August 2016
Back to School Time

In less than 2 weeks summer break will end and the kiddos will be heading back to school. You probably don't equate auto insurance with going back to school but your auto policy can be extremely important in the event of some common accidents involving children. Did you know that an injury sustained by your child on a school bus could involve your personal auto policy or that a pedestrian or a bicycle injury could involve your auto policy?

We hope you never have to experience these types of incidents, but you should talk to your agent to learn how to best protect your family. Review your auto policy on a regular basis.  If you do not carry Uninsured Motorist coverage, you should.

Please drive defensively, obey speed laws, and make safety for our children your utmost concern.


-Anita Crockett Ford, Principal/Owner
The ABCs of Ordinance or Law for Condos

If you live in a condominium, you've most likely heard your board or mortgage company talk about Ordinance or Law coverage. This coverage could be extremely beneficial if there was ever a property loss to your association, but most condo owners don't have or understand the coverage. Read our latest blog to learn more about this valuable endorsement. Read more!

Zika Virus Safety Tips

With Zika on the mind of every Floridian, it is important to protect yourself from the virus and to help stop its spread this summer.  Here are some safety tips provided by the CDC to ensure proper protection from mosquitos that can make you sick:
  • Apply and reapply insect repellent as directed
  • Only use EPA-registered insect repellents with the following active ingredients: DEET, Picaridin (KBR 3023, Bayrepel, and icaridin), oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE), para-methane-diol (PMD), and IR3535 
  • Spray all exposed skin with the repellent. If using sunscreen, apply sunscreen first and then the repellent.
  • Use screens on windows and doors. Repair any holes in the screens to prevent mosquitos from entering your home
  • Make sure every week to empty, clean or throw out any items outside that can collect water. Still water is the breeding grounds for mosquitos.
  • Use an outdoor insect spray made to kill mosquitos on your yard.
  • Plan for travel. Look for travel notices and areas that are currently experiencing outbreaks and try and avoid those areas.
Please go to the CDC's website to learn more about Zika Virus.
Insurance Resources Eats

Recipes from our employee's kitchen
Brian's Chocolate Banana Protein Bites

2 tablespoons almond butter
2 tablespoons chia seeds
2 tablespoons chocolate protein powder
3/4 cup old fashioned oats
1 banana
Pinch of salt

Mash the banana in a bowl and mix in the almond butter, chia seeds, chocolate protein powder, and salt until combined.  Add the oats into the banana chocolate mixture until they are completely incorporated. Using spoons, form the mixture into balls and place on a saran wrap covered plate.  Place the plate in the refrigerator or freezer and enjoy. 

These make for an easy grab-on-the-go breakfast and a great pre- or post-workout snack!
Help the Kids!

Every Summer Insurance Resources participates in SmartStart4Kids. This is a school supply drive for families who do not have the ability to buy school supplies for the coming school year. To help out, please drop off new school supplies to our office before August 15th. Read more here!

Local Events

July 1 - August 15 - Smart Start 4 Kids.  Join the FAIA Young Agents council with collecting supplies to help give Florida students a smart start for the upcoming school year.  Supplies can be dropped off at several volunteer agencies, including our Insurance Resources office.  Click here for more info.

August 5 - Madeira Beach Sunset Series 5k.  Enjoy the third and final run of the series on the beautiful sands of Madeira Beach.  This includes spectacular views, beautiful sunsets, and a fun after race party.  Click here for more info.

August 6 - The Great BrainWash 2016. Join the Brain Tumor Alliance in this fun filled 5k water obstacle race and help support a great cause! There will be many fun obstacles, food, a beer garden, music, and dancing to make for a great day.  Don't miss out, register today! Click here for more info.

August 6-7 - Brocante Market. Is your wallet burning a hole in your pocket? Do you like to shop till you drop? Great! Come to Brocante Market, St. Pete's ONLY monthly vintage market! 15,000 square feet of vintage goods sourced by 50+ Brocanteurs. Located at 2200 2nd Ave S, St. Petersburg. Click here for more info.

August 12 - Movie Night. Enjoy a free showing of Jaws at Archibald Beach Park. Bring your blankets, chairs, floaties, and anything else you need to endure the epic shark movie! Click here for more info.

August 20 - Free Yoga at the Sundial. Are you looking for some zen in your life? You found it! The Sundial courtyard hosts free yoga every third Saturday of the month. Come deep breathe and stretch regardless of your yogi status. Namaste!  Click here for more info.

August 20 - Pretty in Pink. Cinema Squatch is hosting another free outdoor movie event, this time at ARTpool Gallery. The theme? Totally Awesome 80's Party! There will be an 80's attire contest, 80's dance party and trivia starting at 7. The movie, Pretty in Pink, will begin at dark. Click here for more info.

*Please contact us if you wish to have your event published in our newsletter.
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