Lights out: Preparing for extended power outages

Consider extended power outages when<br />creating a disaster preparedness plan.

Consider extended power outages when
creating a disaster preparedness plan.

Most of us can, reluctantly, endure the occasional brief power outage from a summer thunderstorm.

But an extended power outage can be a challenge to our dependence on modern appliances and electronic devices, and disaster plans should take power loss into account.
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Coping with loss in a catastrophe

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Safety should be the No. 1 priority
after a natural disaster.

Protecting yourself and your family is your first priority when your auto, home, business or personal property is damaged or destroyed by a tornado, hail, flood or other catastrophic event. Promptly treat any injuries. Remain calm and carefully survey the damage.

Be cautious during post-catastrophe activities to avoid injuries during rescue attempts and cleanup. Watch for downed power lines, gas leaks and electrical hazards that could result in fire, explosion or electrocution. Listen to local officials and emergency management personnel, who can assist you with locating emergency medical treatment, temporary accommodations, clothing, food, water and other needs. Read More

A gift of prevention keeps holidays memorable

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Keep your holiday merry. Be cautious with
candles, Christmas lights and fireplaces,

You want your holidays to be memorable, but for the right reasons. Help ensure your holiday is safe and happy by observing these simple – but essential – tips to help safeguard your loved ones and belongings.

Celebrate with a live tree – safely

  • Choose the right tree! Healthy trees have green needles that do not fall off easily and supple, not brittle, branches.

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Tips to reduce risk when shopping online

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Take precautions when shopping online.

Cyber Monday, the Monday after Thanksgiving, has become the biggest online retail shopping day of the year. In 2012, Cyber Monday shoppers racked up $1.46 billion in sales, a new online record, according to comScore. Because of the explosive growth each year in online holiday sales, shoppers need to be extremely diligent in making digital purchases. Scammers with fake websites and emails are lurking out there to separate you from your money. Your identity is also at risk.
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