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Thursday, January 30, 2014

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Allstate to Present at Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2014 Insurance Conference

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The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL), the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, announced that Thomas J. Wilson, its chairman, president and chief executive officer, will present at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Insurance Conference at 8 a.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, February 12. The conference is being held at the New York Palace Hotel in New York.


A webcast of the presentation can be accessed at http://ift.tt/1kdfBpc. For those unable to hear the live event, a replay will be posted on the investor relations and executive speeches sections of the company’s website shortly after the presentation ends.


The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, serving approximately 16 million households through its Allstate, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand names and Allstate Financial business segment. Allstate branded insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services are offered through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives, as well as via www.allstate.com, http://ift.tt/KyeMtQ and 1-800 Allstate®, and are widely known through the slogan “You’re In Good Hands With Allstate®.” In 2013, $29 million was given by The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners to support local communities. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.


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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

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Allstate Offers Claims Tips After Severe Winter Weather Sweeps Across the Southeast

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The dangerously cold temperatures, snow and ice that just swept across the Southeast region can cause significant damage. Allstate customers whose homes or automobiles have been damaged by this winter weather can reach Allstate by calling 1-800-54-STORM (1-800-547-8676), contacting any Allstate Agent or visiting Allstate.com.


Allstate and the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety offer the following tips when people are checking their home or car for damage caused by a winter storm:



  • If your home has sustained serious structural damage from snow collapse or falling tree limbs, be extremely cautious about entering the home. Debris may be hazardous and the structure could be unstable.

  • Make temporary repairs to protect undamaged property. Save receipts for purchases on repairs until it is determined what expenses your insurance company may reimburse for as part of your homeowners policy.

  • Avoid using sharp tools or ice picks to clear gutters or downspouts – they can potentially cause more damage to your property.

  • Avoid injuring yourself, don’t get on the roof, work on a ladder or work beneath a roof that has accumulated large amounts of snow. There is a danger of falling icicles or avalanching snow.

  • Review your auto policy to determine whether you have coverage for falling objects or collisions. Contact your agent or insurance company with any questions.

  • Watch inside your home for unexpected water leaks on walls or ceilings. Ice build-up in eaves and gutters following heavy snows can prevent drainage, causing water from melting roof snow to seep under shingles or tiles and into the home. If you suspect damage caused by “ice damming” call your insurance company.

  • Report possible claims to your insurance company promptly. Have policy numbers ready when you call.


Check out additional winter freeze tips at Allstate’s Be Aware & Prepare website: http://ift.tt/1d8aws6.


The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, serving approximately 16 million households through its Allstate, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand names and Allstate Financial business segment. Allstate branded insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services are offered through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives, as well as via www.allstate.com, http://ift.tt/KyeMtQ and 1-800 Allstate®, and are widely known through the slogan “You’re In Good Hands With Allstate®.” In 2013, $29 million was given by The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners to support local communities. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.


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This one’s for barking rights

PupBowlX_5By guest blogger Tony Blue, public relations


Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl X comes to GEICO Stadium on Feb. 2


Have you noticed that GEICO has an affinity for animals? From the Gecko and Maxwell the pig to the rowing Guinea Pigs and the Camel, the company, its customers and associates have a general affection for critters. This February, that trend continues in a major way. GEICO has the pick of the litter, sponsoring Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl X at GEICO Stadium on Sunday, Feb. 2, at 3 p.m.


What is the Puppy Bowl, you ask? The Puppy Bowl is a TV program on Animal Planet that mimics that other big game, with teams of rambunctious pups, trained by the GEICO Gecko, at play inside a stadium. The puppies featured in the Puppy Bowl are from shelters and the show provides viewers with information on adoption. Puppy Bowl I aired in February 2005.


Fast-forward to 2014: Animal Planet has pulled out all the stops for Puppy Bowl X, going so far as to recreate an actual game-day experience, featuring NFL-like in-game segments, online interaction and profiles of the puppy participants.


And for fans just nipping at the chance to interact with the pups before the big game, there is a Fantasy Puppy League. Animal Planet is providing viewers with the opportunity to pick their top dog in the first-ever fantasy draft. Fans can view the pedigree of 11 all-star puppies and draft their own team before the big game. On game day, fantasy participants can keep track of their pooches with on-screen live stat updates and an online leaderboard.


Animal Planet will unleash a new Water Bowl Cam and viewers will be able to watch slow-motion replays of your favorite canines with the first ever Too Cute Cam. And if you think it’s just about the dogs, at halftime of Puppy Bowl X, cat lovers will be in for a special treat as Animal Planet introduces a brand new “All Kitty” Halftime Show featuring the Internet sensation, “Keyboard Cat.” He will lend a paw as he performs his rendition of Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out of Heaven.”


Thirty kitten all-stars will also perform an epic domino topple and a kitten daredevil will be making a grand entrance into GEICO Stadium via parachute. And what is a football game without cheerleaders? It will be pure puppy love when the members of the Penguin Cheerleading Squad shake their tail feathers on the sidelines.


At the end of Puppy Bowl X, fans will also have a chance to select the “MVP” (Most Valuable Puppy) with interactive voting. Animal Planet will also feature two Top Ten Lists (Top Ten Puppies and Top Ten Goofiest Plays), highlighting some of the most memorable moments captured from Puppy Bowls I-X.


And just in case you want to know more, you’ll be able to go to the dogs online via the Puppy Feed, where you’ll find more canine cuteness. And don’t miss the special, Dog Years: Life after Puppy Bowl that takes a look at some of the puppies (past and present) that have participated in the Puppy Bowl in their new adult lives. A Pup Close and Personal segment will follow the lives of current puppies and their unique journeys from the shelter to Puppy Bowl X. In addition, stay tuned until the end of the game to find out where some of your favorite publicity hounds are now with a special adoption update.


Don’t forget! Puppy Bowl X at GEICO Stadium will air on Animal Planet, Sunday, Feb. 2, at 3 p.m. Let’s hope it isn’t raining cats and dogs.






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Monday, January 27, 2014

Memory of the Month: Safe and secure

SecurityGuardEach month, we share an image from GEICO’s past and invite you to exercise your caption-writing skills.


This one really speaks to me. You see, in a former life, during my two-year “sabbatical” from college during my freshman year, one of the jobs I had was as a security guard. I WAS this guy for a while, carrying a device like the one he’s toting here, patrolling my company’s headquarters in the wee hours of the night.


Before the days of security cameras, we’d use keys hung here and there around the building to time-stamp a card inside that device. Should there have been a break-in or some other emergency on the grounds, we’d be able to show the authorities (and our insurer) that we’d done our duty to protect the property.


Insurance companies, too, are in the security business, in a sense. Not that we’ll come to your house and stand guard over your property, but we DO provide you with the security of knowing your property’s protected. Insurance means that you’ll be compensated for expenses you incur as a result of damage, theft or injury (subject to the policy terms and limits, of course).


What do you suppose this guy was thinking as he made his rounds? Was he contemplating his next meal, or the errand his wife asked him to run after his shift ended? Or just maybe he’s anticipating lying down for a minute or two on the couch in the motor pool, like I did once. Boy, was my boss livid when he found me there, sound asleep!






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