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How to Reduce Your Wildfire Risk

How to Reduce Your Wildfire Risk

A wildfire is an unplanned fire that burns in a natural area such as a forest, grassland, or prairie. Wildfires are often caused by humans or lightning and can happen anywhere at any time. Wildfire risk increases during periods of little rain and high winds. According...

OPIC’s 2019 Achievements

OPIC’s 2019 Achievements

OPIC has been working hard for consumers this year, analyzing over 2,100 rules, rates, and policy forms. We are a small, 10-person agency, but we did big things in 2019, saving Texas consumers over $41 million. Here are some of our biggest achievements: Negotiated an...

What is Surplus Lines Insurance?

What is Surplus Lines Insurance?

Most property and casualty insurance policies in Texas are sold by insurance companies licensed by the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI). These companies make up what is called the “authorized” or “admitted” market. TDI reviews most of the rates and policies that...

Avoid Contractor Fraud After a Disaster

Avoid Contractor Fraud After a Disaster

After a tornado or storm, you may need to hire a contractor to fix damage to your home. It’s important to be aware of common contracting scams that occur after disasters, and how to go about the rebuilding process safely. Here’s our biggest tips to think about when...

OPIC Staff Shop Their Policies

OPIC Staff Shop Their Policies

OPIC always encourages consumers to shop around for insurance, so we took our own advice and did the same. OPIC staff recently shopped for our own policies to see if we could get a better deal on our insurance. Our goal was to save money without losing coverage....

Insurance Consumer Protections from the 2019 Legislative Session

Insurance Consumer Protections from the 2019 Legislative Session

The 86th Texas Legislative Session concluded on May 27, 2019. Several bills passed that positively impact Texas insurance consumers. Below are summaries highlighting some of the consumer protection bills passed by the Texas Legislature and signed by the Governor. To...

Are You Prepared for Hurricane Season?

Are You Prepared for Hurricane Season?

Hurricane season lasts from June until November. Hurricanes can’t be prevented, but there are steps you can take to protect yourself, your family, and your belongings from damage.   Before a Hurricane Plan your evacuation route and create an emergency...

Getting Married? 5 Insurance Tips for Newlyweds and Engaged Couples

Getting Married? 5 Insurance Tips for Newlyweds and Engaged Couples

If you’re engaged or newly married, the last thing on your mind is reviewing your insurance needs or updating your policies. However, before tying the knot, it’s important to sit down and discuss your current insurance situation and what you might need to change...

Are You Prepared for Tornado Season?

Are You Prepared for Tornado Season?

Tornado season is upon us. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Texas had 61 tornado events last year that affected 46 counties and equaled approximately $5 million in property damage. Tornadoes can’t be prevented, but there are...

How to Create a Home Inventory

How to Create a Home Inventory

A home inventory is a detailed list of items in your house that you make in the case of theft or damage. Creating a list can be time consuming, but it is better to do so now rather than trying to make one from memory later. A home inventory list can help you: Buy the...