Category Archives: News

Message from FEMA on the Coastal Barrier Resources System:

Beginning in late 2018, Coastal Barrier Resources System (CBRS) boundaries will no longer be depicted on Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMS) issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). FEMA and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) are working … Continue reading

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ACT Cyber Guide Now Available for Big “I” Members

Handling sensitive information is now one of the most critical responsibilities faced by the modern insurance agency.  This Guide will help you understand threats and create policies and procedures to protect your agency from a cyber threat and prepare your agency for recovery should … Continue reading

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NFIP Program Changes – Effective October 1, 2018

FEMA has published a memorandum announcing changes to the NFIP Flood Insurance Manual that will become effective October 1, 2018. Examples of changes applicable to new business, renewals, endorsements, and cancellations include: 1. Cancellation Reason Code 26 for Duplicate Coverage … Continue reading

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New agent licensing rules take effect October 1

The Texas Department of Insurance has updated some of its agent and adjuster licensing rules to bring them more in line with Texas law and best industry practices. Pass the exam before applying: If the license type requires a qualifying … Continue reading

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Participate in the Trusted Choice® Distracted Driving Campaign

The Trusted Choice® Distracted Driving campaign emphasizes the importance of both driving without distractions and having proper auto insurance in the event of accidents or injuries. Campaign elements, including graphics, videos and audio ads, are all available online for Big … Continue reading

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Phishing Scams on the Rise: Be On the Alert for E-mails Pretending to be from IIAT and TDI

Both IIAT and Texas Department of Insurance have received reports of fake emails that appear to be from the association and agency. Unfortunately, these types of social engineering/spoofing campaigns are on the rise and are exceedingly difficult to mitigate. Please check … Continue reading

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IIAT Receives Big “I” Excellence in Insurance Education Award

IIAT was recognized by the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) with an Excellence in Insurance Education (EIE) Award at the recent Big “I” Education Convocation in Springfield, Massachusetts. IIAT received a Gold award … Continue reading

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TDI Update: Online Application for Insurance License Now Required

Candidates who have passed the exam to be a Texas insurance agent must apply for  licenses online. Paper applications are no longer accepted for licenses that have an online application. Candidates for most license types can apply on Sircon. You have one … Continue reading

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Governor Abbott Orders Increased Readiness Of State Operations Center As Tropical System Approaches The Gulf

Last week, Governor Greg Abbott has ordered the Texas State Operations Center (SOC) to elevate its readiness level as a potential tropical system is expected to develop and move into the Gulf of Mexico and toward the Texas coast. The … Continue reading

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Need Tax Reform Insights? Register for a Free Webinar

Last year, President Trump signed into law the widest-ranging tax reform legislation in decades. Learn more about how the new federal tax law and regulations will impact your business during a free webinar hosted by the Big “I.” Click on … Continue reading

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