Hurricane Storm Terminology – Know the Terms!

Keep these terms in mind so you know when to start preparations for incoming weather. Tropical Cyclone: A warm-core, non-frontal, synoptic-scale cyclone, originating over tropical or subtropical waters, with organized deep convection and a closed surface wind circulation about a well-defined center. Once formed, a tropical cyclone is maintained by the extraction of heat energy…

Electrical Safety Tips for the Home

The amount of electricity in the average home is enough to cause serious injury and death, and, according to the National Fire Protection Association, there are 50,000 electrical home fires every year. That’s why it’s so important to take electrical safety seriously in your home. Here are some tips to stay safe around electricity: Avoid…

Rule Breakers, Rule Followers, and Rule Enforcers

Any community association is governed by a set of by-laws or other governing document that outlines a set of rules for the residents of the community. Managers are taught to rely on these documents and refer to them regularly. Owners and residents are responsible for reading and understanding the rules of the community and then…

Where to Get Hurricane Information

As any storm approaches, look toward your local weather and municipalities to take the lead and heed their advice! However – if you just want to storm track, check out these great links. National Hurricane Center Central Pacific Hurricane Center National Weather Service U.S. State and Territory Emergency Management Agencies Maps of evacuation zones courtesy…

Know Your Stuff!

Have you performed a home inventory? Keeping a list of your personal property with videos and pictures is recommended to all homeowners when buying insurance. It makes the claims process go more quickly. Did you make the list? I’ve checked our office of insurance agents and about 10% of them have an inventory of what…

Week 4 – National Building Safety Month – Remodel to Code!

Your home is your families biggest investment. So when you go to remodel please use a licensed contractor and make sure you file for all necessary building permits. In some jurisdiction you will need a building permit to change your kitchen sink faucet. Keep documentation that your remodel was built to current building codes. If…

Have you registered your drone?

So last evening while I was cooking dinner, someone knocked on the front door. Truthfully, I was a little surprised as it is rare for me to have unannounced visitors. It was my neighbor asking if he could borrow my ladder. It appears that he had crash-landed his drone on the neighbors roof and he…

Are you using smart devices to keep your home and family safe?

I need my smart phone to make daily tasks more convenient. And now, technology experts believe that “smart homes” can do the same thing for my house and my family. Electrical outlets, lightbulbs, smoke detectors and more, are now available with networking and sensor technology similar to smartphones. A smart device uses your home’s Wi-Fi…