Why Do I Need Recreation Insurance?

Summer is right around the corner! This means, taking the boat out for a spin or hopping on an ATV is a high chance. While you are having fun, ensure your recreational vehicles have the right amount of coverage. Check out why a boat, motorhome, motorcycle, and off-road vehicles may need Recreation Insurance instead of Auto or Home Insurance.

1. Liability

Liability coverage under Auto or Home Insurance may not cover accidents that happen on a boat, motorhome, motorcycle or off-road vehicle. This is why having liability coverage on these vehicles could be critical in the event of a liability claim or lawsuit. Additionally, this coverage can help provide peace of mind while you’re out enjoying what Oklahoma has to offer. 

2. Medical Payments

Just like Auto Insurance, Recreation Insurance offers medical payment coverage. Now, you can enjoy spring and summer activities knowing you and your passengers are covered during the unexpected.

3. Damage

Accidents can happen at any time. For this reason, having collision or physical damage coverage on a recreational vehicle is critical. It provides coverage in the event of damage regardless of fault. Let us focus on securing your recreational vehicles, and you can focus on having fun. 

Insuring recreational vehicles with Recreation Insurance can provide the protection you need. With it in mind, you can rest easy and live in the moment this spring and summer. As can be seen, there are a lot of coverage options under our Recreation Insurance. If you have questions or would like to discuss coverage options, consult your local OKFB Insurance Agent today.

What to Do if You Get in a Car Accident

,Whether you just got your license or have been driving for years, it is important to know what to do if the unexpected – a car accident – happens. Knowing what to do after being in a car accident can help ensure the right party is held accountable and that your vehicle is covered. Here is a step-by-step guide on what to do if you get in a car accident. Be sure to bookmark this for future reference!

Step 1: Stay Calm 

  • It can be easy to feel angry at the other driver. However, it’s important to not escalate the situation and it’s critical to stay calm and collected. Take a breath, assess your situation and determine if you need to exit your vehicle. 

Step 2: Contact Your Local Police Department (911, if an emergency)

  • Contact the local police department if the accident is minor and no one is injured. The authorities will document the scene and ensure important details are noted. These details will help when you are filing a claim with your insurance company.

Step 3: Don’t Admit Fault

  • It’s important to not apologize for the situation or admit that you were the cause of the accident. There could be factors that you aren’t aware of, and the authorities and insurance company will ultimately decide the responsible party. 

Step 4: Document the Scene and Exchange Information

  • The authorities will take note of the details, but it is important for you to have the other driver’s information too. For instance, take photos of both cars (or more, if involved), license plates and makes and models of the vehicle(s).
  • Along with having photos of the scene, it is important to exchange information with the impacted parties. For instance, some information to collect:
    • Name of the driver(s)
    • Driver’s license number and state they reside in
    • Driver’s insurance information
    • Contact information of any eyewitnesses
    • Date, time and location of the car accident
    • Name and badge number of the responding police officer 

Step 5: Relocate Your Vehicle 

  • If you aren’t able to drive your car after the accident, you will want to have your vehicle towed. In this case, as an OKFB member, you have access to Roadside Rescue. With Roadside Rescue, you have some access to free towing services. 

Step 6: Be Aware of How You Are Feeling

  • After being in a car accident an adrenaline rush is common and could lead you to believe you are not injured. Be mindful of how you feel and see a doctor if needed. 

Step 7: Contact Your Insurance Agent or Company

  • Now it is time to file an auto claim. At this point, ensure you have all the information you collected and a copy of the police report, so you can share it with your insurance company. 

Along with knowing what to do if you get in a car accident, it’s good to ensure your auto policy has the coverage you need. Contact your OKFB agent today and discuss if your Auto Insurance policy has the appropriate coverage. 

How to Prepare for a Tornado

With Oklahoma falling right in tornado alley, it’s critical to know how to prepare for a tornado. Tornadoes can occur suddenly and they can be destructive, so knowing how to prepare and what to do can help you and your loved ones stay safe. As tornado season begins, consider these ways to prepare for a tornado.

Set and Inform Your Plan

To ensure you and your family are safe, you can create a “what to do if a tornado hits” plan. This plan could include where to take shelter, who is responsible for gathering food and supplies, where to locate the radio and batteries and more. If you’re unsure about the security of your home, you may consider adding a storm shelter. Having your household on the same page can help ensure you react in a timely manner.

Carl looking at the damage done to his farm because of a tornado

Create a Checklist and Store Necessities 

Creating a checklist and storing some basic items can help you stay on track and not forget any critical items. Be sure to include: 

  • Batteries
  • Weather radio
  • Cell phone charger
  • Flashlight
  • Food
  • A fun game or coloring pages to keep the little ones or even yourself entertained

Know the Warning Signs

Luckily, we have the technology and the National Weather Service to warn us if a tornado is coming or developing. However, it is always good to know the warning signs if there is a chance of a tornado. 

  • Hail or heavy rain followed by fast and intense winds or followed by eerie quiet and calm 
  • Loud rumbling that could sound like thunder, but is continuous. Some describe it as sounding like a freight train
  • If the sky begins to look dark and green
  • A cloud of debris, even if it doesn’t resemble a funnel
  • A funnel-shaped cloud

“I stepped outside before the tornado actually got there, and I could hear it coming but couldn’t tell how far away it was. Well, of course it went right through, real fast. After it settled down, I peeped outside the window and walked outside, and saw the cars were crushed,” said Billy Gibson, one of our policyholders. Watch how OKFB helped Billy after a tornado hit his home.

Learn the Weather Terms

Two notable terms to know are tornado watch and tornado warning. A tornado watch signifies that the current weather is capable of producing a tornado. While a tornado warning signifies that one has been sighted or seen on a radar. When a tornado warning is issued you are highly advised to seek shelter. Understanding this difference can help you know what to do. 

As you create plans and checklists, remember to check-in with your OKFB agent to ensure your home and vehicles are protected under your Home Insurance and Auto Insurance policies. You focus on staying safe and prepared, and we’ll worry about protecting your assets. 

6 Ways to Prepare for an Ice Storm

Snow and ice can be a pretty sight in small doses, but Oklahoma is no stranger to heavy ice storms. You can help ensure minimal impacts to your property by following these six ways to prepare for an ice storm. Check out these tips:

1. Prepare an Emergency Home Kit

Severe ice storms can cause road closures as well as city-wide power outages, thus leaving you situated in your home for a potential long period of time. It could be helpful to have an emergency home kit with the necessities that could include things like:

  • Flashlights and batteries
  • Candles 
  • Canned goods and no-cook foods/snacks
  • Bottled water
  • Medication and first aid kit 
  • Blankets
  • Warm winter clothing and accessories
  • Emergency radio 

2. Have Tools on Standby

Too much ice or snow could trap you inside your home, so having a crowbar, axe, chiseling tool or shovel could aid in making a path to escape. Additionally, having tools nearby could be helpful for making any quick repairs. For instance, closing a small hole to stop the cold from filling your home. Remember to stay warm or find shelter if the damages are dangerous. 

3. Check on Pipes & Gutters 

As fall winds down and winter begins, take time to clear out rain gutters, repair roof leaks, and check the roof to make sure it can handle the extra weight of snow and ice. You’ll also need to insulate water pipes or faucets with winter covers on the exterior of the home. Allowing faucets to drip or trickle during cold weather or if the power/heat are out can also help avoid freezing pipes. When water freezes, it expands, and this can cause water pipes to burst. Know how and where to shut off water valves if a pipe bursts.

4. Watch Out for Trees

Trees lose limbs and leaves annually, and they also grow wider and bigger annually. Thus it is important to inspect trees before winter and to remove any branches that could fall on a house, powerline, car or other structure. After the storm, it’s also important to be careful around trees. Ice can accumulate and cause limbs to snap and fall down. For your safety, watch out for trees when walking around the property or shoveling ice out of the driveway.

5. Be Mindful About Carbon Monoxide 

Carbon monoxide poisoning is dangerous and there can be a heightened possibility for it after an ice storm. You’ll need to check and clear out the areas where your furnace and other vents are located, in case ice or snow start to block the vents. If the power does go out, remember to turn off anything that runs on gas or propane. To receive an early warning if carbon monoxide does become present, install battery-operated carbon monoxide detectors in the home. 

6. Save Water, Then More Water

One way to save water is by filling bathtubs, sinks and kitchen pots with water before the power goes out. Water is necessary for staying hydrated, and it can also help you operate your home in many other ways. It could give a toilet enough pressure to flush and even for hygienic purposes such as brushing your teeth and cleaning. 

As you take steps to prepare your home for an ice storm this winter, remember to contact your OKFB Insurance agent and review your Home Insurance policy. Insurance claims are an important part of recovering from storm damage. Review your homeowners, renters, or business insurance policies to ensure you have appropriate coverage for your property and personal belongings. Photograph and inventory your property to assist with post-disaster claims.