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What’s Predicted for the 2021 Hurricane Season

Courtesy of Colorado State University (CSU) hurricane researchers predict an above-average Atlantic hurricane season in 2021, citing the likely absence of El Niño as a primary factor. El Niño tends to increase upper-level westerly winds across the Caribbean into the tropical Atlantic, tearing apart hurricanes as they try to form. The CSU Tropical Meteorology …

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Tips For Rental Cars

Courtesy of There are more options for renting a car than ever before—bricks-and-mortar, peer-to-peer and membership-based car sharing services. While this means more choice for renters, it also creates more questions about insurance coverage. Use these tips to properly insure yourself when renting a car, and avoid wasting money on duplicative coverage. If you’re …

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In Case of Flood

Courtesy of Floods occur in every region and 90 percent of all natural disasters the United States involve some type of flooding. Minimize the damage and losses from a flood by taking these precautions. Understand flood watches and flood warnings There are different alerts for floods, depending on the type of and immediacy of …

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Renting Out Rooms? Insurance Considerations

Courtesy of Before you consider renting out your home, your guest room—or even your couch—first contact your insurance professional so you fully understand the financial risks and can take the proper precautions. Here’s some general information to jumpstart your insurance conversation. If you are considering renting out your home, your guest room or even …

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Do You Need Insurance for a Home-Based Business?

Courtesy of Whether you’re running a part-time, seasonal or full-time business from your home, you’ll want to carefully consider your risks and insurance needs. Starting a business—even at home—can be a challenging venture, and having the right insurance can provide a financial safety net and peace of mind. Your insurance choices should, in part, …

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Tornados-What is the Risk?

Courtesy of Tornadoes A tornado is a violently rotating column of air that extends from a thunderstorm and comes into contact with the ground, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). In an average year about 1,000 tornadoes are reported nationwide, according to NOAA. Tornado intensity is measured by the enhanced Fujita …

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