2011 Hurricane Season was Third-Most Active Year

November 29, 2011

If you haven’t heard already, this year’s Hurricane Season spawned 19 name-storms. The average hurricane season gives rise to about 11 name storms.

According to the Weather Underground, Hurricane Irene -alone- caused an estimated $7.2 billion dollars worth of damage and 55 deaths over 14 states— this figure accounts for about 65% of the damages for the entire 2011 season.

The last major storm sustaining winds of over 100mph that made landfall in the US was back in 2005, Hurricane Wilma; Hurricane Katrina, you should remember, made landfall that same season.


How to Keep You and Your Pets Cool in Extreme Heat

July 22, 2011

So, the forecast today is in the triple-digits. Yes, we still live in Boston.

Keep these tips in mind as you make your way through today.

1. Don’t shy from turning on your air conditioners.

2. Drink NON-alcoholic beverages. Alcohol dehydrates you. Stay hydrated.

3. Wear appropriate clothing. That means no turtlenecks.

4. Schedule outdoor activities so they are in the morning or late afternoon, avoiding the heat of the day.

5. Monitor those at risk of heat-related illness (adults over 65 & children).

6. Do NOT leave children or pets in cars.

7. Limit sun exposure.

8. If possible, stay inside.

[SOURCE: CDC Extreme Heat Guide]


Always Forgetting to Renew Your License? Always Afraid You’ll Forget? Fret no more.

June 20, 2011

The Massachusetts RMV has just launched a new license/MASS ID-renewal reminder service.

Yes, that’s right! Now, you aren’t obliged to add a reminder to your own Google Calendar of your license expiration date 5 or 10 years out. The RMV will now be reminding you.

As of this morning, over 113,000 Massachusetts residents had already signed up! You should too. And tell your friends to do it. You’ll be doing yourself and them a favor.

Click here to take advantage of this new system!


Congratulations BOSTON BRUINS!

June 15, 2011

2011 Stanley Cup Champions!


RMV Gives Back to Tornado Victims

June 15, 2011

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Losing everything in a tornado really does mean you lose everything. Yet, it is the littlest item that ends up being the most important. For example,  who even thinks about their driver’s license when their house is gone?

The RMV took this into account. They have just announced that as part of their effort to assist in this disaster, residents affected by the recent storms who lost their driver’s licenses or Massachusetts IDs can apply for a free duplicate by visiting a Registry of Motor Vehicles office.

Communities eligible for this benefit include: Southbridge, West Springfield, Springfield, Brimfield, Monson, Wilbraham, Sturbridge, Westfield, Agawam, Auburn, Chester, Blandford, Montgomery, Russell, Holyoke, Chicopee, Ludlow, East Longmeadow, Longmeadow, Wales, Oxford, Brookfield, East Brookfield, Webster, Holden, Southampton, Easthampton, Hampden, Charlton, Douglas, Millbury, Uxbridge, Belchertown, Northampton and Palmer.

For information on branch hours and locations, visit www.mass.gov/rmv.

(Information via MASSDOT, Registry News/MAIA Bulletin)


Placing Southern Tornadoes in a Northern Context

May 27, 2011

The Tornado in Joplin, Missouri last Sunday is officially the deadliest single tornado on record according to the National Weather Service. 156 people are still missing and the death toll is 132 and rising (WHDH).

It’s no surprise then that home sales in the South also dropped 17.2% due to the tornado disaster (Huffington Post).

Some clients ask if they are covered for damage caused by tornadoes since these occur way less often in New England than they do in the South. But the answer is yes, you are covered under your homeowner’s policy (HO3). Damage caused by tornado falls under the insurance on your policy for damage caused by wind/storm/hurricane.

Click here to find out how you can help those suffering from this disaster

 

 

 
UPDATE 6/3/2011: 

This article was written on the 27th, a few days before the tornado disaster in MA. I wanted to share some information on what to do in case of a loss:

Call us (your agent) at 781-871-5414 to report the loss. Take photos of the damage and do what you can to stop your home from being further damaged. Save all your receipts throughout the professional repair process so that way you may be reimbursed if the damage is severe enough to necessitate filing a claim.

You may also donate to assist those who have lost their homes in Massachusetts by donating online, calling 1-800-RED-CROSS, or by texting ‘REDCROSS’ to 90999 (donates $10). 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Cambridge Bird Art ‘Distracting’ To Some Drivers; (Story from WBZ News 4)

April 22, 2011

Saw this strange news story on WBZ-4. Artist suspends a metallic flock of birds on cable wires above Cambridge roads. Some express concern that the glare from the artwork will distract drivers. Some on the comment stream of the article are suggesting that cell phones are the most distracting thing — suggestion there would be that what harm could some metallic birds do?

The artist and architecture professor, Carolina Aragon, stresses that she did not want her work to be a distraction. And of course, she does have express permission from the city.

Do you think the installation will cause problems?

Also- if you’re an art nut, you might enjoy perusing her website. Her work is quite good.

[ORIGINAL ARTICLE: Cambridge Bird Art ‘Distracting’ To Some Drivers « Cambridge Bird Art ‘Distracting’ To Some Drivers « CBS Boston.]


Roof Collapsings: Did You Know? And Fun Snow Comics.

February 2, 2011

On Channel 7, I just saw about 5 stories on roof collapsings all having occurred around Boston and up through the North Shore and New Hampshire. Jeremy Reiner shared a map indicating that depending on the region of MA you live in, roofs have to be able to sustain a specific amount of weight per square foot– specifically because of all the snow we get.

Boston, North Shore and South Shore roofs must sustain weight between 30 and 40 pounds per square foot. As you goto the Cape, the numbers decrease to about 20-25 pounds. Central MA was around 25-30 and Western MA requires roofs to sustain 40 lbs or more.

Many of the roofs that collapsed were those of commercial buildings because of the flat top. This reminded me, of course, of the ice dam madness that occurs most frequently (and more likely) on low pitch roofs. Click here to see that post.

As far as I could tell, no one is reported injured, but in most instances, there were people inside. How totally freaky that must have been.

This also means that there has got to be at least 30-40 pounds of snow per square foot on our roofs! And this is not coming to an end just yet– apparently, there’s another snownnoyance* on Saturday.

*snownoyyance = snow annoyance

Here are a few funny snow-comics. Click the thumbnails to see the full comic.

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2010 in Review: Our Blog is AWESOME Thanks to You :-)

January 2, 2011

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is doing awesome!.

Crunchy numbers

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A helper monkey made this abstract painting, inspired by your stats.

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,900 times in 2010. That’s about 5 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 54 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 13 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 1mb. That’s about a picture per month.

The busiest day of the year was November 15th with 38 views. The most popular post that day was Really Cool Stuff: Norwell, MA Resident Writes Book on Local History.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, counter.bestproceed.com, networkedblogs.com, statistics.bestproceed.com, and twitter.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for grease fire, grease fires, car accident, positive post it project, and kitchen grease fire.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

Really Cool Stuff: Norwell, MA Resident Writes Book on Local History November 2010

2

How to Deal with Kitchen and Grease #Fires with #NBAInsurance July 2010
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Ewwww! Bed Bugs in MA Suburbs!! For real. #insurance August 2010

4

Divorce Insurance. Yes, It’s Real. Read on. August 2010

5

Live Paperless. NBA Insurance Lists 5 Incentives July 2010


Blizzard Warning! Counties Affected and a Handy-Dandy Radar Map

December 25, 2010

So, it’s Christmas night and we’re on the brink of what looks to be a pretty significant storm. Blizzard is the buzz word of the moment with a warning for the Greater Boston Area: Plymouth, Norfolk, Bristol, and Essex counties. It even reaches to southern Worcester county.

Then, as you go south of Boston toward the Cape, the blizzard-ness of the storm decreases into what I guess weathermen would call a “Really Bad Storm”.

Check out this map to see the forecasted accumulations.

Here’s a list of the current watches and warnings from 7News.

So, when they say blizzard warning, that means stay home. Don’t go out. If you think you have to go out, think twice. It’s not worth risking it. And even if you drive a 4×4, you are not Superman. Don’t try to be.

After the storm passes though, we should remember that MA just passed the new legislature that homeowner’s are absolutely liable for slips and falls on their property. Make sure to shovel your driveway or have a close friend/family member do it for you. Sand it and add dirt for traction to avoid these instances. If you take these precautions, you will have acted “reasonably”. For more information on this legislation, read my recent post on it or just read this blurb below:

Homeowners and businessowners need to abide by the clause, “act like a reasonable person.” What do they mean? Expense of snow removal and Seriousness/probability of harm are factors in deciding if a person/homeowner acted reasonably. It is a retroactive rule, therefore applicable to all pending claims with a 3-year statute of limitations.

For a list of safe driving tips, check out Weather.com‘s. It’s pretty comprehensive (AKA really long), but you should still read it. If you have a short attention span, skim it, get the gist that you shouldn’t drive, and stay home. 🙂

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