Disaster Preparation Special Newsletter

Click here to access our Special Disaster Preparation Newsletter. In light of recent storm activities in Western Nebraska and around the country, it is more important than ever that we prepare in advance for the “what if”.  Make time to read and to act upon the information contained in this special edition. Learn all this and more: What you need to prepare in advance Why you need a Home Inventory and how to compile one What documents to protect What a “Go Bag” is and what “goes” in it How to prepare for disaster survival if you own a pet How[…]

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Rabbits, Watches, & the Missing “S”

Twice a year (at least) I get so confused….I never know what time it is and I always feel just like the White Rabbit — I’m Late, I’m Late!  I thought this “Jump Forward, Fall Back” stuff mandated through Daylight Saving Time was meant to help us, not throw us into a tizzy so we run about frantically glancing at our watches just like our furry white friend. And while we are on the subject of craziness, isn’t the word supposed to be Daylight Savings Time? Where the heck is the “s”? Dare I digress into an English lesson….oh yes, let’s![…]

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Geez Jeanie, We’re in France!

Once upon a time, in the dark ages before GPS devices, a young married couple sit in the backseat of a motorhome/camper, her parents occupy the front. They’ve embarked on a vacation of a lifetime with The Dad is driving on the German Autobahn and The Mom is navigating. Armed with her trusty paper road map, The Mom is attempting to detour around the large town of Karlsruhe, Germany because The Dad is concerned about impending rush hour traffic. “Take a right!”, The Mom announces, confident she has succeeded in avoiding rush hour. Mom smiles, reveling in her superior navigational skills. The joy of the moment is[…]

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Come Heck or High Water

The camera focuses on a family enjoying a nice day out on the lake in a small boat. The camera pans out and we discover not a lake and a lovely day for a picnic…but rather, we see submerged roof tops and water cluttered with debris. The helicopter suddenly appears overhead, extends a lift system and raises the family to safety. Something like this always “happens to someone else”. Watch the video below to see flooding happening to other Nebraskans. This demonstrates that the possibility of floods happening in “land locked”, “drought ridden” Nebraska is not so far fetched. Have you[…]

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How many people does it take to change a light bulb?

How many people does it take to change a light bulb? I’m sure you have heard that joke or some semblance thereof…..but it’s a VERY valid question. Picture this: 22 feet of wiggly, wobbly, spaghetti-like track lighting 6 arms and hands a less than desirable working environment 4 feet above your head so all the blood rushes away from your fingers and they go to sleep (which is preferable to the burning sensation your shoulders and back feel from straining to keep the track aloft!) Oh, and did I forget to mention the swear words? (No home improvement project is complete without[…]

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I’d Like a Slice of Turkey with a Side of Lawsuit, Please

Happy Holiday’s everyone! The first snow has flown, the air is getting crisp, and I can almost smell the turkey baking! I’m one of those crazy people who love the crowds of relatives that come and go during this season. But with the increased hustle and bustle can comes the increased potential for injuries and other liabilities. Click this link to read an interview I did for the Independent Insurance Agents of Nebraska: Personal Liability InterviewClick here for an audio version of the entire interview: Personal Liability Pod Cast   What is your favorite part about this holiday season?

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Where the Heck is the “S”?

Isn’t it supposed to be Daylight Savings Time? Where the heck is the “s”?Dare I digress into an English lesson….yes, let’s! Technically, the word “saving” is used in this phrase as an adjective. It describes the kind of time we are talking about: the “saving” kind of time, just like you would describe eco-friendly coffee as “sustainable development” coffee. Or perhaps it could be better written with a dash in the middle, as in: daylight-saving time. In that form, we can liken it how we use the word “man-eating” tiger.Ok, have I brought back all those repressed memories of high-school[…]

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Keep the “Trick” out of Halloween

Did your parents ever tell you that you could be whatever you wanted to be when you grew up? Mine did, and at Halloween it is definitely true! But along with this ability to play dress-up comes increased risk: increased amount of traffic on your property, which increases the chance of someone becoming hurt or your home being damaged. In order to have a claim-free, “trick-less” Halloween, keep these tips in mind: • When preparing for trick-or-treaters, make sure your yard and front door are as well lit as they can possibly be and ensure that you have a clutter[…]

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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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