Can You Live Without Disaster Insurance?

Can You Live Without Disaster Insurance?

Human caused disasters and natural disasters occur in every state. California has earthquakes and wildfires, Colorado has flooding and wildfires, the Northeast has winter storms and high winds, Florida has flooding and hurricanes, and the Midwest has flooding and tornados.

Insurance And Disasters

It is safe to say that most business and homeowner’s insurance policies do not cover the risks associated with disasters. The only exception would be damage caused by wildfires. Let’s look at how insurance might apply to other disasters.

Floods— Only 13% of U.S. homeowners had flood-insurance policies last year according to the Insurance Information Institute, a trade group. Flood insurance must be purchased through the National Flood Insurance Program. We can help you if you need the coverage.

Earthquake— While earthquakes occur mainly in certain areas, there are registered earthquakes in every state, every year. Earthquake insurance also must be added or purchased under a separate policy.

Tornadoes— Damage from tornadoes typically is covered, since it usually is considered wind damage.

Mudslides— A standard home insurance policy does not protect your home against damage caused by a mudslide. Mudslides are usually defined as ground movement. Heavy rains that cause a mudflow would typically be covered.

Heavy Snow and Winter Storms— Winter storms and snow damage is covered under a typical homeowner’s policy. If flooding occurs, then the flood damage would be covered.

Hail— Most homeowner’s insurance policies provide coverage for losses resulting from hail.

Wildfires— It can be safe to say that all homeowner’s insurance covers loss resulting from a fire. Wildfires are considered a fire and would be covered.

Coverage disclaimer–the information provided here is for general purposes only. It is not our intent to change or modify insurance coverage. Each insurance policy is different and your individual coverage will be determined by the terms of your insurance policy.

 

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Apple Insurance Specialists is an Austin-based independent insurance agency offering a wide range of cost effective solutions to individuals, families and businesses. For over 14 years we have provided exceptional customer service and comprehensive insurance coverage to our customers. As independent insurance agents in Austin, we offer a selection of insurance policies through trusted insurance companies such as, Travelers, Hartford, MetLife and Progressive. Our #1 priority is to provide each customer with insurance quotes representing the best value and the protection they need to safeguard their business and personal assets.

 

Driving Safety Tips

Auto Insurance Update

Summer has arrived and many people are hitting the road.  In the summer months driving time increases, so it is important to be a defensive driver.  In addition, in the summer, thousands of young, inexperienced drivers are on the roads, increasing the risk of accidents.  We all want to have a safe and fun-filled summer, so here are some driving safety tips to ensure that your summer is truly enjoyable.  Remember, we have access to very competitive auto rates, and we offer great service at affordable prices.

Summer Driving Safety Tips

Do not drive if you are tired.

Keep your tank full of gas.

If it just rained, the road can be slick from road oils and water.

Wear sunglasses help cut out glare.

Watch for construction zones, as roadwork increases in the summer months.

Never text and drive, and always wear your seatbelt.

Bicycles and motorcycles are sharing the roadways.  All drivers must be carefully educated to watch for, and avoid, bicyclists and motorcyclists.

Make sure your brakes are working correctly.

It is important to use your headlights in the daytime, not so much, so that you can see, but so that other cars can see you.

Check your tires, and make sure they are fully inflated.

 

Remember weather conditions can change quickly, so plan extra time to get where you are going.  Don’t ever assume your time on the road will be uneventful. You could be stuck in traffic for extended periods, so it is always a good idea to travel with water and some energy bars.

Home Insurance Update

Many homeowners have experienced premium increases. Our agency works very hard to bring our clients the best possible combination of premiums, coverage and service.

What Can We Do To Help?

We are an independent agency.  This allows us to search the market for the best possible combination of premiums, coverage and service. We compare insurance company’s rates and use the competitive market to your advantage. Here are some ways to save on your premiums:

Purchase all your insure through our agency

Ask us about additional discounts

Consider increasing your deductible

Keep your home well maintained

Replace your roof, water heater and other equipment when needed

Review your policy regularly- you may not need the same kind of coverage you did a few years ago

Remember to call our office today. We will work hard for you.

Texas Home Insurance

How To Save On Your Georgetown, TX  Homeowner’s Insurance

Homeowner’s insurance typically covers you against fire, theft and other damage to your home and personal property. Georgetown, TX Homeowner’s insurance also covers your liability in case someone gets inured on your property. Everyone likes to save money on their homeowner’s insurance. But many people assume that saving money equals less coverage.  That is not so.  Here are some simple things that you can do to save money on your homeowner’s insurance without compromising coverage.

Homeowners insurance Savings

Stop smoking. There are over 8,000 smoking related fires every year in the U.S.

Fix the plumbing, roof, or wiring. If you live in an older home, updating these items can reduce your premiums and improve the value of your home.

Do not put in that pool. Having a pool can be fun, but it increases your personal liability and homeowner’s premiums.

Install a home security system. Home security systems can reduce your premiums and add value to your home.

Increase your deductible. Did you know most people never have a homeowner’s insurance claim?  Why not increase your deductible and save money!

Let us shop the market for you. We have access to many markets that can offer competitive homeowner’s insurance premiums.

Many insurers give locality discounts.

Halloween Safety

In the next few days, we will be watching children scramble from house to house in search of the elusive Halloween treat.  However, keeping our kids safe as they are out Halloween night is always a concern.  A little pre-planning can prevent unfortunate accidents that could turn out to be tragic.  Remember, your homeowner’s insurance will cover you in most cases should someone trip and fall on your premises.

Here are some pointers for ensuring your house is a safe place for trick-or-treaters on Oct. 31.

Provide healthier treats for trick-or-treaters such as low-calorie treats and drinks. For your guests, offer a variety of fruits and vegetables.

Be sure walking areas and stairs are well-lit and free of obstacles that could cause someone to fall.

Keep candle-lit jack o’lanterns and luminaries away from doorsteps, walkways, landings, and curtains. Place them on sturdy tables, keep them out of the reach of pets and small children, and never leave them unattended.

Remind drivers to watch out for trick-or-treaters and to drive safely.

Safety tips for kids

Never, ever, go into a house.

Costumes should be short enough to prevent children from tripping and falling

An adult or an older responsible child should always accompany young children. Even older children should go trick-or-treating with an adult, or with friends.  Never go out alone.

Only go to homes with a porch light on.

Plan costumes that are bright and reflective.

Do not eat homemade food.

Examine all candy.  If it has been opened, toss it out.

Use a flashlight.

Apple Insurance Specialists is an Austin-based independent insurance agency offering a wide range of cost effective solutions to individuals, families and businesses.

Sources: http://www.nsc.org/https://www.aap.orghttps://www.cdc.gov

The Advantages Of A Business Owners Policy

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There is no denying the fact that the success of your business depends on the hard work of you and your team. But one disaster can wipe out all your efforts and take the profits to dust.  So, to avoid such a situation, you need to insure your business; whether it is a small enterprise or a large corporation.

There are insurance companies which have policies that combine protection for all major property and liability risks into one package. You can also opt for separate coverage. Such a policy is called a Business Owners Policy (BOP). Larger companies tend to purchase a commercial package policy.

What Is Included In A BOP?

BOP’s include property insurance for buildings and equipment owned by the company. If there is any loss of income due to disruption of operation and business because of accidents like fire, it can be covered under the Business Interruption Insurance.

A BOP also covers the company’s legal responsibility for the harm it may cause to others, (bodily injury and property damage) as a result of your company’s negligence. BOP’s can also include professional liability, auto insurance, and workers’ compensation insurance.  Earthquake/Flood is not included in most BOP’s.

Advantages of A BOP

  • Includes many needed coverages
  • Can be very cost effective
  • Many of the top insurers offer BOPS
  • Can be modified to fit your needs

Five Critical Lessons Concerning Commercial Umbrella Insurance

Commercial Umbrella Insurance

Almost every business large or small needs some level of added protection afforded by a commercial umbrella insurance policy. A commercial umbrella policy provides a layer of coverage over and above a primary business and auto policy.  There are at least five important lessons, or facts, to be aware of when considering commercial umbrella insurance.

An umbrella policy can, but may not always, provide the same coverage as the primary policy.   If you have a “following form excess policy” you can be guaranteed that the excess policy will provide the same coverage as the primary policy.

Most umbrella policies require at least $1 million dollars of primary or underlying limit.

Umbrella pricing is usually a predetermined rate based on the underlying premium, but can include the judgment of the underwriter.

If the primary policy has additional insured’s, they will carry over into the umbrella policy.

Umbrella policies may have exclusions not found in the primary policy; for example, pollution, workers’ compensation, and product recall.  If you have a true following form excess policy, your exclusions will be the same as in the primary policy.

Our Commercial Excess Liability, or Umbrella, insurance policy gives your business an added layer of liability protection over and above your commercial policies. For example, if you have $1 million in general liability coverage and a covered claim is settled for $1.5 million, your business’s umbrella liability insurance policy would pick up the additional $500,000 amount.