When the Earth Moves Under Your Feet: What to Do When an Earthquake Strikes

There is no way to predict when or where an earthquake will strike. It can happen any time of year, any time of day and in any kind of weather. For those of us who live in earthquake prone areas of the country, it is a surreal and scary experience when it does happen. Continue reading

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Do You Have an Equine Evacuation Plan?

Having a disaster plan is critical to keeping your animal companions safe. But horses require extra consideration because of their size and specific transportation needs. In an emergency you may not have much time to safely evacuate your animals so … Continue reading

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The Wonders of Japanese Whiskies

In the world of wines and spirits, the Japanese whisky phenomenon exploded on the scene in 2014 when journalist and critic Jim Murray proclaimed a single malt whisky from the Yamazaki distillery “as the best in the world,” as reported by Bloomberg.com. Since then, prices and demand worldwide have skyrocketed, sending retailers into a spin as they try to locate these precious goods. Continue reading

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Turning the Tide on Flood Risk

Beachfront and coastal properties sit on prime acreage. However, along with the beautiful views and direct access to the beach comes the serious risk of flooding. Continue reading

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Seismic Situations

Recent earthquakes in Chile and Mexico are a reminder that earthquakes are a fact of life and can occur anywhere. If you had 45 seconds to evacuate your house during an earthquake, what would you take? Answering that question long before … Continue reading

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Sewer Back-Ups Stink

Backups can be caused when heavy rains or flooding overload municipal sewer lines and force water back through pipes connected to the sewage system or by clogs in individual pipes. Contaminated water can enter floor drains, toilets and showers, potentially damaging your home or belongings. Continue reading

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No Boundaries for Natural Disasters

Natural disasters continue to dominate the headlines. And although some areas of the world tend to be more risk-prone to catastrophes, the fact is that hurricanes, tornados, hail storms, flooding and wildfires can occur most anywhere.

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Signs of Sinking

Below is a list of things to look for on your property and on the outside of your house that could be signs of a developing sinkhole. Continue reading

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Flood For Thought

Flooding isn’t just an issue for those living near the beach or beside a lake or a river, in fact it’s the most common and costly natural disaster in the United States and is generally not covered by homeowner’s insurance. Continue reading

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The Sinking Truth

While we don’t often hear or think about about sinkholes, until unusual or fatal events like the recent story out of of Florida, it’s definitely best to be educated and aware. Continue reading

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