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Are Your Holiday Gifts Insured?

present_pileThe shopping season is in winding down right about now, and your loved ones have received all their gifts. Whether it is a new gaming system, new shoes, a big screen TV, a new iPhone or laptop,  special jewelry or a trip for 2 to a ski resort or sunny spa for a week, you may want to be sure that these gifts are protected by insurance if something unfortunate were to happen to them.

Does your Homeowners Policy cover any or all of these items while in your home BEFORE you give them away as gifts?  Do you have a Floater Policy (aka Inland Marine Policy) to add that special valuable jewelry item you received from your loved one? Did you purchase Travel Insurance for that exciting trip?

An Inland Marine policy or Floaters policy can cover those valuable gifts such as computers, fine arts, furs, golf equipment, jewelry, music instruments, and even camera equipment for All Risk, World Wide coverage with no deductible when scheduled on this type of policy.

Your Homeowners insurance may provide some coverage as well; however, every policy offers different features. A simple call to your agent can give you the detailed information you need to be sure.

Travel Insurance can protect you and your passenger should you need to cancel the trip due to a sudden illness that prevents you from going.  Or when on the trip, is an accident, sickness or injury covered by your current health insurance if you leave your home state? What if you require to be evacuated or airlifted for care – would your health insurance cover that expense? And if your trip was cut short due to a sickness or injury, would you get reimbursed to travel again at a later time?  You can have all of these situations covered with the right insurance.

Receiving electronics for the holiday is an awesome gift as well; however, will your homeowners or renters policy automatically cover it?  Every insurance company has their own interpretation of coverage and a call to your agent is strongly suggested to be sure you understand any limitation in your policy or instructions on what to do to protect your precious gift.  Sometimes purchasing the protection right from the electronic vender is the simplest and most economical way to get the best protection.

We hope you received all the gifts on your wish list this Holiday season! Keep Insurance on your list as well.  Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions at 718-386-5050 or info@jpins.com.

Does Your Company Have A Business Contingency Plan?

Super-storm Sandy, hurricanes, Ebola, influenza epidemics, product malfunctions or any event that may negatively affect a company’s health, image or productivity call for a  business contingency plan. Risk Management should certainly be a concern for all business owners to ensure the continuance of your business operations even under the most unfavorable conditions. Here are some scenarios to consider:

  • An interruption in your business operations can happen even if there is no physical damage to the property. Note that in order to trigger the business interruption coverage, there must first be damage to the property from a peril defined in the policy. Thus, without physical damage, recoveries are not “a given” and, therefore, contingency planning is an imperative to keep the doors open and business flowing.
  • What type of plan do you have in place if your employees are unable to get to your physical workspace, or if the workspace becomes uninhabitable? Can your employees work from home? Do you have an alternate remote location in place?
  • What about reputational damages? In today’s world of news coverage being dispersed worldwide in an instant, media spin can turn an unfortunate occurrence into a full blown crisis in no time. A planned response, trained spokespersons, and crisis intervention is certainly well worth the cost. An example, are the recent cyber-attacks suffered by major retailers. Remember that reputation and good will are extremely important, and there are insurance policies that provide coverage for reputational damages.
  • Reliance on government doesn’t always line up with the objectives of privately owned and operated businesses. While it is important to follow governmental directives in a crisis, it is also necessary to ask questions and not just blindly follow along.
  • As was recently seen in the Ebola crisis, healthcare systems such as hospitals are not failsafe regardless of how top notch their rating might be. Don’t rely on them to bail you out in case of such a crisis.

In our office we have Team Leaders who are ready to swing into action and implement our very detailed continuity plan so that we can remain operational to our clients if anything were to ever happen. You should too!

Karen Skoler, CPCU