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An Ounce of Prevention

Many of us carry some type of insurance to deal with accidents and catastrophic loss. Finding the right combination of coverage is crucial for protecting your personal and/or business assets. The Merriam Agency takes pride in our ability to offer clients the coverage they need in order to achieve their protection goals. Finding and keeping an insurance plan, that is both comprehensive and affordable, is our top priority for our clients.

Everything Changes

In the 30 years of my professional career in risk management and insurance, I have never come across an issue as divisive as the debate over National health insurance. I will admit, right up front, that I am an opponent to the idea. Categorically, I am one of those conservatives who are prone to side with Thomas Jefferson who was quoted as saying, “The role of government is to do for society what society cannot do for itself.” Likewise, I am apt to quote what was printed in the monthly periodical

Loss prevention

I usually avoid the use of clichés, but this one is just too obvious to ignore: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Ben Franklin was certainly right, though I doubt he imagined he would ever be quoted in Rescue Magazine 250 years later! However, when it comes to preventing losses before they happen, he was extremely sage. The amount of money that is lost on insured claims may be huge. Additionally, they are typically a time waster, exacerbated by the work and energy that must be expended to even file a claim. Such possible expenses to the ministry include

Does Your Organization have Enough Liability Insurance

Most leaders have no idea whether or not their business or organization carries enough liability insurance. Many tell me, “I have an umbrella, so that should be fine,” and then end the discussion there. Even those who give the size of their umbrella some thought may not fully appreciate the size of injury payouts. If you fit into this category of “umbrella purchaser,” you probably have

Driving Large Vehicles Safely

“Power lines, roof eaves, and small cars.” One executive director lost no time in describing what donation pick-up drivers need to watch out for. “How do you think I knew that?” he asked, “because they’ve all happened to me!” My observations confirm the executive director’s experience. One of the most frequent claims to come across my desk is a box truck or 15 passenger van hitting another vehicle or building. While the damage is often minor, the costs paid by the insurance company are generally

Identity Theft

I reviewed my credit card statement recently and was surprised to find that I had paid a utility bill in California and purchased a widescreen TV in Colorado. Since I live in New York, I was pretty certain it was not a matter of my poor memory. More recently, bus ticket purchases from Mexico were denied by my credit card company. I don’t know how these thieves were able to get my credit card number, but I do know this is part of the risk of living in an increasingly electronic-dependent society. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, in 2010, 7% of households

Early Driver Warning System

a free new program to monitor mission drivers
 Great American Insurance Company, the endorsed insurance carrier for the AGRM, has teamed up with SafetyFirst™ Systems to provide select policyholders with a program designed to help identify those drivers who may be “at-risk” of becoming involved in a collision if their habits are left unchecked. The program gives organizations timely, credible information about drivers

Simply a Practicing Christian

Being, "simply a practicing Christian," has many implications for Rev. John Steinhauser. "You'll have to excuse me," he apologized during one mid-day phone call, "I wear the chef's hat around here, and I need to put lunch on the table." For the last 40 years, Rev. Steinhauser has served as Director of Union Gospel Mission in Jamestown, N.Y., providing hope and love in New York's western-most city on the shore of Lake Erie. One of the changes that makes Rev. Steinhauser proud, during his tenure

Avoiding 5 Common Injuries

It is difficult to eliminate the possibility of all accidents, but a few moments of awareness education, along with diligent planning and follow-through will certainly reduce their likelihood! 1. Wet Floors: Whether from melting snow or ice, rain, or everyday spills, wet floors always pose a hazard. Have plenty of "wet floor" signs available. Make sure that every employee understands their responsibilities for ensuring that all surfaces are kept safe and dry.