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Pekin Insurance® becomes a National Weather Service StormReady Supporter

Posted by on Jan 12, 2018 in News

National Weather Service officials have recognized Pekin Insurance as a StormReady® Supporter. The StormReady Supporter program is part of the larger StormReady program, a grassroots program designed to help communities establish severe weather safety plans and actively promote weather awareness. StormReady communities have made a strong commitment to implement the infrastructure and systems needed to save lives and protect property when severe weather strikes.Chris Miller, Warning Coordination Meteorologist of the National Weather Service forecast office in Lincoln, Illinois, presented Pekin Insurance with a certificate during a ceremony at their Home Office in Pekin, Illinois, on January 10, 2018.“This past year the United States was hit especially hard by weather events.  There is nothing we can do to stop weather, but what we can do is prepare ahead of time.  Pekin Insurance has done an outstanding job of putting together...

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How to Teach Safety Measures to Your Employees and Make Them Listen

Posted by on Oct 2, 2015 in Blog, Small Business Safety

Education is important.  We all know that.  But in the workplace, proper education can mean the difference between safety and serious injury.  As we’ve said before, the workplace can house a lot of hidden dangers for employees.  A link to our previous blog on this subject can be found here.  A proper education plan is essential to eliminating unnecessary risks and protecting employees’ well-being.  To make it a little easier, we’ve put together a short list of tips to help employers better educate their employees.Find mentors for new employees – Employees should never be asked to perform a task they haven’t witnessed firsthand.  Consider mentors for new employees, or host safety trainings where employees can be shown how to properly perform hazardous tasks.  Books and work sheets have their place, but paperwork can never replace hands-on learning.Teach them why...

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Four Tips to Help You Replace Your Belongings Quickly Should Disaster Strike

Posted by on Sep 28, 2015 in Blog, My Favorite Things

From tornados to fires, disasters can happen anytime.  There’s no calculator for when one might come your way.  And if you haven’t taken the proper precautions, the results can be devastating.  One important way to prepare for disaster is to know what posessions you have and assess the value of those belongings ahead of time.  By knowing this information and having it in an organized manner, your insurance provider can more easily deliver a payment to help cover the cost of replacement in the event of damage or loss.  Below, we’ve provided a few tips to help keep a better record of your belongings and be able to bounce back from a disaster a little more quickly.Tip #1: Make an inventory of your itemsOnce they’re gone, it can be difficult to remember every item that was lost.  Be proactive...

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Tips to Eliminate Distracted Driving

Posted by on May 11, 2015 in Blog, Small Business Safety

A recent AAA study has found that driver inattention is a factor in over 1 million accidents a year and has an economic impact of over 40 billion dollars a year. Most of us are familiar with the causes of distracted driving. These would include texting, using a cell phone, eating and drinking, talking to passengers, grooming, reading a map, using a navigation system, watching a video, and adjusting the radio. If you watched any television in the last few years, you no doubt have seen public service ads about the serious problems with texting and driving. Studies now show that texting and driving is actually worse than drinking and driving. Five seconds is the average time your eyes are off the road while texting. When traveling at 55 mph, that’s enough time to cover the length of a...

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Walker Retires as Chairman of the Board of Pekin Insurance, Martin Named New Chairman

Posted by on Feb 18, 2015 in Uncategorized

Pekin Insurance® has announced the retirement of Gordon Walker as Chairman of the Board, a position he has held since February 2008. The announcement was made at the Annual Subscribers Meeting of The Farmers Automobile Insurance Association on February 10, 2015, held at the Home Office of Pekin Insurance. The news follows Walker’s retirement as Chief Executive Officer nearly one year ago. Current President and Chief Executive Officer Scott Martin was elected as the new Chairman of the Board.Walker’s career at Pekin Insurance has spanned over 43 years. His leadership allowed the company to tackle some of the industry’s toughest issues and see it grow and prosper as the result of his vision and hard work. Walker has served as a member of the Board of Directors since 2005 and will finish the remaining two years of his three-year...

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