Preparing for the Storm

Every year from June 1st to November 30th, coastal residents brace for “Hurricane Season”. One of nature’s most fierce natural disasters poses problems if you’re not prepared. Knowing your vulnerabilities and having a plan can help save your family’s lives and protect your property.

A preparedness plan addresses vulnerabilities and provides guidance on how to best protect your family and property. The following preparations are a good starting point for protecting your most prized possessions and should be part of your plan.
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Fears and Facts: A Closer Look at Travel Dangers

From acts of terror to Zika, safety threats can prevent people from vacationing overseas. Yet, fear can be a healthy response to risk. It can motivate us to do research, learn the facts, and put the risks into perspective.

Getting the facts about your intended destination can keep you safer and make your experience much richer. Before you go: Continue reading

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Staying Safe Around Fido: Dog Bite Prevention Tips

The dog days of summer are well behind us, but dog safety is always in season. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, dogs reside in approximately one in three U.S. households – including mine. With help from Angela Speed, … Continue reading

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Is Your Dream Protected? Jobsite Safety for Homes under Renovation or Construction

You have finally begun renovation of your home, or construction of a new one – your dream home is taking shape. However, there are risks inherent in any construction project that you may not have considered. Whether the risk is … Continue reading

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Electric Shock Drowning: A Hidden and Deadly Threat to Swimmers

You probably know not to use a hair dryer or other electrical appliance when taking a bath, due to the potential risk of electric shock or even electrocution. But you may not realize that a boat or marina that is … Continue reading

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Stay Safe When Traveling Europe

From the bustling streets of Paris to the sun-splashed Italian countryside, Europe has been a destination of choice for many vacationers. But recent terror attacks in Brussels and Paris, as well as the U.S. Department of State’s current travel alert … Continue reading

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(Safely) Traveling the “Road to Rio”

At the beginning of August, millions of athletes, coaches and tourists will descend on Brazil for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. While the Olympic Games are a joyous time for the world to come together and unite over sport, for … Continue reading

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Don’t Let Your Hoverboard – and Your Home – Go Up in Smoke

Hoverboard self-balancing scooters are one of the hottest new products – quite literally. Some imported hoverboards have caught on fire while charging, and even while in use. From December 1, 2015, to February 17, 2016, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) … Continue reading

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Summer Planning for Stress-Free Fun

When traveling to an exotic destination, lounging on the deck of your yacht or hosting a party at your pool, it’s easy to understand why related risks often go overboard. Unfortunately, individuals – particularly the high-net-worth (HNW) – are putting … Continue reading

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Dreaming of a White (and Safe) Christmas

December has the second highest number of fires in the United States, led only by January (10 percent of all home structure fires in year versus 11 percent), according to 2009-2013 data from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Data from the U.S. Fire Administration quantifies the risk differently: During a typical winter holiday season, on average nearly 156,000 residential fires, $936 million in property damage, 2,600 injuries and 630 deaths occur. Continue reading

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