PIA Members Send Supplies to Puerto Pico
It's been a busy week in the mail room at PIA National!
Your contributions to the PIA Disaster Relief Fund are responsible for this
shipment of supplies to Puerto Rico, which is still recovering from Hurricane
Maria. Supplies will be sent to the
Professional Insurance Agents of PR and
the Caribbean - PIA for distribution. The first shipment includes nearly
1,500 batteries, portable showers, portable stoves, battery-powered fans, radios,
and more! Additional shipments will follow. Thank you to our many contributors!
PIA of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean National Director Ariel Rivera recently
expressed appreciation on Facebook: "Hi everyone. Thank you very much for all
your thoughts and prayers. Hurricane Maria really devastated us. We will have
a tough long road to recovery. I appreciate all the love and care you have
showed me. I feel blessed and fortunate for having the best colleagues in the
world. Blessings to all, Ariel."
If you haven't contributed to the fund yet, you can do so by submitting a
contribution form or by contacting the PIA office at
703-836-9340. The supplies will be delivered to the PIA of Puerto Rico office
as soon as possible, for distribution on the island.
Hurricane Nate Insured Losses $500 Million
Insured losses caused by Hurricane Nate
could total about $500 million, according to
catastrophe modeler Karen Clark & Co. Gulf of Mexico oil and natural gas
production is likely to recover fully by the end of the week, because Nate
dealt little to no damage to offshore platforms, said Andrew Lipow of
Lipow Oil Associates.
With the loss expected to be in the millions and not the billions,
analysts have said that Nate will likely be more of a hit to primary players
than reinsurance companies.
Nate made landfall on Saturday in southeast Louisiana, near the mouth of the
Mississippi River, as a Category 1 system. It made landfall again hours later,
this time near Biloxi, with roaring wind and heavy rain, and dragged in flooding,
then was quickly downgraded.
Victims of Hurricane Nate are urged to document damage and file their
insurance claims as quickly as possible. The Mississippi Insurance Department's
(MID) consumer services division
is ready to assist policyholders with their
claims. Anyone having problems reaching their agent or insurance company or
filing their claim should call the MID Consumer Services toll-free number at
"Hurricane Nate has been a gentle reminder to us that just because we haven't
had a devastating hurricane in 12 years, the threat still exists," said Insurance
Commissioner Mike Chaney. "Early reports indicate no major damage; however, we
urge anyone with damage to document it and file their insurance claims as quickly