The first speaker today was Susan O’Kelley, owner of Avanti Insurance Services in Golden, Colorado. Avanti Insurance Services is a concierge insurance agency – as they are not a captive insurance company and can offer insurance products from a variety of companies rather than just one. Susan can also partner with your insurance agent and provide you with products that your agent can’t or doesn’t offer.
Susan wanted to cover a very important topic today – defensible space. This is very important for mountain homes, with wildfires around this summer, something that people should think about. When you are looking around your home, look at the fuels – keep your trees and shrubbery trimmed and away from your house. Even something as simple storing potting soil in your garage can be a fire hazard. Other things you need to think about is an inventory of your house – it is best to have a video with all items in your house on it, open-up cabinets and garage. You should have a go bag with emergency supplies, important papers, medications, battery powered radio, emergency contact numbers, ample drinking water, pet food and any other item that is absolutely necessary. When leaving remember to stack all yard furniture out of the way, grab your pets, lock the doors and leave the outdoor lights on.
If you are trapped in your home, stay inside until the fire passes, shelter away from exterior walls, bring in garden hoses so they don’t burn, patrol inside your home – checking the attic and extinguish all small fires or embers, fill the sinks and bathtub with water as an emergency supply.
Have a meeting place for family members after the fire is over, choose a route that is away from the fire. Keeping a map around with marked evacuation routes is also a good plan.
If you need an insurance agent that can help you with your health, property and casualty insurance needs give Susan O’Kelley and her team a call!
Susan O’Kelley * Avanti Insurance Service * 303.278.2278 * *

Our second speaker today was Lori Bush-Engel with Modern Woodmen of America in Golden, Colorado. Modern Woodmen of America was founded in 1883 and is not-for-profit Fraternal Financial Services Organization. Through Modern Woodmen of America’s wide variety of financial products, Lori offers advice to business owners, individuals & families on everything from business & family protection to employee benefits & retirement plans. If you are looking for financial products or life insurance give Lori a call.
Lori Bush-Engel * Modern Woodmen of America * 303.862.9616 * *