Grant Funding Available Now for Wind Mitigation Retrofits for Vulnerable Condominium Community in Florida (via Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog)

FAIR (Florida Association for Insurance Reform) is seeking a low to moderate income condominium community to benefit from a Residential Construction Mitigation Program (RCMP) grant from the Florida Division of Emergency Management. The $194,000 grant will be used to supplement the cost of wind mitigation improvements that increase community safety and reduce insurance premiums and…

FEMA Extends Filing Deadlines for NFIP Flood Insurance Claims Associated with Hurricanes Hermine and Matthew (Florida Office of Insurance Regulation)

TALLAHASSEE, FL, November 23, 2016 – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has granted an additional 30-day extension for National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) policyholders to file claims associated with Hurricane Hermine and an additional 60-day extension to file claims associated with Hurricane Matthew. Typically, NFIP policyholders have 60 days to file a “Proof of…

FAIR awards honor Florida insurance pioneer, State CFO and Outstanding Legislators

FAIR’s 4th annual awards dinner recognized contributions that positively impact policyholders Fort Lauderdale, FL. October 3, 2016: Thomas J. Jerger, a pioneer in the Florida insurance industry, was recognized with the Founder’s Award by FAIR, the Florida Association for Insurance Reform, for his role in helping stabilize the Florida insurance market. Also honored as Consumer…

Insurers say they’re ready to pay claims no matter what happens with Matthew (Sun Sentinel)

Hurricane Matthew could be the first major test of claims-handling capabilities by numerous young insurance companies created since the 2004-05 run of hurricanes that ended with Wilma. And with Matthew’s path still uncertain but looking likely to impact the state, insurers are urging policyholders to protect themselves and their properties while assuring they stand ready…

Commentary: It is a Catastrophe that No One Listens to the Experts on Florida, by Joseph L. Petrelli (Insurance Journal)

“If you don’t read the newspaper, you are uninformed. If you do read the newspaper, you are misinformed.” Although the author is unknown, this comment is often attributed to Mark Twain or Thomas Jefferson. Having spent more than 27 years of my professional career reviewing and rating the financial stability of insurance companies, including the…

Insurance watchdog group forms new company to certify home improvement providers (Sun Sentinel)

An influential insurance industry watchdog has announced a new mission: promoting and keeping tabs on the growing market for certain energy-efficiency improvements. Principals of the nonprofit Florida Association for Insurance Reform have formed a separate company to build consumer confidence in the Property Assessed Clean Energy program, a unique strategy for financing energy-efficiency and storm-hardening…

FAIR Foundation hosts Climate Resilience Workshop

Fort Lauderdale, FL – The FAIR Foundation is hosting a Climate Resilience workshop on Tuesday July 26, 9:30am – 3:15pm at the Long Key Nature Center in Davie. The INVITATION-ONLY workshop is hosted by Representative Holly Raschein and includes participation by the Southeast Florida Regional Compact for Climate Change and its members (representing Monroe, Miami-Dade,…