May 2021 Newsletter

May 15, 2021

Staying Safe from Lightning

Spring has (probably) sprung, but when things get Spring-y, it can also get stormy.

While you may love the pounding rain or a sudden breeze, you probably don’t like the risk that comes with storms: lightning. Homes across America are struck regularly, making it one of the most common insurance claims we see.

That doesn’t mean you should worry! By being a little careful and thinking ahead, you can avoid danger and make sure you and your loved ones are safe. It really doesn’t take much to know what behaviors can lead to you being out of harm’s way.

Check out these great tips for staying out of harm’s way, no matter how bright the sky flashes:

  • 30-30 — Use the 30-30 rule. If you hear thunder less than 30 seconds after you see lightning, know that it could strike where you are next.
  • Avoid concrete — Lightning can travel through the metal inside of concrete floors. Make sure you stay off of them.
  • Unplug it — Make sure you unplug electrical devices and don’t touch anything that is plugged in – even a landline telephone.
  • Say “No” to water — Electricity can travel through water, so avoid pipes or anything with a faucet that could conduct it.

It’s not silly to be a little cautious and stay safe during a storm. So get cozy, enjoy the sound of the rain, and enjoy one of life’s little time-outs.

Keeping your Valuables Secure

Your favorite necklace, your prize portrait, your brand new laptop – these are a few of your favorite and most valuable things.

But if you’re like most of us, you leave them lying around where anyone who has access to your home could easily grab them. And with most break-ins lasting less than 12 minutes, every second counts.

Don’t panic! Burglaries are on the decline across the country, which is great news. And a little bit of precaution can make your home much less vulnerable to having your valuables taken.

So how can you make your home more secure? Check out these easy tips:

  • Get a camera doorbell — These devices record anyone who comes to the front door. Most burglars try the front door first to make sure no one is home, so getting them on film helps – and deters them.
  • Use a safe — It may seem extreme, but burglars don’t want to take the time to try and get into a safe. High-value items will remain there securely until you open it.
  • Don’t make it easy — Most of us leave our electronics and jewelry out in the open. Hide valuables in boxes or drawers, and put your electronics away in safe places to minimize exposure.
  • Schedule items on insurance — Put valuable items, with pictures and appraisals, on your insurance policy. This makes it easy to replace if something bad happens.

Following these easy steps can see you avoid a loss if someone does try to burgle your home. But maybe you’ll find life a little easier just knowing where everything is for a change!

Memorial Day Holiday

Memorial Day falls on Monday May 31st this year. Our office will be closed on Memorial Day to honor those that gave their lives to protect this country and the freedoms that we enjoy.

We hope that all of you have a safe and enjoyable weekend. Hopefully, the Nebraska weather can cooperate to allow everyone to attend all of the area outdoor events.

If you are to have an emergency while our office is closed please call 308-935-1537 and you will be prompted to hit number 6 for an emergency. This will direct you directly to one of our agents cell phones.