April Showers Can Cause Water Damage

April showers bring May flowers, but they can also bring rainstorms that can cause flood damage to your property! Be sure to take the proper steps to protect your property. Check out FEMA’s “How to Prepare for a Flood,” which includes flood basics, info on emergency notifications and how to protect yourself before, during and…

Spring Home Maintenance Tips

Spring is here! It is the perfect time for a good home cleaning, but also an even better time to complete a home maintenance inspection. Travelers offers us lists of items for both inside and outside your home, along with a downloadable checklist. Checking everything from electrical outlets/cords to inspecting trees, will ensure that your…

March is Ladder Safety Month

Ladders pose specific safety hazards, so it’s essential to familiarize yourself with the risks and safety rules. Falls from elevated surfaces are frequently listed as one of the top 10 causes of accidents in the workplace. Most of these accidents occur due to failure to follow basic ladder safety. To help prevent ladder injuries, practice…

50th Anniversary of the First 9-1-1 Call

According to FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency), the first 9-1-1 call took place 50 years ago this month! On February 16, 1968, Alabama State Senator Rankin Fite completed the first 9-1-1 call in Haleyville, Alabama and it remains as important today as it was when first introduced decades ago. Calling for help remains the first…

25 Most Commonly Stolen Passwords

How clever is your password? If it’s on the list below, your password is just as easily stolen as it is remembered. Protect yourself by making sure you’re not using one of the top 25 most commonly stolen passwords of 2017, as determined by IT security firm SplashData. To create a more secure password, make…

January is National Blood Donor Month

January is the perfect time to help others through the act of giving. During National Blood Donor Month, organizations like the American Red Cross pay tribute to the nearly 11 million donors, and encourage others to start the New Year off by giving blood. According to the American Red Cross, January is a challenging time…

NFIP Lapse Update

UPDATE as of Tuesday, 1/23/18: Late yesterday, the House and Senate voted to approve government funding through February 8th, 2018. President Trump signed the deal soon after, ending the government shutdown and restoring FEMA’s operation of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). From now until February 8th, Congress will continue working on a longer-term budget…

Power is Out – How do you stay warm?

If you are lucky, you have a backup generator, warm fireplace, candles and hand-cranked flashlights that can charge your cell phone. If not, what do you do? FEMA suggests the following: Be ready with these power outage preparedness tips from The Ready Campaign: Build or restock your emergency preparedness kit. Include a flashlight, batteries, water,…