North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey will again offer conferences across North Carolina to provide vital information regarding the need for flood insurance.
The 2022 conferences will be similar to ones offered in 2021 through WebEx and will, again, be free of charge to insurance agents, adjusters, real agents, engineers, architects, land surveyors, and the public.
Hurricane season runs June 1 to Nov. 30. Typically, during this period, at least one major storm forms with the potential to impact our state. The flooding from Hurricanes Florence and Dorian devastated thousands of residents who didn’t have flood insurance because they relied on their homeowners’ policy, which does not cover damage from rising water.
North Carolina residents now have greater flood coverage options than ever before. Flood insurance is available from the federal National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Commissioner Causey also approved a statewide, private flood insurance program that participating companies can now offer to residents living anywhere in the state.
Commissioner Causey hopes to eventually see all North Carolinians protected in the event of a flood or mudslide.
To ensure residents are adequately prepared for the 2022 hurricane season, Commissioner Causey is offering free continuing education course credits for insurance agents and adjusters who attend the conference. Real estate agents are also approved to receive free continuing education credit. Engineers and land surveyors have the opportunity to use their “self-report” opportunity available and utilize 21 NCAC 56.1706 recordkeeping to retain the information for three years. Licensed architects are also approved for 4 HSW hours of continuing education credit. The course was approved by AIA. NCAIA will assist in the process of awarding the 4 HSW hours of continuing education credit.
The flood insurance conferences will feature the expertise of NCDOI Chief Deputy Commissioner Dr. Michelle Osborne, Flood Insurance Specialist Charlotte Hicks, CPA, CIC, AAI, ARM, representatives from NCDPS- Emergency Management, and FEMA officials who will discuss the modernization of flood maps and other topics.
All conferences will be virtual and hosted through WebEx.
For more information, please contact Tracy Biehn at Tracy.Biehn@ncdoi.gov.