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An Astonish Visit to Get Things Moving

September 15, 2010

Our Ross Team had the pleasure of being a part of Astonish Result’s Changing Faces of Insurance and Agency Culture Tour. Astonish Results has paired with Ross Insurance to maximize our sales efforts and most importantly encourage us to “fish where the fish are”. A few weeks ago, Astonish team members Nick Brown and Alicia Collins traveled from their Warwick Rhode Island location to include Ross Insurance in an ongoing look as to what makes the Insurance industry today as times continue to change. Ross Insurance has been around since 1925, and as the times are changing we are finding ourselves adapting to the environment around us.  We’d like to think that we are doing a great job breaking those stereo types as we move forward with new technology while still holding true to our tradition. Located right in Holyoke, Ma we were given the chance to show a side of insurance that most people do not get a chance to see. Come and see our Agency Culture Tour which gives you a look at Ross Insurance from a more human perspective.

You’ll also have the opportunity of meeting our Ross Insurance team member Marissa Cloutier, who is one of the newest Changing Faces of the Industry. She had the chance to talk with Nick Brown about what makes her a unique addition to the Ross Insurance team.

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The Only Constant is Change

September 9, 2010

In the past few months has anything changed in your life that may affect your current auto policy? Are you using your vehicle in business? Has the garaging location changed? Is any one new using your car? These are all types of things that your insurance agent needs to be aware of. Simple mistakes like forgetting to add your young driver can lead to denied coverage. Also, if you forget to update which city or town your car is being garaged in and something were to happen to your vehicle your claim could be denied. For example, say that you currently reside in Holyoke, MA and your young driver takes the family car with them to school out in Boston. You would need to notify your insurance agent that the car will now be garaged in Boston. If something were to happen to the vehicle and it was known that your child routinely used the car while in Boston but it was listed that the car was garaged in Holyoke, they could deny a claim for false information. We are here to help our customers and notify them of the potential risks involved if their auto policy information is not accurate or up to date. The small changes that affect your auto policy are often overlooked, which is why we are here to offer help when you need it.  You can contact our office through our interactive office, or call any of our agents during our office hours and we would be glad to assist you in any changes that need to be made on your policy. In the event of an accident there are more important things to worry about than if your claim would be denied because your auto policy is not up to date, so remember to contact your agent with any changes.

The Do’s and Don’t of Insurance

September 9, 2010

When dealing with insurance, it’s important to remember a few “DOs and DONTs”. Whether you carry insurance for your homevehicle or boat it’s beneficial to know a few things when talking over insurance with your insurance agent. Explaining to your insurance agent what type of coverage you are looking for, and what you exactly need from that coverage narrows down the search of what is going to be best for you. Make sure you ask as many questions as you need to fully understand your coverage. Often times, people feel that asking too many questions is bothersome. At Ross Insurancewe couldn’t disagree more. It is our job to ensure that you understand as much as possible of your coverage so that you know what you are paying for. When seeking new coverage, make sure that you do not cancel your existing coverage before purchasing new coverage. This gap of time in between means that you will not be covered in the event of an accident, and could affect you negatively. It is also important to remember when your payments are due, and try not to fall behind on making these payments. Late fees and reinstatement costs can easily be prevented if you are aware of your payment dates. Some insurance companies are quick to send a notice of cancellation within 5 days of non-payment. A great way to remember to pay your bill is to mark it on your calendar, or you could also set up Electronic Funds Transfer. EFT will automatically deduct your payment from your account on a day that you choose is best for you and when you are certain that funds are going to be available. Keep these tips in mind and get the most out of your insurance. Contact our office today with any questions you may have and we will be ready to assist you in any way that we can.

Are You Prepared For A Hurricane?

August 19, 2010

With the summer season making its way out there more people are looking forward to the fall season, however one season that most do not think of is hurricane season and it is currently in its peak. Hurricane Season is a period of time where tropical cyclones are likely to form in the Atlantic Ocean and usually begins June 1st and will continue on to November 30th. These dates signify a history of when tropical cyclones, or hurricanes, were more likely to occur. With the 5th Anniversary of the Hurricane Katrina approaching it is important to prepare in the event of a hurricane before it approaches.  Hurricane Katrina which occurred August 23 of 2005, was the costliest natural disaster in the history of the United States and one of five deadliest. Forecasts are predicting that 2010 could be a big year for hurricanes and reminding everyone to keep a close watch on the weather. Hurricanes usually only affect the coasts, which is why areas such as Haiti and U.S. Coasts including New Orleans and Texas should be especially watchful of what this years hurricane season may consist of. There are however a few ways to protect yourself this year.

Get all important papers or pictures in order and secure them in water resistant bags. Identification cards and papers are hard to replace and are extremely important in a time of need so get together all diplomas, permits, social security cards, deeds, titles and any other important information.

Take pictures and videos of your property– This will help you later when dealing with your insurance and what claims for damage you may need to file.

Try and stay with an out of town relative. If you or someone you know is living in a hurricane zone, find another place to stay until the storm passes over. It’s important to consider safety at all times and if staying with a relative is not an option consider booking a room at a hotel.

Create a hurricane kit– Include extra cash, generator, flash lights, battery operated radio, bottles of water, toilet paper, non perishable foods like crackers or canned goods, candles and any over the counter medications that you need. Make sure that there are more than enough supplies when packing so that nobody in your family has to go without in this time of need.

Those who were living in New Orleans when the levee broke and did not have flood insurance, were responsible for their own replacement costs and were not insured for flood damages. This is why purchasing flood insurance can ultimately save you from having to deal with the costs of repairing your home due to flood damages. Contact our agents or visit our Virtual Insurance Office and learn more about how you can ensure that your property is prepared for a hurricane.