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You do not have to own your property for it to be considered your home in Melbourne. It is often your possessions that are more treasured than the house, especially when renting.

While the landlord may have home insurance covering the structure, your personal belongings are not covered unless you have a renter’s insurance policy in place.

GreatFlorida Insurance has budget friendly renter’s coverage to protect against damage or theft of your small appliances, electronics, computer and entertainment equipment, clothes, shoes, jewelry, furniture, bikes and just about anything else you own.

Renter’s insurance is not only created for your possessions but, can offer protection if someone is injured at your rental property as well as  provide living expenses if your rental is damaged and you need to find temporary housing.

GreatFlorida Insurance can cover your rental property whether you live in a condominium, apartment, townhouse or home in Melbourne. Safeguard your personal effects with renter’s insurance today.

Protect What's Yours with Renter's Insurance

Whether you own or rent your home, the fact remains that you want to protect your belongings and your family from life's unfortunate events.

While most people have heard of homeowners insurance, many renters don't know that there are special policies just for them called renters insurance.

Contact a GreatFlorida Renter's Insurance Agent in Melbourne to get more information on a renters insurance policies and to get your free renters insurance quote.

Call 321-253-8531 or take a few minutes to complete our online quote request form.

Why should I get a renters insurance policy?

Even though you may be living in a home that is protected by someone else's homeowners insurance policy, you want to be sure that your personal belongings and liabilities are covered.

If an accident, natural disaster or other unfortunate incident occurs, a renters insurance policy will make it easier to get back on your feet.

How do deductibles work with renters insurance?

Just like with other policies, a deductible is the amount that you agree to pay before your insurance policy begins to pay. However, it is important to note that this applies to personal property claims and not to liability claims.

Additionally, hurricane deductibles are applied differently since storms can cause damage multiple times in one year. Your GreatFlorida Insurance Agent in Melbourne can provide you with additional information on how deductibles work.

What personal items does a renters policy cover?

Renters insurance policies are designed to keep your assets safe. Take a look around your home. You probably have more personal property in your home than you initially realize.

Do you have?

  • Kitchen appliances and supplies
  • Electronics
  • Clothes
  • Shoes
  • Jewelry
  • Purses
  • Furniture
  • Entertainment systems

Protect items such as these with a superb renters insurance policy from GreatFlorida Insurance. Get your quote by calling 321-253-8531.

How about protection against personal liability?

When someone is hurt at your home, it may be as much your liability as it is the landlord's liability.

Not having proper coverage in place can be a costly mistake. Renters insurance will give you the protection you need whether you need to cover attorneys' fees or pay for the medical bills of those injured on your property.

Protection at home and away from home.

Damages and personal liability can by incurred whether you're home or away from home. For instance, if you accidentally set something on fire because of a faulty appliance or lapse in judgment, a good renters insurance policy can help you recover from those damages.

On the other hand, if your home catches on fire, suffers from water damage as a result of an action of your neighbor or building management, or is broken into, a renters insurance policy will be your best asset.

In these instances your policy will cover damaged items as well as pay part of your living expenses should you be forced out of your home due to the damage.

Renters insurance covers your belongings from natural disasters.

Florida is the Sunshine State. Our tropical climate draws visitors from around the world. However, it also leaves us susceptible to severe storms, floods, hurricanes, tornados, etc.

When you rent your home, you are not responsible for damage to the structure, but guess who is responsible for your personal belongings. You are.

The destruction of your home and personal belongings can be devastating. Give yourself and your family the best chance for a second start with proper renters insurance coverage.

You'll also ensure that you'll have financial support to pay for living expenses if you are forced out of your home.

Payment plans available.

Renters insurance can fit most any budget. You have the option of paying for the entire year upfront or paying a deposit followed by quarterly payments. Get more information when you contact a GreatFlorida Insurance Agent.

Get started by making a list and checking it twice.

How can you get started? Before calling GreatFlorida Insurance take inventory of your belongings. From furniture to appliances to electronics to clothes to shoes to clothing to jewelry, these costs can really add up.

Once you have an idea of the total value of your belongings, a GreatFlorida Insurance Agent in Melbourne will be able to put together the best possible renters insurance quote for you.

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by GreatFlorida Insurance
7/15/2019

Beginning today, July 15 through July 21, state troopers and local law enforcement across Florida are cracking down on speeding drivers. “If you have a lead foot, slow down or you will get pulled over,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s largest independent auto insurance agency.

“Operation Southern Shield 2019” will focus on drivers who are breaking the law by traveling above the speed limit on interstates, major highways and local roads. In addition, law enforcement in Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee and South Carolina will also be participating.

The focus is to encourage motorist to slow down, therefore reducing crashes and providing a safer experience for motorists. “The goal of Southern Shield is to not write a lot of tickets but to show drivers how speeding drastically increases their chances of being in a crash,” Governor’s Office of Highway Safety Director Allen Poole said. “We are warning drivers now so those who do not want to see blue lights in the rearview mirror will follow the speed limit, wear their seat belt, and drive alert and sober.”

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports in 2017, speeding killed 9,717 people, accounting for more than a quarter (26%) of all traffic fatalities that year. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles says more than 10, 590 crashes in 2018 in Florida involving speeding or driving too fast for conditions. Speeding was also a contributing factor in 8.7% of all crash fatalities statewide, resulting in more than 270 fatalities.

“Getting a speeding ticket can cause a hike in your auto insurance,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s top independent auto insurance agency.

According to DMVFlorida.org, If you get a traffic ticket in Florida, you have 30 days to pay off your citation, go to traffic school or request a court appearance. Speeding fines vary across the state, from county to county.

GreatFlorida Insurance offers dependable and affordable car insurance. Give us a call today for your free quote.

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by GreatFlorida Insurance
7/8/2019

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has issued a directive encouraging Florida homeowners to kill green iguanas they find on their property. “It might sound a bit barbaric, until you better understand the threat these reptiles can cause,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s top independent homeowners insurance agency.

Green iguanas are not native to Florida and are an invasive species from Central and South America.  The reptiles damage structures such as seawalls, sidewalks and roofs. They also destroy landscape plants with flowers and foliage as well as some fruit and any vegetable plants. The creatures can also transmit salmonella to humans through contact with water or surfaces contaminated by their feces.

“It is important to check your pools to prevent contamination,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s largest independent homeowners insurance agency.

No permit is required to kill green iguanas on your property, however they are protected by Florida’s anti-cruelty law, so the execution must be considered humane. A hard blow to the head- a quick death, is recommended. It is illegal to poison, drown or freeze the reptiles as well as relocate captured iguanas. You cannot kill or set traps in common areas in communities and condos owned by an HOA. In these instances, it is best to contact a professional removal service.

The Miami Herald reports iguanas have burrowed into sewer lines and under roads, popped-up in toilets, and shopping centers.

The FWC website says, green iguanas can live on the ground, in shrubs or in trees in a variety of habitats including suburban developments, urban areas and agricultural areas. The reptiles are excellent swimmers and tolerate both fresh and saltwater. They can submerge themselves for up to 4 hours at a time. Contrary to their name, the retiles are blue, brown, orange, black and pink. The males can grow to over 5 feet long. Their population is difficult to control, since they can lay over 70 eggs a year and have no known predators.

If you have green iguanas on your property you want to get rid of the FWC has some advice on how to drive them from your place.

Fill in holes to discourage burrowing.

Hang wind chimes or other items that make intermittent noises.

Hang CD’s or décor with a reflective surface.

Spray the animals with water or use a sprinkler.

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by GreatFlorida Insurance
6/26/2019

Summer is in full swing, which mandates a trip to the beach. With the most beautiful beaches in our backyard, it’s a shame not to take full advantage.

“Open water swimming at the beach is adventurous and can provide a challenging workout,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s largest independent boat insurance agency.

While swimming in the ocean is fun, changes in water depth and hidden currents also make it unpredictable.  Here are a few tips to keep your beach trip enjoyable and safe.

Swimming at the Beach

The American Red Cross recommends to always stay within your fitness and swimming capabilities.

Swim in a supervised, marked area with a lifeguard present, and swim with others. Never swim alone.

“Continually supervise children around water and never leave young children unattended around water, says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s top independent boat insurance agency.

Stingray season is from April – October, when entering the water look around the edge, where they generally hang out. A purple flag at city beaches will provide a warning.

Rip currents and undertow currents are the biggest dangers to swimmers at the beach. Swim in an area where there is a lifeguard on duty or ask other swimmers about the conditions in the water. If you are caught in a rip current, swim parallel to the shore until you are out of the current. Once you are free, turn and swim toward shore. If you can’t swim to the shore, float or tread water until you are free of the rip current and then head toward shore.

If you find yourself pulled out to sea by a current, don’t panic. Try to keep calm to conserve energy. Relaxing is also the best way to stay afloat. Breathing deeply draws more oxygen into your body, lowering your overall density and thereby buoying you up in the water. Laying back also helps you float, because it makes it more difficult for water to flow around your outstretched body and force it downward compared to when you’re upright. If necessary, kick your legs and wave your arms very gently, cupping your hands to push water downward and turning them on edge to slide them upward.

Do not swim at any beach right after a heavy rain. Runoff following a heavy rain may result in a high bacteria level.

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has a beach flag program to alert beach goers of surf conditions. Also, to check conditions before you head out, go to visitbeaches.org/ for updated information on specific beaches.

GreatFlorida Insurance provides Floridians with boat insurance policies for various kinds of watercraft. For more information call us at 888-478-7801 or visit us online at www.greatflorida.com.

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by GreatFlorida Insurance
6/19/2019

“Several popular food items have been recalled over the past month,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s largest independent health insurance agency.

The following are a list of the food products to check.

The Sprouts Farmers Market grocery chain is recalling conventional and organic frozen spinach manufactured by National Frozen Foods. Food Safety News reports the recalled bags were shipped to retailers in 19 states including Florida. A random sample tested positive for Listeria. The contaminated bags have a, “Use By Date” of 12/3/21.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a public health alert, warning consumers that several frozen berry products manufactured by Townsend Farms Inc. were found contaminated with Hepatitis A. Among the products in question are frozen berries from Kroger and Costco.

  • Kroger: Private Selection Frozen Triple Berry Medley, 16 and 48 oz. and Private Selection Blackberries 16 oz.
  • Costco: Kirkland Signature Brand Three Berry Blend

“Bakers beware of an ongoing flour recall,” warns Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s top independent health insurance agency.

Three flour brands including Pillsbury, King Arthur and ALDI have been recalled after the FDA discovered an ongoing E. coli outbreak tied to Archer Daniels Midland Co. Seventeen reported cases of the Shiga toxin-producing E. coli infections have been reported with three hospitalizations, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

  • Pillsbury Best Bread Flour 5-pound bag
  • King Arthur Unbleached All Purpose Flour 5-pound bag
  • ALDI Baker’s Corner All Purpose Flour 5-pound bag

Ragu recalls three flavors of pasta sauce. The company that makes it, Mizkan America Inc. reports they may contain plastic fragments. The products in question are listed below.

  • Ragu Chunky Tomato Garlic & Onion, 45 & 66 oz.
  • Ragu Old World Style Traditional, 66 oz.
  • Ragu Old World Style Meat, 66 oz.

If you are in possession of any of the following tainted food items, click on the links in the article for more detailed information. You can also return them to the store for a refund and toss them out immediately.

GreatFlorida Insurance wants to keep you safe by keeping you informed. We offer dependable health insurance options through Florida Blue, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida. Give us a call today.

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by GreatFlorida Insurance
6/12/2019

Lightning is wreaking havoc in Florida. In the past week, lightning struck and killed two giraffes at the Lion County Safari in Loxahatchee. As if that was not unusual enough, a motorcyclist was struck and killed on his bike, while driving on I-95, in Volusia County.

“Lightning is such a common occurrence in Florida we often dismiss its dangers” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s largest independent motorcycle insurance agency.

Motorcyclist are especially vulnerable to lightning strikes because they lack the protection of a car’s metal shell, reports The National Lightning Safety Council, John Jensenius. It is a common misconception that the rubber on the tires of the bike will keep you safe.

Jensenius was also quick to debunk another myth, that a motorcyclist can outrun lightning, if you are traveling fast enough you cannot be struck. However, lightning travels too quickly to be outrun by humans.

The Weather Channel reports the motorcyclist who died in Florida is the 12th person killed in a motorcycle-related lighting death in the U.S. since 2006.

Lightning kills and injures more people in Florida than any other state. The Red Cross reports, more people are killed every year by lightning strikes, than tornadoes and hurricanes. Thunderstorms produce lightning along with damaging winds and heavy rain that can cause flooding.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) estimates, 25 million cloud-to-ground lightning flashes in the U. S. every year. Lightning can strike more than 10 miles from where it is raining. If you hear thunder, lightning is close enough to pose a threat.

All thunderstorms produce lightning. Lightning strikes cause horrific injuries. Being struck can cause burns, serious lifelong pain and permanent neurological disabilities, as well as cardiac arrest and death.

“Every year claims for lightning losses total in the hundreds of millions, reports Buck with GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s top independent motorcycle insurance agency.

Some safety tips to heed during a thunderstorm are listed below.

When thunder roars, go indoors. There is no safe place outside during a thunderstorm. If you are in the water, get out immediately. Avoid open structures such as gazebos, porches and baseball dugouts.

Lightning tends to strike the tallest object in the area and you do not want that to be you. If you are caught in an open area, such as a golf course or ball field, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends you crouch down into a ball position, with your feet and knees together with your head tucked and your hands over your ears. The idea is to get low without touching the ground. Lightning causes electric currents along the top of the ground that can be deadly from over 100 feet away.

If you are in a group spread out from one another to reduce the number of injuries if lighting strikes the ground.

Wait to go outside for 30 minutes after you hear the last thunderclap.

Someone who is struck does not carry and electrical charge and requires medical attention immediately.

Don’t let a storm rob you. GreatFlorida Insurance provides top notch motorcycle insurance to fit your budget. Give us a call today.

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by GreatFlorida Insurance
6/4/2019

The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), has received another extension until the end of September. This gives lawmakers more time to work on a bi-partisan deal on how to reform the program which is billions of dollars in debt. The NFIP provides flood insurance to more than 5 million policy holders across the country.

“While the solution is temporary, we are glad to see the NFIP extension in place with hurricane season upon us,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance.

The extension is part of a $19.1 billion disaster aid bill, with $1.5 billion going toward the rebuilding of Tyndall Air Force Base, after hurricane Michael. Plus, millions will go to Florida farmers for agriculture recovery in the state. The package also includes $900 million to Puerto Rico for hurricane recovery efforts.

Since its formation in 1968, the NFIP had covered its losses. However, damages from hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma have overwhelmed the fund, forcing Congress to cover billions in payments to those with insured properties.

Frustration is growing from lawmakers and outside groups, at the lack of progress toward a more viable solution. “After eleven short-term extensions, communities and residents at risk deserve certainty and stability,” says SmarterSafer.org, a national group that favors risk-priced flood insurance.

Solutions for reform include, increasing flood insurance rates, more resilient home construction along the coast, improved residential building codes, better flood maps and more coverage from the private insurance market.

“We would really like to see lawmakers come up with a sustainable long-term extension or reform for the program,” says Buck with GreatFlorida Insurance.

Lawmakers have until September 30 of this year to come up with an agreement or they will have to pass another short-term extension of the National Flood Insurance Program.

GreatFlorida Insurance provides flood insurance through the National Flood Insurance Policy. Visit us online today.

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by GreatFlorida Insurance
5/22/2019

Memorial Day this year is Monday, May 27. It’s time to fire up the grill and hang your American flag. Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May. It honors the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military.

“Take a moment to give thanks and remember those who died in service to our country,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s top independent auto insurance agency.

At 3 p.m., people are encouraged to stop for a moment of silence on Memorial Day.

What is opened and what is closed?

Most government offices and some private businesses are closed for Memorial Day. Banks, the U.S. Postal Service, the stock market and schools are closed or not in service. Most UPS and FedEx services are also unavailable that day. Trash pick-up varies, check your local provider. The DMV is closed, and courts are not in session.

Most stores are open on Memorial Day, however, Costco is closed. Good Housekeeping has complied a comprehensive list of retail and grocery stores, along with restaurants and fast food chains that are open.

Travel

Memorial Day also marks the unofficial start of summer and summer travel. AAA predicts this holiday weekend will see the most road-trippers on record with over 37.6 million hitting the road.

“Patience will be required with all the additional drivers on the road,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s top independent auto insurance agency.

INRIX, a global transportation analytics company in collaboration with AAA, predicts drivers will experience the greatest amount of congestion on Thursday, May 23 and Friday, May 24 in the late afternoon as commuters leave work early and mix with holiday travelers. According to AAA, Orlando and Tampa are among the top 10 destinations for travelers to visit this Memorial Day weekend.

Whether your plans are to travel or stay home, GreatFlorida Insurance wishes you and your family an enjoyable holiday weekend! For all your car insurance needs contact us.

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