As a newly licensed agent years ago, I learned the definition of Insurance is “shared risk.” This was never more demonstrated than when Hurricane Rita hit in 2005. I remember that time like it happened yesterday. The stress of evacuating with a husband only weeks out of the hospital from having a defibrillator installed to keep his impaired heart working. Coming home to damages to my house, loss of food and electricity, no one to fully assess our loss (remember my husband couldn’t climb a ladder or anything). Thankfully when I called our insurance company at the time, and explained our situation, they sent someone out right away and we were treated very well. Then there was the delight of returning to work and having to hop from one desk to another because the office was inundated with claims agents. They worked long hours in the office and in the field, checkbook in hand, anxious to help our valued clients get through one of the biggest and meanest hurricanes to hit the Lake Area in nearly fifty years.
Back in Feb. 2021 we announced that we were no longer selling Home, Mobile Home or Dwelling (Landlords) policies due to changes in staff at our office. We did, however, promise to continue to service the policies we maintained.
Recently it has come to our attention that two of our Home Insurance Companies, Lighthouse Excalibur AND Southern Fidelity have been forced into liquidation by the Insurance Commissioner of Louisiana and Florida.
Lighthouse policies expired at 12:01 am today (June 21st, 2022) and Southern Fidelity policies will expire at 12:01 am July 15th, 2022.
In an effort to keep our promise of service to you, we suggest you contact the agent of your choice IMMEDIATELY, so they have time to shop for the best policy to fit your individual needs. If you haven't already replaced your Lighthouse policy, get your coverage in place before a storm develops and they are under binding restrictions!
Contact one of the following Independent Insurance Agents and mention us!
Horace Mann Insurance Co (Ask for Stephanie)
Address: 226 W Prien Lake Rd, Lake Charles, LA 70601
Phone: (337) 439-1346
Kelly Lee Insurance
Address: 3205 Ryan St, Lake Charles, LA 70601
Phone: (337) 656-2890
Advanced Protection Insurance Agency
Address: 1435 Sam Houston Jones Pkwy, Lake Charles, LA 70611
Phone: (337) 905-8585
If we are your agent for Lighthouse OR Southern Fidelity and your new agent needs anything from us (ex: a prior dec page or claim information) have them reach out to us.
*Please remember Home or Dwelling insurance does NOT cover flood! That is a separate policy.*
Wishing you the best in finding new coverage.
Tommy Curtis and Staff
The National Hurricane Center is considering changing Hurricane Season from June 1 to May 15th.
You’ve got to be kidding me – Right!?!
Let’s face it, many of us haven’t fully recovered from 2020 hurricanes and now, as if we don’t have enough to fret about, the powers that be in the Weather Center want to add 2 more weeks of hurricane worry upon us.
Regardless of when the National Hurricane Center states hurricane season starts or ends, there is no need to panic or fear. Being prepared and having a plan, however, is imperative.
We may not be able to control Mother Nature, but here are some things you can do…
Have an Evacuation Plan. No matter if the storm hits east or west of us, having an evacuation plan in place helps alleviates the stress of leaving.
Review Your Home or Renters and Flood Insurance Policy ahead of time. Understanding your policy coverage, deductibles and limitations makes you a responsible homeowner/renter.
Take pictures or a video of your home, contents, sheds or outbuildings, and yard helps you be more organized if you have to file a claim. Include pictures of closets and drawers, dishes, pots, silverware – everything! Many folks lose out on valuable reimbursement without proper documentation of what you own – especially those who have total or near-total losses. Have items in storage? Have pictures and an inventory list of those too as a percentage of your contents coverage extends to these things.
It is especially important to record any existing damage on your home! If you happen to get caught with a new claim, this will help you and your insurance company from butting heads over details between claims.
Keep a travel kit ready. A single suitcase or tote or briefcase with policies (including life, health and auto), Vet Records, Kid’s immunization records, Medications and/or a list of medications (include dosage!), Allergies, legal documents that may be important if you or a family member becomes ill or dies during evacuation, etc. saves you from having to think about these things when preparing to evacuate.
Find more ideas on what to bring with you or have on hand if you decide not to evacuate in this post.
Other important things we learned during 2020 hurricanes can be found HERE and more tips for travelling smart are listed in THIS blog post.
Hopefully we’ve provided you enough information in this and other posts to help ease the stress of travelling or evacuating.
Until next time, take care and remember…. Preparation is the key to success.
Tommy Curtis and Staff
As we move into the second month of 2020, there are so many things to consider when thinking about your insurance.
We're going to take a moment and direct you back to some of our most important and most informative posts throughout the past couple of years.
Over the last year or so we’ve done posts on insuring your home, mobile home and even a vacant home. We’ve discussed binding restrictions and scheduled personal property as well as policy deductibles, endorsements and possible discounts.
One thing we haven’t discussed is a Builder’s Risk and/or Builder’s Risk Renovations policy.
If you’ve been talking to a bank or mortgage company about financing the construction of your home, you may have been told you’ll need a Builder’s Risk policy and wondered what in the world that is.
We’re here to help!
Purchasing a new home can be fun and exciting, it can also be fraught with fears, insecurities and too many things on your ‘to do’ list. Many people get all caught up in the excitement and forget one of the most important aspects of buying a new home–Insuring it!–then, in a panic, accept the first quote they receive, not understanding the basics of a home insurance policy.
Don’t be one of them.
Whether you think of moving as a grand adventure or one of the most stress-filled undertakings you ever endure, changing locations is something many of us do at least once in our lifetime. We’ve compiled a few tips to help you transition a little more smoothly.
Nearly every day in the news we hear of a disaster involving fire. Whether wildfires raging across thousands of acres or a single-family dwelling engulfed in flames, this kind of news leaves us feeling vulnerable and helpless.
We’ve experienced colder-than-normal temperatures here in SW LA, many days bordering on frigid, therefore fire safety comes to mind.
We mentioned a few tips in our Holiday Safety Tips article like checking the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and unplugging electric heaters, but let’s see if there are other things important to fire safety we can share with you….
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