Why An Evacuation Plan & Being Prepared Is So Importortant

As an insurance agent for the past five years, I have been through experiences and have seen a lot of things that have made me more wise.   My job has been to insure people against the unforseen. To help them protect their families, lives, wealth, assets and property.  I see things a lot differently these days since starting my agency. Being an insurance agent has taught me a lot about risk management. I’ve  also learned a great deal outside of my work too. This has all changed my perspective in life over the years.

On September 11th, 2001, our world in the United States was turned upside down. We were attacked by terrorist in ways never even seen before. Tragically about 3,000 people were lost their lives.   Some lost lives  by jumping out of the towers, because they couldn’t escape.  Everyone’s security bubble was popped, and people woke up to see the times we live in to be crazy.   People were scared and I’ll admit, so was I.  At this point no one was truly “safe” any more. No one truly understood what had happened but it did  pull a lot people back into reality. It made us realize how delicate modern-day society can be, and just how precious life is.  This event created a lot of questions for myself over the past years.  It did for a lot of people.  It made me think deep and hard.  It made me draw the conclusion:   always be prepared for anything, and always keep a positive attitude for the best.

This past year in Colorado alone, we have seen hundreds of homes damaged or completely destroyed by wildfires. Lives were lost.  Colorado has been extremely dry in 2012, and this has sparked a condition for wildfires to break out. This occurred throughout the entire state. Then it happened. Wildfires broke out all over the place at different times of the year. They included, the Little Sand Fire, The Treasure Fire, Weber, Waldo and Flagstaff,  Lower North Fork, The High Park, Springer, Woodland, Last Chance, Ironing Board and Pine Ridge.  These wildfires have easily exceeded over $500,000,000 in damage and lives were lost.

The Waldo Canyon Fire that occurred in Colorado Springs was, in my opinion, almost unbelievable. Colorado Springs is just about an hour south of Denver. Colorado Springs is a small city. According to a 2010 Census, over 400,000 people live in the city. Metro Colorado Springs  includes around 650,000 people. They have small skyscrapers, and the city is wealthy. 

This modern, wealthy city faced wild-fire perils on the west side of the town that were unthinkable t starting  from June 23rd until the end of August. This was the quote “suppose to never happen”. Even though the west side of Colorado Springs is close to the Rocky Mountains and is in wild-fire area, the thought of the Waldo Canyon Fire getting that big and moving that far into a modern city, was truly “unthinkable”. Even with all the modern-day fire equipment, people, planes and tactics, the fire at times was quote “almost unstoppable”.

These are just two events in modern history, where “hell” literally broke out and caused havoc. Once caused by man, the other by nature. Most people were unprepared. They were to complacent. They also had the attitude of “it’ll never happen to me”. I know it’s extremely hard to prepare for a plane crashing into a skyscraper, and the same could be said about a wildfire literally breaking out in the middle of a city. But I believe situational awareness, planning, mindset and other factors can go a long way.

What happens when a fire fighter knocks on your door and says, “you have 10 minutes to leave”?. What if it’s not even a wildfire threatening your life, but something else. What if it is a terrorist attack? What about a flood? What if there is civil break down and unrest and there is no rule of law? There are many scenarios. And if you are one of those “it will never happen” people, look to the past. History will prove my point.

Everyone should have a plan. Unfortunately not many people do. Your plan needs to include all possible aspects and possibilities. Wildfires, floods, tornadoes, earthquakes, civil unrest and disorder and any other possibilities which are unique to your situation and geographic area need to be considered.   For example,  if you live off the beach in California, you probably won’t have to worry about sitting out a week-long winter in your house. But you would have to worry about earthquakes.

Here are some of my tips on creating a plan. This also comes from more that just my experience in insurance.

  1. You need to scout and brainstorm all scenarios of all possibilities in your area. For example If you are in a flood area, your plan should be based off not just one,  but many possibilities.
  2. Build your plan. The plan should include all family members, no matter where you  are at.(work, school, etc) Have a meeting point A, B, C and etc. This will let you reunite with family, especially if one of the family members gets mixed up in all the havoc.
  3. Include your family, friends, neighbors and whoever else you can trust in you plan.
  4. Have bug out bags. If you need to get out in 5 minutes, you have to be out in 5 minutes! Everyone should have a bug out bag in the family. For more info on bug out bags, Google it! There is a ton of info out there on them.
  5. Be ready to possibly bug in. If you have civil unrest and there is no rule of law, don’t go far from Dodge!  Best thing is to turn into a ghost.
  6. Be prepared with supplies! If you’re not, and if there is an emergency, grocery shelves will be empty. Just google about empty grocery shelves on you tube during Katrina. There are plenty of peppers on you tube that can give you good advice. I am not saying to have 5 years worth of food, but a good back up supply won’t hurt. Don’t forget other things, such as extra fuel, propane, candles, medicine, communication, maps and etc.
  7. Be able to protect you and your family. Yes, have some sort of defense plan. As we all know the gun is a great equalizer. I personally think a Gun is your best defense. If you don’t like guns, have something else! When thugs are looting your neighbor and every single cop is busy in the city, the only law left is between you and the thugs. When they get to your house, you don’t want you or your family to be victims.
  8. Have locations B and C as bug out locations. Maybe the city has become unsafe and now its time to get out of Dodge. You, family and friends all need to know these locations. It wouldn’t  hurt to have location D. This can be very important for reuniting later on.
  9. There are many more tips out there for being prepared and having a plan. In my opinion, there is no such thing as doing something wrong. A lot of it is personal preference. Go out and do more research. Find what is best for you.

So all in all, be prepared and have a plan! Don’t forget the 5 basic needs of survival. Water, Food, Shelter, Fire(heat) and Security. The last position you want to be in are like the unprepared people from Hurricane Katrina in 2005. No water, no food, no nothing. You wouldn’t also want to end up in the New Orleans Super Dome of lawlessness.  You never know what might be around the next corner or what lies in the future. Don’t be a “it’ll never happen to me” person. Because when the Calvary can’t come rescue you, it’ll be just you and your family, friends and neighbors. The best thing is always to be prepared for the worst and hope for the best.

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Homeowners Insurance Program

At Denvers Insurance & The Ahbe Group, we know that your home is one of your most important investments you could ever make. That’s why we never take short cuts, when we build our home insurance policies. Work with one of our agents, and she/he will guide you through the process to find a policy that is best for your needs. Let us invest time into you, just like you did with your house.

Types Of Policies We Can Write

We can write properties of all types. This could be a small house, to a multi-million dollar one.

  • Dwelling(DP-3) Insurance
  • Home(HO-3 & HO-5) Insurance
  • Condo Insurance(HO-6) (Unit Owners)
  • Renters & Tenants(HO-4) Insurance
  • Seasonal Home(HO-3 & DP-3) Insurance
  • Vacant Home(DP-1) Insurance
  • If you are looking for Landlord Or Investment Property insurance, please click here.

Coverages

We offer comprehensive, “worry Free” insurance coverage.

  • Dwelling Or Structure With (RC)Replacement Cost (some policies don’t qualify for replacement cost)
  • Extended Dwelling Coverage
  • Other Structures
  • Personal Property With (RC)Replacement Cost
  • Medical Payments
  • Homeowner Liability
  • Loss Of Use
  • Sewer Back Up
  • Identity Theft
  • and more!

Homeowners With Previous Claims & Loss History

Helping homeowners who have been non-renewed due to many claims is one of our specialties. If you no longer qualify for a policy with a standard company, we can help you out. This can be anywhere from just a couple of claims, all the way to a full list. We will also counsel on how to avoid non-renewal in the future, and eventually get you back into a standard company.

High Value Home Insurance

We understand that some customers may have high value homes, requiring unique comprehensive coverage. We have multiple markets that offer insurance for high value properties.

Unusual Risk Home Insurance

We know some properties are located in areas that make inherently more risky to insure. We have markets that fulfill needs for hard to place risk. For Example: Mountain houses in wild-fire risk areas with minimal fire protection.

Our Companies Claims Process Is Excellent

We only write insurance with companies that have an excellent claims process. A claim can be complicated, but our companies will treat you fair and keep the process as simple as possible.

Personalized Service

Our agency is family based and understands insurance. You will work one-one-one with an experienced agent who will find a policy that best fits your business needs. We believe in “good old-fashioned customer service”.

Get A Free Home Insurance Quote!

We offer up to 10 personal lines companies for home insurance. To get a free home insurance quote, please use our quick form, or contact us during normal business hours at (888)-270-0995. We will counsel you into how to receive the best price, for the most coverage. We will also advise on how to maximize discounts.

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Builders Risk Insurance Program

If you’re in the construction industry, your business is building, renovating and remodeling. Protect your projects with one of our comprehensive builders risk insurance policies. It Covers projects against fire, vandalism, lightning, wind, and similar perils. With our insurance policies, we can cover the property owner or general contractor.

Work with one of our licensed experienced insurance agents, who will help you put together a policy that fits the project. Our policies cover all projects, anywhere from a small custom-house, to a home builder building multiple properties. We can also insure commercial projects such as condo’s or apartment buildings. We cover all phases of construction. This includes from the beginning when the foundation gets pored, all the way to end when the last finishing touches are being completed. Our agency can also insure projects that just require remodeling or heavy renovation.

Coverages Of A Builders Risk Insurance Policy

Our builders risks policies are some of the most comprehensive in the industry. Please see below of a break down of coverages.

  • Coverage For All Property Including materials and existing or to be existing structure(s)/dwelling(s)
  • Back Up Of Sewer and Drain $5,000
  • Debris Removal $20,000
  • Fire Department Surcharge $10,000
  • Pollution Clean Up & Removal $15,000
  • Arson Or Vandalism Reward $10,000
  • Scaffolding Re-erection $10,000
  • Scaffolding, Construction Forms & Temp Structures $20,000
  • Property At Temp Storing Location $10,000 with $1,000 deductible
  • Property In Transit $25,000 with a $1,000 deductible
  • Valuable Papers & Records $20,000

Other Separate Coverages available

  • Commercial Auto Insurance
  • General Liability & Premises Liability
  • Excess/Umbrella Insurance
  • Professional Liability
  • Workman’s Compensation
  • and more!

Our Companies Claims Process Is Excellent

We only write insurance with companies that have an excellent claims process. A claim can be complicated, but our companies will treat you fair and keep the process as simple as possible.

Personalized Service

Our agency is family based and understands insurance. You will work one-one-one with an experienced agent who will find a policy that best fits your business needs. We believe in “good old-fashioned customer service”.

Get A Free Builders Risk Insurance Quote!

We offer 3 commercial lines companies for builders risk  insurance. To get a free insurance quote, please use our quick form, or contact us during normal business hours at (888)-270-0995. We will counsel you into how to receive the best price, for the most coverage. We will also advise on how to maximize discounts.

Why When Shopping Auto Insurance, You Are Asked About Your Previous Insurance?

When shopping for auto insurance, you have to provide a lot of information. The reason for this is  an insurance company needs to properly assess you as a risk, and to find a car insurance policy that is best for you. The questions an  insurance company asks is to assist in  pre-qualifying an insurance policy.  At this time, a good insurance agent will take time to make sure your coverages are adequate for what you need.

To explain why insurance companies and agents ask this information, we are going to explain in a Question & Answer format.

Do You Currently Have Insurance?

Answer: Helps assess risk of driver. Statistics show people who have previous insurance are a lower risk to insure than someone without insurance.  If you have previous insurance, you will most likely get a better rate.

How long have you had insurance with the current company?

Answer: Drivers who have maintained insurance for a long period are a lower risk to insure. Its is proven that people who stay with their previous company for a long period also stay with a new company for as long.  Drivers with 3 years with the same company are going to get the best discount.

What company are you with?

Answer: The agent or company needs to know if you are with a standard company or a non-standard company. Naturally a standard driver, with a standard company, is less risky to insure. Therefore they will most likely get a better rate.

What are your current liability limits?

Answer: People who are underinsured are a  higher risk to insure. If you don’t carry at least 100/300 liability limits or higher, your current policy is lacking coverage.  If you carry 100/300 or higher, you are less of a risk to insure, therefore you will most likely get a better rate.

Overall,  insurance companies ask these questions as a determining factor on how they will set up an insurance policy and how much premium needs to be charged. If you have had continuous insurance for 3 years with 100/300 limits or higher with the same company, you are going to be a prime risk when shopping around on auto insurance. If you would like an auto insurance quote, please contact us.