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Internet Safety for Kids this Summer


School will soon be out and the kids in our community will be on summer break. Although their days of alarm clocks and schedules will be over for a few weeks, they will now have more time available for surfing the Internet. While the Internet is an amazing part of our culture and society, the need to protect our children remains. Below you will find some helpful tips for you to discuss with your children regarding Internet safety.

Personal Information. Don’t give out personal information without your parents’ permission. This means you should not share your last name, home address, school name, or telephone number. Remember, just because someone asks for information about you does not mean you have to tell them anything about yourself!

Screen Name. When creating your screen name, do not include personal information like your last name or date of birth.

Passwords. Don’t share your password with anyone but your parents. When you use a public computer make sure you logout of the accounts you’ve accessed before leaving the terminal.

Photos. Don’t post photos or videos online without getting your parents’ permission.

Online Friends. Don’t agree to meet an online friend unless you have your parents’ permission. Unfortunately, sometimes people pretend to be people they aren’t. Remember that not everything you read online is true.

Online Ads. Don’t buy anything online without talking to your parents first. Some ads may try to trick you by offering free things or telling you that you have won something as a way of collecting your personal information.

Downloading. Talk to your parents before you open an email attachment or download software. Attachments sometimes contain viruses. Never open an attachment from someone you don’t know.

Bullying. Don’t send or respond to mean or insulting messages. Tell your parents if you receive one. If something happens online that makes you feel uncomfortable, talk to your parents or to a teacher at school.

Social Networking. Many social networking websites (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, Second Life and MySpace) and blog hosting websites have minimum age requirements to signup. These requirements are there to protect you!

For more tips on Internet safety, visit the website of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. They have a library of videos on a variety of Internet safety topics. Each video is geared towards a specific age group.

Christina Rodriguez

Hurricane Preparedness Checklist for Avex Homes

Hurricane Checklist from Agent Steve Barry Great Florida Insurance 27604 Cashford Circle Suite 102 Wesley Chapel, FL 33544 813-991-6969

Having a clear, actionable plan in place before a hurricane strikes can help minimize damage to people and property, and make recovery move as quickly as possible. The checklist provided below is designed to provide a starting point for issues that your business should consider before this year’s hurricane season begins.

Keep in mind that this is only a general overview. This overview should not be taken as advice regarding any individual situation and should not, therefore, be relied upon as such. Check with your Insurance Agent regarding specific coverage issues.

It is important to know that over 25% of all Flood’s happen in “low risk” flood zones. Just because the lender doesn’t require flood insurance doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have it!

  1. Review Your Property Insurance Policy
  2. Property Loss Control and Security Measures
  3. Business Continuity, Emergency Response, & Crisis Management Plans
  4. Employee Safety & Recovery Resources

1. Review Your Property Insurance Policy

  • Understand the extent of your policy limits
  • Determine if flood is covered or excluded
  • Review your policy deductibles
  • Understand the details and time element of your business interruption coverage
  • Be prepared to meet any and all time-sensitive provisions in your policy; such as requirements on filing proof of loss
  • Know how your property is valued under your policy
  • Verify if your policy covers screened enclosures, lanai’s, and pool cages.

2. Property Loss Control

Establish plans for mitigating property damage.

  • Before a storm prepare steps to minimize damage, such as:
    • Pre-cut plywood
    • Sandbags
    • Plastic or visqueen and tape
    • Plan for moving equipment, files, furniture, records, etc. to interior of the building or off premises
    • Know how to shut off your gas, electricity, and water
  • After a storm passes
    • Contact your agent if you have losses
    • Make only those repairs that are necessary to prevent further damage. This must include covering breaks if a roof, walls, or windows.
    • Prepare a detailed inventory of all damaged or destroyed property for the adjuster. Keep a copy for yourself.
    • Take photos of the damaged areas.
    • If vehicles have been submerged in a flood, move it to high ground.
    • Dry and clean furniture and fixtures as quickly and thoroughly as possible.
  • Review security resources that may be needed
    • Fencing
    • Barriers
    • Additional Manpower
    • Etc.
  • Create and maintain a phone list to include
    • Roofing Contractors
    • Electrical Contractors
    • Restoration Contractors

3. Business Continuity

  • Review your supply chain for any potential impact
    • Inside the strike zone
    • Outside the strike zone
  • Evaluate possible impacts on customer service
  • Assess crisis management plans and response procedures
  • Institute crisis communications protocols
  • Establish procedures and responsibilities for gathering and processing claims information
  • Secure and duplicate vital financial records

4. Employee Safety and Recovery

  • Review and update employee evacuation and notification plans
  • Review and update employee home and emergency contact lists
  • Make sure that employees are aware of emergency policies and procedures
  • Ensure that any employees who stay on site during a storm have current contact lists, potable water, nonperishable food, first-aid kits, flashlights, hand-held radios or cell phones, and other supplies
  • Arrange for employees to work remotely if possible
  • Establish procedures to account for employees and to disseminate information

For more information please visit FEMA.GOV or

Best Regards,

Steve Barry Great Florida Insurance

Avalon Park West Bake Off Benefiting Wesley Chapel Relay for Life

Avalon Park West was proud to be a part of an event which helped raise funds for the Wesley Chapel Relay for Life.  On May 18, 2013, more than 10 teams came together to participate in a bake off to raise money for the cause.  Congratulations to Extreme Surveying, Sandy Lee Thompson for her 1st Place in the Avalon Park West Bake Off for Wesley Chapel Relay for Life winning $200!! Ierna’s Heating & Cooling Charlene Rogers Ierna took 2nd Place and Savanna Church came in 3rd. The Runners up were Donna Grenke / Pampered Chef and Spring Leaf Financial! Thank you to everyone who supported this event!