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Hurricane Preparedness for Insurance Agents

Posted on: June 29th, 2015 by DougM

Hurricane Preparedness for Insurance Agents

Now that hurricane season is underway, you’ve probably taken steps within your home to ensure you’re prepared in the event of an emergency. And you may have sent some information out to your clients. But what about your “home away from home” – your business? While forecasters have predicted a quieter than normal hurricane season in 2015, it’s always important to be ready with a plan in case disaster strikes. In regards to your business, it can mean the difference between staying open to service the needs of your customers or shutting down for a few days.

Here are 6 steps you can take to make sure your business needs are covered in the event of a hurricane:


Being prepared at work, as well as at home, will help you address concerns during the aftermath.





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Emergency Preparedness Plans for Pets

Posted on: May 12th, 2015 by DougM

Your emergency plan should include all family members, including pets. Being prepared can save their lives.

Pit bull DogIdentify, in advance, a safe place to take your pets:

Assemble a Pet Emergency Preparedness Kit
Keep your pet’s essential supplies in sturdy containers that can be easily accessed and carried (a duffle bag for example). Your pet emergency preparedness kit should include:

ASPCA Rescue Stickers
The ASPCA offers free rescue sticker to alert police, firemen, etc that pets are inside your home. Place it in a visible spot near your entry way and be sure to include the number and types of pets in your home, as well as your veterinarian’s phone number.

If you must evacuate with your pets (and if time allows) write “EVACUATED” across the stickers so rescue workers don’t waste time looking for them.


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Building an Emergency Kit for Hurricane Season

Posted on: April 28th, 2015 by DougM

Any resident of a coastal area can tell you what June 1st means – it’s the beginning of hurricane season. With the date right around the corner, it’s an ideal time to build an emergency survival kit to ensure you’re ready in the event of a hurricane. According to, here is a list of essential items to include in your kit:

Make sure to monitor expiration dates on canned food and restock as needed. It’s also a good idea to reassess your kit every year, as family’s needs change.

You may already have some of the basic emergency kit items in your home. The key is to make sure they are organized, easy to find, and easy to carry. If you are a Louisiana policyholder, and you need to purchase items, the 2015 Louisiana Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday is Saturday, May 30th and Sunday, May 31st. During this annual holiday, consumers can make tax-free purchases on the first $1,500 of the sales price on a variety of supplies. To view a full list of tax-free items, visit Unfortunately, South Carolina doesn’t offer a similar tax holiday.

For additional suggestions to help you prepare for hurricane season, visit the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety website at

NOAA has designed the week of May 24th – May 30th as Hurricane Preparedness Week and urges everyone to use this time to prepare, plan and know your evacuation zone. Visit for more information. While forecasters have predicted a quieter than normal hurricane season in 2015, it’s always important to be ready with a plan and supplies so you’re ready if disaster strikes.



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