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NIF Group, HDI Gerling America to offer Artisan Contractor Coverage in West

NIF Group, Inc., a program administrator and specialty brokerage firm, has announced a new carrier for their artisan contractors program.  NIF Insurance Services of California, a division of NIF Group, will act as the program administrator in partnership with Glencar …

Church Funding Emergency Alert System for West, Texas

A church in the small Texas city devastated by a fertilizer plant explosion is funding an emergency alert system for the town’s residents. The system will allow West officials to deliver an automated phone message to residents in the case …

Liberty Mutual Opens Equipment Breakdown Office in San Francisco, Adds Staff

Liberty Mutual has added senior underwriting and technical engineering resource staff to its equipment breakdown operations, as well as opened a San Francisco office so it can be closer to its partners. The new staff includes: John Volle, senior manager …

Important Facts about Texas Fertilizer Blast May Be Sealed in Lawsuits

Valuable health and safety information about the 2013 fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas, could be hidden from the public forever because a judge has approved confidentiality agreements for more than a dozen lawsuits relating to the case. The agreements …

Fertilizer Makers Place Blame on City in West, Texas, Explosion

Two fertilizer companies sued following a deadly Texas explosion are claiming the small town deserves blame for failing to properly train volunteer firefighters and first responders, who made up most of the 15 people killed by the blast. El Dorado …

ITC Expands Comparative Rating System, TurboRater, to Nevada

Insurance Technologies Corporation (ITC), a provider of marketing, rating and management software and services, has expanded its comparative rating system TurboRater with its release of automated insurance rating information for personal lines insurance in Nevada. The insurance carriers available today …

Home Emergency Insurance Solutions Relaunches Home Protection Plans in California

HomeServe USA’s subsidiary Home Emergency Insurance Solutions (HEIS), is relaunching its optional Water Service Line Insurance plans as home protection plans to more than 425,000 households across the state of California. A mailing outlining the new benefits of the Plans …

Climate-Driven Firefighting in West Takes Cash From Prevention Budgets

Wildfires blamed in part on climate change are consuming timber in the U.S. West at such a furious pace that half the Forest Service’s budget is now spent fighting them — up from 21 percent in 2000. Add in the …

In New Mexico, Arizona Fire Danger and Drought Spark Fireworks Concerns

The fire season has been relatively mild across the West this year, but officials in New Mexico and Arizona are doing what they can to rein in the use of fireworks given the dry conditions plaguing both states. New Mexico …

NAS Insurance, Swett & Crawford Launch Cyber Liability Program for IIABCal Members

NAS Insurance Services and Swett & Crawford have created new cyber liability products for IIABCal members and their clients. Members can now log on to NAS Online to quote and issue cyber liability policies for their clients through the program …