BuildStrong Coalition Members Meet With FEMA Administrator, Senior White House Officials

July 27, 2020 The Executive Committee of the NAMIC-led BuildStrong Coalition met virtually with FEMA administrator Pete Gaynor and a senior Trump administration official July 23 to discuss the importance of preparing communities ahead of... Read more

NAMIC-Led BuildStrong Coalition Headlines Two Events on BRIC Program

July 20, 2020 The BuildStrong Coalition headlined two events July 15 to discuss the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s new Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities program that was created as a result of the NAMIC and coalition-backed... Read more

NAMIC-Led BuildStrong Coalition to Headline Chamber, FEMA Events

July 13, 2020 The BuildStrong Coalition will headline two events before meeting later this month with Peter Gaynor, Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator, and senior White House officials. The coalition will present on July 15 "BuildStrong, BRIC, and... Read more

BuildStrong Coalition to Meet With FEMA Administrator, Top White House Officials

July 6, 2020 The executive committee of the NAMIC-led BuildStrong Coalition will be meeting virtually with senior administration officials including Pete Gaynor, administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency, July 23 to discuss the importance of preparing... Read more

FEMA Announces BRIC Summer Engagement Series That Includes BuildStrong Coalition

June 22, 2020 The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced June 18 the start of a series of webinars to educate communities and stakeholders about the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities Program currently being... Read more

FEMA Focuses on BRIC Program During FACI Teleconference Call

June 8, 2020 The Department of Treasury’s Federal Advisory Committee on Insurance hosted a teleconference June 4, its second meeting of 2020. One of the guest speakers was David Maurstad... Read more

With First Named Storm Ahead of Hurricane Season, Insurers Are Ready for Extreme Weather

May 19, 2020 As the first named storm of 2020 makes an appearance nearly two weeks ahead of the official start of hurricane season, it only adds to the anxiety of coastal states already facing challenges in the wake of... Read more

NAMIC Applauds FEMA Guidance Creating New Program to Help Communities Prepare for Disasters

April 13, 2020 The National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies today applauded the guidance recently proposed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency that takes a significant step forward in helping communities protect themselves from natural disaster and... Read more

FEMA Issues Initial Guidance on Key New Disaster Program Created by NAMIC-Backed Law

April 13, 2020 The Federal Emergency Management Agency on April 10 released the initial draft guidance that creates the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities Program. The BRIC Program was created through the Disaster Recovery Reform Act in 2018 and is... Read more

FEMA Launches BRIC Website, Expected to Release Initial Guidance Soon

April 6, 2020 In anticipation of the release of the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities Program Guidance, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has launched its new, dedicated BRIC website. The BRIC program is designed to create a... Read more

FEMA Administrator Discusses Building Codes, Mitigation, Flood Insurance During Hearing

March 16, 2020 During a March 11 hearing of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management, Pete Gaynor, the newly confirmed administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency... Read more

Containing the Coronavirus

March 13, 2020 We are in unprecedented times as the world seeks to limit the impact of COVID-19, more commonly referred to as the coronavirus, that has shut down parts of the world and taken thousands of lives. In our industry, we’ve already seen the National... Read more

NAMIC, BuildStrong Coalition Host Wildfire Forum in California

March 9, 2020 The BuildStrong Coalition held a forum March 5 in Sacramento that focused on how the federal Emergency Management Agency’s Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities Program can help mitigate hazards from the growing number of severe... Read more

House Subcommittee to Hear From FEMA on Priorities for 2020

March 9, 2020 The House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management will convene March 11 for a hearing titled “FEMA’s Priorities for 2020 and Beyond: Coordinating Mission and... Read more

Top FEMA Officials, NAMIC Members to Participate in Forum on Wildfire Mitigation

March 2, 2020 The NAMIC-led BuildStrong Coalition will hold a forum March 5 in partnership with the California Chamber of Commerce focusing on how the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities Program can help mitigate... Read more

BuildStrong Coalition Forum on Wildfire Mitigation, BRIC Program Open for Registration

February 24, 2020 The BuildStrong Coalition is holding a forum March 5 with the California Chamber of Commerce focusing on how to most effectively mitigate wildfire hazards and discuss ways the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities, or BRIC, Program can help... Read more

President’s Budget Addresses Disaster Resilience, Stronger Building Codes

February 18, 2020 The Trump administration’s fiscal year 2021 budget includes a number of policies that would better protect the nation’s homes and communities from a rising number of severe disasters. Among the spending provisions outlined by the administration... Read more

NAMIC Applauds Focus on Disaster Resilience, Strong Building Codes in President’s Budget

February 18, 2020 The National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies today applauded the inclusion of mitigation-focused policies in the Trump administration’s FY 2021 budget proposal to better protect the nation’s homes and communities from natural disasters. Read more

House Committee’s Draft Infrastructure Plan Addresses Resiliency

February 3, 2020 The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee released a framework of an infrastructure plan Jan. 28 that includes several proposals to improve the nation’s resiliency. The framework, released by committee chairman Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore.... Read more

Washington: Insurance Policy Wildfire Surcharge Bill Introduced

January 15, 2020 HB 2413, Insurance Policy Wildfire Surcharge, has been introduced and assigned to the House Appropriations Committee. The proposed legislation would require insurers to collect a surcharge of $5 per... Read more

NAMIC-Backed Bill Introduced to Make Mitigation Grants Tax-Free

January 13, 2020 Legislation supported by NAMIC to make it easier for property owners to use disaster mitigation grants was introduced with the support of several members of Congress prior to... Read more

House Committee Discusses DHS Preparedness Grants

January 13, 2020 The House Homeland Security Committee convened Jan. 9 for a hearing, "Understanding the Importance of DHS Preparedness Grants: Perspectives from the Field," which included... Read more

Roundtable Stresses Pre-disaster Mitigation and Building Codes

December 16, 2019 The House Transportation and Infrastructure Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management Subcommittee hosted a roundtable, DRRA at One: Stakeholder Perspectives, Dec. 10 focused on the implementation of the... Read more

NAMIC Urges Action to Implement Disaster Reforms, Modernize Building Standards

December 11, 2019 The National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies urged federal disaster recovery officials to speed their efforts to provide funding and other tools to help communities prepare and protect themselves from natural disasters. Read more

BuildStrong Coalition to Host Forum on Wildfire Mitigation in California

December 9, 2019 As wildfires continue to destroy lives and communities across California and the Western U.S., NAMIC and the BuildStrong Coalition are planning a forum in partnership with the California Chamber of Commerce focusing on... Read more

NAMIC, BuildStrong Coalition to Participate in House Roundtable on DRRA Implementation

December 9, 2019 NAMIC and the BuildStrong Coalition will be represented during a Dec. 10 roundtable hosted by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Subcommittee on... Read more

NAMIC, BuildStrong Coalition to Participate in Roundtable on DRRA Implementation

December 2, 2019 NAMIC and the BuildStrong Coalition will both be represented during a planned congressional roundtable Dec. 10 to examine the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s efforts to... Read more

NAMIC Discusses Resilience, DRRA Implementation at Florida Chamber Summit

November 12, 2019 The NAMIC Federal Affairs team was asked to discuss the association’s ongoing work to advance home and community resiliency across the nation as well as efforts to implement the... Read more

BuildStrong Coalition Forum on DRRA, Wildfire Mitigation Open for Registration

October 28, 2019 The NAMIC-led BuildStrong Coalition will host a forum in Sacramento, Calif., Nov. 13 in partnership with the California Chamber of Commerce. The event will focus on how to most effectively mitigate hazards relating to wildfires and the... Read more

House T&I Talks Pre-Disaster Mitigation and DRRA Implementation

October 28, 2019 The House Transportation & Infrastructure’s subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management convened for a hearing Oct. 22 titled "An Assessment... Read more

House Climate Crisis Committee Hearing on Resiliency

October 21, 2019 The House Select Climate Crisis Committee held a hearing Oct. 17 titled “Solving the Climate Crisis: Cleaner, Stronger Buildings” and featuring testimony from five witnesses, including one insurance industry representative... Read more

House Science, Space, Technology Hearing on Changing Climate

September 30, 2019 The House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology held a hearing Sept. 26 titled “Understanding, Forecasting, and Communicating Extreme Weather in a Changing Climate” which featured five... Read more

FEMA Acting Head Expected to Take Over as Administrator

September 30, 2019 President Trump on Sept. 26 formally nominated Pete Gaynor, acting administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, to fill the role of administrator. Gaynor has served as the agency’s acting administrator since March following the... Read more

NAMIC Hosts N.C. Resilience Roundtable

September 30, 2019 NAMIC along with The Nature Conservancy hosted an invitation-only roundtable discussion with the insurance community Sept. 26 in Raleigh, North Carolina. The roundtable was moderated by Liz Reynolds, Southeast regional vice president for NAMIC... Read more

House Committee Advances Bill to Create Resiliency Loan Fund, FEMA Acting Head Expected to Take Over as Administrator

September 23, 2019 The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee advanced NAMIC-backed legislation on Sept. 19 that would make more resources available for communities to mitigate ahead of natural disasters. H.R. 3779, the Resilience Revolving Loan Fund Act of... Read more

NAMIC Honors Smith With Chairman’s Award, Salutes Service to Insurance Industry

September 23, 2019 The National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies presented its Chairman’s Award to John Smith, president and CEO of Pennsylvania Lumbermens Mutual Insurance Company, at the association’s 124th Annual Convention today in National Harbor, Maryland. Read more

Resiliency a Focus in Buttigeig Disaster Policy

September 20, 2019 Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg released a natural disaster plan Sept. 17 aimed at improving disaster resilience across the nation. With increasing threats due to severe natural disasters, policymakers are discussing innovative ways... Read more

HFSC Subcommittee Examines Climate Change Impact on Financial Services

September 16, 2019 The House Financial Services Committee’s Subcommittee on National Security, International Development, and Monetary Policy convened for a Sept. 11 hearing titled “Examining the Macroeconomic Impacts of a Changing Climate,” which included a panel of... Read more

BuildStrong Announces Sacramento Forum on Wildfire Mitigation and Resilience

September 16, 2019 The BuildStrong Coalition has announced the second in its series of forums designed to continue the important dialogue on the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities Program. The Sacramento BRIC Forum... Read more

FEMA Announces Application Period for 2019 Pre-Disaster Mitigation Funding

September 3, 2019 The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced the Notice of Funding Opportunity for its Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program on July 26 for Fiscal Year 2019. In the announcement, FEMA said the application period runs from Sept. 30 until... Read more

House Panel Holds Field Hearing on Wildfires

August 26, 2019 The House Committee on Oversight & Reform’s Subcommittee on Environment convened Aug. 20 for a hearing titled “Courage Under Fire: Examining Government Preparedness and Response to Wildfires in California,” which featured two panels of witnesses... Read more

BuildStrong Coalition Calls on FEMA to Move Forward With DRRA Implementation

August 26, 2019 The NAMIC-led BuildStrong Coalition sent a letter to the Federal Emergency Management Agency on Aug. 23 calling for progress on implementation of the Disaster Recovery Reform Act. The DRRA is a landmark disaster mitigation reform law enacted in... Read more

Senate Small Business Committee Holds Field Hearing on Impacts of Hurricane Michael

August 19, 2019 The Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship held a field hearing Aug. 14 in Panama City, Fla., titled “Weathering the Storm: Hurricane Michael’s Impact on Northwest Florida’s Small Businesses.” The hearing was livestreamed via... Read more

FEMA Releases National Mitigation Investment Strategy, Calls for Building to Stronger Codes

August 19, 2019 The Federal Emergency Management Agency unveiled a National Mitigation Investment Strategy Aug. 13 to improve mitigation investments and better protect lives, communities, and property from natural hazards. Read more

NOAA Says to Expect a Busier-Than-Normal Hurricane Season

August 12, 2019 The Climate Prediction Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced the increased likelihood of an above-normal Atlantic hurricane season on Aug. 8, the start of the peak months for hurricane season. Read more

OIC Issues Disaster Resiliency Data Call – Due September 6, 2019

August 8, 2019 The Washington Office of the Insurance Commissioner has released a letter dated July 31, 2019, that issues a Disaster Resiliency Data Call due Sept. 6, 2019. The data call will inform the newly formed Disaster Resiliency Work Group as it conducts a... Read more

Senate Committee Advances Highway Bill Containing Resiliency Funding

August 5, 2019 The Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works voted unanimously July 30 to advance S. 2302, America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act of 2019, which authorizes $287 billion over five years, including $259 billion for programs to... Read more

BuildStrong Coalition Hosts Forum on DRRA Implementation With U.S. Chamber, FEMA

July 29, 2019 The NAMIC-led BuildStrong Coalition hosted the first in a series of regional disaster forums in conjunction with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Federal Emergency Management Agency on July 23 to highlight the opportunities in the changed disaster... Read more

BuildStrong Coalition Launches Registration Page for Forum in Washington, D.C.

July 1, 2019 The BuildStrong Coalition will host a forum July 23 at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the Federal Emergency Management Agency on the disaster mitigation and resilience grant programs... Read more

California: Disaster Mitigation Fund Legislation Amended to Include Annual Policy Assessment

June 20, 2019 SB 292, Prepared California Disaster Mitigation Fund, introduced by Sen. Susan Rubio, has been amended by the bill sponsor in the Assembly and re-assigned to the Assembly Insurance Committee for... Read more

NAMIC Hosts Meeting of BuildStrong Coalition, Discusses Upcoming Forum

May 28, 2019 NAMIC hosted a meeting of the BuildStrong Coalition on May 23 to discuss progress since the passage of the landmark Disaster Recovery Reform Act in 2018, outline priorities for the remainder of 2019, and discuss the July 23 Washington, D.C., Forum on... Read more

BuildStrong Coalition Testifies Before House T&I on DRRA Implementation; FEMA Readiness

May 28, 2019 The NAMIC-led BuildStrong Coalition testified before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management during a May 22 hearing examining the... Read more

BuildStrong Coalition to Testify During Hearing Examining DRRA

May 20, 2019 The NAMIC-led BuildStrong Coalition will testify during a May 22 hearing designed to examine the implementation of a major law the coalition worked to see enacted... Read more

Alabama: Senate Asbestos Exposure Transparency Act Moves Out of House Committee

May 14, 2019 SB 45, continues its steady progress through the legislative process with a favorable report from the House Commerce and Small... Read more

North Dakota: New Fire Protection Class Law Enacted

April 25, 2019 Enacted HB 1123 creates a process whereby an insured may challenge an insurer’s designation of a fire protection class for insured property. Read more

Alabama: Asbestos Trust Transparency, Distracted Driving Bills Move Out of Committee

April 23, 2019 Asbestos trust claims transparency legislation, SB 45, was approved April 18 by the Alabama Senate Judiciary Committee. The bill would require plaintiffs in asbestos actions to file all available asbestos trust claims and produce all trust claims... Read more

New York: DFS Issues Annual Disaster Planning Circular Letter

April 23, 2019 The New York Department of Financial Services has issued Circular Letter No. 5 (2019) regarding disaster planning, preparedness, and response by property/casualty carriers and other entities. The circular letter repeals and replaces... Read more

California: PIFC Submits Letter to Wildfire Commission

April 23, 2019 NAMIC’s state advocacy partner, the Personal Insurance Federation of California, has submitted written comments to the SB 901 Wildfire Commission on behalf of its state trade members and NAMIC. The commission is holding a hearing on April 29 to... Read more

House T&I Committee Seeking Input on Infrastructure

April 22, 2019 The staff of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure on April 18 informed stakeholders, including NAMIC, that the committee is seeking input for its work on an infrastructure bill for the 116th Congress. Read more

HFSC Subcommittee Hearing on Disaster Recovery Funds

April 1, 2019 The House Financial Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations convened March 26 for a hearing titled “The Administration of Disaster Recovery Funds in the Wake of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria,” which included a variety of... Read more

Financial Services Subcommittee Discusses Disaster Recovery Funds After Harvey, Irma, Maria

March 25, 2019 The House Financial Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations will meet March 26 to examine how the Department of Housing and Urban Development is administering disaster recovery funds in the aftermath of recent hurricanes. Read more

NAMIC Applauds NFIP Risk Rating 2.0

March 19, 2019 Statement by Jimi Grande Senior Vice President, Government Affairs National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies RE: National Flood Insurance Program’s Risk Rating 2.0 Modernization “The Risk Rating 2.0 plan would at long last do something... Read more

Texas: NAMIC Supports Major Disaster Mitigation Legislation

March 12, 2019 NAMIC provided support on March 11 for four major disaster mitigation bills filed in the wake of Hurricane... Read more

Chamber of Commerce Releases Paper on Insurance Industry Impact on Infrastructure Investment

March 11, 2019 The U.S. Chamber of Commerce hosted a panel discussion for insurance stakeholders on March 5 following the release of its paper titled “The Role of Insurance Investments in the U.S. Economy,” focusing on how insurance companies contribute... Read more

Senate Committee Evaluates Infrastructure Opportunities and Road Blocks

March 11, 2019 Infrastructure issues were brought up for discussion during a hearing of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works titled... Read more

House T&I Committee Eyes Infrastructure Policy, Climate Change

March 4, 2019 The House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee convened for a four-and-a-half hour hearing Feb. 26 titled “Examining How Federal Infrastructure Policy Could Help Mitigate and Adapt to Climate Change.” The hearing featured... Read more

Long Steps Down as FEMA Administrator

February 19, 2019 Brock Long, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, announced Feb. 13 that he is resigning from the post. Long, who previously led the Alabama Emergency Management Agency, had held the position of administrator since the beginning of... Read more

Need for Infrastructure Funding a Key Theme at Chamber of Commerce Event

February 11, 2019 NAMIC attended the Chamber of Commerce’s Feb. 5 event titled “America’s Infrastructure: Time to Invest,” which included a variety of speakers and panels... Read more

House T&I Committee Eyes National Infrastructure

February 11, 2019 The House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee held a hearing Feb. 7 titled “The Cost of Doing Nothing: Why Investing in Our Nation’s Infrastructure Cannot Wait... Read more

NAMIC, BuildStrong Coalition Host National Pre-Disaster Mitigation Roundtable

February 11, 2019 NAMIC participated in a Feb. 4 roundtable discussion hosted by the BuildStrong Coalition and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce centered on the topic of pre-disaster mitigation... Read more

Key House Committee to Hold Hearing on National Infrastructure

February 4, 2019 While many congressional committees will convene for the first time this week to discuss plans for 2019, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will congregate in the Capitol Visitor Center Feb. 7... Read more

NAMIC Participates in Discussion on Resilience Hosted by BuildStrong Coalition, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

February 4, 2019 NAMIC participated in a Feb. 4 roundtable discussion hosted by the BuildStrong Coalition and U.S. Chamber of Commerce centered on the topic of pre-disaster mitigation... Read more

COMPLIANCE ALERT | Minn. DOC Releases Annual Disaster Response, Preparedness Bulletin

January 17, 2019 The Minnesota Department of Commerce has released Administrative Bulletin 2019-1, regarding insurers’ disaster planning, preparedness, and response procedures. Certain information must be provided to the DOC no later than February 16... Read more

Grande Named Among the Top Lobbyists in Washington by The Hill

December 17, 2018 Jimi Grande, senior vice president of government affairs for NAMIC, was recognized as one of Washington’s top lobbyists by The Hill, a popular news publication covering politics and business in Congress and across the government. Grande was nominated... Read more

NAMIC Says Disaster Mitigation Efforts Shouldn’t End With Hurricane Season

November 29, 2018 As the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season comes to an end, the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies is urging policymakers at all levels of government to continue focusing on disaster policy and... Read more

Alabama: DOI Adopts Rule Amendments

November 26, 2018 The Alabama Department of Insurance has adopted amendments to the "Strengthening Alabama Homes" regulations and has adopted the NAIC's 2019 valuation... Read more

NAMIC Attends FEMA’s National Advisory Council Meeting

November 13, 2018 The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s National Advisory Council convened for a public session Nov. 7 to vote on recommendations to share with FEMA administrator Brock Long. The recommendations were compiled during the previous day’s standing... Read more

FEMA, DHS National Advisory Council Meets on Insurance, Mitigation, Preparedness

November 5, 2018 The Federal Emergency Management Agency's National Advisory Council will convene Nov. 6 for two days of meetings focused on issues concerning disaster preparedness and... Read more

NCOIL: NAMIC Joins National Trades in Outlining Concerns With Proposed Private Flood Insurance Amendments to Disaster Mitigation Legislation

October 30, 2018 NAMIC submitted a letter on Oct. 25 to the National Council of Insurance Legislators along with the other national trade associations expressing concern over proposed amendments to the NCOIL State Flood Disaster Mitigation and Relief Model... Read more

In Aftermath of Hurricane Michael, Homes in Panhandle Revealed to Have Weakened Codes

October 22, 2018 Following the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Michael, it has been revealed that unlike homes in South Florida and other parts of the state, those in the Panhandle had an exemption that until recently did not require homeowners to build to modern... Read more

Historic Disaster Reforms Signed Into Law

October 8, 2018 President Donald Trump signed into law a set of historic disaster mitigation reforms on Oct. 5, fulfilling a long-standing goal of NAMIC's. Read more

Historic Disaster Mitigation Reforms to Become Law

October 3, 2018 Federal disaster policy took a historic step toward proactive loss prevention with the passage of reforms long championed by the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies in the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization... Read more

House Passes Historic Set of Disaster Mitigation Reforms, Senate Vote Next

October 1, 2018 The House passed a set of historic disaster mitigation reforms long called for by the NAMIC-led BuildStrong Coalition in a Sept. 26 vote. The Disaster Recovery Reform Act, in which NAMIC successfully worked to include in legislation to reauthorize... Read more

NAMIC Hails Passage of Historic Disaster Mitigation Reforms

September 26, 2018 America’s communities will be equipped with new tools to protect themselves from natural disasters thanks to a set of historic provisions included in the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization passed by the House today, according to the... Read more

NAMIC Names Moore, Denham 2018 Federal Legislators of the Year

September 26, 2018 The National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies today named Reps. Gwen Moore, D-Wis., and Jeff Denham, R-Calif., as Federal Legislators of the Year during the association's annual convention in... Read more

NAMIC Honors Rochman with Chairman’s Award, Salutes Service to Insurance Industry

September 24, 2018 The National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies presented its Chairman’s Award to Julie Rochman, former president and CEO of the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety, at the... Read more

California: Six Disaster-Loss-Related Bills Enacted

September 24, 2018 Gov. Jerry Brown has signed six new disaster loss-related bills: SB 894, SB 824, AB 1772, AB 1800, AB 1875, and AB 2594. Read more

NAMIC-Led BuildStrong Coalition Pushes Congress to Pass Disaster Reform Legislation

September 24, 2018 In the wake of Hurricane Florence causing widespread destruction in the Carolinas and Mid-Atlantic, the BuildStrong Coalition is launching an aggressive push asking Congress to pass legislation as soon as the week of Sept. 24 to better protect... Read more

Florence Shows Why We Need the DRRA

September 18, 2018 Over the past week, it was virtually impossible to avoid the news, warnings, and states of emergency declared for Hurricane Florence. And while folks in North and South Carolina are beginning to pick up the pieces, there are thousands of families in... Read more

NAMIC-Led BuildStrong Coalition Launches Media, Ad Campaign

September 17, 2018 As Hurricane Florence continues to cause massive devastation in the southeastern United States, the BuildStrong Coalition has launched a national media and advertising campaign calling on Congress to pass legislation designed to better prepare... Read more

NAMIC Works to Advance Disaster Resilience Policy in Wake of Historic Hurricanes

September 4, 2018 As the nation marks the first anniversary of an unprecedented series of hurricanes hitting the United States and Puerto Rico, NAMIC is continuing to work to advance policy designed to make the nation’s communities more resilient. Read more

Senate Committee Holds Hearing on Key Homeland Security Posts

August 27, 2018 The Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs held a nomination hearing Aug. 22 to hear from Peter Gaynor, nominee to be deputy administrator for the... Read more

NAMIC Works to Advance Disaster Resilience Policy in Senate

August 27, 2018 With summer recess winding down and senators already back to work on Capitol Hill, NAMIC is continuing to work to advance the Disaster Recovery Reform Act in... Read more

NAMIC-Led BuildStrong Coalition Testifies on 2018 Hurricane Prep

July 23, 2018 David Paulison, former FEMA administrator and current senior advisor to the NAMIC-led BuildStrong Coalition, appeared before a House Transportation subcommittee for the July 18 hearing titled, “Are We Ready? Recovering from 2017 Disasters and Preparing... Read more

NAMIC-Led BuildStrong Coalition to Testify on Hurricane Prep, Cost-Share Incentive Law

July 16, 2018 Former Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator and BuildStrong Coalition senior advisor David Paulison will testify on behalf of the NAMIC-Led BuildStrong Coalition at a July 18 hearing of the... Read more

NAMIC Board Meets in D.C. With Lawmakers, Administration Officials

July 16, 2018 NAMIC's board of directors will meet with key members of Congress and administration officials to discuss the association's federal agenda during the July 17 board meeting at the... Read more

NAMIC Board to Meet with Lawmakers, Administration Officials

July 9, 2018 NAMIC’s board of directors will be coming to Washington D.C., July 16-17. In addition to the regular agenda, they will meet with many key members of Congress and administration officials. During the board meeting, the group will visit with Sens... Read more

BuildStrong Coalition to Testify During Hearing on Hurricane Prep, Federal Cost-Share Law

July 9, 2018 The NAMIC-led BuildStrong Coalition will testify during a July 18 hearing examining the progress of recovery in the wake of 2017’s disasters and what the federal government can do to prepare for what analysts are predicting will be a busier-than-usual... Read more

Senate Homeland Security Committee Advances DRRA With Major Reform

June 25, 2018 The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs has advanced its version of the Disaster Recovery Reform Act, which includes a NAMIC- and BuildStrong-backed provision to massively boost the nation's Pre-Disaster Mitigation... Read more

BuildStrong Participates in T&I Roundtable on Cost-Share Guidance

June 25, 2018 Members of the NAMIC-led BuildStrong Coalition participated in a June 20 roundtable hosted by Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Pa., chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee. The event was designed to discuss the Federal Emergency... Read more

NAMIC Member Participates Treasury Discussion on Mitigation Investments

May 29, 2018 A representative from State Farm Mutual Insurance Company, a NAMIC member, participated in a May 23 discussion at the U.S. Department of Treasury about pre-disaster mitigation and community resilience. The discussion, held by the Federal Insurance... Read more

NAMIC to Participate in Treasury Discussion on Mitigation Investments

May 21, 2018 NAMIC will participate in a May 23 discussion at the Department of Treasury on ways to further invest in disaster mitigation and more resilient... Read more

House Passes Disaster Recovery Reform Act as Part of FAA Bill

April 30, 2018 The House of Representatives passed the NAMIC- and BuildStrong-backed Disaster Recovery Reform Act April 27 as part of a bill to fund the Federal Aviation Administration for five years... Read more

NAMIC Urges Senate to Pass Historic Disaster Mitigation Reforms in House FAA Bill

April 27, 2018 Legislation passed by the House today to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration also includes provisions to better enable states and local governments to protect their communities from natural disaster. Those provisions, says the National... Read more

NAMIC Urges Senate to Pass Historic Disaster Mitigation Reforms in House FAA Bill

April 26, 2018 Legislation passed by the House today to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration also includes provisions to better enable states and local governments to protect their communities from natural disaster. Those provisions, says the National... Read more

House to Vote on Major NAMIC-Backed Disaster Reforms

April 23, 2018 Members of the House of Representatives are expected to vote as soon as April 25 on a set of NAMIC-backed disaster mitigation and resilience reforms as part of legislation to fund the Federal Aviation Administration. The FAA reauthorization and... Read more

House Committee Advances Legislation to Increase Resilience to Natural Disasters

April 16, 2018 The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee voted April 12 to advance legislation designed to increase the resilience of communities to natural disasters. H.R. 4177, the PREPARE Act, was introduced in October 2017 by Reps. ... Read more

Major Disaster Resilience Reforms Attached to FAA Funding Bill

April 16, 2018 The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee unveiled legislation April 13 to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration that includes NAMIC-backed provisions designed to bring about a major shift to the federal disaster system... Read more

Key House Committee Examines Lessons From Hurricane Harvey

April 9, 2018 A House panel will hold a field hearing April 9 to examine lessons learned in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, including how to best prepare for the 2018 hurricane season. The hearing, titled “Houston Strong: Hurricane Harvey Lessons Learned and the ... Read more

NAMIC Holds Strategy Session With FEMA, Congressional Stakeholders to Bolster New Law

April 2, 2018 NAMIC and the BuildStrong Coalition held a day-long strategy session March 28 with top officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental ... Read more

Omnibus Puts Significant New Dollars Into Pre-Disaster Mitigation

March 26, 2018 The omnibus spending bill signed by President Trump on March 23 puts a significant amount of new dollars on budget for communities to use to prepare and fortify ahead of natural disasters. The spending package includes $250 million for pre-disaster ... Read more

NAMIC to Meet With FEMA, Congressional Stakeholders to Bolster New Law

March 19, 2018 NAMIC and the BuildStrong Coalition will convene a day-long working group meeting March 22 with representatives of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and the Senate Homeland Security and ... Read more

Winning in Washington

March 14, 2018 As every American is painfully aware, Washington has been mired in increasing partisanship and discord in recent years. Good ideas are opposed if they are presented by the wrong person or party. Congress seems to only pass ... Read more

Disaster Mitigation: Winning in Washington

March 13, 2018 It's no secret that Washington has been mired in increasing partisanship and discord in recent years. Congress seems to only pass really large pieces of legislation and often only after near-calamitous events like government shutdowns. This ... Read more

NAMIC, BuildStrong Coalition Submit Comments on FEMA's National Mitigation Investment Strategy

March 12, 2018 The NAMIC-led BuildStrong Coalition submitted comments] March 10 on the Federal Emergency Management Agency's draft National Mitigation Investment Strategy. The NMIS, originally unveiled Jan. 11 by FEMA's Mitigation Framework Leadership ... Read more

House to Hold Hearing on Infrastructure as NAMIC Pushes for Reforms

March 5, 2018 The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will receive testimony from Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao on March 6 concerning the Trump administration's infrastructure... Read more

President Signs Landmark Disaster Mitigation Reforms Into Law

February 12, 2018 President Trump signed into law a set of NAMIC-backed reforms on Feb. 9 that represents a foundational shift in federal disaster policy. The provisions, which NAMIC has been calling for since creating the... Read more

NAMIC Hails Passage of Landmark Reforms to Federal Disaster Policy

February 9, 2018 The National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies today hailed passage of historic reforms that represent a foundational shift in federal disaster policy. Key provisions in a government funding and disaster... Read more

Trump Hopes to Sell Immigration, Infrastructure Plans in SOTU

January 29, 2018 President Trump will deliver his first State of the Union address to Congress Jan. 30, when he is expected to address a wide range of issues, including immigration and infrastructure. The administration was set to... Read more

Governors Urge Senate to Pass Disaster Aid Bill That Contains Key Reforms

January 29, 2018 Governors from areas affected by 2017's catastrophes sent a letter to congressional leadership Jan. 24 urging members to advance disaster aid legislation that includes NAMIC-backed mitigation reforms. The letter... Read more

Mississippi: House Insurance Committee Approves Depreciation of Labor/Costs, Hurricane Mitigation Program Extension, Auto Insurance Verification Bills

January 18, 2018 The Mississippi House Insurance Committee met Jan. 16 and approved three bills of interest to the property/casualty insurance industry. The Insurance Coalition of Mississippi, NAMIC's advocacy... Read more

FEMA Seeks Comment on National Mitigation Investment Strategy

January 16, 2018 The Federal Emergency Management Agency unveiled a draft National Mitigation Investment Strategy Jan. 11 to improve mitigation investments to better protect lives, communities, and property from... Read more

NAMIC Continues to Push Mitigation Reforms After House Passage

January 16, 2018 Before leaving Capitol Hill to return home for the winter holidays, the House of Representatives passed a set of NAMIC's long-called for reforms and the Disaster Recovery Relief Act as part of a bill to send... Read more

Alabama: DOI Seeks Feedback on Amending Wind Mitigation Discount Statute

January 12, 2018 The Alabama Department of Insurance is requesting feedback on a legislative draft that would amend the current wind mitigation statute. ALDOI staff members previewed this and other bills on their 2018 legislative agenda during... Read more

House Passes Historic Disaster Mitigation Reforms, Sends to Senate

January 8, 2018 The House of Representatives passed a set of historic disaster mitigation reforms Dec. 21 as part of a bill to send disaster aid to those affected by recent hurricanes and wildfires. H.R. 4667, a disaster aid package that... Read more

NAMIC Praises House Passage of Historic Disaster Mitigation Reforms, Urges Senate to Act

December 21, 2017 Today’s House passage of disaster relief legislation not only helps victims of the recent storms, but it also protects lives and communities ahead of future weather catastrophes... Read more

California: CDI orders FAIR Plan to Continue Issuing Coverage in Currently Active Fire Zones

December 15, 2017 The California Department of Insurance has issued a cease and desist order requiring the California FAIR Plan to immediately terminate the moratorium it initiated on writing new fire insurance coverage... Read more

NAMIC Works to Include Reforms in Aid Package

December 11, 2017 With Congress planning to pass a disaster aid bill before adjourning for 2017, NAMIC continues to work toward the inclusion of key disaster mitigation reforms. After the... Read more

NAMIC Applauds Committee Passage of Disaster Recovery Reform Act

November 30, 2017 Bipartisan legislation approved by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee today would help America’s communities better protect themselves from potential natural disasters... Read more

Key Congressman Unveils NAMIC-Backed Disaster Reform Bill Ahead of Next Disaster Aid Package

November 27, 2017 As NAMIC works to include comprehensive disaster reforms in a year-end aid package, a key member of the House of Representatives has unveiled a bill containing our... Read more

White House Asks Congress for New Disaster Aid as NAMIC Works to Pass Reforms

November 20, 2017 Mick Mulvaney, the White House Office of Management and Budget director, sent Congress the latest disaster aid request Nov. 13 in the wake of the devastating series of storms earlier this year... Read more

Key Member of Congress Set to Unveil NAMIC-Backed Disaster Reform Bill

November 6, 2017 Following two NAMIC appearances before his committee this year to call for a set of disaster reforms, Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Pa., is set to unveil a comprehensive disaster reform bill that includes NAMIC’s National Mitigation Investment Strategy... Read more

FEMA Administrator Calls for NAMIC-Backed Reforms as Congress Prepares to Unveil Bill

November 6, 2017 The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee held a hearing Nov. 2 titled “Emergency Response and Recovery: Central Takeaways from the... Read more

Key Panel to Examine Impact of Disasters as BuildStrong Coalition Pushes for Reforms

October 30, 2017 Read more

BuildStrong Reforms Touted on House Floor Before Passage of Disaster Aid

October 16, 2017 Moments before the House of Representatives passed the second round of disaster aid for victims of hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, a key member of Congress encouraged the inclusion of NAMIC-backed mitigation reforms in... Read more

Senate Commerce Committee Advances Self-Driving Legislation that Addresses Data, Preemption

October 9, 2017 A key Senate panel voted Oct. 4 to advance legislation designed to facilitate the deployment of self-driving, or automated vehicles... Read more

NAMIC works to Include Key Reform in Next Disaster Aid Bill

October 9, 2017 A month after sending an initial $15 billion to Texas and Florida to assist victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the property/casualty industry is asking Congress to pass... Read more

NAMIC Chairman Calls for Disaster Reforms in Wake of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma

September 18, 2017 NAMIC Chairman Steve Linkous called for Congress to enact a series of reforms to the federal disaster system during a Sept. 13 hearing of the House Transportation and... Read more

NAMIC Chairman: Help Communities Rebuild for the Future

September 12, 2017 Steve Linkous, chairman of the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies, brought a simple message to members of Congress at a Sept. 13 hearing... Read more

NAMIC Chairman to Testify on Disaster Reforms in Wake of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma

September 11, 2017 NAMIC Chairman Steve Linkous will testify before the House Transportation & Infrastructure Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency... Read more

Hurricane Irma: Story Ideas & Interview Opportunity

September 8, 2017 With Hurricane Irma expected to make landfall in the coming days, property/casualty insurers stand ready to help victims in its path. The National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies has... Read more

North Carolina: Legislature Adjourns Just Before Holiday Weekend

July 5, 2017 The North Carolina Legislature adjourned its 2017 regular session around 2 a.m. June 30, with plans to reconvene in special session Aug. 3 for veto overrides, redistricting issues, and other bills deemed appropriate for consideration at that time... Read more

NAMIC, BuildStrong Coalition Meet With White House to Discuss Infrastructure Resiliency

June 26, 2017 NAMIC staff led a group of BuildStrong Coalition members during a series of meetings with senior Trump administration officials June 23 to advocate for the... Read more

House Committee Advances Long-Term Flood Measure

June 26, 2017 The House Financial Services Committee advanced the remaining five pieces of legislation that will make up the House's National Flood Insurance Program reauthorization and... Read more

NAMIC Welcomes Committee Passage of Flood Insurance Reforms to Ensure Affordability, Accountability

June 21, 2017 Legislation to reform and reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program passed by the House Financial Services Committee today will take steps to improve the program for consumers, companies, and taxpayers... Read more

Senate to Vote on Nomination for FEMA Administrator

June 19, 2017 The nomination of Brock Long, former director of the Alabama Emergency Management Agency, to head the Federal Emergency Management Agency... Read more

BuildStrong Coalition Hosts National Thought Leaders Forum on Capitol Hill

June 12, 2017 The NAMIC-led BuildStrong Coalition held its 2017 National Thought Leaders Forum June 7 on Capitol Hill. Industry experts and public officials gathered to... Read more

House Financial Services to Hold Hearing on Flood Reform, Taxpayers

June 5, 2017 House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, will hold a hearing June 7 to examine the reform of the... Read more

BuildStrong Coalition to Hold Forum on Capitol Hill During Big Week on Infrastructure

June 5, 2017 In the same week the White House will take its first official steps toward creating a $1 trillion infrastructure package... Read more

Texas: NAMIC-Supported Legislation Closes Building Code Loophole

June 2, 2017 The Texas Legislature has passed HB 2040, addressing a loophole in the statewide building code enforcement mechanism. NAMIC provided oral testimony in support of... Read more

NAMIC-Backed Study on Disaster Losses Passed by Key House Committee

May 30, 2017 A key house panel advanced on May 24 legislation that contains a NAMIC-backed provision , setting the bill up for a vote on the House Floor. During a markup of the House Transportation and... Read more

BuildStrong Coalition to Hold Thought-Leaders Forum on Capitol Hill

May 30, 2017 The NAMIC-led BuildStrong Coalition will bring together policymakers, members of Congress, and key stakeholders June 7 to discuss ways to ensure the nation's communities are resilient in... Read more

NAMIC-Backed Study on Disaster Losses Introduced in House

May 22, 2017 Legislation that contains a key NAMIC-backed provision was unveiled May 19 in the House of Representatives. The FEMA Reauthorization Act of 2017, H.R. 2548, was introduced by... Read more

Florida: Legislature Agrees to Weaken Building Code Adoption Process

May 8, 2017 The Florida Legislature on May 5 gave final passage to HB 1021, which had been amended by the Senate to include changes that will weaken the... Read more

When Mother Nature Wreaks Havoc, Storm Scammers Surely to Follow

May 3, 2017 Although federal forecasters are expecting a quieter-than-normal hurricane season this year, devastating storms have already hit parts of the... Read more

Florida: Insurance Issues Face Uncertain Outcome as Legislature Nears Adjournment; Status of AOB and WC Reform, Building Code Changes, PIP and Premium Tax Credit Repeal

May 2, 2017 As the May 5 adjournment date for the 2017 Florida General Assembly draws near, the fate of several high-profile insurance issues is in... Read more

BuildStrong Coalition Calls for Major Reforms During Key House Hearing

May 1, 2017 Mark Berven, Nationwide's Property/Casualty Operations president and chief operating officer, called for a set of major reforms to the... Read more

Texas: NAMIC Provides Testimony Supporting Fire Safety Tree Removal Bill

April 28, 2017 NAMIC provided written testimony on April 28 in support of CSHB 1572, which is set for hearing in the House Business and Industry Committee on May 1. CSHB 1572 would allow homeowners to remove certain trees on... Read more

Colorado: NAMIC Submits Comments to DOI on Draft Revised Bulletin for Equitable Payment of Claims

April 28, 2017 NAMIC has submitted written comments to the Colorado Division of Insurance raising concerns with the draft Proposed Revised... Read more

NAMIC's 100 Days of 2017

April 28, 2017 April 29 marks the official end of the first 100-days of the Trump administration. But rather than rehashing our president's record, I thought this would be a fitting time to... Read more

NAMIC Calls on Lawmakers to Strengthen Communities Ahead of Natural Disasters

April 27, 2017 The federal government can and should do more to protect communities and prevent losses from natural catastrophes, the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies said... Read more

Luetkemeyer Releases NFIP Reform Discussion Draft

April 24, 2017 Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-Mo., has begun circulating a discussion draft of legislation that would make specific reforms to the National Flood Insurance Program in three areas. The first change the discussion draft would make is to allow for... Read more

BuildStrong Coalition to Call for Major Disaster Reforms During Key House Hearing

April 24, 2017 Mark Berven, property/casualty operations president and chief operating officer for Nationwide, will give testimony to a key House panel during an... Read more

NAMIC Works With Key House Panel to Hold Hearing on Infrastructure, Disaster Reforms

April 10, 2017 A key House panel will examine ways to mitigate damage and more quickly recover from disasters on April 27 as members of Congress prepare to invest in the nation's aging infrastructure. NAMIC worked... Read more

Rebuilding Program Funds Increase Under Proposed Crist Bill

April 10, 2017 Rep. Charlie Crist, D-Fla., introduced legislation April 5 seeking to increase the amount of funding property owners have access to for home improvements to prevent flood damage under the... Read more

NAMIC Comments on FEMA'S Deductible Concept

April 10, 2017 NAMIC will submit comments April 12 in support of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's proposed Public Assistance Deductible concept to increase the nation's overall resilience and lessen the... Read more

Senate Panel to Examine How to Improve Weather Forecasting, Mitigation

April 3, 2017 A key Senate panel will examine ways to improve forecasting to better improve response and mitigation capabilities to extreme weather events at an April 4 hearing. The Senate Appropriations Subcommitte... Read more

Oklahoma: NAMIC Provides Written Testimony Opposing Mandatory Discounts for Building to IBHS Standards

April 3, 2017 NAMIC provided written testimony on March 31 opposing HB 1720 to the Senate Retirement and Insurance Committee. HB 1720 would mandate insurers provide discounts to... Read more

Texas: NAMIC Testifies in Support of Building Code Enforcement Legislation

March 27, 2017 NAMIC testified on March 23 in the House County Affairs Committee in support of HB 2040. Current law allows counties to decide whether they wish to enforce the building code in unincorporated parts of the county. For those counties electing... Read more

Florida: Contact Members of Senate Committee to Remove Language From Bill That Would Weaken the State's Building Codes

March 24, 2017 Florida CS/SB 860 was amended by Senate Community Affairs on March 14 with language from SB 7000 that would weaken the Florida Building Code by making the Florida code the "base" code in the... Read more

Legislators Seek to Add to Flood Insurance Reform Debate With Introduction of Legislation

March 20, 2017 Only a few months into the new Congress, several legislators have already introduced legislation they hope to insert into a flood insurance reform and... Read more

House Hearing Focuses Heavily on Pre-Disaster Mitigation after Trump Proposes Cuts to FEMA Programs

March 20, 2017 The House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management held a hearing March 16 to assess the ability of the... Read more

Florida: Weakened Building Code Update Process Now Moving in Two Bills

March 16, 2017 Despite concerted efforts by NAMIC and others to stop SB 7000, which would repeal the International Code as the baseline building code in... Read more

Florida: Busy Week Ahead - TNC, Workers' Comp, AOB, Premium Tax Credit Repeal, Building Code Update Process Bills Slated for Hearings

March 13, 2017 The coming week will be a very busy one for insurance industry representatives in Florida. Bills on top-priority... Read more

NAMIC Asked for Input as Key House Panel Examines National Preparedness System

March 13, 2017 The House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management, will hold a... Read more

House, Senate Committees Kick Off Flood Insurance Hearings

March 13, 2017 With the National Flood Insurance Program set to expire on Sept. 30, both the House and Senate have begun work on the program's reauthorization with a... Read more

Florida: Contact Members of State Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government Asking for 'NO' Vote on Building Code Legislation

March 13, 2017 Florida SB 7000, which would adversely and dramatically change the state's building code... Read more

North Carolina: 'Long' Session Off to Slow Start, But Many Insurance Bills Filed

March 10, 2017 While there's been no North Carolina legislative committee meetings yet on insurance-related issues since the session convened at the... Read more

Flood Insurance Jumps CHOICE on House Financial Services Committee Schedule

March 6, 2017 The House Financial Services Committee will hold a hearing "Flood Insurance Reform, FEMA's Perspective"on March 9 at 10 a.m., the latest signal that... Read more

Former FEMA Administrator, BuildStrong Senior Advisor Asks Members of House to Reform Disaster Spending

March 6, 2017 During a Feb. 28 hearing of the House Homeland Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and... Read more

NAMIC Urges Action on Disaster Preparedness in Wake of Former FEMA Directors' Testimony

March 2, 2017 The National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies is urging Congress to follow the recommendations of former Federal Emergency Management Agency administrators by... Read more

Former FEMA Administrator to Advocate for NAMIC's Disaster Reforms During House Hearing

February 27, 2017 Former FEMA administrator David Paulison will use his testimony during a Feb. 28 House subcommittee hearing to advocate for the disaster mitigation reforms being... Read more

BuildStrong Coalition Meets to Strategize for 2017

February 21, 2017 The executive committee of the NAMIC-led BuildStrong Coalition held its annual strategic planning session Feb. 16 at... Read more

Florida: Industry Plans Coordinated Opposition to Legislation That Would Weaken Florida Building Code

February 16, 2017 NAMIC participated in a Feb. 15 meeting in Tallahassee to plan strategies for opposing SB 7000, which would weaken the statewide Florida building code. Sen. Tom Lee introduced the bill, which was quickly and unanimously approved by... Read more

House Committee Chairman Highlights NAMIC's Disaster Message, Senate Next to Discuss Infrastructure

February 6, 2017 Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, used a high-profile Feb. 1 hearing to highlight NAMIC and the BuildStrong Coalition’s mission to ensure infrastructure improvements... Read more

Federal Affairs Committee Sets Agenda for NAMIC on Capitol Hill

January 30, 2017 Members of NAMIC’s Federal Affairs Committee gathered for their annual kickoff meeting Jan. 24 to discuss federal issues currently facing the... Read more

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to Explore Infrastructure Investment

January 30, 2017 A day after announcing NAMIC disaster mitigation champion Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Pa., will return to the helm as chairman of the Subcommittee on... Read more

2017 Federal Outlook

January 27, 2017 It's all official now. President Donald Trump has taken the oath of office, Congress is in session, and cabinet nominees are slowly but surely making their way through the confirmation process. With everyone taking their... Read more

Florida: Building Code Rewrite Approved by Senate Committee

January 25, 2017 Florida SB 7000, which would make dramatic changes to the state’s building code and process for code updates, was amended and unanimously approved by the Senate Community Affairs Committee Jan. 24. The bill, which is... Read more

Virginia: NAMIC, VAMIC Run Storm-Scammers Reform

January 24, 2017 NAMIC joined its trade partner, VAMIC, in Richmond to testify on Jan. 24 in favor of HB 1422, legislation the two organizations developed together to address storm scammers in Virginia. Storm scammers flock to areas hit by... Read more

FEMA Notifies Communities of NFIP Noncompliance

January 23, 2017 The Federal Emergency Management Agency has issued a final rule identifying communities participating in the National Flood Insurance Program that are scheduled for suspension due to noncompliance with the floodplain management requirements... Read more

Nine Republicans Join Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

January 23, 2017 House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster, R-Pa., announced Jan. 13 the appointment of nine new Republican members to the committee. The following will serve on the committee in the 115th Congress... Read more

Oregon: Earthquake Insurance Study Bill Introduced

January 20, 2017 At the request of Gov. Kate Brown, SB 109, Earthquake Insurance Study, has been introduced and assigned to... Read more

NAMIC, BuildStrong Coalition Meet With Trump Transition Team, Advocate for Stronger Building Codes

January 17, 2017 Representatives of the NAMIC-led BuildStrong Coalition advocated for its National Mitigation Investment Strategy during a Jan. 11 meeting with senior officials from the transition team of... Read more

FEMA Proposes NAMIC-Backed Disaster Deductible in Final Days of Obama Administration

January 17, 2017 The Federal Emergency Management Agency released its long-awaited Disaster Deductible proposal Jan. 12, just over a week before the inauguration of President Donald Trump. The concept, advocated for over the... Read more

Virginia: 'Storm Scammers' Reform Up in Committee

January 13, 2017 NAMIC and VAMIC, our Virginia state trade partner, have drafted and secured introduction of HB 1422 and SB 839. The companion bills amend the Consumer Protection Act to prohibit "rebating" and allow consumers to rescind contracts when... Read more

Senate to Consider Several Trump Cabinet Nominees This Week

January 9, 2017 Members of the Senate are set to begin the consideration of several candidates poised to join the cabinet of President-elect Trump. The Senate Judiciary Committee will consider the nomination of Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions to be... Read more

NAMIC, BuildStrong Coalition to Meet with President-Elect’s Transition Team

January 9, 2017 Representatives from the NAMIC-led BuildStrong Coalition will meet Jan. 11 with senior officials from the transition team of President-elect Donald Trump to press for reforming the way the federal government approaches... Read more

Housing and Insurance Subcommittee Chairman Releases Flood Insurance Reform Principles

December 12, 2016 Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-Mo., chairman of the House Financial Services’ Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance, released a set of Principles for Flood Insurance Reauthorization and Reform to... Read more

FEMA Notifies Communities of NFIP Noncompliance

December 12, 2016 The Federal Emergency Management Agency has issued a final rule identifying communities participating in the National Flood Insurance Program that are scheduled for suspension due to... Read more

FEMA Issues Final Rule on NFIP WYO Arrangement

December 5, 2016 The Federal Emergency Management Agency issued a final rulemaking to remove as of Dec. 23 the Write-Your-Own Arrangement and Financial Control Plan from the Code of Federal Regulations. The new rule will change the way in which... Read more

FEMA Announces Proposed, Final Flood Maps Changes

December 5, 2016 Several new documents outlining potential and actual changes to flood insurance rate maps have been released by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. A letter of map revision provides flood hazard determination revisions... Read more

NAMIC and VAMIC Push Virginia 'Storm Scammers' Reform

November 29, 2016 Storm scammers flock to areas hit by natural disasters and offer quick and costly repairs before insurance adjusters have had a chance to assess the damage. They offer a "rebate" of the consumer's insurance deductible in... Read more

NAMIC, BuildStrong Coalition to Meet With Trump Transition Team

November 21, 2016 NAMIC will soon meet with the director of policy of the transition team for President-elect Donald Trump to encourage the adoption of key disaster reform policies in the incoming administration's rumored trillion-dollar... Read more

Ask Your Member of Congress to Support the National Mitigation Investment Act

November 16, 2016 With the elections behind us, Congress has returned to Capitol Hill for a few short weeks to consider a handful of legislative items, the most pressing being a bill to keep the government's lights on through December. But with... Read more

Acceptance of Private Flood Insurance Rule Officially Proposed

November 7, 2016 A proposed rule from five federal agencies to require lenders to accept private-sector flood insurance as equivalent for purposes of meeting the mandatory purchase requirement of the National Flood Insurance Program, as... Read more

North Carolina: Counties Added to Disaster Mediation Program

November 7, 2016 The North Carolina Insurance Commissioner issued an amended bulletin and order Nov. 4 to indicate that additional counties approved by... Read more

HUD Issues Proposed Rulemaking on Minimum Standards for Flood Hazard Exposure

October 31, 2016 The Department of Housing and Urban Development issued a Proposed Rule Oct. 28 revising its regulations to ensure compliance with previously issued executive orders on floodplain management and federal flood risk... Read more

NAMIC Pushes for Inclusion of NMIA in Year-End Disaster Relief Package

October 31, 2016 As Congress works to prepare a relief package for victims of recent natural disasters, NAMIC is advocating for the inclusion of policies in relief legislation to invest federal dollars toward research-backed, proactive... Read more

NAMIC Applauds New FEMA Building Code Standards

October 28, 2016 The National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies applauds the Federal Emergency Management Agency for issuing a new policy designed to significantly increase resilience standards... Read more

South Carolina: Matthew Town Halls Spark Questions About Deductibles

October 26, 2016 The South Carolina Insurance Association reports that questions about hurricane/named-storm percentage deductibles were raised at town hall meetings Oct. 24 in Walterboro and Edisto Island. SCINS is NAMIC's advocacy communications and... Read more

Federal Agencies May Issue Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Acceptance of Private Flood Insurance

October 24, 2016 NAMIC has secured a copy of a draft notice of proposed rulemaking that could be issued soon by the Department of the Treasury, Federal Reserve, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Farm Credit Administration, and National... Read more

FEMA Issues Sweeping Building Code Changes Modeled on NAMIC-Backed NMIA

October 24, 2016 The Federal Emergency Management Agency has issued a new policy that will dramatically increase resilience standards during construction following a major catastrophe. Following NAMIC and the... Read more

South Carolina: Free NFIP Webinar for Agents Oct. 21

October 20, 2016 The South Carolina Department of Insurance has forwarded information regarding a free National Flood Insurance Program webinar provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency on Oct. 21 at 10 a.m. This is an... Read more

NAMIC, BuildStrong Coalition Promote Pre-Disaster Mitigation in National Media Blitz

October 17, 2016 While communities in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina began the process of recovering from the devastating effects of Hurricane Matthew, NAMIC and the BuildStrong Coalition undertook a national media... Read more

South Carolina: Named-Storm Deductibles, Tree Liability Discussed During Post-Matthew Town Hall Meeting

October 14, 2016 NAMIC attended a post-Matthew Town Hall meeting Oct. 14 in Beaufort that was called and hosted by state Rep. Shannon Erickson, specifically asked Insurance Director Ray Farmer to speak. Frank Sheppard of the Independent... Read more

South Carolina: DOI to Host Catastrophe Claims Center

October 11, 2016 The South Carolina Department of Insurance will host a Catastrophe Claims Center in at the Bluffton Home Depot located at 20 Gateway Village Road on Oct. 12 and Oct. 13 to assist consumers with their insurance... Read more

Administration Announces Higher Standards for Resiliency

October 11, 2016 At the direction of President Obama, three federal agencies involved in financing home mortgages issued new standards for resilient construction Oct. 5 in the face of an... Read more

The Next ‘Big One’ Arrives

October 7, 2016 The most ferocious hurricane of the past 10 years is continuing its relentless path along the east coast of Florida and up the southeastern portion of the United States just one week after National Preparedness Month drew to a close. More than... Read more

NMIA Heads Into Fall With Support From Nearly 30 Members of Congress

October 3, 2016 Before Congress returned home to campaign for November’s elections, NAMIC and the BuildStrong Coalition continued over the last month in building support for H.R. 5177, the National Mitigation... Read more

House Panel Examines FEMA's Role in NFIP, Members Highlight Importance of Mitigation

September 23, 2016 Members of a key House panel met Sept. 21 to examine the role of the Federal Emergency Management Agency in the National Flood Insurance Program. In a hearing titled “An Examination of FEMA’s Limited Role in... Read more

Senate Banking Committee Holds Hearing on TMAC Recommendations to the NFIP

September 19, 2016 The Senate Banking Committee held a hearing Sept. 13 titled “The National Flood Insurance Program: Reviewing the Technical Mapping Advisory Council’s 2015 Annual Report.” Witnesses at... Read more

House Panel to Examine FEMA's Role in National Flood Insurance Program

September 19, 2016 Members of a key House panel will meet Sept. 21 to examine the role of the Federal Emergency Management Agency in overseeing the National Flood Insurance Program. In a hearing titled “An Examination of FEMA’s Limited Role in... Read more

Senate Banking Committee to Hold Hearing on TMAC Recommendations; Waters Introduces House NFIP Debt Forgiveness Bill

September 12, 2016 As Louisiana continues to recover from the flooding that wrought damage to large portions of the Baton Rouge area, members of Congress plan to highlight issues that remain to be unresolved with the National Flood Insurance Program in... Read more

Congress Examines Federal Response to Flooding Year After Build Strong Reform Report

September 12, 2016 In the wake of the devastating flooding in Louisiana, members of the House and Senate are examining the federal response to the catastrophe. The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on... Read more

NAMIC, BuildStrong Coalition Build Support for NMIA Ahead of Briefing Presidential Campaigns

September 6, 2016 Although members of Congress were back in their districts during an extended August recess, NAMIC and the BuildStrong Coalition continued over the last month in building support for... Read more

Louisiana: Clarification of Insurance Processing Through FEMA

August 29, 2016 In the aftermath of the flooding in Louisiana, confusion has developed about the Federal Emergency Management Agency's insurance requirements related to applications for FEMA assistance. Media reports and some... Read more

FEMA Announces Proposed, Final Flood Maps Changes

July 18, 2016 Several new documents outlining potential and actual changes to flood insurance rate maps have been released by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. A letter of map revision provides flood hazard determination revisions based on new scientific or... Read more

NIST Seeks to Fill Advisory Committee on Windstorm Impact Reduction

July 18, 2016 The National Institute of Standards and Technology published a notice July 12 seeking the nomination of individuals for appointment to the National Advisory Committee on Windstorm Impact Reduction. This new Federal Advisory Committee was... Read more

FAA Reauthorization Opens Door for Drones to Speed Disaster Claims

July 13, 2016 Insurers could soon be able to speed their response to natural disasters under a provision in legislation reauthorizing the Federal Aviation Administration passed by... Read more

FEMA, DHS Issues Notice Seeking Comments on ‘Floodproofed’ Residential Basements

July 11, 2016 The Federal Emergency Management Agency, along with the Department of Homeland Security, issued a notice July 5 seeking comments on the Residential Basement Floodproofing Certification process that is... Read more

NAMIC Submits Statement in Conjunction With Field Hearing on Community Resiliency

July 11, 2016 NAMIC submitted a statement for the record to the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications for a July 11 hearing titled... Read more

NAMIC Participates in Congressional Roundtable Discussion on Drones on Day of FAA Reauthorization Bill Release

July 11, 2016 NAMIC participated in a July 7 roundtable discussion hosted by a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on the topic of unmanned aircraft, or... Read more

FEMA Announces Proposed, Final Flood Maps Changes

July 11, 2016 Several new documents outlining potential and actual changes to flood insurance rate maps have been released by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. A letter of map revision provides flood hazard determination revisions based on new... Read more

Congress to Pass FAA Reauthorization With Disaster Exemption Process for Drone Use

July 11, 2016 Despite several obstacles, Congress is now poised to pass a short-term reauthorization bill for the Federal Aviation Administration, which will include parts of the House and Senate versions of... Read more

Congress Expected to Punt on FAA Reauthorization Legislation

July 5, 2016 Since the beginning of the year, Congress has been working on legislation to reform and reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration prior to its authorization expiring on... Read more

Earthquake Mitigation Measure Joins Growing List of Disaster Mitigation Bills

July 5, 2016 A bipartisan duo of lawmakers introduced legislation June 26 designed to encourage homeowners to take increased resiliency measures in the face of an increasing number of... Read more

New Co-Sponsors Sign On to National Mitigation Investment Act, NAMIC Continues Push

June 27, 2016 A number of lawmakers have signed on as new co-sponsors to the recently introduced H.R. 5177, the National Mitigation Investment Act in the wake of NAMIC-led meetings with... Read more

Flexible FAA Rule Key to Effective Commercial Drone Growth

June 21, 2016 A new rule establishing a regulatory framework for the legal use of small commercial drones issued by the Federal Aviation Administration today takes a flexible approach that will ensure... Read more

FEMA Announces Proposed, Final Flood Maps Changes

June 20, 2016 Several new documents outlining potential and actual changes to flood insurance rate maps have been released by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. A letter of map revision provides flood hazard determination revisions based on new scientific or... Read more

Alabama: Building Code Coalition Organizing

June 13, 2016 NAMIC is participating in initial discussions regarding the creation of a coalition to support statewide building codes in Alabama. Insurance Commissioner Jim Ridling has asked the industry to work with the Department of Insurance on this effort and to... Read more

Ryan, House Leadership Call for Pre-Disaster Resilience in Policy Agenda

June 13, 2016 House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., highlighted the importance of resilience in the face of disasters with the June 9 release of a policy proposal meant to represent part of the GOP's agenda heading into the... Read more

South Carolina: Great Info for Coastal Insurance Consumers at Annual DOI Hearing

June 7, 2016 The South Carolina Department of Insurance held its annual coastal property insurance public hearing and information session in Bluffton on... Read more

Florida: Next NAMIC-Sponsored Chamber Insurance Summit Scheduled for Feb. 1-3, 2017

June 6, 2016 As Tropical Storm Colin bears down on the Florida Gulf Coast, we’re reminded that Florida ranks second in the nation in total natural disaster risk and shoulders more than... Read more

NAMIC Kicks Off National Mitigation Investment Act Co-Sponsor Push

June 6, 2016 In conjunction with the start of the 2016 hurricane season, NAMIC will be meeting with key members of the House this week to build support for the recently introduced... Read more

NAMIC to Submit Comments to Federal Insurance Office on Mitigation Investment Strategy

June 6, 2016 Following the introduction of H.R. 5177, the National Mitigation Investment Act, NAMIC is set to submit comments to the Federal Insurance Office June 7 regarding its effort to create a... Read more

Alabama: Commissioner Addresses State Trade; Takes Stock of 2016 Session, Looks Ahead to 2017

June 1, 2016 Alabama Insurance Commissioner Jim Ridling spoke to members of the Alabama Insurance Coalition during the group's post-session and board meeting on May 27. NAMIC is... Read more

FEMA Notifies Communities of NFIP Noncompliance

May 31, 2016 The Federal Emergency Management Agency has issued a final rule identifying communities participating in the National Flood Insurance Program that are scheduled for suspension due to noncompliance with the... Read more

FEMA Proposes to Make Clarifying Changes to NFIP Regulations

May 31, 2016 The Federal Emergency Management Agency has issued a proposed rule designed to clarify regulations surrounding the National Flood Insurance Program. Because, in the agency's view, it is inappropriate to... Read more

FACI Holds Open Meeting

May 31, 2016 The Federal Advisory Committee on Insurance held a periodic open meeting on May 26. The FACI provides advice and recommendations to the Federal Insurance Office and assists Read more

A Milestone for the Property/Casualty Insurance Industry

May 25, 2016 NAMIC has taken another important step down the path toward one of our boldest federal advocacy efforts yet – changing the fundamental thinking behind... Read more

NAMIC Welcomes Senate Committee Passage of Legislation to Assess Federal Disaster Losses

May 25, 2016 Legislation approved today by the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee would begin the process of fixing the nation’s broken federal disaster policy, according to the... Read more

NAMIC Applauds Executive Order Designed to Improve Resiliency of Federal Buildings

May 23, 2016 NAMIC and the BuildStrong Coalition applauded an executive order issued May 18 by President Barack Obama that would require federal buildings in areas prone to wildfires to adopt... Read more

Senate Set to Advance NAMIC-Backed Study on Disaster Losses

May 23, 2016 The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs is set to advance a NAMIC-backed study on disaster losses at a May 25 meeting. Following House passage of provisions earlier this year as part of the FEMA... Read more

Reps. Curbelo, Sires Introduce Bi-Partisan National Mitigation Investment Act, BuildStrong Coalition Testifies

May 16, 2016 Reps. Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla., and Albio Sires, D-N.J., introduced legislation designed to bring about a paradigm shift in the way the nation prepares for disasters on May 10, the same day NAMIC was recognized in conjunction with a... Read more

NAMIC Urges Swift Action of National Mitigation Investment Act

May 12, 2016 The National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies is urging lawmakers to move swiftly to advance the National Mitigation Investment Act after a House subcommittee hearing today examining the rising costs of... Read more

NAMIC Supports Fundamental Change in Disaster Policy through National Mitigation Investment Act

May 10, 2016 Bipartisan legislation introduced today will fundamentally alter federal disaster policy to better protect Americans and their communities while reducing the unsustainable rise in... Read more

Curbelo, Sires to Introduce Bipartisan National Mitigation Investment Act, BuildStrong Coalition to Testify at Hearing

May 9, 2016 Reps. Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla., and Albio Sires, D-N.J., are set to introduce legislation May 10 designed to bring about a paradigm shift in the way the nation prepares for... Read more

NAMIC, BuildStrong Coalition to be Recognized at White House Event on Resilient Building Codes

May 9, 2016 NAMIC and the BuildStrong Coalition will be recognized by the Obama administration as signatories on a Building Industry Statement on Resilience as part of a May 10 White House event centered on advancing... Read more

FEMA Announces Final Flood Maps Changes

May 9, 2016 Several new documents outlining potential and actual changes to flood insurance rate maps have been released by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. A letter of map revision provides flood hazard determination revisions based on new... Read more

FEMA Announces NFIP Suspensions

May 2, 2016 The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced April 25 via the Federal Register a number of communities in Colorado, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin in which the sale of flood insurance under the National Flood Insurance Program will be... Read more

FEMA Announces Proposed, Final Flood Maps Changes

May 2, 2016 Several new documents outlining potential and actual changes to flood insurance rate maps have been released by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. A letter of map revision provides flood hazard determination revisions based on new... Read more

South Carolina: Electronic Delivery Bill Finally Moving, Meeting on Building Codes Scheduled, DOI Storm Ready Expo Announced

April 25, 2016 An amended version of HB 3969, which would allow for electronic delivery of certain insurance policy information, was approved April 21 by the House. The bill was scheduled for... Read more

FEMA Announces TMAC Meeting

April 25, 2016 The Federal Emergency Management Agency has announced the Technical Mapping Advisory Council will hold a meeting on May 9-10 to will receive briefings from... Read more

FEMA Issues Proposal Promoting Stronger Building Following Disasters

April 25, 2016 A day after meeting with NAMIC and the BuildStrong Coalition, the Federal Emergency Management Agency released a proposed policy that would require... Read more

NAMIC Meets With FEMA Administrator, Discusses Changing Approach to Mitigation

April 25, 2016 NAMIC and members of the BuildStrong Coalition met with Craig Fugate, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, April 20 to discuss the importance of changing... Read more

South Carolina: Status Check on Multiple Bills as Cross-Over Deadline Looms

April 19, 2016 The South Carolina “ad-hoc” group of insurance industry lobbyists met April 18 to review the status of legislation with just over a month left in... Read more

Jolly Introduces Federal Government Reinsurance Backstop Legislation

April 18, 2016 With controversy stoked by both the presidential candidates grabbing national headlines, positioning on local issues by politicians running for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives can often become a second-tier issue for national media. One mem... Read more

NAMIC to Meet With FEMA Administrator, Key Members of Congress Ahead of May Hearing

April 18, 2016 NAMIC will host a strategic planning session of the BuildStrong Coalition April 20 to advance the dialogue surrounding changing the way the nation prepares for disasters. The session will include meetings with Craig Fugate, administrator of the Federal ... Read more

Senate to Finish Work on FAA Reauthorization This Week

April 18, 2016 The Senate continued work last week on a bill to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration for 18 months. By the end of the week the chamber had set itself up to move to the next step in the process April 18. If, as expected, the Senate votes to e... Read more

Property/Casualty Committee Hears Comments on NFIP Reform

April 12, 2016 NAMIC and other groups briefed the NAIC’s Property and Casualty Insurance (C) Committee regarding potential reforms to the National Flood Insurance Program, which is up for reauthorization in 2017. Several organizations including NAMIC stressed the need... Read more

Senate to Continue Considering FAA Reauthorization Bill

April 11, 2016 The Senate took up legislation on April 7 to reauthorize and reform the Federal Aviation Administration, which was passed by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation on March 16. The debate will continue this week, but it is anticip... Read more

FEMA Announces Proposed, Final Flood Maps Changes

April 11, 2016 Several new documents outlining potential and actual changes to flood insurance rate maps have been released by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. A letter of map revision provides flood hazard determination revisions based on new scientific or te... Read more

Senate Examines FEMA Performance, Preparedness; NAMIC Submits Statement

April 11, 2016 NAMIC will submit a statement to the Senate Homeland Security Subcommittee on Federal Spending Oversight and Emergency Management in advance of an April 12 hearing examining the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s performance in preparing for natural ... Read more

NAIC to Hold on Meeting on National Flood Insurance Program

April 4, 2016 The National Association of Insurance Commissioners’ Property and Casualty Committee will discuss the National Flood Insurance Program’s reauthorization deadline at an April 5 meeting during the group’s meeting in New Orleans. A number of organizations ... Read more

FEMA Seeking Applicants for TMAC

April 4, 2016 The Federal Emergency Management Agency is looking for applicants to serve on its Technical Mapping Advisory Council. The TMAC, created by the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012, serves an advisory role reviewing and providing recommendat... Read more

Flood Insurance Technical Mapping Advisory Council to Hold Conference Call

April 4, 2016 The Technical Mapping Advisory Council established by the Biggert-Waters Reform Act of 2012 will meet April 14-15 via conference call to review draft recommendations for the 2016 Technical Review Report evaluating the FEMA Flood Mapping Program. The adv... Read more

FEMA Announces Flood Maps Changes

April 4, 2016 Several new documents outlining potential and actual changes to Flood Insurance Rate Maps have been released by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. A letter of map revision provides flood hazard determination revisions based on new scientific or te... Read more

FEMA Notifies Communities of NFIP Noncompliance

April 4, 2016 The Federal Emergency Management Agency has issued a final rule identifying communities participating in the National Flood Insurance Program that are scheduled for suspension due to noncompliance with the floodplain management requirements of the progr... Read more

FEMA Issues Notice on NFIP Information Collection

March 21, 2016 The Federal Emergency Management Agency issued a notice March 17 that it would be seeking comments on revising the currently approved information collection process for the National Flood Insurance Program in accordance with the Biggert-Waters Flood Ins... Read more

New York Congressman Makes Inquiry About Status of Unspent Sandy Recovery Dollars

March 21, 2016 After meeting with NAMIC staff, Rep. Dan Donovan, R-N.Y., sent a letter March 16 to Reps. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., and David Price, D-N.C., asking that they provide details in their subcommittee report about the billions of leftover recovery dollars a... Read more

NAMIC Comments on FEMA’s Disaster Deductible Concept

March 21, 2016 NAMIC submitted comments to FEMA March 21 regarding the agency considering creating a disaster deductible. The concept, which would require a predetermined level of financial or other commitment from a recipient before receiving assistance following pre... Read more

FEMA Announces Proposed, Final Flood Maps Changes

March 21, 2016 Several new documents outlining potential and actual changes to flood insurance rate maps have been released by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. A letter of map revision provides flood hazard determination revisions based on new scientific or te... Read more

FEMA Notifies Communities of NFIP Noncompliance

March 21, 2016 The Federal Emergency Management Agency has issued a final rule identifying communities participating in the National Flood Insurance Program that are scheduled for suspension due to noncompliance with the floodplain management requirements of the progr... Read more

Senate Advances FAA Measure, Includes NAMIC-Backed Drone Provisions

March 21, 2016 Chairman John Thune, R-S.D., and the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation held a markup March 16 to consider and advance the Senate’s version of the Federal Aviation Administration’s comprehensive reauthorization legislation. The NAMIC... Read more

NAMIC Hosts Meeting of BuildStrong Coalition, Lawmakers Make Exciting Announcements

March 21, 2016 Reps. Lou Barletta, R-Pa., and Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla., made some exciting announcements March 15 regarding the proposed National Mitigation Investment Strategy at a NAMIC-hosted meeting of the BuildStrong Coalition. After Jimi Grande, BuildStrong Coalit... Read more

NAMIC to Host Meeting of BuildStrong Coalition With Members of Congress

March 14, 2016 NAMIC will host a March 15 meeting of the BuildStrong Coalition, a group of architects, firefighters, emergency managers, contractors, code officials, and insurance companies all dedicated to building more resiliently ahead of disasters. The meeting wil... Read more

FEMA Announces Proposed, Final Flood Maps Changes

March 14, 2016 Several new documents outlining potential and actual changes to flood insurance rate maps have been released by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. A letter of map revision provides flood hazard determination revisions based on new scientific or te... Read more

Hawaii: NAMIC-Opposed Bill Restricting Homeowner’s Insurance Underwriting Freedom Has Died

March 14, 2016 NAMIC-opposed HB 370, Hawaii Property Insurance Association , has failed the first crossover deadline of the second year of biennium, so it is dead for session. The amended bill, HB 370, HD-1 , addressed a number of concerns raised by NAMIC pertaining t... Read more

NAMIC Meets with FIO/FEMA to discuss National Flood Insurance Program

March 7, 2016 NAMIC met with officials from the Federal Insurance Office and Federal Emergency Management Agency in a stakeholder session March 4 to help them understand the opportunities and challenges to the delivery of flood insurance products through various dist... Read more

House Passes NAMIC-Backed Study on Disasters

March 7, 2016 Members of the House of Representatives voted Feb. 29 to pass a NAMIC priority and a key piece of the National Mitigation Investment Strategy, the FEMA Disaster Assistance Reform Act of 2015, H.R. 1471. The measure, which was passed on the House floor M... Read more

FEMA Announces Proposed, Final Flood Maps Changes

March 7, 2016 Several new documents outlining potential and actual changes to flood insurance rate maps have been released by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. A letter of map revision provides flood hazard determination revisions based on new scientific or te... Read more

NAMIC: Disaster Costs Study in FEMA Reauthorization Bill a First Step to Smarter Federal Policy

March 1, 2016 Legislation mandating a study of the costs associated with natural disasters passed by the House Feb. 29 would lead the federal government to a path toward smarter, mitigation-focused natural disaster policy. Read more

Flood Insurance Technical Mapping Advisory Council to Hold Conference Call

February 29, 2016 The Technical Mapping Advisory Council will meet March 10-11 via conference call to continue developing the Federal Emergency Management Agency Flood Mapping Program Description and the 2016 TMAC Annual Report. On March 10, the TMAC will develop content... Read more

House set to pass NAMIC-backed Study on Disaster Losses

February 29, 2016 Members of the House of Representatives are expected to vote Feb. 29 to pass a longstanding NAMIC priority, the FEMA Disaster Assistance Reform Act of 2015, H.R. 1471. The measure, which was scheduled for consideration this evening by House Speaker Paul... Read more

Hawaii: NAMIC-Opposed Bill Restricting Homeowner’s Insurance Underwriting Freedom Amended

February 22, 2016 NAMIC-opposed HB 370, Hawaii Property Insurance Association, has been amended by the House Committee on Consumer Protection and Commerce. The bill will now be heard in... Read more

FEMA Announces Proposed, Final Flood Maps Changes

February 22, 2016 Several new documents outlining potential and actual changes to Flood Insurance Rate Maps have been released by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. A Letter of Map Revision provides... Read more

FEMA Notifies Communities of NFIP Noncompliance

February 22, 2016 The Federal Emergency Management Agency has issued a final rule identifying communities participating in the National Flood Insurance Program that are scheduled for suspension due to... Read more

Hawaii: NAMIC Submits Testimony Opposing Proposed Restriction on Homeowners’ Insurance Underwriting Freedom

February 17, 2016 NAMIC has submitted written testimony to the House Committee on Consumer Protection and Commerce for the Feb. 17 public hearing on HB 370 , Hawaii Property Insurance Association. In its testimony, NAMIC raised concerns that the proposed restrictions on ... Read more

Oklahoma: NAMIC Opposes Restrictive Drone Legislation

February 17, 2016 NAMIC provided written testimony Feb. 16 outlining its objections to HB 2368 , drone legislation. The bill would require the operator of an unmanned aerial system to obtain the written permission of the rural landowner before flying the drone over the p... Read more

FEMA Announces Proposed, Final Flood Maps Changes

February 16, 2016 Several new documents outlining potential and actual changes to flood insurance rate maps have been released by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. A letter of map revision provides flood hazard determination revisions based on new scientific or te... Read more

NAMIC Urges Congress to Allow Insurer Drone Use During Disaster Recovery

February 12, 2016 The safe use of unmanned aerial vehicles, or “drones,” by insurers can help victims of natural disasters get back to their normal lives faster, the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies said today. Read more

NAMIC Applauds Executive Order Enhancing Federal Earthquake Risk Management

February 8, 2016 NAMIC and the BuildStrong Coalition applaud President Obama issuing an executive order Feb. 5 that promotes the adoption of stronger building codes to better prepare for earthquakes. Executive Order 13717, echoing the findings of a recently released rep... Read more

Flood Insurance Technical Mapping Advisory Council to Hold Meeting

February 1, 2016 The Federal Emergency Management Agency has announced that the Technical Mapping Advisory Council established by the Biggert-Waters Reform Act of 2012 will hold a meeting Feb. 10-11 in Reston, Va. The meeting is open to the public and will be held in th... Read more

FEMA to Hold National Advisory Council Meeting Open to Public

February 1, 2016 The Federal Emergency Management Agency has announced an upcoming open meeting of the National Advisory Council to be held Feb. 9-11 in Raleigh, N.C. The NAC will review on Feb. 9 FEMA's response from the NAC's Sept. 2015 meeting recommendations and rec... Read more

FEMA Announces Proposed Flood Maps Changes

February 1, 2016 Several new documents outlining potential and actual changes to flood insurance rate maps have been released by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. A letter of map revision provides flood hazard determination revisions based on new scientific or te... Read more

FEMA Announces Proposed, Final Flood Maps Changes

January 25, 2016 Several new documents outlining potential and actual changes to flood insurance rate maps have been released by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. A letter of map revision provides flood hazard determination revisions based on new scientific or te... Read more

FEMA to Create Disaster Deductible, NAMIC Seeks Input

January 25, 2016 The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced on Jan. 20 that it is considering creating a disaster deductible, which would require a predetermined level of financial or other commitment from a recipient before receiving assistance following preside... Read more

Alabama: Governor's Coastal Insurance Working Group Releases Report

January 22, 2016 In response to continuing calls for lower property insurance premiums by coastal consumers, Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley in June 2015 formed the Coastal Insurance Working Group. Bentley charged the group with focusing on “policy... Read more

Florida: Citizens Releases AOB Analysis in Time for Legislative Meetings

January 22, 2016 Florida Citizens Property Insurance Corporation has released a detailed analysis concluding that water loss claims, exacerbated by assignment of benefits, are driving higher rates in South Florida and increasingly across the state. The report comes in t... Read more

NAMIC Helping Shape Drone Title of Next FAA Reauthorization

January 19, 2016 With funding for the Federal Aviation Administration set to expire March 31, Congress is crafting a massive reauthorization bill to keep the agency’s doors open. As part of that effort, Congress will be including a section of the legislation that will f... Read more

FEMA Notifies Communities of NFIP Noncompliance

January 19, 2016 The Federal Emergency Management Agency has issued a final rule identifying communities participating in the National Flood Insurance Program that are scheduled for suspension due to noncompliance with the floodplain management requirements of the progr... Read more

FEMA Announces Major Disaster Declarations

January 11, 2016 The Federal Emergency Management Agency has announced two major disaster declarations under the authority of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act. Presidential Declarations of a Major Disaster Oklahoma – FEMA Administrator... Read more

FEMA Announces Proposed, Final Flood Maps Changes

December 14, 2015 Several new documents outlining potential and actual changes to flood insurance rate maps have been released by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. A letter of map revision provides flood hazard determination revisions based on new scientific or te... Read more

FEMA Notifies Communities of NFIP Noncompliance

December 14, 2015 The Federal Emergency Management Agency has issued a final rule identifying communities participating in the National Flood Insurance Program that are scheduled for suspension due to noncompliance with the floodplain management requirements of the progr... Read more

Support for NAMIC’s Signature Disaster Mitigation Legislation on Record-Breaking Pace

December 7, 2015 A banner year for the Congressional Contact Program has put support for the Safe Building Code Incentive Act on a record-breaking pace in the 114th Congress, which spans this year and next. NAMIC’s signature disaster mitigation legislation, which would ... Read more

Florida: 2016 Legislation Already Moving

December 3, 2015 The 2016 Florida General Assembly officially convenes in January, but as usual, committees and subcommittees have been meeting for several months to begin the process of multiple-committee referral and review for bills that have been introduced. On Dec.... Read more

Flood Insurance Technical Mapping Advisory Council to Hold Conference Call

November 30, 2015 The Technical Mapping Advisory Council established by the Biggert-Waters Reform Act of 2012 will meet Dec. 9-10 via conference call to review the final Annual and Future Conditions Reports. The final reports were reviewed and voted on by the TMAC and ag... Read more

FEMA Files Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Requests for Major Disaster Assistance

November 16, 2015 The Federal Emergency Management Agency issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Nov. 12 seeking comments on its proposals to revise regulations that require FEMA to cooperate with state, local, and tribal emergency management agencies to review, updat... Read more

Public Policy Paper Explores ‘Best Practices’ for Regulating Insurance Premiums, Managing Natural Catastrophe Risk

November 16, 2015 NAMIC has released its most recent public policy paper , “Best Practices for Regulating Property Insurance Premiums and Managing Natural Catastrophe Risk in the United States,” exploring “best practices” regulating insurance premiums and managing natura... Read more

NAMIC Pushes for Increased Pre-Disaster Mitigation at NIST Community Resilience Panel Meeting

November 16, 2015 NAMIC pressed for increased federal investment in mitigation during a forum held last week by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. The Community Resilience Panel Meeting, hosted Nov. 9 at NIST headquarters in Gaithersburg, Md., brought to... Read more

Public Policy Paper Explores ‘Best Practices’ for Regulating Insurance Premiums, Managing Natural Catastrophe Risk

November 16, 2015 Insurance regulators seeking to “protect consumers” after a natural disaster by suppressing the rate that homeowners insurers are allowed to charge end up doing more harm than good. Read more

Public Policy Paper Explores ‘Best Practices’ for Regulating Insurance Premiums, Managing Natural Catastrophe Risk

November 13, 2015 NAMIC has released its most recent public policy paper , “Best Practices for Regulating Property Insurance Premiums and Managing Natural Catastrophe Risk in the United States,” exploring “best practices” regulating insurance premiums and managing natura... Read more

Release of Disaster Spending Garners Significant Press Coverage

November 9, 2015 An array of national print and TV outlets took notice of the NAMIC-led BuildStrong Coalition’s Oct. 19 release of a comprehensive disaster spending reform report. The report, unveiled 10 days before the third anniversary of the landfall of Hurricane San... Read more

NAMIC Participates in NIST Community Resilience Panel Meeting

November 9, 2015 NAMIC staff is participating in a discussion Nov. 9 hosted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology that will connect community and infrastructure-sector stakeholders in an effort to propose solutions for improving community resilience. Hos... Read more

Gillibrand to Introduce Flood Insurance Transparency and Accountability Act of 2015

November 2, 2015 Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., issued a press release Oct. 25 indicating that she would introduce legislation to require more transparency in the process of settling flood insurance claims so that property owners have access to documents related to th... Read more

FEMA Announces Proposed, Final Flood Maps Changes

November 2, 2015 Several new documents outlining potential and actual changes to flood insurance rate maps have been released by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. A letter of map revision provides flood hazard determination revisions based on new scientific or te... Read more

FEMA Notifies Communities of NFIP Noncompliance

November 2, 2015 The Federal Emergency Management Agency has issued a final rule identifying communities participating in the National Flood Insurance Program that are scheduled for suspension due to noncompliance with the floodplain management requirements of the progr... Read more

NIST Releases Disaster Planning Guide in Advance of Community Resilience Panel

November 2, 2015 The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology issued the “Community Resilience Planning Guide for Buildings and Infrastructure Systems” Oct. 29 in an effort to ensure communities across the nation are able to better withs... Read more

Florida: New Video Released at Summit Focuses on State’s Insurance Challenges

October 28, 2015 Florida’s main insurance cost drivers, risk and fraud, are the topics of the Florida Chamber of Commerce’s newest educational video , released Oct. 27 at the Florida Chamber’s annual Insurance Summit, an event sponsored by NAMIC. “Florida is open for bu... Read more

FEMA Notifies Communities of NFIP Noncompliance

October 26, 2015 The Federal Emergency Management Agency has issued a final rule identifying communities participating in the National Flood Insurance Program that are scheduled for suspension due to noncompliance with the floodplain management requirements of the progr... Read more

House Committee Examines Federal Disaster Policy Following Release of BuildStrong Coalition Report

October 26, 2015 Days after the NAMIC-led BuildStrong Coalition released a comprehensive disaster spending reform report , Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., chair of the House Homeland Security Committee Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications, ... Read more

North Carolina: Commissioner Speaks at NCAMIC Conference

October 20, 2015 North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin speaks with NAMIC/NCAMIC members Lisa Snyder of Alamance Farmers’ Mutual and Brook Farlow and Tom Frazier of Carolina Farmers Mutual following the commissioner’s presentation at the NCAMIC Fall Confere... Read more

NAMIC Hails New Report Calling for National Mitigation Investment Strategy

October 19, 2015 WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 19 – The National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies echoed the call for a better approach to federal disaster policy through the adoption of a National Mitigation Investment Strategy, in a report released today by the Buil... Read more

FEMA Announces Proposed, Final Flood Maps Changes

October 19, 2015 Several new documents outlining potential and actual changes to flood insurance rate maps have been released by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. A letter of map revision provides flood hazard determination revisions based on new scientific or te... Read more

BuildStrong Coalition Releases Disaster Reform Report, House Committee to Examine Federal Disaster Policy

October 19, 2015 In conjunction with the release of a comprehensive disaster spending reform report today by the BuildStrong Coalition, a key House committee is set to examine federal emergency preparedness and response to disasters. Ten days before the third anniversar... Read more

FEMA Notifies Communities of NFIP Noncompliance

October 12, 2015 The Federal Emergency Management Agency has issued a final rule identifying communities participating in the National Flood Insurance Program that are scheduled for suspension due to noncompliance with the floodplain management requirements of the progr... Read more

NAMIC-Led BuildStrong Coalition to Release Disaster Spending Report Next Week

October 12, 2015 NAMIC and the BuildStrong Coalition will release a disaster spending reform report Oct. 19, just 10 days before the third anniversary of the landfall of Superstorm Sandy, that will point to flaws in existing U.S. disaster policy and offer a specific set... Read more

FEMA Announces Proposed, Final Flood Maps Changes

October 5, 2015 Several new documents outlining potential and actual changes to flood insurance rate maps have been released by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. A letter of map revision provides flood hazard determination revisions based on new scientific or te... Read more

FIO Releases Assessment of Natural Catastrophe Insurance

October 5, 2015 The Federal Insurance Office released a report Sept. 25 examining the current market for natural disaster insurance. The report, called for by the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012, sought to assess: The current condition of, as well as ... Read more

NAMIC Urges Americans to Be Ready for Natural Disasters on National PrepareAthon Day

September 25, 2015 WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 29 – In recognition of National PrepareAthon Day on Sept. 30, the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies is urging Americans across the country to prepare, plan, and be ready for emergencies. Read more

NAMIC Says Mitigation Should be the Goal for Congress on Regulation, Natural Disasters

September 25, 2015 Congress can best ensure a vibrant insurance marketplace by exercising strong oversight over federal and international intrusions into the state-based system of insurance regulation and by shifting federal disaster policy to reduce the risk to communiti... Read more

NAMIC-Led BuildStrong Coalition to Release Disaster Spending Report

September 25, 2015 Coinciding with third anniversary of the landfall of Superstorm Sandy, NAMIC, through the BuildStrong Coalition, is planning the Oct. 19 release of a comprehensive disaster spending report that will point to flaws in existing U.S. disaster policy and of... Read more

House Passes Windstorm Impact Reduction Act of 2015

September 21, 2015 The NAMIC-supported National Windstorm Impact Reduction Act Reauthorization of 2015 passed in the House on Sept. 17 and has been sent to President Obama to be signed into law. Originally introduced by Rep. Randy Neugebauer, R-Texas, a version was passed... Read more

Flood Insurance Technical Mapping Advisory Council to Hold Conference Call

September 21, 2015 The Technical Mapping Advisory Council established by the Biggert-Waters Reform Act of 2012 will meet via conference call Sept. 29 per an announcement in the Federal Register. TMAC members will deliberate on draft narrative and proposed recommendations ... Read more

FEMA Notifies Communities of NFIP Noncompliance

September 21, 2015 The Federal Emergency Management Agency has issued a final rule identifying communities participating in the National Flood Insurance Program that are scheduled for suspension due to noncompliance with the floodplain management requirements of the progr... Read more

Donovan Introduces Legislation to Address NFIP Claims Process

September 14, 2015 Rep. Dan Donovan, R-N.Y., introduced legislation Sept. 9 aimed at providing flood insurance policyholders more transparency in the claims adjustment and engineering process when filing a flood insurance claim. The legislation would require the adjuster ... Read more

NAMIC to Host Webinar Sept. 10 in Advance of National Preparedness Day

September 8, 2015 NAMIC will be hosting a webinar at 2 p.m. on Sept. 10 to help the Federal Emergency Management Agency spread the grassroots message on how NAMIC member companies can get involved in the lead up to National Preparedness Day on Sept. 30, 2015. NAMIC and t... Read more

FEMA’s National Advisory Council to Discuss Emergency Management

September 8, 2015 The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s National Advisory Council will hold a three-day meeting Sept. 16-18 to discuss all aspects of the agency’s response to natural disasters and emergency management. The meeting will take place at Gallaudet Univers... Read more

FEMA Notifies Communities of NFIP Noncompliance

September 8, 2015 The Federal Emergency Management Agency has issued a final rule identifying communities participating in the National Flood Insurance Program that are scheduled for suspension due to noncompliance with the floodplain management requirements of the progr... Read more

FEMA Announces Proposed, Final Flood Maps Changes

September 8, 2015 Several new documents outlining potential and actual changes to flood insurance rate maps have been released by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. A letter of map revision provides flood hazard determination revisions based on new scientific or te... Read more

On 10th Anniversary of Katrina, NAMIC Calls for Reforms to U.S. Disaster Policy

August 31, 2015 Following the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina on Aug. 29, NAMIC is calling on Congress to enact major reforms to U.S. disaster policy. In 2005, Hurricane Katrina made landfall in southeastern Louisiana, killing more than 1,800 people and accountin... Read more

Flood Insurance Technical Mapping Advisory Council to Hold Conference Call

August 31, 2015 The Technical Mapping Advisory Council established by the Biggert-Waters Reform Act of 2012 will meet via conference call Sept. 9 per an announcement in the Federal Register. TMAC members will present and discuss its draft on proposed recommendations fo... Read more

FEMA Notifies Communities of NFIP Noncompliance

August 31, 2015 The Federal Emergency Management Agency has issued a final rule identifying communities participating in the National Flood Insurance Program that are scheduled for suspension due to noncompliance with the floodplain management requirements of the progr... Read more

A Decade After Katrina, NAMIC Urges Congress to Learn Its Lesson, Promote Mitigation

August 28, 2015 Ten years after Hurricane Katrina killed nearly 2,000 people and inflicted more than $100 billion in damage, the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies is calling on Congress and the administration to change federal disaster policies to bett... Read more

FEMA Announces Proposed, Final Flood Maps Changes

August 24, 2015 Several new documents outlining potential and actual changes to flood insurance rate maps have been released by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. A letter of map revision provides flood hazard determination revisions based on new scientific or te... Read more

FEMA Announces Proposed Flood Maps Changes

August 17, 2015 Several new documents outlining potential and actual changes to Flood Insurance Rate Maps have been released by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. A Letter of Map Revision provides flood hazard determination revisions based on new scientific or te... Read more

Technical Mapping Advisory Council Meets to Discuss NFIP Recommendations

August 10, 2015 NAMIC attended the Technical Mapping Advisory Council meeting in Reston, Va., Aug. 4-5 that was held to discuss changes to the National Flood Insurance Program. The TMAC is a federal advisory council established under the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance ... Read more

FEMA Notifies Communities of NFIP Noncompliance

August 10, 2015 The Federal Emergency Management Agency has issued a final rule identifying communities participating in the National Flood Insurance Program that are scheduled for suspension due to noncompliance with the floodplain management requirements of the progr... Read more

FEMA Alters NFIP’s WYO Arrangement for Insurance Companies Administering NFIP’s Policies

August 10, 2015 The Federal Emergency Management Agency released on Aug. 6 the Write Your Own arrangement to companies that already participate or intend to participate in administering policies underwritten by the National Flood Insurance Program. While there were som... Read more

Flood Insurance, Resiliency-Related Legislation Introduced Before Congress Recesses

August 3, 2015 While the deadline for Congress to reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program is more than two years away, some members in the House of Representatives continue to maintain focus on seeking changes to the program. Rep. Morgan Griffith, R-Va., was ... Read more

NAMIC Continues to Push for Stronger Building Codes, Change in Approach to Disasters

August 3, 2015 As members of Congress prepared to return home for the annual August recess, NAMIC, working with the BuildStrong Coalition, continued its push on Capitol Hill in an effort to change how the nation approaches natural disasters. Since 1983 the U.S. has sp... Read more

FEMA Announces Proposed Flood Maps Changes

August 3, 2015 Several new documents outlining potential and actual changes to flood insurance rate maps have been released by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. A letter of map revision provides flood hazard determination revisions based on new scientific or te... Read more

FEMA Notifies Communities of NFIP Noncompliance

August 3, 2015 The Federal Emergency Management Agency has issued a second final rule identifying communities participating in the National Flood Insurance Program that are scheduled for suspension due to noncompliance with the floodplain management requirements of th... Read more

FEMA Announces Proposed Flood Maps Changes

July 27, 2015 Several new documents outlining potential and actual changes to flood insurance rate maps have been released by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. A letter of map revision provides flood hazard determination revisions based on new scientific or te... Read more

FEMA’s Technical Mapping Advisory Council to Hold Open Meeting

July 27, 2015 The Federal Emergency Management Agency has announced an open meeting of the Technical Mapping Advisory Council on Aug. 4-5 in Reston, Va. The TMAC is a federal advisory council established under the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 to ... Read more

FEMA Announces Proposed Flood Maps Changes

July 20, 2015 Several new documents outlining potential and actual changes to flood insurance rate maps have been released by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. A letter of map revision provides flood hazard determination revisions based on new scientific or te... Read more

FEMA Notifies Communities of NFIP Noncompliance

July 20, 2015 The Federal Emergency Management Agency has issued a second final rule identifying communities participating in the National Flood Insurance Program that are scheduled for suspension due to noncompliance with the floodplain management requirements of th... Read more

FEMA Announces Proposed Flood Maps Changes

July 6, 2015 Several new documents outlining potential and actual changes to flood insurance rate maps have been released by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. A letter of map revision provides flood hazard determination revisions based on new scientific or te... Read more

FEMA Notifies Communities of NFIP Noncompliance

July 6, 2015 The Federal Emergency Management Agency has issued a second final rule identifying communities participating in the National Flood Insurance Program that are scheduled for suspension due to noncompliance with the floodplain management requirements of th... Read more

Senate Banking Investigators Report on Claims Handling, Bill to Clarify Private Flood Policies Introduced

June 29, 2015 The Senate Banking Committee held a June 23 briefing on the National Flood Insurance Program and the controversy surrounding alleged doctored engineering reports for Superstorm Sandy flood insurance claims and a hearing the following day. Senate Banking... Read more

FEMA Notifies Communities of NFIP Noncompliance

June 29, 2015 The Federal Emergency Management Agency has issued a second final rule identifying communities participating in the National Flood Insurance Program that are scheduled for suspension due to noncompliance with the floodplain management requirements of th... Read more

Senate Banking Committee Dives Into NFIP Issues

June 22, 2015 The Senate Banking Committee will hold a briefing and a hearing on the National Flood Insurance Program and the controversy surrounding alleged doctored engineering reports for Superstorm Sandy flood insurance claims. As NAMIC notified members earlier t... Read more

Key House Committee Holds Productive Discussion on Disaster Spending

June 22, 2015 Members of the House Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management participated in a stakeholder roundtable discussion June 17 titled “Federal Disaster Assistance: Roles, Programs and Coordination.” The purpose of the r... Read more

TAKE ACTION: Contact Your Legislator to Support the Safe Building Code Incentive Act

June 15, 2015 NAMIC is asking that you contact your member of Congress to ask him or her to co-sponsor H.R. 1748, The Safe Building Code Incentive Act. NAMIC is leading a coordinated grassroots effort with members of the BuildStrong Coalition calling on Congress to a... Read more

FEMA Announces Proposed Flood Maps Changes

June 15, 2015 Several new documents outlining potential and actual changes to Flood Insurance Rate Maps have been released by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. A letter of map revision provides flood hazard determination revisions based on new scientific or te... Read more

BuildStrong Coalition to Participate in Congressional Roundtable on Federal Disaster Assistance

June 15, 2015 Members of the House Transportation & Infrastructure’s subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management will hold a roundtable June 17 titled “Federal Disaster Assistance: Roles, Programs and Coordination.” This event is t... Read more

FEMA’s Technical Mapping Advisory Council to Hold Open Meeting

June 8, 2015 The Federal Emergency Management Agency has announced an upcoming open meeting of the Technical Mapping Advisory Council set for June 23-24 in Silver Spring, Md. The TMAC is a federal advisory committee established to review and make recommendations to ... Read more

FEMA Notifies Communities of NFIP Noncompliance

June 8, 2015 The Federal Emergency Management Agency has issued a final rule that identifies communities authorized to participate in the National Flood Insurance Program that are scheduled for suspension because of noncompliance with the floodplain management requi... Read more

FEMA Announces Proposed Flood Maps Changes, Revisions

June 8, 2015 Several new documents outlining potential and actual changes to Flood Insurance Rate Maps have been released by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. A letter of map revision provides flood hazard determination revisions based on new scientific or te... Read more

Natural Disaster Mitigation Roundtable Held in Philadelphia

June 1, 2015 Members of the House Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management participated in a stakeholder roundtable discussion May 28 titled “The State of Pennsylvania and FEMA Region III are Leaders in Mitigating Disaster Cost... Read more

FEMA Announces Proposed Flood Maps Changes, Revisions

June 1, 2015 Several new documents outlining potential and actual changes to Flood Insurance Rate Maps have been released by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. A letter of map revision provides flood hazard determination revisions based on new scientific or te... Read more

House Financial Services Subcommittee to Hold Hearing on Superstorm Sandy Flood Claims

June 1, 2015 More than two years after Superstorm Sandy, the National Flood Insurance Program continues to be highly scrutinized over the handling of claims. The momentum of outrage has increased to a level that members of Congress have formed investigative teams an... Read more

NAMIC Calls on Congress to Prepare for Hurricane Season

May 28, 2015 As thousands of Americans work to prepare their homes and businesses for the start of hurricane season on June 1, the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies wonders why Congress isn’t taking steps to get its own house in order. “Members of C... Read more

FEMA Seeks Comments on NFIP Certificates

May 26, 2015 The Federal Emergency Management Agency has issued a notice seeking comments regarding the use of National Flood Insurance Program elevation certificates and flood proofing certificates for non-residential structures. Specially, FEMA wants to know wheth... Read more

Natural Disaster Mitigation Efforts Remain in Spotlight With Hurricane Season Around the Corner

May 26, 2015 June 1 marks the beginning of the 2015 hurricane season and serves as a reminder of the critical need to invest in mitigation to protect U.S. communities and businesses. NAMIC and the BuildStrong Coalition have been working with Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Pa.... Read more

FEMA Notifies Communities of NFIP Noncompliance

May 18, 2015 The Federal Emergency Management Agency has issued a final rule that identifies communities authorized to participate in the National Flood Insurance Program that are scheduled for suspension because of noncompliance with the floodplain management requi... Read more

FEMA Announces Proposed Flood Maps Changes, Revisions

May 18, 2015 Several new documents outlining potential and actual changes to flood insurance rate maps have been released by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. A letter of map revision provides flood hazard determination revisions based on new scientific or te... Read more

Subcommittee Plans Next Regional Stakeholder Meeting on Natural Disasters for May 28

May 18, 2015 Just days ahead of the start of hurricane season, Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Pa., chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management, will convene the next regional stakehol... Read more

FEMA Announces Proposed Flood Maps Changes, Revisions

May 11, 2015 Several new documents outlining potential and actual changes to Flood Insurance Rate Maps have been released by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. A letter of map revision provides flood hazard determination revisions based on new scientific or te... Read more

FAA Announces New Drones Program

May 6, 2015 Federal Aviation Administration head Michael Huerta announced the creation of the “Pathfinder Program” May 7, which includes plans to work with three companies on extended line-of-sight and beyond line-of-sight operations. According to Huerta, CNN will ... Read more

FEMA Notifies Communities of NFIP Noncompliance

May 4, 2015 The Federal Emergency Management Agency has issued a final rule that identifies communities authorized to participate in the National Flood Insurance Program that are scheduled for suspension because of noncompliance with the floodplain management requi... Read more

FEMA’s Technical Mapping Advisory Council to Hold Open Meeting

April 27, 2015 The Federal Emergency Management Agency has announced an upcoming open meeting of the Technical Mapping Advisory Council, set for May 12 and 13, 2015, in Reston, Virginia. The TMAC is a federal advisory committee established to review and make recommend... Read more

Trades Question FEMA on Sandy Settlements

April 20, 2015 The woes of National Flood Insurance Program continue to play out in the media for its mapping process, implementation of new laws, and more recently for alleged mismanagement of claims handling. Although it has been more than two years since the devast... Read more

NAMIC Hails Legislation to Support Stronger, More Resilient Construction

April 15, 2015 Legislation incentivizing the adoption and enforcement of safer statewide building codes will help reduce the losses suffered during natural disasters and the ensuing need for federal disaster aid, the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies ... Read more

NAMIC Urges Adoption of Disaster Policy Review in FEMA Reauthorization Bill

April 14, 2015 The National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies today called on members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to pass legislation reauthorizing the Federal Emergency Management Agency and initiating a review of federal disaster... Read more

FEMA Notifies Communities for NFIP Noncompliance

April 13, 2015 The Federal Emergency Management Agency has issued a final rule identifying communities authorized to participate in the National Flood Insurance Program that are scheduled for suspension for noncompliance with the program’s floodplain management requir... Read more

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to Mark-Up FEMA Disaster Assistance Reform Act of 2015

April 13, 2015 The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will hold an April 14 mark-up of H.R. 1471, the FEMA Disaster Assistance Reform Act of 2015. Aside from reauthorizing FEMA through fiscal year 2018, H.R. 1471 also includes language that would requir... Read more

Rep. Diaz-Balart to Introduce Safe Building Code Incentive Act

April 13, 2015 One of NAMIC’s top legislative priorities remains the passage of legislation incentivizing the adoption of statewide building codes. NAMIC has worked to seek reintroduction of The Safe Building Code Incentive Act, which would increase the amount of fede... Read more

Ceres to Coach Examiners on Climate Risk, Insurer Solvency

April 7, 2015 The Climate Change and Global Warming (C) Working Group met on March 28 and heard presentations from Munich Re and Ceres. In the first presentation, Carl Hedde of Munich Re discussed his company’s projections of “climate change impacts on North America,... Read more

FEMA Provides Notice on Flood Map Changes

April 6, 2015 Several new documents outlining potential and actual changes to Flood Insurance Rate Maps have been released by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. A Letter of Map Revision provides flood hazard determination revisions based on new scientific or te... Read more

IBHS Releases Updated Building Code Assessment for 18 Hurricane-Prone States

April 6, 2015 The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety released its second “Rating the States” report on April 1, focusing on residential building codes and enforcement systems for the Atlantic and Gulf coasts states. This report, first published in January... Read more

FEMA Provides Notice of Flood Map Changes

March 30, 2015 Several new documents outlining potential and actual changes to Flood Insurance Rate Maps have been released by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. A Letter of Map Revision provides flood hazard determination revisions based on new scientific or te... Read more

South Carolina: House and Senate Committees Reviewing TNC Bills; Tort Reform Takes Baby Step

March 25, 2015 The House Committee on Labor, Commerce, and Industry on March 16 approved HB 3525 , which contains industry-supported language on transportation network company insurance requirements. Over in the Senate on March 17, a Transportation subcommittee approv... Read more

House Transportation Committee Leaders Introduce FEMA Reform Legislation

March 23, 2015 The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee continued to build off the momentum from the March 19 roundtable focusing on natural disaster losses by introducing a bill that would address the rise in disaster costs to the federal government and ... Read more

Subcommittee Kicks Off Congressional Roundtable Series on Natural Disasters

March 23, 2015 The House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management held a roundtable March 18 titled “What is Driving the Increasing Costs and Rising Losses from Disasters?” looking at the evolvi... Read more

NAMIC Welcomes Disaster Losses Assessment Provision in FEMA Reform Legislation

March 20, 2015 The National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies today welcomed legislation to address the rise in disaster costs to the federal government and reduce the impact of future disasters through improved efficiency and effectiveness of Federal Emergenc... Read more

BuildStrong Coalition to Participate in Congressional Roundtable on Natural Disasters

March 16, 2015 The House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management will hold a roundtable March 18 titled “What is Driving the Increasing Costs and Rising Losses from Disasters?” looking at the e... Read more

Proposed, Final Flood Map Changes Released by FEMA

March 16, 2015 Several new documents outlining potential and actual changes to flood insurance rate maps have been released by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. A Letter of Map Revision provides flood hazard determination revisions based on new scientific or te... Read more

FEMA Releases Proposed, Final Flood Map Changes

March 9, 2015 Several new documents outlining potential and actual changes to Flood Insurance Rate Maps have been released by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. A Letter of Map Revision provides flood hazard determination revisions based on new scientific or te... Read more

Mississippi: Cat Savings Account Bill Passes House in Unanimous Vote

February 25, 2015 The Mississippi House approved on Feb. 23 the Ways and Means Committee substitute for HB 1134 , which would allow consumers to create state tax-free catastrophe savings accounts to help pay for deductibles following a natural disaster, on a 121-0 vote. ... Read more

Mississippi: Cat Savings Account Bill Ready for Full House Vote

February 20, 2015 NAMIC, along with advocacy partner the Insurance Coalition of Mississippi and other industry players, has been lobbying hard for the Magnolia State to empower homeowners to help them manage the financial risk of property damage resulting from natural di... Read more

FEMA Releases Proposed, Final Flood Map Changes

February 9, 2015 Several new documents outlining potential and actual changes to area food maps have been released by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. A Letter of Map Revision provides flood hazard determination revisions based on new scientific or technical dat... Read more

BuildStrong Coalition Meeting to be Addressed by Committee Staff

February 9, 2015 The BuildStrong Coalition will be hosting a full meeting on Feb. 10 in Washington, D.C. The meeting will focus on the strategic vision of the coalition for 2015 and the progress already being made to advance the dialogue on pre-disaster mitigation. As p... Read more

Obama Issues Executive Order to Establish a Federal Flood Risk Management Standard

February 2, 2015 The Obama administration caught many in the nation by surprise when it issued an executive order Jan. 30 to address risk reduction in relation to climate change. The executive order states, “It is the policy of the United States to improve the resilienc... Read more

Congressional Hearing Highlights the Need for Natural Disaster Mitigation, Further Study

February 2, 2015 A hearing was held Jan. 27 by the House Transportation and Infrastructure's Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management Subcommittee. The hearing, titled "Rebuilding After the Storm: Lessening Impacts and Speeding Recovery," focused ... Read more

NAMIC Welcomes House Hearing on Mitigation, Encourages Further Discussion

January 27, 2015 A hearing by the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management should serve as the opening of a new debate on moving federal disaster policy toward mitigation and preventing... Read more

Mitigation Policy Push for 2015 Begins With House Committee Hearing

January 26, 2015 Attention to natural disaster mitigation continues to pick up steam as a hearing will be held Jan. 27 by the House Transportation and Infrastructure's Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management Subcommittee. The hearing, titled "Reb... Read more

NAMIC-Led BuildStrong Coalition Starts Strong in 2015

January 20, 2015 While we are only a few weeks into the new year, the BuildStrong Coalition is wasting no time engaging the 114th Congress on a national disaster mitigation strategy. The coalition has continued to expand and is now comprised of insurers, emergency manag... Read more

Mississippi: Department Issues Data Call to Address ‘Clarity’ Demands

December 18, 2014 The Mississippi Insurance Department issued a market analysis data call Dec. 15 regarding homeowner’s insurance, according to the Insurance Coalition of Mississippi. ICM is NAMIC’s advocacy partner in the Magnolia State. Commissioner Mike Chaney and his... Read more

Republican Wave Carries GOP to Control of the Senate, Expands House Majority

November 5, 2014 Republicans handily won control of the Senate Tuesday evening as GOP candidates across the country swept to victory in crucial midterm elections, reflecting the electorate’s disenchantment with President Obama. The party’s leaders in Washington will now... Read more

BuildStrong Executive Committee Meets With Administration Officials

October 20, 2014 The BuildStrong Coalition’s executive committee held a meeting Oct. 17 in Washington, D.C., to discuss the strategy for 2015 with a number of outside parties invited to address the group. The meeting started out with a discussion of a new proposed membe... Read more

FEMA Meets With Industry on Flood, WYO Issues

September 29, 2014 NAMIC participated in a meeting with FEMA and a number of WYO insurance companies Sept. 19 over remaining issues in relation to the continued implementation of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 and the Homeowners Flood Insurance Affo... Read more

Mississippi: Insurance Coverage Issues Should Not Create False Claims Act Liability, NAMIC Asserts in Amicus Brief

August 26, 2014 Insurance coverage disputes should not give rise to liability under the Federal False Claims Act, NAMIC asserts in an amicus brief filed recently in a case that stems from wind versus water issues raised in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. The FCA action ... Read more

Sen. Menendez Focuses in on Sandy Flood Insurance Claims

July 28, 2014 Nearly two years after Superstorm Sandy devastated the East Coast, Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., has continued his laser-like focus on the National Flood Insurance Program’s handling of claims after the event. The Senate Committee on Banking, Housing an... Read more

Senate Hearing on Resilient Communities Adds to Busy Summer for Mitigation Issues

July 21, 2014 The Senate Banking Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation, and Community Development will hold a hearing July 22 titled “Building Economically Resilient Communities: Local and Regional Approaches.” The hearing is a precursor to the introduction of Sen.... Read more

Sen. Mary Landrieu Continues to Take Aim at FEMA, Flood Insurance Affordability

July 21, 2014 The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security will hold a hearing July 23 titled “Insuring Our Future: Building a Flood Insurance Program We Can Live With, Grow With, and Prosper With.” The hearing is largely expected to be focused on refu... Read more

House Expected to Pass Windstorm Research bill

July 14, 2014 The House of Representatives is expected to vote this week on the National Windstorm Impact Reduction Act Reauthorization of 2013, H.R. 1786, introduced by Rep. Randy Neugebauer, R-Texas. The vote is expected under suspension of the rules, requiring a s... Read more

Ask your member of Congress to sponsor the Safe Building Code Incentive Act

July 10, 2014 Since 1980, the United States has spent nearly $1 trillion dollars on natural disaster recovery and rebuilding. The Center for American Progress conducted an analysis and found that the federal government—which means taxpayers—spent $136 billion total f... Read more

Hurricane Arthur Spares the East Coast but Dangerous, Costly Wildfires Rage in the West

July 7, 2014 Many communities on the East Coast that prepared for the worst as Hurricane Arthur moved up the coast just before the July 4th holiday were largely spared as damage was limited to rain and delayed fireworks. North Carolina’s Outer Banks were mostly evac... Read more

As Storm Season Begins, NAMIC Continues Push for Mitigation Policy

June 30, 2014 As the East Coast closely watches the developments of the first potential named storm of the season, BuildStrong and NAMIC have had a busy month of coordinated activities to draw attention to the ways that building codes could save lives and reduce the ... Read more

NAMIC Testifies to Senate Panel on Cost Savings From Mitigation

May 19, 2014 NAMIC’s vice president of public policy, Robert Detlefsen, testified May 14 on behalf of the BuildStrong Coalition before the Senate Homeland Security Subcommittee on Emergency Management. The hearing, chaired by one of the keynote speakers at the May 1... Read more

NAMIC Urges Building Code Incentives as Key to Reducing Economic Losses From Natural Disasters

May 14, 2014 Federal disaster policy should shift its focus toward mitigation in order to reduce future disaster costs, the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies said today, and creating an incentive for states to adopt and enforce strong building codes... Read more

NAMIC to Call for Building Code Incentives, Mitigation at Senate Hearing

May 13, 2014 NAMIC’s vice president of public policy, Robert Detlefsen, Ph.D., will urge lawmakers to consider legislation creating an incentive for states to adopt and enforce strong statewide building codes as part of the solution to the growing costs of natural d... Read more

NAMIC to Make the Case for Mitigation in Senate Hearing

May 12, 2014 NAMIC’s vice president of public policy, Robert Detlefsen, Ph.D., will provide the views of the property/casualty insurance industry at a May 14 Senate hearing on how more investment in mitigation can reduce the costs of severe weather. Detlefsen will a... Read more

White House Report Shows Need for Mitigation Policy: NAMIC

May 7, 2014 The findings of an Obama administration report on climate change and its economic impact provides a substantial argument for Congress to take and adopt legislation promoting disaster mitigation, the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies sai... Read more

White House Climate Report Supports Mitigation, Building Codes

May 7, 2014 The White House’s U.S. Global Change Research Program on May 6 issued its report on climate change in the United States, focusing on changes that are happening now and further changes that we can expect to see throughout this century. The report offers ... Read more

Hearing on Natural Disasters Follows Successful BuildStrong Forum

May 5, 2014 NAMIC and the BuildStrong Coalition capped off a successful forum with an invitation to testify at the Senate Homeland Security Committee on Emergency Management’s hearing May 14 on the economic impact of natural disasters. The chair of the subcommittee... Read more

BuildStrong Forum to Bring Focus on Safer Construction

April 28, 2014 The BuildStrong Coalition is hosting the 2nd Annual Thought Leaders Forum on Building Codes for a Stronger and Safer America Thursday, May 1 at 8:30 a.m. The forum expands on the work that NAMIC and coalition has done educating members of Congress on th... Read more

Department of Homeland Security Agrees to Participate in BuildStrong Forum

April 21, 2014 David Heyman, assistant secretary for policy, Department of Homeland Security, has accepted an invitation to participate in one of the two panels at BuildStrong’s 2nd Annual Thought Leaders Forum. The forum, “Building Codes for a Stronger, Safer America... Read more

Mississippi: NAMIC Participates in Building Code Signing Ceremony

April 14, 2014 Liz Reynolds, NAMIC Southeast state affairs director, participated in a ceremonial signing April 2 by Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant of SB 2378 , which implements a statewide building code. Reynolds is pictured in the governor’s office. To her right is In... Read more

BuildStrong Forum Will Feature Multiple Members of Congress

April 7, 2014 The NAMIC-led BuildStrong Coalition has released its agenda for the 2nd Annual National Thought Leaders Forum on Building Codes for a Stronger and Safer America, being held May 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center. The event w... Read more

Florida: Brisk Session Pace Continues in Week Four

March 31, 2014 Florida legislative committees and subcommittees are beginning to wind down as the session nears its halfway point. After a break during the week of April 14, members will return for a frenzied final two weeks before adjourning May 2. The Fair Claim Set... Read more

House Committee to Hold Flood Mitigation Hearing

March 31, 2014 The House Transportation Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management will hold a hearing April 3 titled “Disaster Mitigation: Reducing Costs and Saving Lives.” While the title of the hearing and its stated goals are s... Read more

Property Casualty Committee to Hear Presentation on Disaster Savings Accounts

March 27, 2014 The Property and Casualty (C) Committee will hear a presentation from Rep. Dennis A. Ross, R-Fla., regarding the Disaster Savings Accounts Act, H.R. 3989, of which Ross is a co-sponsor. NAMIC supports the legislation as a sensible means of encouraging d... Read more

BuildStrong to Host Second Annual Thought Leaders Forum

March 24, 2014 NAMIC is pleased to announce that the BuildStrong Coalition will once again host its Thought Leaders Forum on “Building Codes for a Stronger and Safer America” on Thursday, May 1 at 8:30 a.m. in the Senate Visitors Center. Similar to last year, the foru... Read more

Mississippi: Governor Approves Statewide Building Code, Other Bills Await Signature

March 19, 2014 Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant on March 17 signed SB 2378 , legislation to implement a statewide building code. The measure finally puts Mississippi on the path to stronger, more resilient construction. NAMIC congratulates the members of the Mississippi G... Read more

NAMIC Disappointed by Senate Vote to Gut Flood Insurance Reforms

March 13, 2014 The National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies expressed continued disappointment today as the Senate voted to approve House legislation to undo much-needed reforms to the National Flood Insurance Program. “Today’s vote continues a move down the... Read more

Mississippi: Statewide Building Code Passes Both Houses

March 5, 2014 The Mississippi House on March 4 passed S 2378 , which establishes and enforces a statewide building code. It was the legislation's final stop along a path that was carefully tended by lobbyists hired by Building a Better Mississippi, Inc., the industry... Read more

House Set to Vote on Bill Undoing Flood Insurance Reforms

March 4, 2014 A month after the Senate passed a measure to delay rate increases stemming from the Biggert-Waters Act, the House is set for a March 4 vote on a bill that goes even further in gutting the reforms. The language in H.R. 3370, the Flood Insurance Affordabi... Read more

Mississippi: Catastrophe Savings Accounts Take Off

February 26, 2014 The Mississippi House on Feb. 25 approved H 754 , which would allow consumers to establish tax-free catastrophe savings accounts to help pay for property insurance deductibles and other uninsured portions of loss resulting from a hurricane, flood, winds... Read more

Mississippi: Concerted Industry Effort Advances Building Code, Roofing Fraud Bills

February 14, 2014 The Mississippi House of Representatives approved H 679 on Feb. 13 to establish a state uniform construction code. Working together as an organized coalition, Building a Better Mississippi, Inc., the industry has devoted a great deal of time, effort, an... Read more

Fed Chair to Testify Before Congress

February 10, 2014 The House Financial Services and Senate Banking Committees are scheduled to hear testimony from the new chair of the Federal Reserve, Janet Yellen, this week. The first female to run the Fed and formerly the vice chair, Yellen replaced Ben Bernanke who ... Read more

Mississippi: Contact Legislators Asking Approval on State Uniform Construction Code, Roofing Fraud Bills

February 6, 2014 NAMIC is part of an industry effort to pass a statewide building code and "storm scammer" legislation in Mississippi. Because of a tremendous amount of work and time to educate relevant committees, we were successful in moving all four bills through the... Read more

Mississippi: Statewide Building Code, ‘Storm Scammers’ Bills Ready for Floor

February 5, 2014 As we have recently reported, NAMIC is part of an industry effort to pass a statewide building code and "storm scammer" legislation in Mississippi. Because of a tremendous amount of work and time to educate relevant committees, we were successful in mov... Read more

Mississippi: Statewide Building Code, ‘Storm Scammer’ Bills on the Move

January 31, 2014 The Mississippi General Assembly's deadline is Feb. 4 for bills to be favorably reported on by committees in the house of origin in order to remain alive. NAMIC and our industry partners have been working feverishly to move important property bills, inc... Read more

Mississippi: Senate Committee Approves Statewide Building Codes Legislation

January 27, 2014 Building codes legislation in Mississippi was approved Jan. 22 by the Senate Insurance Committee, well ahead of the Feb. 4 deadline for bills to move out of committee. NAMIC is part of industry efforts to push for a statewide building code this session.... Read more

Flood Debate Will Continue After Recess

January 22, 2014 NAMIC notified members last week that Majority Leader Harry Reid, R-Nev., moved ahead on the procedural requirements to begin votes on S. 1846, The Homeowner Insurance Affordability Act. Because of the Senate’s unique rules, the bill did not make it to ... Read more

NFIP Delays Could See Senate Vote This Week

January 6, 2014 Legislation to delay reforms to the National Flood Insurance Program – effectively until its current expiration date in 2017 – could see a vote in the Senate this week, according to delay proponents. In 2013, we saw members of Congress increasingly push... Read more

BuildStrong Roundtable, FEMA Reauthorization Show Support for Safe Building Code Incentives Growing

November 4, 2013 Lawmakers are increasingly showing interest in learning more about the NAMIC-supported Safe Building Code Incentive Act and welcoming the legislation as a forward-thinking, common-sense solution to the increasing damage of natural catastrophes. Two key ... Read more

South Carolina to Support Mississippi Lawsuit Against Biggert-Waters Implementation

October 31, 2013 South Carolina Insurance Director Ray Farmer announced during a public hearing Oct. 30 that the state will support the Mississippi Insurance Department's lawsuit to block implementation of reforms to the National Flood Insurance Program under the Bigger... Read more

BuildStrong Coalition to Meet With White House Officials

September 17, 2013 On the heels of the two White House reports calling for better building standards nationwide, the NAMIC-led BuildStrong Coalition will be meeting with White House officials this week to discuss ways to promote better resiliency through stronger building... Read more

NAMIC, BuildStrong Call for Inclusion of Safe Building Codes Incentives in FEMA Bill

September 16, 2013 As Congress undertakes the debate on funding the government beyond Sept. 30 and raising the debt ceiling, NAMIC and the BuildStrong Coalition are calling on lawmakers to invest in mitigation by incentivizing the adoption and enforcement of safe building... Read more

NAMIC Welcomes Sandy Task Force Recommendation on Building Codes

August 19, 2013 The National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies welcomed a call in a report by the task force overseeing recovery efforts from Hurricane Sandy for states and communities to better protect their citizens by adopting statewide model building codes ... Read more

Hurricane Sandy Task Force Endorses Statewide Building Code Adoption

August 19, 2013 President Obama’s Hurricane Sandy Task Force released its report on Aug. 19 with recommendations for fortifying the country’s infrastructure against future massive storms. Chaired by Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan, t... Read more

BuildStrong to Meet With Transportation and Infrastructure Chair

July 15, 2013 Members of the NAMIC-led BuildStrong Coalition will be meeting with relevant committee staff for House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bud Shuster, R-Pa., whose committee has plans for a hearing next week on a reauthorization of FEM... Read more

BuildStrong Coalition Continues to Grow

June 24, 2013 The NAMIC-led BuildStrong coalition continued its busy pace in June by adding a new member with a huge footprint on Capitol Hill and across the country, the American Society of Civil Engineers. ASCE represents more than 140,000 members of the civil engi... Read more

NAMIC Supports IBHS Testimony on Windstorm Mitigation Bill

June 6, 2013 Appearing at a joint hearing of the House Science Subcommittees on Research and Technology, Debra Ballen, general counsel and senior vice president for public policy at the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety, testified in support for legisla... Read more

New Jersey: Industry Meeting with DOBI to Discuss Sandy Response

February 15, 2013 The Department of Banking and Insurance will meet with the industry on Tuesday, February 26th at 10:00 a.m. to discuss the response to Superstorm Sandy, lessons learned and outstanding issues. I will be attending on behalf of NAMIC and we may bring one ... Read more

Risk, Uncertainty and Profit

December 4, 2012 Last week I spoke at the Florida Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Insurance Summit in Orlando to a roomful of insurance industry representatives, regulators, legislators, and policymakers. In my keynote address – “Florida in the National Picture” – I spoke ... Read more

NAMIC President Speaks at Florida Industry Summit

November 28, 2012 NAMIC President Chuck Chamness was a featured speaker Nov. 28 during this year’s Florida Chamber of Commerce Annual Insurance Summit being held Nov. 28-30. Chamness spoke on “Florida in the National Picture.” He praised Florida as a “leader in creating ... Read more

Missouri: Regulator to Host Follow-Up Call on Joplin Debris Removal Close Out

September 7, 2012 The Missouri Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions and Professional Registration is assisting the city of Joplin in its efforts to close the books with the federal government on payments for debris removal. The initial steps in this process we... Read more

DOI Seminar on Managing the Costs of Natural Disasters

September 6, 2012 The Massachusetts Division of Insurance will host a free seminar titled "Managing the Costs of Natural Disasters in Massachusetts" on Thursday, Sept. 20 at 10 a.m. in Fall River. Seating is limited and pre-registration required. NAMIC will be attending.... Read more

Alabama: Affordable Homeowners Insurance Commission to Meet Again

August 14, 2012 The Alabama Insurance Information Service reports that Gov. Robert Bentley’s Affordable Homeowners Insurance Commission will meet Aug. 17 to review a final report drafted by Auburn University. “It’s our understanding that the report is likely to resembl... Read more

NAMIC Continues Thought Leadership on Mitigation Through Booz Allen Roundtable

April 17, 2012 Risk mitigation and natural disaster preparedness will be the focus of a roundtable featuring NAMIC Assistant Vice President of Federal Affairs Matt Gannon and hosted by Booze Allen Hamilton on April 27. The event, “Mitigating Our Nation's Risks: Callin... Read more

Administration Includes Building Code Adoption, Enforcement in Hazard Mitigation Plan

March 13, 2012 The White House released a draft of its framework for hazard mitigation last week that specifically includes the adoption and enforcement of building code standards as a way to reduce vulnerability as part of its National Preparedness Planning Report. T... Read more

Statement by Liz Reynolds on the Alabama Homeowners Insurance Affordability Commission

August 30, 2011 Statement by Liz Reynolds National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies on the Alabama Homeowners Insurance Affordability Commission “As mutual insurers, owned by our policyholders, we understand what people experience in the face and aftermath of ... Read more