The top 5 blog posts of 2014

hands-counting-to-fiveAs we wrap up 2014, here’s a rundown of the year’s top 5 blog posts, based on page views. Two were actually published in 2013 but continued to attract readers, shares and comments. Our top blog also attracted the most comments, many from readers who displayed deep knowledge of how to prepare for a disaster. The comments alone are worth a second look.

Thank you for your readership this year. Visit us in 2015 for more insurance and safety information. We wish you and yours a happy, healthy and prosperous new year.


1. Lights out: Preparing for extended power outages

(March 20, 2014)

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.


2. When deer are in your headlights

(November 19, 2013)

As the outdoor temperature gradually drops, deer activity and deer-vehicle accidents increase. Every year across the country, deer-vehicle accidents account for billions of dollars in vehicle damage, thousands of injuries and hundreds of fatalities. These tips can help you avoid a collision with a deer and stay safe while on the road.


3. The homeowner’s to-do list: Here’s where to start

(April 8, 2014)

Now that the seasons have turned, it’s time to assess how your property weathered the winter. This is a good time to make a “to-do” list to prevent property maintenance and liability issues.


4. Where to keep key documents…and where NOT to

(September 23, 2014)

Here’s a little quiz. Where is your Social Security card right now? What about your passport? Your birth certificate?


5. Don’t be surprised by the cost to rebuild your home

(December 5, 2013)

Many people don’t know where to start to estimate home value when purchasing homeowner insurance. For some, the first instinct may be to insure the home based on mortgage value. Others may look at real estate market value, property tax basis or some other factor. But any of these values could be far less than the actual cost to rebuild, and that is the key consideration when buying insurance to protect against a loss.


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