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PIA's convenient Webinars cover disaster protection and preparedness

GLENMONT, N.Y.-In light of the ongoing recovery efforts from Superstorm Sandy, the Professional Insurance Agents of Connecticut, New Hampshire, New Jersey and New York State are offering a series of convenient, specialized Webinars that focus on future disaster preparedness, insurance and coverage issues, errors-and-omissions claims prevention and other disaster-related issues to better prepare agents in case another disaster hits the area.

Upcoming classes include:


Lessons Learned from a Superstorm will focus on insurance issues and coverage concerns. The program will detail coverages, limitations and exclusions in property and flood insurance policies; it will discuss the ongoing challenges our industry will face as the result of this storm; and will address reconstruction concerns and new flood elevation standards. Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013. (CTCE: 3 PC. NHCE: 2 GEN. NJCE: 3 GEN. NYCE: 3 BR, C3, PA, PC.)

Avoiding E&O in Writing Flood Insurance^FF^UM will review National Flood Insurance Program rules and procedures of concern to agents and policyholders; explore common causes of E&O claims against agents for failure to advise the insured of unique definitions, limited scope of coverage as well as alternative coverages; and enumerate practices to prevent E&O situations at the agency level. Real-life claim scenarios will be reviewed. Tuesday, March 5, 2013. (CTCE: TBA. NHCE: TBA. NJCE: TBA. NYCE: TBA.) ^FF^UM-This course has been approved for E&O loss-prevention credit for Firemans Fund and Utica Mutual.

Disaster Planning: Preparation for the Next Disaster will focus on ways you and your agency can be better prepared for any future disasters-natural or man-made. This program will help you to develop a plan to mitigate damage to your home, your agency and your community; and ensure that your agency is able to operate effectively without power, phone service, Internet connection or even access to your agency building. PIAs Disaster Planning Manual and other resources will be reviewed. Tuesday, March 19, 2013. (CTCE: TBA. NHCE: TBA. NJCE: TBA. NYCE: TBA.)

The Webinars are presented by nationally recognized flood and agency management expert Rita Hollada, CIC, CPCU, CPIA, vice-president of The Insurance Professionals Inc. Each Webinar is appropriate for agency management as well as agency sales and service personnel.

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PIACT, PIANH, PIANJ and PIANY are trade associations representing professional, independent insurance agencies, brokerages and their employees throughout their respective states.