Ralph Dorio

Ralph Dorio

Ralph Dorio is the manager of ISO Community Hazard Mitigation.

Building codes: From one extreme to the other

I was fortunate — for two reasons — to visit Newport Beach, California, recently. First, Newport Beach is a really nice place. In the depths of winter, the average low temperature is 50 degrees, an...

Building codes from Mesopotamia to Ohio

The ancient Babylonian laws known as the Code of Hammurabi , dating back to Mesopotamia in 1772 B.C., probably featured the world’s first building codes. Although Ohio is a long way from Mesopotami...

Hard lessons from the Napa, California, earthquake

The ALERT™ (AIR Loss Estimates in Real Time) sent  by AIR Worldwide, our fellow Verisk Analytics business, regarding the Napa, California, earthquake on August 26 really struck home for me. The...