Texas Agents To Stage Terrorism Symposium

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By Mark E. Ruquet

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NU Online News Service, Nov. 12, 3 :50 p.m.EST?The Independent Insurance Agents of Dallas will sponsor an allday conference this month to discuss how their industry should dealwith terrorism insurance issues.

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Linda Leos, executive director of IIAD, said the subject will bethe feature discussion of the 14th annual All IndustryDay event presented by IIAD, the Dallas Chapter of CharteredProperty-Casualty Underwriters and the University of NorthTexas.

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"This is the first attempt by the insurance industry to addressTRIA (Terrorism Risk Insurance Act)," she said.

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Ms. Leos noted that the TRIA act, which provides the industrywith a form of reinsurance to cover losses from terrorist attacks,ends in 2005. The industry has not addressed what needs to be doneonce the act expires, she said.

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"We want to bring awareness to both the industry and consumers,"said Ms. Leos. "It is still an issue of not if, but when there is aterrorist act, what will we do when we get there."

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The one day conference, titled "Confronting Terrorism, Not If,But When," will be held Nov. 25 at the Hotel Inter-ContinentalDallas, in Addison, Texas.

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The day's speakers will include Ernest Csiszar, South Carolina'sDirector of Insurance, and vice president of the NationalAssociation of Insurance Commissioners; U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions,R-Texas; and senior executives from throughout the insuranceindustry.

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Panel discussions will include:

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? Terrorism Risk Insurance Act of 2002 implementationupdate.

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? How are businesses assessing terrorism risk?

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? Terrorism and personal lines insurance.

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? Utilizing security and crisis consulting as part of a riskmanagement strategy.

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Full day registration is $125, and the afternoon session is $50.Registration is open to anyone interested in attending, said Ms.Leos.

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More information and registration material is available atwww.insuredallas.org or214-360-0666.

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