical, actuarial,
underwriting, and claims information; policy language; information about
specific locations; fraud identification tools; and technical services. ISO
serves insurers, reinsurers, agents and brokers, insurance regulators, risk
managers, and other participants in the property/casualty insurance
marketplace. ISO is a member of the Verisk Insurance Solutions group at Verisk
Analytics (Nasdaq:VRSK). For more information, visit and


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