On July 22, 2008, Governor Rick Perry issued a proclamation declaring a disaster due to the effects of Tropical Storm Dolly, certifying that Tropical Storm Dolly poses a threat of imminent disaster to Aransas, Bexar, Brooks, Calhoun, Cameron, Hidalgo, Jim Wells, Kenedy, Kleberg, Nueces, Refugio, San Patricio, Victoria and Willacy counties beginning July 22, 2008, and directing that all necessary measures both public and private as authorized under Section 418.017 of the Texas Government be implemented to meet that threat. The proclamation also states that, as provided in Section 418.016 of the Texas Government Code, all rules and regulations that may inhibit or prevent prompt response to this threat are suspended for the duration of the incident.
This bulletin is issued as guidance for those insurers contemplating changes in classification or rating, cancellation or non-renewal of policies, or refusal to provide coverage due solely to participation in the relief effort.
The Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) is of the opinion that in instances where insureds or potential insureds are temporary participants in the relief effort of Hurricane Dolly, it is inappropriate for insurers to re-rate, cancel, non-renew, or refuse to provide coverage due solely to that participation.
Questions regarding this bulletin may be directed to P&C Actuarial Division, at 512-475-3017.
Commissioner of Insurance