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Insuring your home against disaster

(Money Magazine) — If last fall’s devastating California wildfires weren’t enough of a wake-up call, consider this: Nearly 60% of homes nationwide don’t carry enough insurance coverage to be fully rebuilt. On average those homes are underinsured by 21%. To give yourself a chance of being made whole, follow these steps before and after disaster…

Fight Computer Desk Aches and Pains

In the past, office workers were frequently on the move—whether they were bending over to place documents in a filing cabinet, running off to a client meeting, walking to the storage closet to locate records or strolling to their office mailbox. But this old-school way of working is now ancient history. In today’s high-tech, digital…

What to do after State Farm

As Florida’s insurance consumer advocate, I am disappointed in State Farm Florida’s decision to exit the property insurance market. Instead of dwelling on the reasons for the company’s decision, we need to consider the immediate fallout. First, we must look at the current state of Florida’s insurance market. Since Hurricane Andrew in 1992, large national…

Flood Insurance for Your Business

Floods can strike anywhere at any time and with almost no warning. Pictures of submerged land are common on the television news. Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005 caused massive flooding in the south, but devastating floods have also attacked the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic states and New England in recent years. According to the Federal Emergency…

Fight Fire on the Construction Site Before It Starts

With all the attention garnered in recent years by the California wildfires, it’s a vivid reminder of the constant threat that jobsite fires can pose on construction projects. Contractors need to continually reassess their risk management plans to adequately prepare for a potential fire. The International Marine Underwriters Association offers the following ten tips for…

New Building Codes Can Leave You Under-Insured

The owner of a commercial building may believe that replacement cost insurance coverage on the building is sufficient to protect her from financial loss. After all, she took the insurance agent’s advice and bought enough insurance to pay for repairing or replacing the building if it were completely destroyed. However, this may be a false…

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