“It’s my money and I want it now”!

If you are like me, you mute the TV every time that commercial for JG Wentworth comes on, but in reality it makes a good point: you pay for insurance coverage so that the insurance company will pay you in the event you have damages. Now that many of you are making repairs to your damaged items after the storms of this summer it is important to keep the following things in mind: 1. If you have an HO-3 Homeowners or Special Commercial policy form, without any exclusionary wording to the contrary, (which are two of the most common policy[…]

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When your Wheels Fall Off…and other Weirdness

Picture this: The local high school needs vehicles for auto shop class for the students to work on. Out of the goodness of your heart, you take your vehicle in to the shop to have your brakes worked on. “Children are our future” you know! A little while later, you pick up your vehicle because the repairs are complete. You drive home. By the way, your lug nuts have been over tightened and broken. You turn a corner…….your wheel falls off! While this anecdote sounds humorous, it is a true story. An acquaintance of mine just experienced this. Thankfully no one was[…]

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Kitchen Fire

Family and friends are gathered in the kitchen. Food and conversation abounds. The sounds of laughing children playing in the other room echoes the sentiment felt by all. Kickoff is only minutes away and the anticipation runs high. Will this year be THE year? Who will be the starting quarterback? How will our line stack up against the opposing team? With all the distractions, a pan has been left unattended on the stove and suddenly bursts into flame…..what do you do?  One of the biggest things to remember is to NOT PANIC…..REMAIN CALM. A friend of mine recently sent this[…]

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Summer Newsletter

Our summer newsletter has now been published. You’ll find out what to do now that you have received a claim check for damage from a recent storm. You’ll also learn *  how to protect your belongings when you go on vacation or when your child goes off to college *  about a new way to protect your farm equipment *  and much, much more! Check it out at: http://www.insurance-by-katie.com/attachments/pages/20/2010_SUMMER_Newsletter.pdf You can also read past issues of our newsletter at our website: http://www.insurance-by-katie.com/ If you have any questions or a topic you wish to see in a future newsletter or this blog, post[…]

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Super Heroes in Western Nebraska

It is 7:25 pm. The sky outside is getting darker and darker. The Weather Channel desktop icon begins flashing yellow, then red. The wind that had been whipping the trees suddenly ceases to blow and the air becomes eerily calm. The birds stop chirping. The weather alert radio begins screeching. The woman grabs her laptop, cell phone, superhero cape, and uneaten dinner off the grill as she runs downstairs to the blaring of the tornado siren and the beating of the first hail stones. While desperately trying to remain calm (superheroes never panic and definitely don’t throw up), the woman[…]

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Tornado Season

Many of the postings I have done have a light, fun, and informative flavor, which is the whole purpose of this blog. However, summer storms can be quite serious and thus, this posting is meant to provide you with helpful and possibly life saving information. Ready America is a national public service advertising (PSA) campaign designed to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to emergencies including natural and man-made disasters. Their website, www.ready.gov/america/getakit/familyneeds.html , provides terrific information about emergency preparedness. I urge you to visit their site to create an emergency kit for your household. Ready America[…]

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Munchkins and Memories

I was reading the newspaper today and came across this headline: “Raabe, ‘Wizard of Oz’ Munchkin actor, dies at 94”. Do you know which Munchkin he was? He played the forensic pathologist. No, I am not confusing the “Wizard of Oz” with CSI or Dexter…. There really was a forensic pathologist in the movie. Mr. Meinhardt Raabe was the Munchkin official with the solemn yet profoundly jubilant duty of making the determination that the Wicked Witch of the East had passed on to wherever Wicked Witches go when they are squashed by flying houses. (It can’t be a good place!)[…]

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Newsletter

My 2011 Summer Newsletter is now available! Click here to read about S.S.O.S. (seepage, sewer, or surface water). Yuck! Review the seasonal insert for tips on weddings, bbq’s, and summer storms. (Do you know how many wedding rings are lost on the honeymoon? BUMMER!)  Explore some of the fun things to see and do right here in Nebraska, and ways to enhance and protect your summer trips. And much, much more! You can access past issues of our newsletter on our website: http://www.insurance-by-katie.com/. Enjoy! Do you have a topic you would like to see addressed in our next issue?

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Spring 2011 Newsletter

My 2011 Spring Newsletter is now available! Click here to read about how to prepare for an emergency (a natural disaster, a storm, a man-made catastrophe or other situation).  Review the pull out checklist to create your emergency kit (Did you know you need three of them?). Or explore the need for, and steps to take to ensure the safety and care of your family and your pets in a crisis situation. And much, much more! You can access past issues of our newsletter on our website: http://www.insurance-by-katie.com/. Enjoy!Do you have a topic you would like to see addressed in our next issue?

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