We're moving the offices of PIA of Louisiana, so please note our new
address effective November 1, 2016:
4021 W. E. Heck Ct., Building K
Baton Rouge, LA 70816
All other contact information remains the same!
When in Baton Rouge, come check us out!
Emergency Rule 30 Suspension of Right
to Cancel or
Nonrenew Residential, Commercial Residential, or
Commercial Property Insurance Due to Historic Flooding
Due to the State of Emergency and the historic flooding in parts of Louisiana,
the Commissioner of Insurance is promulgating Emergency Rule 30, which extends
Rule 28 which had retroactively suspended statutory provisions of the Insurance
Code concerning cancellations, terminations, non-renewals, and non-reinstatements
of insurance policies, and also gives insureds more time to comply with other
policy provisions. The emergency rule applies to Residential, Commercial
Residential, or Commercial Property Insurance.
To view the updated Emergency Rule, please click
Louisiana Disaster Assistance Deadline
to November 14
Louisianans in parishes affected by August flooding now have until
Monday, Nov.14, 2016, to register for federal disaster assistance.
The State of Louisiana and FEMA advise that the deadline to apply for
disaster assistance has been extended, so that all eligible residents
have enough time to apply for assistance.
Federal officials hope this additional time will ensure that everyone
affected by the August severe storms and flooding has an opportunity
to register for FEMA assistance. The goal is to reach all flood
survivors who still need help.
Registration is open to survivors in Acadia, Ascension, Avoyelles, East
Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Evangeline, Iberia, Iberville, Jefferson
Davis, Lafayette, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, St. Helena, St. James,
St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Vermilion, Washington,
West Baton Rouge and West Feliciana Parishes.
This new deadline also applies to homeowners, renters and businesses
submitting applications for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S.
Small Business Administration (SBA).
You can apply for assistance or track your status online at
www.disasterassistance.gov or by using the FEMA
app. If you prefer, call 800-621-FEMA (3362). Persons who are deaf, hard
of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585.
Applicants who use 711 or Video Relay Service may also call 800-621-3362.
FEMA phone lines are open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily; multilingual
operators are available.
Homeowners, renters and businesses affected by the floods, can apply for a
low-interest SBA disaster loan after registering with FEMA by going online
to SBA's secure site at
800-659-2955 (TTY 800-877-8339). For information on SBA disaster assistance,
SBA is the federal government's primary source of money for the long-term
rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA provides low-interest
disaster loans to homeowners, renters, businesses and private nonprofits
for their uncompensated physical disaster losses (homes, personal property
and business assets). For small businesses and most private nonprofits,
SBA disaster loans are available to cover working capital needs caused by
the disaster, whether or not the business suffered physical damage.
For more information on the Louisiana recovery, visit the disaster webpage
for the flooding at
fema.gov/disaster/4277; or visit the website for the
Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness at
gohsep.la.gov. Follow FEMA on Twitter
Who Says Insurance Is Boring?
Millennials say that insurance jobs are fulfilling and offer long-term
careers, according to a
Vertafore survey of 4,000 insurance professionals
between the ages of 19 and 35.
More than 90% of respondents say that insurance careers meet
important criteria essential for job satisfaction, including work/life
balance, career development opportunities and financial stability. Because
of these factors, 81% of respondents say they plan to remain in the
insurance industry for as long as possible, an increase from 77% in 2015.
In addition, 70% of respondents say they would recommend an insurance
career to their friends.
READ: Learn to Love Millennials — And How to
Hire Them at Your Agency
The survey reports that millennials are optimistic about the future of the
industry and its ability to adopt technology. Despite the industry's
reputation as laggard, millennials (86%) say that technology in the
insurance workplace is increasing and "enabling them with tools to compete,"
Vertafore says. Two-thirds of respondents say they are satisfied with their
company's use of technology. Read the
Network with PIA/YIPs and ULM Students at
Professional Development Conference on
October 25-26, 2016 — NEXT WEEK!
This mini-convention, with an exhibit hall as well as continuing education
classes, will give you another wonderful opportunity to network with fellow
agents, company reps as well as with insurance students at ULM.
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
NETWORKING & FUN!!!
PIA, YIPs & ULM Networking Social — 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.
As a fun icebreaker to our conference, challenge yourself in an Escape Room
at Southern Escapes. This game will teach you to think outside the box, to use
your senses and to work as a team. Sounds like something you might want to try? Then
be sure to register NOW, because we have limited space for this activity. HOWEVER,
if you'd rather just socialize without the challenge, we will have food and drink
onsite in a courtyard setting! Come mix and mingle PIA/YIPs style!
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
How do you use Social Media to Market Your Agency? This two-hour interactive
presentation will tell you how to do just that. Learn from ULM faculty and students
not only why Social Media is your best marketing tool but how to
make it work for you!
How do you use Social Media in Practice? After getting basic tips and knowledge
about social media in the morning presentation, you're going to apply what you've
learned in real life. Using the expertise of the young person's experience with
technology, you will share your knowledge of the agency business and together you
will develop your own marketing plan for your agency! This is your opportunity to
get valuable feedback on your current website and/or just talk in general about what
should be included in a website as well as how you can interact with your clients and
prospective clients through Social Media!
Students Teaching Agents
Teaching Students — through these round table discussions, agents will
provide invaluable insurance experience and students will offer invaluable technology
experience — we're pairing the best of the best — YOU and the Students!
Lunch & Exhibitor Trade Fair — In addition to the networking that you'll do
with students during this conference, we're also showcasing those companies you want to
meet! While enjoying lunch, meet with company representatives in attendance to learn what's
new with their companies and determine how your agency strategies might be a good match.
Why not invest in your business today and register NOW for the PIA/YIP Professional
Development Conference! See the link below for this conference registration flyer for
Professional Development Cconference Registration
CA DOI: Driverless Carmakers Need
$5 Million in Insurance
A revised draft proposal from California's Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)
requires manufacturers of autonomous vehicles to maintain
$5 million in insurance, according to the California Department of Insurance.
Specifically, the DMV proposal says in order for manufacturers to conduct
autonomous vehicle testing on public roads in California, they must have
$5 million to cover personal injury, death, or property damage.
This coverage must be in the form of either insurance, a surety bond,
or a self-insurance certificate. Moreover, those owning or leasing them would
have to have the insurance coverage required for all other vehicles. California
Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones said he supports the latest draft of the rules
that were originally issued in December 2015. He said that California needs to
ensure that new technologies, products, and services are safe and consumers
"The new DMV regulations strike the right balance," said Jones.