NFIP Extended Through Jan. 19
Shortly before Christmas, Congress
adopted a stopgap continuing resolution (CR)
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.
Stephen W. Cavanaugh Scholarship Fund
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
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
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
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
PIA members who want to earn great flood insurance commissions
with a top-flight Write-Your-Own flood insurance company should consider the
PIA/Hartford flood insurance program. To learn more visit
Joseph M. Surowiecki, Jr. of The Hartford at 860-547-5006 or