September 2016
Don't Let Your Coverage Blow Away

As you are well aware, we are now in peak hurricane season. While our official hurricane season runs from June 1 – November 30, late August and September bring the most storms to Florida. Recently, Hurricane Hermine reminded us all of the potential damage a storm can do to our area.  

If you have not reviewed your home insurance before now, please make an effort to do so. Once there is a watch or warning issued for any tropical system, we are unable to bind new coverage and we are unable to make changes to existing policies. Don’t wait for the storm to find out you don’t have the proper coverage. 

Make sure you have a plan. Many of us live in areas that require mandatory evacuations when a storm is threatening. Have a hurricane plan for your family and don’t forget your pets’ needs.

If you do sustain storm damage, be it wind or flood; refer first to your policy declaration page which lists the direct number to the company’s claims department. Of course, we are here to help you navigate the claims process should you need us.   

-Anita Crockett Ford, Principal/Owner
Coinsurance Can Cause Chaos

If you have a business insurance policy that covers property you need to know about the coinsurance clause. Not knowing how this clause effects your coverage could cause problems if you were to have a claim. Read more in our Commercial Account Executive, Brian Ford's, latest blog. Get informed here!

Steps to Take After a Hurricane

As we have witnessed in the past, St. Petersburg is home to storms of all shapes and sizes.  Hurricane preparation is often stressed, but post-hurricane safety is just as important, especially in a city prone to flooding. Here are some tips to help promote safety and prevent injury:
  • Be alert and aware of flooding. Even though a storm may have passed, flooding can continue for days.
  • Avoid driving on flooded roads and compromised bridges.
  • Be careful using tap water.  Water can become contaminated during storms.  
  • Assess your house and property for any damage as soon as possible. Make sure to photograph any damage and inform your insurance company as soon as possible.
  • Make sure to continue watching and listening to local news stations and weather reports.  They will notify residents of all important alerts and updates after the storm has passed.
  • Report any down wires and power lines to your local power company immediately.  Do not go near them.
Make sure you stay safe, before and after each storm, this hurricane season.
Insurance Resources Eats

Recipes from our employee's kitchen

Tina's BLT Dip

This dip is a hit whether you serve it at a block party of a formal dinner party!  It really tastes like a BLT. You can cut the fat down if you want and use low-fat or fat free ingredients. 

1 pound bacon
1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup sour cream
1 tomato diced
3-4 sliced scallions diced

Place bacon in a large, deep skillet.  Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown.  Drain on paper towels.

In a medium bowl, combine mayonnaise and sour cream.  Crumble bacon, scallions into the sour cream and mayonnaise mixture.  Mix in tomatoes just before serving.

Serve with crackers or chips and enjoy!
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Local Events

September 10 - ALPHA House's Annual Butterfly Ball.  This year's Under the Tuscan Moon themed Fall Gala will include a silent auction, a cocktail reception, a sit down dinner and dessert with live music and dancing.  Click here for more info.

September 11 - Bikes on the Lawn.  Come bring your bikes to CYCLE Brewing and join a group ride to the Museum of Fine Arts lawn for another summer cinema.  This month's movie is Pee Wee's Big Adventure.  There will be food, music, games and trivia.  Click here for more info.

September 13 - #BuyBeachesFirst Kick-Off Event.  Enjoy this mixer at Keel and Curley's Vino n' Brew and help support local businesses!  The first 100 guests will receive #BuyBeachesFirst shopping bags full of coupons and discounts from local businesses.  Click here for more info.

October 1 - Race for a Cure.  Whether you enjoy running for fun or need a motivation to get moving, this event is for you!  Come support Breast Cancer awareness, research, and survivorship in this GLOW 10K and 5K run/walk.  Click here for more info.

October 2 - Shakin & Bacon on the Lawn.  Cinema Squatch presents Footloose on the Museum of Fine Arts lawn! Come enjoy an interesting bacon and milkshakes menu provided by Kings Street Food and Sweet Divas Chocolates.  There will be music, games, bacon you can eat, and Bacon you can watch.  What could be better?! Click here for more info.

October 3-4 - 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.

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