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Giving Thanks

Friday, November 22, 2013

Each time the holidays roll around, we begin thinking about gifts and travel plans. But what matters most, is the time we spend with our friends and family. It’s a time of gratitude and joyfulness, and it’s a time to enjoy a meal around the table in that spirit.

In recent years, frying the Thanksgiving turkey has become a trend. While it can result in a delicious meal, we should all make sure to put safety first. Allstate has prepared three tips to help you be safe should you decide to fry the turkey:

1) Hand-dry the Turkey before Frying - Never place a frozen turkey into hot oil, as it can cause oil to spill over. Make sure that the turkey correlates properly with the fryer size.

2) Use Premium Oil to Fry- Preventing fires starts with choosing the proper oil quality; peanut and safflower oil are viable options. Leave room at the top of the fryer for oil to prevent any accidental spills.

3) Cook Outside - While it might be expected that everyone would know to cook a turkey in a fryer outside, it’s not always clear. Make sure to cook outside and stay clear of any wooden decks or structures as well as low hanging branches.

Safety is paramount when preparing the Thanksgiving feast, whether you decide to fry a turkey or bake tofurkey. While you prepare to greet your family and spend time with friends this year, it’s also a time to share that spirit of gratitude with others.

Unfortunately, many around the world, particularly those impacted by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, even having a guaranteed meal is a gift. Those who have the means, have the opportunity to give more than time and presents to their loved ones; we can all be humanitarians and even small donations can be felt on the other side of the globe. There are a number of organizations, such as American Red Cross, Doctors without Borders, and Mercy Corps, who are working to help those affected by the natural disaster. See a larger list of organizations in this NBC News article. Thanks for making a difference and have a very happy and safe Thanksgiving!

An Invite to Attend & Support the Purple Door Luncheon on October 11th!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

As many of you know, Allstate is a proud supporter of domestic violence awareness and prevention, as well as assisting victims of abuse with economic empowerment to better their situation. Locally, the Salmon Agency contributes to this cause through support of Harbor House, one of the best comprehensive domestic violence programs in the State of Florida.

This Friday, October 11th, we hope you will join us in supporting and attending the 37th Annual Purple Door Luncheon. This event will feature guest speaker Sharon Love, the co-founder of the One Love Foundations, raising awareness about relationship violence after the tragic death of her daughter, Yeardley Love. The University of Virginia student and lacrosse player was murdered by her ex-boyfriend two weeks before her graduation, drawing national attention to her story and the issue. Sharon Love is committed to ending relationship violence through education and technology and honoring her daughter’s spirit.

Here are the details for this year’s event and the link to register:

37th Annual Purple Door Luncheon

SeaWorld Ports of Call, 7007 Sea World Drive, Orlando, FL

Friday, October 11th, 2013

Noon to 1:00 pm

Thank you to our sponsors, Orange County Sheriff's Office, Florida Hospital, Starwood Vacation Ownership, Chase, Jill S. Schwartz & Associates, P.A., Orlando Health, Wells Fargo, Local 6 WKMG, Mears Transportation Group, Carley Corporation, OUC The Reliable One, Rhodes + Brito Architects, and Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell.

We hope you will join The Salmon Agency in supporting this event and helping us to raise awareness about domestic violence in Central Florida and the larger community. Thank you!

Staying Safe for the Atlantic Hurricane Season

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

If you have lived in Florida for at least a year, then you have made it through at least one hurricane season, and we are in the midst of the next one. According to the experts at NOAA, the season will remain active with more storms on the way. Between 3 and 5 of the projected storms could potentially be major hurricanes, a menacing prospect for Florida residents! In a recent article, it was recommended “now is a good time to prepare for hurricanes, especially if you live along the coast.”  Hurrican_Fran_-_Prior_Atlantic_Season.gif

With Superstorm Sandy still fresh in the mind of many, it’s even more important for you to be prepared for this Atlantic hurricane season. Here are some tips for you and your family to stay safe for the Atlantic hurricane season:

  • Review Your Insurance Coverage: The most inconvenient time to update your coverage is after a storm hits. Check your coverage now to make sure it is up-to-date and ensure you also have flood insurance (flooding is a great risk after a big storm!). Make sure your valuables are also covered along with your home. It’s also a good idea to have comprehensive automobile coverage in case of physical damage to your vehicle during a storm.
  • Walk-thru Your Property Before a Storm: Before a storm warning is issued, it’s a good idea to walk your property and ensure that there aren’t any branches or limbs that might break windows or cause damage.Secure your property as best as possible in preparation for a storm.
  • Keep a list of your possessions: In case of a big storm, your property might experience a flooding or sustain other damage. By tracking your most important items with their model numbers (if relevant), you can be mindful of any items damaged or lost.
  • Have a Plan and Safe Room: It’s always a good idea to have both a plan and a safe room with supplies in case of a major storm. Your safe room should be away from windows in the interior of your home.
  • Keep an Emergency Kit: Your emergency kit should be accessible and include water for several days, non-perishable food and a manual can opener, a battery-powered flashlight, and a first-aid kit along with any prescription medication.
  • Have a Pet Plan: Because many emergency shelters cannot allow you to bring pets with you due to allergens, it’s a good idea to have a plan for these extended family members.

By taking a little time to follow these steps, you will not only be more prepared for hurricane season, but you will have peace of mind. For sound advice on how best to update your insurance coverage, call your friendly team at the Salmon Agency at 407-365-1766. We will navigate you through the proper steps to ensure you and your loved ones are prepared for the storm.

Tips for Summer Safety

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

With backyard grilling, fun by the pool, and lots of sunshine, the summer can be a great time to enjoy the outdoors with your family. However, with the temperatures edging up there are also precautions to take to help protect you and your loved ones in with the increased activity in the summer heat. Here are your summer safety tips:

1. Take Precautions with Grilling: Long days and weekends are a great time for cookouts, but the backyard barbeque can quickly become a hazard if you don’t take the extra time to check the grill for any blockages or leaks before you fire it up. Also, make sure to grill a safe distance from your house and avoid storing the grill indoors if it still has freshly used coals as carbon monoxide can still escape.

2. Swim Safely: The pool can be a great place for you and your family to enjoy, but you will want to make sure that there is an adult supervising children at all times and that floatation devices are readily accessible in case of an emergency. To help protect small children even when the pool is not in use, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends installing fencing or another barrier at least 4-feet in height around the pool.

3. Avoid Pesticides: Children will be playing outside in the summer, so it’s a good time to avoid placing pesticides on your lawn. If you need to apply pesticide, ensure that it’s not done on rainy or windy days and follow the recommended product instructions or utilize a qualified services company.

4. Plan for Fun: Double-checking your insurance policies before you head out on your RV road trip or motorcycle or off-road vehicle adventure is smart planning. The Salmon Agency offers policies that cover motor homes and other types of vehicles. Wishing you had insurance when you don’t is too late, so take precautions and you can truly enjoy all the summer has to offer.

With a few extra steps, you can easily ensure your summer will be fun for you and your family. Contact the Salmon Agency at 407-365-1766 and we will be glad to review your policies with you to make sure you are set for summer!

Before the Storm: Preparing for Natural Disasters

Thursday, June 13, 2013

With a second tornado having deeply impacted the people living in Oklahoma and a hurricane season just winding up, natural disasters are front of mind for many people and their families and loved ones. With high winds that carry destructive power, tornadoes can demolish homes, and lives along their path. With over 1,000 tornadoes a year in the U.S., causing up to $1.1 billion in property damage, primarily roofs, trees, and windows.

Have a "Safe Room" - Taking precautions is critical and one of the best ways that those who reside in tornado-prone areas can prepare is to have a place of “near-absolute protection,” a term used by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). While every tornado is different, based on collective research, a safe room design (oftentimes a basement or interior room) that incorporates protection criteria can be a tremendous safeguard during a storm. For more information on safe room design, visit FEMA’s website.

Prepare Your Landscape - Keeping windows clear by trimming tree branches and shrubbery, or removing trees that could fall on your home, and replace any hard, rocky surfaces in your walkway or driveway with mulch. Make sure that windows are closed when a storm is coming to minimize any potential flying debris.

Set up a “Storm Plan” - Prevention can make a big difference when a tornado hits. Talk with your family about your escape route if you are trapped in your home and where you will take shelter and put together a plan. Options may include a designated community shelter, a storm cellar, or a “safe room.” Another important step is to have a contact person who can reach out to loved ones in case a storm comes.

Assemble an Emergency Kit - Having an emergency kit with first aid supplies, flashlights, heavy-duty gloves, a whistle or air horn, extra copies of keys and glasses, cash, portable all-hazard radio, fresh batteries, and copies of insurance documents.

Update Your Insurance Policies - Allstate homeowners insurance and renters insurance can go a long way to help protect your home and belongings against damage from natural disasters, and more importantly, help you to clean up after the storm.

Call Salmon Agency to discuss your insurance needs, so we can come up with the best solution for you and your family, so that you will be prepared for the storm. To give to the victims of the recent tornadoes in Oklahoma, visit the American Red Cross website and make a difference today!

With Home Insurance: The Unexpected Can Be Protected

Thursday, March 17, 2011

We have seen with the recent earthquake in Japan that tragedy can strike at any moment. Many lives were lost and loved ones’ hearts shattered as they watched all they worked for destroyed in such an unexpected natural disaster. Living in the sunshine state has its benefits, from the white, sandy beaches to a seemingly continuous summer season. Yet, along with our beautiful weather there is a downfall; hurricane season.  What many Florida residents fail to realize is that this can be avoided by taking the necessary precautions now, in order to avoid the inescapable later. That is why it is important to have proper home insurance coverage.

With hurricane season approaching, it is critical to be proactive in obtaining proper home insurance to protect not only your valuables but your loved ones as well. If you’re a home owner, chances are it is your greatest asset so why not protect it! The benefits of having home insurance speak for themselves:

  • Mortgage lenders require it (if you take out a loan to buy your home).
  • If you rent, your landlord’s policy will not cover your personal property.
  • If you own a condo, the condo association’s policy does not cover your personal property and generally the interior of your condo.
  • It can be a financial safety net in a disaster.
  • Bad things do happen.

No one wants to be left without an option or without an avenue to turn to once tragedy strikes. The key is to have good home insurance, which will allow you to live worry free. Allow our trusted associates at The Salmon Agency to give you peace of mind and find the right home insurance policy for you. Think about it, if you can't financially afford to cover a loss on your own, then you can't afford not to be insured.


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