Seasons Greetings

In observance of Christmas and New Year’s holidays, our office will be closing @ noon (MST) on Thursday, December 24, 2015 and on Thursday, December 31, 2015.  The office will be closed all day on Friday, December 25, 2015 and on Friday, January 1, 2016.

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“May you and your family have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year” from the Long’s Insurance Family – Terri, Cheri, Jim and Deanna

 

 

PLEASE HELP!

food-drive

Approximately 1 in 6 people in Colorado going hungry daily.  While hunger can affect anyone there are close to 14,900 kids in Weld county dealing with hunger each day.

Long’s Insurance wants to help so we are hosting a FOOD DRIVE to collect food for the Weld County Food Bank and the Mead Help Center to provide food for the Holiday Season for those less fortunate.  Stop by our office between 10/15/2015 and 11/12/2015 to donate nonperishable food items.

To learn more about the programs in the area: Weld County Food Bank

We might not be ready for the PGA but….

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On Sunday July 12, 2015 at the Cattail Creek Golf Course in Loveland Long’s Insurance competed and sponsored a hole in the first annual Denver Scottish Rite Golf Tournament to support speech therapy for children.  This charity helps children with speech and language disorders. This was a good way to spend our off hours, having fun with co-workers, friends and supporting a good cause.

              Turns out we brought a ringer with us.  Terri won the longest drive on hole 9.

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Jack White, host of the event, explained the rules of tournament.

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The charity exceeded their goals of funds raised and we had a lovely morning of golf!!!!!

“The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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As the rain keeps coming and more water continues to collect we thought we’d share a few facts with you.

  • Did you know that in the past 5 years, all 50 states have experienced floods or flash floods?
  • Did you know that new land development can increase flood risk, especially if the construction changes natural runoff paths?
  • Did you know most homeowners insurance does not cover flood damage?
  • Did you know that in most cases it takes 30 days after purchase for a flood insurance policy to take effect?
  • If you live in a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) or high-risk area and have a Federally backed mortgage, your mortgage lender requires you to have flood insurance.
  • Just a few inches of water from a flood can cause tens of thousands of dollars of damage.
  • Anyone can be vulnerable to floods, people outside of mapped high-risk flood areas file nearly 25% of all National Flood Insurance Program flood insurance claims and receive one-third of Federal Disaster Assistance for flooding.

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Long’s Insurance and it’s employees are proud residents of Frederick and the Carbon Valley area and the 2013 flooding hit close to home. If you have questions about if flood insurance is right for you or your business please call, write or drop in.  We are happy to talk to you today.

Steering in the right direction

If you remember our blog back on August 19th about our shared purchase of a prize steer at the 2014 Boulder County Fair Junior Livestock sale to support to support 4-H and FFA youths in their future endeavors.  The added bonus of buying a steer was the ability to help out Carbon Valley Meals on Wheels (MOW) and provide fresh quality meat to folks who are homebound and may not be able to shop and prepare nourishing meals for themselves.

We wanted to share this photo of the cuts of meat being dropped off at MOW for distribution.

Christmas Contest: How did you decorate your house this year for Christmas?

We were just finishing up our Christmas decorations when an idea struck us.  Everyone who decorates for the holidays works hard and is prideful of their display and we want to see them.  To motivate you to send those pictures into us this year we are creating a contest in which the Winner will receive two rink side Eagles hockey tickets.   Please send your pictures and your address/phone number to info@longsinsurance.com by 12/19/2014.  The winner will be contacted prior to Christmas after all nothing says Happy Holidays like an exciting night of hockey. 

To kick things off we are posting our decorations. 

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 Happy Holidays from Longs Insurance Agency!!

 

What’s a “firenado”?

FirenadoThe Week in Severe Weather

What’s a “firenado”? Just ask the residents of San Diego County, California, where wildfires have been raging since Tuesday and where several swirling vortexes of fire were spotted in photos from the front lines. A column of smoke and flames even made its ways through one San Marcos neighborhood at midday on Thursday.

“It’s just like a spinning column of flames,” National Weather Service forecaster Michael Watkins told the LA Times. Firenadoes, or “fire whirls” as they’re known in the science community, can burn fuel at a rate that’s three to seven times faster than an open flame.

As many as 14 wildfires burned in the San Diego area this week, according to Aon Benfield’s weekly natural disaster report, with early damage estimates already reaching $20 million. More than 125,000 evacuation notices were issued at the height of the fires. The Poinsettia Fire near Carlsbad destroyed eight homes, a condominium complex and two commercial buildings before being contained on Friday. In Texas, two people were killed by wildfires in the Panhandle region, where fire destroyed at least 225 homes.

Photo: Twitter/Marcus Smith

As of Friday, officials were starting to life evacuation orders is some affected areas in California and there were hopes that cooler, calmer weather over the weekend would stop the fires’ spread.

Severe weather continues in the East

Strong thunderstorms continued to ravage the Central and Eastern U.S. this week, injuring more than 10 people and causing widespread damage across 10 states. There were 60 local storm reports of tornadoes this week, as well as 330 reports of damaging winds and 348 reports of hail. Between May 10-15 “thousands” of structures were damaged, according to Aon Benfield, with economic losses in the 100s of millions.

Overseas, heavy rains in southern and eastern China this week caused widespread flooding and landslides across six provinces, killing at least three and doing an estimated US $316 million worth of damages. Some 12,000 structures were damaged or destroyed. And five were killed in Serbia and Bosnia after the heaviest rains the Balkan region has seen in 120 years destroyed thousands of structures and did millions worth of damage.

Source:  Property Casualty 360