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A.M. Best's Consumer Insurance Center

Consumer news and information regarding insurance.

http://www3.ambest.com/consumers/default.asp


AnnualCreditReport.com

Any consumer is entitled to one free copy of your credit report from each of the three major credit reporting agencies (Equifax, Experian and Trans Union) annually. To order a free annual report from one or all national consumer reporting companies, visit www.annualcreditreport.com, call 877.322.8228 or complete the Annual Credit Report Request Form and mail it to: Annual Credit Report Request Service, P.O. Box 105281, Atlanta, GA, 30348-5281. The form can be printed from ftc.gov/credit.

http://www.annualcreditreport.com


Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)

This website provides a wide variety of information related to product safety. The site provides information on product recalls, how to report unsafe products, a library of product safety standards and updates to standards via press releases.

http://www.cpsc.gov


Department of Transportation

The DOT?s mission is to ensure a fast, safe, efficient, accessible and convenient transportation system. This web site provides information and services for individuals and business owners, such as fleet registration for businesses that operate trucks with a GVW in excess of 10,001 lbs.

http://www.DOT.gov


Driving Skills for Life

Driving Skills for Life is a driver safety initiative from the Ford Motor Company Fund and the Governors' Highway Safety Association. Westfield partners with Driving Skills for Life to help educate teens about safe driving skills. This interactive web site helps educate new drivers through online training and games. Teens can master hazard recognition, vehicle handling, speed management and space management skills...and earn points toward possible prizes! Parents can get smart advice to give to their children...it could save lives.

http://www.drivingskillsforlife.com


Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

This website provides access to a free Emergency Management Guide for Business & Industry. This step by step program can be helpful for assessing and establishing a business interruption program.

www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/3412


Griffith Foundation

The Griffith Foundation for Insurance Education is a 501(c)(3) education foundation supported solely through charitable contributions and endowments. The Foundation was founded at a major Midwest university in 1947 to develop and support an insurance and risk management program at that institution.

www.griffithfoundation.org


Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America

The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA) is a national alliance of 300,000 business owners and their employees who offer all types of insurance and financial services products.

www.independentagent.com


Insurance Information Institute

The mission of the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.) is to improve public understanding of insurance - what it does and how it works.

www.iii.org


Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is an independent, nonprofit, scientific, and educational organization dedicated to reducing the losses - deaths, injuries, and property damage - from crashes on the nation's highways.

www.iihs.org


Insure U

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) presents Insure U - Get Smart About Insurance. This site provides consumer insurance information for those considering or buying insurance. Select a life stage course, study the material, then take the Insure U Quiz!

www.insureuonline.org


InVEST

InVEST, a school-to-work insurance program, teams up with high school and community college educators to provide a useful insurance curriculum for students. With the help of InVEST liaisons (agency professionals), students could have the opportunity for job shadow days, internships or even job offers after they become an InVEST graduate.

http://invest.iiaba.net/default.aspx


KnowYourStuff.org

Creating and maintaining your home inventory is easy with free software available from the Insurance Information Institute. At www.knowyourstuff.org, you can download the free software, learn how to use it, and continue to maintain and update your inventory after it is completed.

www.knowyourstuff.org


National Agricultural Safety Database (NASD)

This website provides farm and agricultural businesses with a wide variety of information, such as online safety videos, training topics, technical bulletins.

http://nasdonline.org/


National Association of Professional Insurance Agents (PIA)

The National Association of Professional Insurance Agents (PIA) represents independent Professional Insurance Agents in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. Our members are local Main Street Agents who serve their communities throughout America.

www.pianet.com


National Federation of Independent Business

The National Federation of Independent Business is the leading small business association representing small and independent businesses. NFIB's mission is to promote and protect the right of our members to own, operate and grow their businesses and gives members access to many business products and services at discounted costs.

www.nfib.com


National Fire Prevention Association

The mission of the international nonprofit NFPA, established in 1896, is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education.

www.nfpa.org


National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA)

This website provides a listing of NFPA codes and standards. It also highlights fire statistics and provides an analysis of past fire losses and what can be learned from these tragedies. Access to specific code requirements may require a membership fee.

www.NFPA.org


National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) - VINCheckSM

The NICB partners with insurers and law enforcement agencies to facilitate the identification, detection and prosecution of insurance criminals. NICB's VINCheck is a service provided to the public to assist in determining if a vehicle has been reported as stolen, but not recovered, or has been reported as a previously declared total loss vehicle by cooperating NICB members. To perform a search a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is required. A maximum of 5 VINCheck searches can be conducted within a 24 hour period.

www.nicb.org

VINCheck: https://www.nicb.org/theft_and_fraud_awareness/vincheck/vincheck


Occupational Health & Safety Administration (OSHA)

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) website provides access to all OSHA standards, record keeping information, history of workplace inspections, free publications & posters, news releases and contact information for area and regional offices.

www.OSHA.gov


Ohio Insurance Institute

Offers consumer information and news to strengthen understanding of and confidence in Ohio's property and casualty insurance industry.

www.ohioinsurance.org


Property Casualty Insurers Association of America

PCI has built a reputation as the industry's most effective advocacy organization.

www.pciaa.net


Small Business Administration

SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. This web site provides an overview of SBA services, tools and local resources. The Small Business Planner is available to help business owners manage their business from start to finish.

www.sba.gov


State Insurance Department Web Sites

from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners The NAIC State Insurance Department Web Sites page lists and gives access to all of the 50 states, Guam, American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands, and the US Virgin Islands Insurance web sites.

www.naic.org/state_web_map.htm


Trusted Choice

Thousands of Trusted Choice insurance agencies are committed to providing comprehensive customer service designed to provide financial services, customization of coverages and advocacy support. They benefit from access to many leading insurance companies. Find a Trusted Choice agency in your local community or research insurance subjects from auto to small business.

www.trustedchoice.com


Underwriters Laboratories

UL has developed more than 1000 Standards for Safety. Our Standards for Safety are essential to helping ensure public safety and confidence, reduce costs, improve quality and market products and services. Millions of products and their components are tested to UL's rigorous safety standards with the result that consumers live in a safer environment than they would have otherwise.

www.ul.com/info/standard.htm


U.S. Chamber of Commerce

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world's largest business federation representing more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions. It includes hundreds of associations, thousands of local chambers, and 106 American Chambers of Commerce in 94 countries.

Whether you own a business, represent one, lead a corporate office, or manage an association, the Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America provides you with a voice of experience and influence in Washington, D.C., and around the globe.

www.uschamber.com


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