August 2019

22
Aug

How to Prepare for a Power Outage Caused by a Storm

How to prepare for a power outage.  

The weather can change in an instant, meaning that homeowners should always be prepared for the worst. Part of this preparation is to prepare for a power outage caused by a storm. Storms can bring strong winds and heavy rain that knock down power lines, leaving homes without power from a couple of hours to several days. Here are a few tips to help make sure you are prepared for a power outage.

  • Keep a flashlight in an easy-to-reach location. Supply it with fresh batteries and keep an extra set of batteries close by. Avoid using candles as a light source if possible.
  • Get a portable radio that you can use for emergencies. This will help you to stay informed about the storm and progress of getting the power back up and running.
  • Keep your cellphone charged so that you can make calls in the event of an emergency.
  • Stock up on non-perishable food and drinking water. Avoid opening the fridge and freezer at all during the power cut.
  • Keep a stocked first aid kit, any medications, blankets, and your pet’s supplies in a bag in case of an emergency.
  • Unplug large appliances and devices to avoid them from being damaged if a power surge occurs.
  • For expensive appliances, consider installing surge protectors.

Remember that a homeowners insurance policy can help to get you back on your feet after a disaster.  Make sure you have a policy that you can rely on. Need help finding adequate insurance? Contact Abatelli Group, Inc., serving Whitestone and neighboring cities in New York with the right and reliable coverage. 

8
Aug

Back-to-School Driving Safety Tips

Stay safe at the start of a new school year.

The summer break is drawing to a close and that means it’s back-to-school season. With college students packing up their cars to go back to campus and parents dropping off their kids at school, the roads undoubtedly get busier. When you’re out on the roads this season, be mindful of the increased congestion and possible distracted drivers. Take a look at these essential back-to-school driving tips.

  • Always wear a seat belt

This should be obvious. Whether you’re heading to school, work or just running errands around town, drivers and passengers need to buckle up. Seat belt save lives and prevent injuries – only if you use them!

  • Allow extra time

The roads will be busier in the mornings and afternoons thanks to school traffic. If you need to be somewhere for a certain time, account for the congestion and leave plenty of time for the journey. If you’re going to be driving somewhere unfamiliar, plan your route in advance.

  • Observe speed limits

Drivers should always abide by the posted signs for speeding and school zones no matter what time of day it is. Kids may be walking home from school in the early evening in the vicinity of the school.

  • Avoid distracted driving

When you’re driving kids to and from school, the opportunity for distraction is multiplied. Remember to put your phone down (that important work email can wait) and avoid eating behind the wheel. Multitasking behind the wheel means that you’re not paying attention to what is on the road. If a child chases after a ball in the road, you want to be sure you are prepared to stop.

Before hitting the road this season, make sure to replace any expired insurance identification cards in the event the driver needs to prove they have insurance during a traffic stop.

We hope that these back-to-school driving tips keep you and your family safe as another school year begins. For all of your insurance needs, visit Abatelli Group, Inc. We are ready to help you find reliable insurance today.