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Keep a close eye on your stovetop this Thanksgiving: The National Fire Protection Agency ranks the holiday the No. 1 day for home fires involving cooking equipment.

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Watkins Insurance Group, one of the largest full-service, locally owned independent insurance agencies in central Texas, has been awarded the 2017 Rising Star honor by Susan G. Komen-Austin.

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As a homeowner, one of the most important aspects of your home isn’t something you use daily. And it isn’t something flashy you show off to friends. It’s your homeowners insurance policy, and it protects you in more ways than you may think, helping you rebuild your home or repair damage that results from a covered loss.

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Watkins Insurance Group, one of the largest full-service, locally owned independent insurance agencies in central Texas, has been awarded a 2017 Top Workplaces honor by The Austin American-Statesman. The Top Workplaces lists are based solely on the results of an employee feedback survey administered by Energage, LLC (formerly WorkplaceDynamics), a leading research firm that specializes in organizational health and workplace improvement. Several aspects of workplace culture were measured, including Alignment, Execution, and Connection, just to name a few.

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If you are like me, getting out of here means escaping to the outdoors, away from work, away from the hustle and bustle of daily normal life. It’s not for everyone, but for those of us that enjoy the outdoors as our escape, RVing can be one of the best decisions! My grandmother always used to say, “When you have an RV, you are always at home”. I love that saying! And she is right. A few years ago, my husband and I decided to purchase a travel trailer and use it for family getaways. The bonus for him is he gets to use it in the fall and winter on his hunting lease! But during the spring and summer, it’s our home away from home at least one weekend per month and a few week-long adventures tossed in for good measure. Each time we use it, it feels a bit more like home. At the beginning, each time we set out for a get-away, I would get anxious and worry about all the things that could go wrong. With anything that is new to you, anxiety over the unknown is inevitable. Little by little, our confidence grew and experience allowed us to relax.

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Watkins Insurance Group, one of the largest full-service, locally owned independent insurance agency in Central Texas, retains its Best Practices status, once again becoming a part of an elite group of independent insurance agencies around the United States. This status comes by participating in the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) Best Practices Study group. The annual survey and Study of leading independent insurance agencies documents the business practices of the “best” agencies and urges others to adopt similar practices.

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As you've probably heard, Equifax, a leading credit reporting company, reported a data breach event that potentially impacts 143 million U.S. consumers. If you were affected by this breach, we suggest that you follow the steps below:

Read and keep the notice from Equifax.
If you were impacted by the breach, you should receive a notification from Equifax. Read it carefully to see what information was exposed and how, and keep it. The notice provides a way to prove that the data was compromised through no fault of your own.

If you don't know yet if you were affected, you can go to www.equifaxsecurity2017.com and click Potential Impact to see if your personal information was potentially impacted by the breach.

Review your affected account.You w...

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Phising Scam/Robocalls

Rumor: There are reports that residents in Texas have been receiving robo-calls telling them their flood premiums are past due, and in order to have coverage for Hurricane Harvey they need to submit a payment immediately to a website given on the call. This rumor is FALSE.

THIS IS A SCAM. Insurance companies and agents selling flood insurance policies do not use this process to communicate with customers about their flood insurance policies. In fact, if your payment is past due, your insurance company will send you several pieces of mail 90, 60, and 30 days before the policy expires.

If you receive a call regarding your flood insurance policy:• Hang up the phone. Don't press 1 to speak to a live operator or any o...

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