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Agents Who Survived Katrina to Veterans of Sandy: Take Care of Yourself

A PIA agent who is a veteran of Hurricane Katrina advised PIA agents who are veterans of Superstorm Sandy that with all the stress surrounding catastrophes, agents need to realize the importance of not neglecting themselves so they can continue to serve their clients...
June 18, 2013

A PIA agent who is a veteran of Hurricane Katrina advised PIA agents who are veterans of Superstorm Sandy that with all the stress surrounding catastrophes, agents need to realize the importance of not neglecting themselves so they can continue to serve their clients.

PIA National Vice President/Treasurer Richie Clements of Chalmette, Louisiana spoke on a panel “Super Lessons Learned from a Superstorm,” held during the joint annual conference of PIA of New Jersey and New York on June 9.

Clements serves as PIA National’s representative to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and will become chairman of Flood Insurance Producers National Committee (FIPNC) in October 2013. He says he received a call one day from an insurance company vice president telling him, “Hey, look stupid, you have to take care of yourself; this is more than just about your policyholders. This is about you too. Every day you have to get yourself a little bit of exercise; you got to get to sleep and you have to take time just for yourself. Don’t wear yourself out, because you are going to.” Clements said, “Boy, you don’t know how those words rang true.”