PIA National Supports Mitigation Legislation Introduced by House Homeland Security Chairman Bennie Thompson

National Association of Professional Insurance Agents

WASHINGTON – The National Association of Professional Insurance Agents (PIA) today applauded the chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security Bennie Thompson for his leadership in addressing the key concern of disaster mitigation.

Rep. Thompson (D-Miss.), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, has introduced three pieces of legislation that will go a long way toward making hazard mitigation a key national priority: H.R. 3026, the Hazard Mitigation for All Act; H.R. 3027, the Pre-disaster Hazard Mitigation Enhancement Program Act; and H.R. 3028, the First Responder Innovation and Support Act of 2009.

“Congressman Thompson’s three-pronged effort to facilitate disaster mitigation is a winning strategy in the fight to protect America from natural disasters,” said Brian T. Marino, co-chair of the national PIA natural catastrophe working group.

The bills have been endorsed by groups including the American Insurance Association, the Association of Bermuda Insurers and Reinsurers, the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America, the Reinsurance Association of America and the National Wildlife Federation.

“These legislative initiatives will go a long way toward making America a more disaster resistant nation,” said William McGraw, co-chair of the national PIA natural catastrophe working group. “We urge Congress to support this important legislation.”

On the broader issue of natural catastrophe policy, PIA supports a coordinated natural disaster catastrophe program that covers commercial and residential property and does not compete with the private sector’s capacity to provide insurance.  We also think that insurers should be allowed to price policies according to risk.

Founded in 1931, PIA is a national trade association that represents member insurance agents and their employees who sell and service all kinds of insurance, but specialize in coverage of automobiles, homes and businesses.

PIA members are Local Agents Serving Main Street America SM. PIA’s web address is www.pianet.com.