NFIP Extended Through Jan. 19

Shortly before Christmas, Congress adopted a stopgap continuing resolution (CR) averting a government shutdown. As a result, government funding is maintained at current levels through January 19.

"We are pleased that the National Flood Insurance Program [NFIP] was extended as part of the continuing resolution," said Jon Gentile, PIA vice president of government relations. "This will keep the flood insurance program fully operational through January 19, guarding against interruptions for policyholders and protecting the progress of real estate transactions that require evidence of flood coverage."

Gentile added that while it is positive that the NFIP will not lapse, it's vital that in 2018, Congress move away from short-term measures and provide a long-term reauthorization of the program. "We will continue our advocacy in pursuit of that goal," he said.

DOI Offers Free Seminar on Changes in Licensing Renewal
and Other Topics

Beginning January 1, there are changes in the license renewal schedule for insurance agents. Producers can learn more about these changes and earn continuing education credits at our next Business Building Blocks Workshop. The free event takes place February 15 at the Lite Center Theatre in Lafayette. The agenda includes an ethics presentation and a session on engaging your employees. For more information, contact their Division of Diversity and Opportunity
at 225-219-4344. To register, click here.

Stephen W. Cavanaugh Scholarship Fund Began
Accepting Online Applications January 1, 2018

This fund was established in January 2007 by the Louisiana Workers' Compensation Corporation (LWCC) to honor the memory of Stephen W. Cavanaugh who served as the President and CEO of LWCC until 2006. He was an extraordinary leader who made lasting contributions to the insurance industry in Louisiana. He was succeeded by Kristin K. Wall who has served as President and CEO since Mr. Cavanaugh's departure.

This fund provides scholarships to deserving students who are and will be majoring in an insurance-related field at a Louisiana university, college or community college.

Subject to availability of funds, the fund will award a four-year scholarship, payable $1,000 a semester for eight semesters, for a total of $8,000. The scholarship may be used toward the following, in order of priority: tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, and commuting expenses.

To learn more about this scholarship and/or to apply, please click here.

2017 One of Worst Disaster Years

The year 2017 will go down as one of the worst for disasters in the United States. The U.S. recorded 15 weather events costing $1 billion or more each through early October, one short of the record 16 in 2011, according to the National Centers for Environmental Information. The tally does not include the recent wildfires in southern California.

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"When all is said and done, this year is going to be one of the worst years on record for U.S. damages," says Antonio Busalacchi, president of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research.

PIA Announces Call for Award Nominations

PIA National has announced a call for nominations for three prestigious awards in its 2018 Spring Awards Program. Nominations are being accepted now through February 27, 2018 for the association's Professional Agent of the Year, Customer Service Representative (CSR) of the Year and Young Insurance Professional (YIP) of the Year awards.

All three awards will be presented during a gala luncheon ceremony on Tuesday, April 24, 2018, in Arlington, Virginia, held in conjunction with the 2018 PIA Federal Legislative Summit and 2017 PIA National Spring Governance Meetings.

Nomination forms are available now at For questions or additional information on the awards, contact Sade Hale at or (703) 518-1350.

The Hartford Flood Announces FloodPro's New Online Endorsement Feature

As part of PIA's ongoing partnership with The Hartford's flood insurance program, we are proud to provide PIA members with the latest
Flood Agent eNewsletter produced by The Hartford for its flood insurance agents. This month's contents address the NFIP reauthorization, the Broker of Records process, and spotlights the Increased Cost of Compliance.

In addition to The Hartford's eNewsletters, PIA members visiting
PIA's Flood Insurance Marketing Support Center can download flyers to help their personal lines and commercial lines clients prepare for floods, deal with the aftermath of flooding, and how to prepare for a visit by an adjuster.

PIA thanks The Hartford for making these excellent materials available to all PIA members, regardless of their participation in PIA's flood insurance program with The Hartford.

PIA members who want to earn great flood insurance commissions while working with a top-flight Write-Your-Own flood insurance company should consider the PIA/Hartford flood insurance program. To learn more visit or contact
Joseph M. Surowiecki, Jr. of The Hartford at 860-547-5006 or