Hurricane Edition 2014
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In This Issue
Hurricane Activity
Protect Your Property
We Are Standing By
Smooth Claim Process
Don't Get Washed Away
Who Pays For Damages
Hurricane Watch/Warning
Disaster Supply Kit
Important Phone Numbers
2014 Shelter Locations
Getting Tech Ready
Atlas Cares!
Our 2014 blood drives got off to a great start. We have yielded a total of 34 pints this year. Our next blood drive will be held on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at our Sarasota office. For details, call 941.366.8424.
Employee Spotlight

Meet Cindy


Cindy has been with Atlas since 2003 and serves as our Commercial Lines Marketing Manager.
She is originally from Connecticut (a Husky) and moved to Florida in 2001.  Cindy is dedicated to building competitive insurance programs for our clients and keeping our team updated about changes in the marketplace. 


Cindy also heads up our SmartStart4Kids school supply drive every year in participation with the Florida Association of Insurance Agents (FAIA).  Since the initiative started three years ago, FAIA members have collected more than $75,000 in supplies for deserving children throughout the state. 


 

In her spare time, Cindy likes to stay active and participates in local running groups and races. She also enjoys traveling with her husband, particularly when it involves sailing or being on the water.

 

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NOAA Predicts Near-normal or Below Normal 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season. 

In its 2014 Atlantic hurricane outlook, NOAA's Climate Prediction Center is forecasting a near-normal or below-normal season.

 

The main driver of this year's outlook is the anticipated development of El Niņo this summer. El Niņo causes stronger wind shear, which reduces the number and intensity of tropical storms and hurricanes. El Niņo can also strengthen the trade winds and increase the atmospheric stability across the tropical Atlantic, making it more difficult for cloud systems coming off Africa to intensify into tropical storms.

 

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Take Steps to Protect Your Property and Your Family Before a Hurricane Strikes.
We live in an area prone to hurricanes, and you know that preparedness is key to weathering the storm safely. Making sure that your property is as safe as possible includes making sure that you take precautions both inside and outside your home.  

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Atlas Will Be Here For You
Before and After the Storm.

If you have experienced storm damage, please wait until it is safe to survey the extent of the damage, take practical measures to prevent further loss and contact us.

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Information We Will Need From You in Order to Ensure a Smooth Claim Process.

Please have as much information as possible about your damage and also how we can contact you if we need to.  

 

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Don't Let Your Hard Work Get Washed Away.
Just because you don't live anywhere near a body of water doesn't mean you don't need flood insurance. No one's home is flood-proof.

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Who Pays For Damages When Your Tree Falls On A Neighbor's Property.
Trees are a wonderful addition to your home's landscape, but they can also cause real problems if a heavy wind topples one, and it lands on your neighbor's property and damages their home. Who is legally responsible for paying to repair that damage?

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Hurricane Watch and Warning - The Difference.
It is important to have a thorough storm emergency plan in place if you live in an area prone to hurricanes. It is also imperative that you know your local evacuation routes prior to the issuing of a "Hurricane Watch" or a "Hurricane Warning."

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Detailed Personal Disaster Supply Kit.
This list includes general supplies, food, sanitary supplies, first aid and personal items.

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Important Local Phone Numbers Including Radio and TV Station Information.
Below are helpful phone numbers to have before and after a hurricane hits our area. Also included are local AM, FM, TV stations and the NOAA radio frequencies.

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2014 Shelter Locations for Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte Counties.
Shelter openings may vary with each emergency. Do not go to the shelter until local officials announce through the media that the shelter is open. Shelter openings will differ by size and intensity of a disaster. The pet friendly shelters are for dogs and cats only.

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Getting Tech Ready - Helpful Apps
Store your important documents, such as personal and financial records, in a password-protected area in the cloud or a secure flash or jump drive that you can keep readily available. A flash drive can be kept on a key ring so it can be accessed from any computer, anytime, anywhere.

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