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Items You Should Have in Your Hurricane Supply Kit


 
September is known to be the statistical peak of hurricane season. As we saw with the devastating 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season, it is crucial to be prepared for the unexpected. If you have not already, now is the time to stock up on all your hurricane supplies. If you wait until the last minute to purchase supplies when a hurricane is approaching, some essential items may not be available. Here are some items you should have in your hurricane supply kit:
 
  • Have at least a two-week supply of non-perishable food and drinks including:
    • Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits, and vegetables
    • Comfort foods
    • High-energy foods
    • Water
    • Vitamins
    • Ice
 
  • First Aid Kit:
    • Bandages
    • Wipes
    • Cold packs (non-refrigerated type)
    • Aspirin
    • Gloves
 
  • Tools and Supplies:
    • Scissors
    • Manual can opener
    • Plastic storage containers
    • Paper cups, plates, and plastic utensils
    • Battery-operated radio
    • Flashlight
    • Tape
    • Batteries
 
 
We hope this list helps you know what you should be purchasing for your hurricane preparations.  Remember, water is the most important item for you to buy.  For more suggestions on hurricane safety items, visit the Tips and Tools section of our website. 


Keeping your family and home safe and protected is Edison Home Insurance Company’s number one priority. We have taken a bright and innovative approach to Florida homeowners insurance with coverage options allowing you to customize a policy to best fit your needs. To learn more about Edison Insurance Company, or to get a personalized quote, call us at (866) 568-8922.

Insurance Facts and Prevention Tips: College Theft and Damage


As students head off to college, many are not considering insurance options to keep them protected on-campus. According to the Insurance Information Institute, approximately 50 percent of all on-campus crimes are burglaries.  Many college students may be unaware of the precautions they should take to avoid personal belongings theft or damage. Many parents of college students are unaware their homeowners insurance often will protect their child’s possessions while they are living in on-campus dorms.

Here are some facts on insurance coverage, and some tips for college students to lower their risk of personal belongings theft and damage:
 
Understanding A Student’s Coverage at College:
  • Students under 26 years old who live on-campus are usually covered under their parents’ homeowners insurance policy, under “off-premise” coverage. Each policy is different, so be sure to contact your agent to understand your policy limits.
  • Electronics may have stand-alone insurance depending on the warranty or the benefits used from the credit card it was purchased with.
 
Ways to Lower Your Risk of Theft or Damage of Personal Belongings While on Campus:
  • Leave your valuables at home.
  • Create a dorm inventory by taking pictures or writing down all the items you are taking with you.
  • Do not access personal accounts on public computers.
  • Purchase and use a laptop security cable.
 
College can be a stressful time for students, by considering these tips, and with the help of your Edison Insurance policy, you can be provided with some peace of mind. For more tips on ways to prevent theft or damage of personal belongings at college, visit MarketWatch.
 

Edison Insurance Company knows the importance of keeping your family and home safe and protected. We strive to provide efficient, cost-effective, peace-of-mind protection for our policyholders. To learn more about Edison Insurance Company, please contact (866) 568-8922 or get a quote on our website

Preparing Your Home for the 2018 Hurricane Season


June 1st is the official start of hurricane season. As we all witnessed last year’s devastating hurricane season, it only takes one storm to cause millions of dollars in damages and destruction. With the prediction of an “above average” hurricane season this year, it is pivotal to prepare your home well before a hurricane or tropical storm arrives. Here are some simple steps you can take to protect your home:
 
Home Inspection: Is your home ready for a natural disaster? Consider having your home inspected each year before Hurricane Season approaches to ensure your personal safety, as well as those of your home and belongings.
 
Shutters: If you hear the unfortunate news of hurricane approaching, installing hurricane shutters to your windows can be beneficial. If a window in your home is broken during a hurricane, it can expose the inside of your house to excessive winds and rain, and potentially lift the roof from below.
 
Make Your Roof Hurricane-Proof: If your home has an older roof, you should consider taking proper measures to strengthen it, making sure it can withstand heavy winds and rain. Click here for some tips on preventing hurricane damage to your roof.
 
Clear the Yard: Hurricane winds can be extremely dangerous, and strong enough to pick up objects such as lawn chairs, garbage cans, wood, metal, bicycles, barbeque grills, etc. These winds can send these objects flying into your car and home. Before a hurricane strikes, remove these types of outdoor objects and bring them inside.
 
It is important to keep in mind, these procedures should be taken well in advance of a hurricane, not a few hours before. Should catastrophe strike, Edison Insurance Company stands ready to assist you. In the event of a loss, you may report your claim by calling 888-683-7971.
 
 
Keeping your family and home safe and protected is Edison Home Insurance Company’s number one priority. We have taken a bright and innovative approach to Florida homeowners insurance with coverage options allowing you to customize a policy to best fit your needs. To learn more about Edison Insurance Company, or to get a personalized quote, call us at (866) 568-8922.

3 Common Misconceptions about Flood Insurance

 
 
Floods can occur anytime and anywhere. In fact, they are the number one disaster in the United States. One of the most important things you can do to protect your possessions and assets is to purchase flood insurance.  Here are three common flood insurance misconceptions, and the truths you should know:
 
Misconception: Homeowners Insurance covers flood damage.
Truth:  A standard home, condo, or renter’s insurance policy does not cover flood damage. To be protected in the event of a flood, you must purchase flood insurance.  Homeowners Insurance may cover water damage, such as a hole in your roof or pipe leak, but will not cover flood-inducing risks such as storm surge or torrential rainfall. You would need to purchase flood insurance to protect your home from flood losses.
 
 Misconception: You must live in a high-risk flood plain to purchase flood insurance.
Truth: Every home, especially in Florida, is at some level of risk of flooding. Everyone should obtain flood insurance, regardless of their home’s level of risk. It only takes one inch of flood water to produce thousands of dollars in damages. According to FEMA, roughly 25% of all flood claims come from moderate to low risk areas.
 
Misconception: Flood insurance can only be purchased through the NFIP.
Truth: Flood Insurance can also be purchased through private carriers, like Edison Insurance Company.  Edison offers our policyholders flood coverage which is currently not offered through the NFIP, though a certified flood endorsement. Our flood endorsement is designed to cover your personal possessions to your selected coverage amount, and eliminates the need for a standalone flood insurance policy.  For more information, or to see if you are eligible for flood insurance with Edison Insurance Company, speak to your agent today.
 
 
 
The safety of you and your family is Edison Insurance Company’s top priority. Our mission is to provide quality coverage at competitive rates while providing exceptional service. For more information on homeowners insurance in Florida, or to get a quote, call us at 866-568-8922. 

Why You Need a Flood Preparedness Plan


 
Spring is here, bringing increased chances of rain and increasing a risk of flooding. Floods are unpredictable and cause billions of dollars in damages, more than any other natural disaster. The safety of your family should be your top priority in the event of a flood therefore, it is important you have a flood preparedness plan. Here are a few other additional reasons why you need a flood plan in place:
 
Floods can occur at any time.

 “April showers bring May flowers”, but floods can occur at any time of the year. It can only take one heavy rainstorm to cause serious flooding, resulting in thousands of dollars in damages.
 
Hurricane Season

Hurricanes and Tropical Storms can produce inches of rain and storm surge, which is a leading cause of flooding. As we saw during the 2017 Hurricane Season, flooding was a leading cause of damage resulting in billions of dollars in losses. After Hurricane Harvey’s unprecedented flooding, CoreLogic estimates the total residential (insured and uninsured) flood losses to range between $25 to $37 billion. Hurricane Irma also brought its fair share of flooding damage to Florida and surrounding states, causing $25-$38 billion dollars in residential flood losses, according to CoreLogic.
 
You do not have to live in a flood zone to experience flood damage.

Just because you have not experienced a flood before, does not mean you never will. In fact, roughly 25% of all flood claims are from areas with a moderate to low risk of flooding. Although Florida is nicknamed the “Sunshine State”, we are especially prone to experience flooding.  If you would like to learn more about your home’s flood risk, contact your agent, or use FEMA’s Flood Map Tool.
 

 
Developing your flood preparedness plan

Take measures to protect your family, property, and yourself in the event of a flood by considering these tips:
  • Have a family evacuation plan.
  • Keep an emergency kit full of provisions.
  • Secure your valuables and documents in a waterproof container.
  • Purchase flood insurance.
 
Flood coverage is not included in a standard homeowners insurance policy. Edison Insurance Company offers a certified flood endorsement to qualifying policyholders, eliminating the need for a standalone flood insurance policy. Speak with your agent to make sure your home and possessions are covered in the event of a flood.
 
For more flood preparedness tips, click here.
 
 
The safety of you and your family is Edison Insurance Company’s top priority. Our mission is to provide quality coverage at competitive rates while providing exceptional service. For more information on homeowners insurance in Florida, or to get a quote, call us at 866-568-8922. 
 

What about my Personal Belongings?



The items we accumulate over time are very important to us. Personal belongings such as furniture, jewelry, sports equipment, clothing, etc. may be covered if stolen or destroyed in a disaster. The coverage extends to the limit you have selected on your policy under Coverage C. Typically, additional limits exist on specialty items such as jewelry, furs, and artwork, therefore, it is beneficial to keep a home inventory, photos of your items, and receipts in case you should ever need to file a claim.
 
Creating a home inventory is one of the most important lists you can prepare as a responsible homeowner. Start your home’s inventory by creating a list of your belongings and their estimated value, and noting the make and model number of your high-priced items. Be sure to update your inventory annually to add new items you may have received throughout the year.
 
 
Limits are typically set at the time a policy is purchased and based on the replacement cost of the home. Edison Insurance Company also offers premium packages should you require increased limits for your belongings. To add coverage, contact your agent.
 
 
 
Edison Insurance Company has taken a bright and innovative approach to FL homeowners insurance with coverage options allowing you to customize a policy to best fit your needs. To learn more about us, or to get a personalized quote, call us at (866) 568-8922.

Daylight Saving Time Begins on March 11th



 

At 2:00 a.m. on March 11th, 2018, the clocks will spring forward 1 hour to mark the beginning of Daylight Saving Time. Although it may not seem like much, losing the extra hour of sleep can alter your routine and sleeping patterns. Consider these simple tips to “spring forward” easily into daylight saving time this year:
 
  • Go to bed a little earlier than usual to adjust to the time difference.
 
  • Do not forget to set your alarms, as your body’s clock may be a little off.
 
  • Eat meals at your normal scheduled time to help your body adjust to the time change quicker.
 
  • Cut your caffeine intake in the afternoon and at night to fall asleep earlier.
 
  • Stay alert on the roads, as many drivers will be adjusting to the time change as well. Sleep deprivation can lead to an increase in traffic accidents.
 
Use the extra daylight to perform occasional tasks such as changing the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors around the house.



Edison Insurance Company has taken a bright and innovative approach to FL homeowners insurance with coverage options allowing you to customize a policy to best fit your needs. To learn more about us, or to get a personalized quote, please call (866) 568-8922.
 

Understanding Your Home’s Worth


 
Have you ever wondered what your home is worth? Nearly all homeowners know what they paid for their home, but this does not always translate to the amount it will cost to rebuild the home.  The cost to rebuild is the true value of your home and will guide you when obtaining the proper coverage for your home.
 

What is the difference between Market Value and Replacement Costs?

Estimating the market value of your home is necessary for financing, investment purposes, and sales listing.  Many homeowners keep track of changes in the market value of their home whether they are selling or staying. Often times, homeowners will hire a professional appraiser, or do their own research online.

There are several benefits to knowing the value of your home such as, when you are considering refinancing, making home improvements, renting, or selling your home.
 

Understanding the cost of rebuilding your home is completely different.  The market value of a home is dictated by completely different variables than the ones dictating the cost to rebuild your home.  These factors also influence your homeowners insurance coverage and premium.


Replacement costs are based on the material and labor costs associated with rebuilding or replacing your property. When insuring your home, your dwelling coverage should equal the cost of replacing your home in the event of a total loss, at today’s labor and construction prices. Speak with your Edison Insurance agent if you have questions about your insurance limits. Remember, when making coverage decisions, you should consider selecting coverages which will provide you enough protection to rebuild your home at today's cost. 
 


Keeping your family and home safe and protected is Edison Home Insurance Company’s number one priority. We have taken a bright and innovative approach to FL homeowners insurance with coverage options allowing you to customize a policy to best fit your needs. To learn more about Edison Insurance Company, or to get a personalized quote, click here.

 

Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week



Did you know, tax identity theft is the most common form of identity theft reported to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)? The issue has become so prevalent in recent years, the FTC has designated January 29- February 2, 2018, as Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week.
 
What is tax identity theft?

Tax identity theft occurs when someone files a tax return using your information, such as your Social Security number, in hopes of stealing your tax refund. Should you become a victim of tax identity theft, you will find out about it when you receive a letter from the IRS stating: IRS records show wages from an employer you do not know or work for, or more than one return has been filed in your name.
 
Protect Your Identity

Do not fall victim to tax identity theft by following these tips:
  • File as soon as possible
Once you have received all the necessary paperwork, file right away. In doing so, a thief cannot file a return in your name if you have already filed a legitimate return.
 
  • File safely and securely
Use a trusted service when filing your taxes, whether it is online or in person.
 
  • Protect your Social Security Number or Medicare number
Do not give out your personal information unless you must. Be sure to ask why it is needed, how it will be used, and where and how it will be stored.
 
 
What to do if your Social Security Number has been stolen

When someone has filed a tax return using your Social Security number, you should receive a letter from the IRS. If you don’t receive a letter and still suspect a fraudulent return has been filed with your personal information, there are steps you can take: Visit the identitytheft.gov  website, to report identity theft to the FTC and get a recovery plan.
Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach are some of the top metro areas for identity theft complaints in Florida. Make sure you are protected.
 
You may also consider obtaining Identity Theft protection from Edison Insurance Company.  Talk to your agent about adding an identity theft endorsement to your policy for as little as $25 a year.  Edison’s endorsement will reimburse you for up to $25,000 for expenses incurred to restore your credit, as well as, provide you with “resolution services” from a consumer fraud specialist who will assist you in the process of restoring your identity and your credit to the level it was prior to the breach.
 

Keeping your family and home safe and protected is Edison Home Insurance Company’s number one priority. We have taken a bright and innovative approach to FL homeowners insurance with coverage options allowing you to customize a policy to best fit your needs. To learn more about Edison Insurance Company, or to get a personalized quote, call us at (866) 568-8922.

5 Ways to Make Your Home Safer



 
As a homeowner, you already know the basics. Locking your front doors, looking through the peephole, or asking “Who is it?” before opening the door, and setting the alarm are usually done by instinct. However, there is more we can do to protect our homes in just 5 simple steps:
 
Examine all doors in your home for potential weaknesses: To prevent intruders from kicking your door in, use a solid wood or steel door, instead of a hollow lightweight door. If you have sliding doors, inspect the locks to make sure they are sturdy. For extra protection, use a rod or metal stick to stop the door from sliding open, even after you have locked it. This method also prevents small children from sliding the door open and injuring themselves.
 
Use longer, tougher screws: The screws in your deadbolt strike plate (the piece of metal where the deadbolt latch goes into the door's frame) should be at least three inches long to ensure the plate is sturdy and not easily knocked out.
 
Warning signs: Intruders generally seek the easiest target. If you are using a security company for an alarm system such as ADT, don’t hesitate to hang a sign or stick a decal on your doors and windows. Let everyone know your home security system is armed and ready.
 
Be creative: If an intruder does manage to enter your home, they will attempt to grab the most valuable items in a short period. Instead of placing your valuables in obvious places like the dresser drawer and bedside table, put them in a hidden safe and instead. You can even use little tricks such as leaving an old, worthless laptop or shiny costume jewelry out where they can see. It is unfortunate if your home is burglarized, but at least you’ll be able to protect most of your belongings.
 
Practice safety measures when going on vacation: Simple steps such as placing your mail on hold, setting timers on your lights, and parking your vehicle in the garage make it difficult for people to you are planning a trip. 



Thank you for visiting our blog. Hopefully, you came away with some great home insurance and safety tips. Edison Insurance Company’s mission is to provide quality coverage at competitive rates while providing exceptional service.  For more information on Florida homeowners insurance or to get a quote, please call (866) 568-8922.
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