Business of Disaster

Business of Disaster
Sunday 4:15pm - 5:30pm PBS America


Watching this, you get a sense of why Americans frustrated by inept bureaucratic government may have voted for Donald Trump. It tells the sorry tale of insurance companies profiting, allegedly via fraudulent means, from homeowners trying to claim for damage caused by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. So you’re confronted by a blizzard of sluggish government agencies that either delayed the claiming process or failed to rein in the insurers.

There are a lot of angry people here, including a man who had to pay $40,000 legal fees to receive a fair settlement after he lost his home, while the insurance company had its costs covered by a government scheme.


Documentary investigating those who profit when disaster strikes, focusing on Superstorm Sandy, the agencies that were supposed to help and the companies that made millions.