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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Allstate offers important tornado safety tips to help minimize damage

Being prepared can help families stay safe during tornado season

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This year’s tornado season may have started out slowly, but the storms that tore through the central and southern parts of the country over the weekend are proof families should be prepared. The National Weather Service predicts more than 100 tornadoes are expected to hit nearly half of the country in the coming weeks.


No one can predict exactly when and where a tornado will touch down. Allstate encourages residents to follow a few simple tornado safety tips to prepare their families and protect their homes and possessions just in case there’s another round of severe weather.



  • Identify two safe rooms or areas where family members can go during a tornado, such as a room with no windows or a basement. Rehearse your emergency plan twice a year.

  • Sign up for a free weather alerts system like Allstate Alerts to receive notifications about bad weather in your area.

  • Consider purchasing and using a NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Weather Radio in your home during the storm season to receive important weather warnings.

  • Collect all important papers and documents. This includes bank, insurance and financial information, as well as bills and your checkbook.

  • If you don’t have an up-to-date home inventory, walk through your home with a video or still camera to take lots of photos and/or videos of your belongings. You can also use an application like Digital Locker that helps you create an inventory of your items which can be stored right in your pocket.

  • Remember to have only appropriately-aged family members safely shut off water, gas and electricity at the main switches.


Regarding damage from the recent tornadoes that impacted states throughout the central and southern part of the U.S., Allstate policyholders who suspect their home might have sustained damage during the recent storms can contact Allstate by dialing 1-800-54-STORM (1-800-547-8676) or visiting Allstate.com.


As residents return home, they should begin inspecting for tornado damage only if it is safe to do so. For additional tornado safety tips and other disaster-related information, contact a local Allstate agent or visit Allstate’s Be Aware & Prepare catastrophe information site.


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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Pop Sensation Austin Mahone and California Teens Flag the Issue of Teen Safe Driving on National TV Program "Extra" to Kick Off The Allstate Foundation #GetThereSafe Program

California teens to lead their schools in flag raising ceremonies during May and encourage classmates to participate in online #GetThereSafe Challenge

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California teens from Oakland High School (Oakland), Roosevelt High School (Fresno) and Sacramento Charter High School (Sacramento) joined singer Austin Mahone at the April 24 taping of the syndicated entertainment show “Extra” to flag the issue of teen safe driving and kick off The Allstate Foundation’s #GetThereSafe program. Following the TV show taping, the California teens will lead their schools in raising the teen safe driving issue on their school campuses with flag raising ceremonies during the month of May in honor of Global Youth Traffic Safety Month. The #GetThereSafe flags serve as a reminder to teens to drive smart every time they are on the road as a driver or passenger.


Across the country, car crashes continue to be the No. 1 killer of American teens, causing more teen deaths each year than homicide, suicide and cancer.1 To help address the causes of teen crashes, the #GetThereSafe program challenges teens to focus on limiting three risky driving behaviors that frequently cause teen crash fatalities – speeding, failure to wear a seatbelt and distractions caused by teen passengers in the car.2


The #GetThereSafe Challenge, which runs now through Aug. 8, the deadliest season for young drivers on the road, invites teens to upload photos of them reaching their destination safely using the specific driving behavior hashtag – #nodistractions, #slowdown and #seatbelt via the free #GetThereSafe app (available on iTunes and in the Google Play stores). The winner of the #GetThereSafe Challenge will be selected at random from the pool of entries. The more times teens enter, the better chance their high school has of winning a meet and greet with Mahone.


"California ranks among the top five states with the highest number of teen driver fatalities," said John Stolte, regional sales leader with Allstate. "Teens hold the key to reducing fatalities on the road. The #GetThereSafe program gives them an outlet to speak up and spread the word about safe driving in the classroom and through social media – the place where they turn to the most."


According to the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety:



  • Fifty-six percent of American teens in fatal car crashes were not wearing a seat belt4

  • Speeding is a factor in one out of every three teen fatal accidents5

  • For teens, adding one teen passenger to a car increases their crash risk by almost 50 percent and that risk grows exponentially as more teen passengers are added – 202 percent more likely to crash with two teen passengers and 439 percent more likely with three or more teen passengers6


To learn more about the #GetThereSafe program, valuable tips for teen drivers, rules for the #GetThereSafe Challenge and to view social media conversations around this important topic, visit http://ift.tt/1hNc5lZ.


About The Allstate Foundation

Established in 1952, The Allstate Foundation is an independent, charitable organization made possible by subsidiaries of The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL). Through partnerships with nonprofit organizations across the country, The Allstate Foundation brings the relationships, reputation and resources of Allstate to support innovative and lasting solutions that enhance people’s well-being and prosperity. With a focus on teen safe driving and building financial independence for domestic violence survivors, The Allstate Foundation also promotes safe and vital communities; tolerance, inclusion, and diversity; and economic empowerment. For more information, visit http://ift.tt/QoU2bQ.


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CONTACT:


Jim Klapthor

909-612-6644

Jim.Klapthor@allstate.com


1Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Beginning Teen Drivers


2Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Beginning Teen Drivers


4Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 2012 Teen Fatality Facts


5National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Fatal Crashes Involving Young Drivers


6 Traffic Injury Prevention , 2013, vol. 14, 283-292






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Pop Sensation Austin Mahone and California Teens Flag the Issue of Teen Safe Driving on National TV Program "Extra" to Kick Off The Allstate Foundation #GetThereSafe Program

California teens to lead their schools in flag raising ceremonies during May and encourage classmates to participate in online #GetThereSafe Challenge

This release contains: 1 Video, 1 Related Document, 1 Photo

California teens from Oakland High School (Oakland), Roosevelt High School (Fresno) and Sacramento Charter High School (Sacramento) joined singer Austin Mahone at the April 24 taping of the syndicated entertainment show “Extra” to flag the issue of teen safe driving and kick off The Allstate Foundation’s #GetThereSafe program. Following the TV show taping, the California teens will lead their schools in raising the teen safe driving issue on their school campuses with flag raising ceremonies during the month of May in honor of Global Youth Traffic Safety Month. The #GetThereSafe flags serve as a reminder to teens to drive smart every time they are on the road as a driver or passenger.


Across the country, car crashes continue to be the No. 1 killer of American teens, causing more teen deaths each year than homicide, suicide and cancer.1 To help address the causes of teen crashes, the #GetThereSafe program challenges teens to focus on limiting three risky driving behaviors that frequently cause teen crash fatalities – speeding, failure to wear a seatbelt and distractions caused by teen passengers in the car.2


The #GetThereSafe Challenge, which runs now through Aug. 8, the deadliest season for young drivers on the road, invites teens to upload photos of them reaching their destination safely using the specific driving behavior hashtag – #nodistractions, #slowdown and #seatbelt via the free #GetThereSafe app (available on iTunes and in the Google Play stores). The winner of the #GetThereSafe Challenge will be selected at random from the pool of entries. The more times teens enter, the better chance their high school has of winning a meet and greet with Mahone.


"California ranks among the top five states with the highest number of teen driver fatalities," said John Stolte, regional sales leader with Allstate. "Teens hold the key to reducing fatalities on the road. The #GetThereSafe program gives them an outlet to speak up and spread the word about safe driving in the classroom and through social media – the place where they turn to the most."


According to the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety:



  • Fifty-six percent of American teens in fatal car crashes were not wearing a seat belt4

  • Speeding is a factor in one out of every three teen fatal accidents5

  • For teens, adding one teen passenger to a car increases their crash risk by almost 50 percent and that risk grows exponentially as more teen passengers are added – 202 percent more likely to crash with two teen passengers and 439 percent more likely with three or more teen passengers6


To learn more about the #GetThereSafe program, valuable tips for teen drivers, rules for the #GetThereSafe Challenge and to view social media conversations around this important topic, visit http://ift.tt/1hNc5lZ.


About The Allstate Foundation

Established in 1952, The Allstate Foundation is an independent, charitable organization made possible by subsidiaries of The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL). Through partnerships with nonprofit organizations across the country, The Allstate Foundation brings the relationships, reputation and resources of Allstate to support innovative and lasting solutions that enhance people’s well-being and prosperity. With a focus on teen safe driving and building financial independence for domestic violence survivors, The Allstate Foundation also promotes safe and vital communities; tolerance, inclusion, and diversity; and economic empowerment. For more information, visit http://ift.tt/QoU2bQ.


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CONTACT:


Jim Klapthor

909-612-6644

Jim.Klapthor@allstate.com


1Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Beginning Teen Drivers


2Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Beginning Teen Drivers


4Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 2012 Teen Fatality Facts


5National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Fatal Crashes Involving Young Drivers


6 Traffic Injury Prevention , 2013, vol. 14, 283-292






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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Pop Sensation Austin Mahone Asks Teens to #GetThereSafe during the Most Dangerous Months on the Road

The Allstate Foundation invites teens to inspire their peers with smart driving and win a school visit by Austin

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The Allstate Foundation and singer Austin Mahone are challenging teens to #GetThereSafe during Global Youth Traffic Safety Month this May and throughout the summer, the deadliest season for young drivers on the road. Starting today through August 8, teens across the country will have a chance to show where and how they get there safely by entering the #GetThereSafe Challenge. The winning school will be determined by a random drawing and will receive a meet and greet with Austin in the fall.


Car crashes continue to be the No. 1 killer of American teens, causing more teen deaths each year than homicide, suicide, and cancer.1 The Allstate Foundation’s #GetThereSafe program asks teens not to engage in three risky behaviors that cause teen crash fatalities: speeding, failure to wear a seatbelt and distractions caused by passengers in the car. To demonstrate smart driving and to enter the Challenge, teens must upload photos of themselves or their destination and select a specific driving behavior hashtag – #slowdown, #seatbelt and #nodistractions via the free #GetThereSafe app (available on iTunes and in the Google Play stores).


"We should always have each other’s backs, and this program lets us do that when it really counts – behind the wheel," said Mahone. "The fact that nearly eight teens die each day in car crashes motivated me to get involved so that my friends, family and fans can all get there safe every time they get into a car."


The #GetThereSafe program also encourages teens to flag the issue of teen safe driving in their schools and communities through social media conversations and raising a #GetThereSafe flag. High schools in the states with the highest number of teen crash fatalities – California, Texas and Florida – will highlight the teen driving issue during the month of May at #GetThereSafe flag raising events on school campuses. The flag serves as a symbol of solidarity and a visual reminder for teens to practice smart driving behaviors every time they get in the car as a driver or passenger.


"We understand that driving provides teens with a sense of freedom and fun, but there is a serious responsibility that teens take on every time they get behind the wheel," said Steve Sorenson, Allstate executive vice president of product operations. "We believe that small behavior changes, such as wearing a seatbelt and slowing down, can help teens focus on the critical task of getting to their destination safely."


According to the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety:



  • Fifty-six percent of American teens in fatal car crashes were not wearing a seat belt.1

  • Speeding is a factor in one out of every three teen fatal crashes.2

  • For teens, adding one teen passenger to a car increases their crash risk by almost 50 percent and that risk grows exponentially as more teen passengers are added – 202 percent more likely to crash with two teen passengers and 439 percent more likely with three or more teen passengers.3


The #GetThereSafe program supports the commitment that The Allstate Foundation has made to help reduce teen crash fatalities. To learn more about the #GetThereSafe program, valuable tips for teen drivers, rules for the #GetThereSafe Challenge and to view social media conversations around this important topic, visit http://ift.tt/1hNc5lZ.


About The Allstate Foundation

Established in 1952, The Allstate Foundation is an independent, charitable organization made possible by subsidiaries of The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL). Through partnerships with nonprofit organizations across the country, The Allstate Foundation brings the relationships, reputation and resources of Allstate to support innovative and lasting solutions that enhance people’s well-being and prosperity. With a focus on teen safe driving and building financial independence for domestic violence survivors, The Allstate Foundation also promotes safe and vital communities; tolerance, inclusion, and diversity; and economic empowerment. For more information, visit http://ift.tt/QoU2bQ.


1Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 2012 Teen Fatality Facts


2National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Fatal Crashes Involving Young Drivers


3 Traffic Injury Prevention , 2013, vol. 14, 283-292


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847-402-7893

Kyle.donash@allstate.com






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Pop Sensation Austin Mahone Asks Teens to #GetThereSafe during the Most Dangerous Months on the Road

The Allstate Foundation invites teens to inspire their peers with smart driving and win a school visit by Austin

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The Allstate Foundation and singer Austin Mahone are challenging teens to #GetThereSafe during Global Youth Traffic Safety Month this May and throughout the summer, the deadliest season for young drivers on the road. Starting today through August 8, teens across the country will have a chance to show where and how they get there safely by entering the #GetThereSafe Challenge. The winning school will be determined by a random drawing and will receive a meet and greet with Austin in the fall.


Car crashes continue to be the No. 1 killer of American teens, causing more teen deaths each year than homicide, suicide, and cancer.1 The Allstate Foundation’s #GetThereSafe program asks teens not to engage in three risky behaviors that cause teen crash fatalities: speeding, failure to wear a seatbelt and distractions caused by passengers in the car. To demonstrate smart driving and to enter the Challenge, teens must upload photos of themselves or their destination and select a specific driving behavior hashtag – #slowdown, #seatbelt and #nodistractions via the free #GetThereSafe app (available on iTunes and in the Google Play stores).


"We should always have each other’s backs, and this program lets us do that when it really counts – behind the wheel," said Mahone. "The fact that nearly eight teens die each day in car crashes motivated me to get involved so that my friends, family and fans can all get there safe every time they get into a car."


The #GetThereSafe program also encourages teens to flag the issue of teen safe driving in their schools and communities through social media conversations and raising a #GetThereSafe flag. High schools in the states with the highest number of teen crash fatalities – California, Texas and Florida – will highlight the teen driving issue during the month of May at #GetThereSafe flag raising events on school campuses. The flag serves as a symbol of solidarity and a visual reminder for teens to practice smart driving behaviors every time they get in the car as a driver or passenger.


"We understand that driving provides teens with a sense of freedom and fun, but there is a serious responsibility that teens take on every time they get behind the wheel," said Steve Sorenson, Allstate executive vice president of product operations. "We believe that small behavior changes, such as wearing a seatbelt and slowing down, can help teens focus on the critical task of getting to their destination safely."


According to the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety:



  • Fifty-six percent of American teens in fatal car crashes were not wearing a seat belt.1

  • Speeding is a factor in one out of every three teen fatal crashes.2

  • For teens, adding one teen passenger to a car increases their crash risk by almost 50 percent and that risk grows exponentially as more teen passengers are added – 202 percent more likely to crash with two teen passengers and 439 percent more likely with three or more teen passengers.3


The #GetThereSafe program supports the commitment that The Allstate Foundation has made to help reduce teen crash fatalities. To learn more about the #GetThereSafe program, valuable tips for teen drivers, rules for the #GetThereSafe Challenge and to view social media conversations around this important topic, visit http://ift.tt/1hNc5lZ.


About The Allstate Foundation

Established in 1952, The Allstate Foundation is an independent, charitable organization made possible by subsidiaries of The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL). Through partnerships with nonprofit organizations across the country, The Allstate Foundation brings the relationships, reputation and resources of Allstate to support innovative and lasting solutions that enhance people’s well-being and prosperity. With a focus on teen safe driving and building financial independence for domestic violence survivors, The Allstate Foundation also promotes safe and vital communities; tolerance, inclusion, and diversity; and economic empowerment. For more information, visit http://ift.tt/QoU2bQ.


1Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 2012 Teen Fatality Facts


2National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Fatal Crashes Involving Young Drivers


3 Traffic Injury Prevention , 2013, vol. 14, 283-292


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Kyle Donash

847-402-7893

Kyle.donash@allstate.com






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Monday, April 28, 2014

Friday, April 25, 2014

Memory of the Month: the most important meal of the day

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


I’ll have one – or two, even! Griddles sizzling, crepes cooking … why wasn’t I invited? Well, it might have been because I wasn’t working at GEICO yet. I’m not exactly sure when this photo was shot, but judging from the rotary-dial AND push-button phones on the desk behind these ladies, my guess is the late 1970s.


If there’s one thing we know here at GEICO (aside from insurance, of course), it’s the power of food. There’s no more reliable way to ensure good attendance at your event than to include something enticing to nosh on. And if you dare to hold an event without offering food, you’d better have some pretty darn compelling stuff on your agenda if you expect people to show up.


We just had a textbook example of this phenomenon at the corporate headquarters, where I work. Once a quarter, we have what we call an Executive Breakfast. We invite someone from our executive ranks to address a group of a few dozen associates at a morning meeting. These are invariably interesting sessions, where dynamic presenters give attendees an opportunity to look “behind the curtain” at parts of our business they wouldn’t know about otherwise – and everyone enjoys a nice spread of breakfast burritos, bagels, pastries, fruit, coffee, juices and water.


This week’s event was well-attended, as they always are, and the event-marketing team that gave the presentation had lots of interesting tales to tell. But how many people would have attended if the breakfast buffet wasn’t included? We’d like to think the answer is “plenty.” But in reality, we don’t know … and we dare not find out!


So what will you have on your crepes?






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Thursday, April 24, 2014

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Liberty Mutual Insurance Invitational Culminates 2013 Tournament by Crowning National Champions at Pinehurst

Charity Series Tees-Off 2014 Slate of 75 Events April 28



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Make Your Motorcycle Road Trip Accident Free

Allstate Reminds Riders of Dangers of the Road During Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month in May

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Before you plan your next motorcycle road trip, whether it’s your first or one of many this year, Allstate has a few reminders about protecting yourself and your ride while on the road.


According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, per vehicle mile traveled in 2011, motorcyclists were over 30 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a motor vehicle traffic crash and 5 times more likely to be injured.*


"Allstate has a long history of keeping riders covered when they need insurance protection and we want to remind motorcyclists to keep safety and awareness at the top of their mind when they are on the road," said Jeff Sadler, Allstate product line manager.


Allstate offers motorcycle safety tips to help riders get their bikes ready for riding season, choosing important safety gear and how to be safe while riding.


Get Ready for Riding Season



  • Test the lights, brakes, and turn signals

  • Check the oil and fuel levels

  • Make sure the mirrors are positioned correctly

  • Check the cables to make sure they aren’t worn or frayed

  • Lube the chain and adjust it according to the manufacturer’s specs

  • Try a rider-training course to brush up on your skills


Invest in Good Gear



  • If your helmet doesn’t have a face shield, pair it up with goggles or glasses with safety lenses

  • Use safety as your excuse to shell out for that leather jacket and pants

  • We know black and bikes are a perfect match, but a bright color will help other drivers see you better

  • Wear durable, non-slip gloves

  • Invest in boots or shoes that cover your ankles


When You’re Out on the Road



  • If you wear a helmet, pick one that has the DOT label that shows it meets federal safety standards

  • Know your bike’s limits

  • Stick to the speed limit

  • Don’t tailgate other vehicles

  • Use your signals

  • Don’t weave through traffic or drive on the shoulder

  • Don’t ride in blind spots and always use your headlights

  • Use both brakes at the same time, slow and steady


To help make the most of your time out on the road, The Allstate Blog has helpful tips for the ultimate motorcycle road trip that include:



  • Choosing your co-riders

  • Picking the right destination

  • Selecting the best route to take

  • Monitoring the weather


Riders may also want to make sure they have the coverage they need for their bike. If you own a motorcycle, there’s a good chance Allstate can help you protect it – and yourself – just in case of an accident. Allstate’s motorcycle policies are designed with bikers’ needs in mind, so call 1-877-379-BIKE (2453) for a quote. To find an agent in your area, visit www.allstate.com.


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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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Monday, April 14, 2014

Allstate Announces Sale of Sterling Collision Centers, Inc.

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Allstate has entered into an agreement to sell Sterling Collision Centers, Inc. to Service King Collision Repair Centers. The transaction is expected to close by the end of the second quarter of 2014 and result in a small after-tax gain.


"This sale reflects a continued focus on investing capital where we have a competitive advantage in providing unique offerings to the four consumer insurance segments," said Thomas J. Wilson, chairman, president and chief executive officer of The Allstate Corporation. "Our ownership of Sterling has deepened the company’s understanding of the collision-repair business and helped us build industry relationships. The transition for our customers and Allstate agencies will be seamless."


Allstate purchased Sterling Collision Centers, Inc. in 2001. Sterling operates 62 collision-repair facilities in 16 states and has 1,200 employees.


Service King has been repairing Allstate customers’ vehicles for more than 30 years and is part of Allstate’s Good Hands Repair Network of more than 3,200 prequalified repair shops across the country that offer excellent service and high-quality options for collision repair.


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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GEICO and Talladega Superspeedway: the new shake and bake

GEICO 500Guest Blogger: Alex Danoff, Public Relations


If Will Ferrell ever hits the racetrack to reprise his role as Ricky Bobby in a sequel to the hit 2006 movie, “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby,” the GEICO Gecko just might have a starring role.


GEICO and Talladega Speedway have announced that the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at NASCAR’s celebrated speedway in Talladega will now be known as the GEICO 500. Talladega Superspeedway, which is the biggest of NASCAR’s race tracks and also offers the most acreage for camping and vehicle parking, will host GEICO 500 weekend Oct. 17-19, 2014.


And while GEICO had previously sponsored various campgrounds around Talladega Superspeedway, the new partnership will also make GEICO the Official Auto, RV, Motorcycle and Powersports Insurance Provider of Talladega Superspeedway. GEICO has been a mainstay in NASCAR in recent years with its sponsorship of Germain Racing and driver Casey Mears, as well as its sponsorship of the GEICO 400 at Chicago Speedway from 2011-2013.


So NASCAR fans, mark your calendars and get ready to cheer alongside the Gecko this fall in Talladega. Just be sure to keep an eye out for that pesky Jean Girard; he gets cranky when the other drivers spill his macchiato.






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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Virtual Reality Takes a New Turn with Allstate's "Reality Rides℠" Across America Tour

Drivers navigate innovative distraction simulations that effectively change road safety opinions

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Curved LED televisions embedded in the windshield of real vehicles will serve as centerpieces of Allstate Insurance Company’s “Reality Rides" 2014 national campaign tour. Kicking off during the peak of "Distracted Driving Awareness Month," Reality Rides is a unique driving simulation experience featuring innovative distracted driving technology. The tour will start in Philadelphia and travel to more than 40 American cities at venues ranging from community gatherings to sporting events and teen safe driving advocacy programs.


Reality Rides consists of a driving simulator that utilizes a real - but stationary - vehicle equipped with virtual reality technology, including a new curved LED television embedded in the car windshield. The television displays an animated environment and reacts to the driver’s motions. Using the car’s steering wheel, gas and brake pedals, the driver is tasked with driving while also attempting to text, talk on the phone and enter navigation system directions.


"With measurable results and increasing demand, the Allstate Reality Rides tour is featuring new technology upgrades this year to provide our customers and consumers the most realistic driving simulation experience we’ve used to date," said Sanjay Gupta, executive vice president of marketing, innovation and corporate relations at Allstate Insurance Company. "The tour has increased awareness of distracted driving dangers, while providing families with a fun way to spark a serious discussion about road safety."


These simulations demonstrate the potential consequences distracted drivers could face while on the road. To add impact to the experience, participants are given traffic “tickets” that reveal potential infractions a driver could receive if the drive happened in real life. Participants will also have the opportunity to take the Allstate X the TXT® pledge that promises to not text and drive.


Last year, the first tour surveyed more than 1,700 people who experienced the Reality Rides simulator. Seventy-three percent said they learned more about distracted driving after experiencing the simulation, and 83 percent found the program “fun and effective,” which fueled Allstate to continue the efforts in 2014.


Key findings from the 2013 Allstate Reality Rides tour survey indicate drivers are aware of the dangers of distracted driving, but there is still opportunity to influence their safer driving actions:



  • More than one-third of drivers say they text and drive at least some of the time, and 71 percent believe their driving ability while texting is worse than if they were driving without distractions.

  • Half of drivers say that they talk on the phone while driving.

  • Nearly eight-in-ten drivers think texting while driving is the same or worse than drunk driving.

  • After the simulation, 68 percent of participants said they will never text and drive again and 62 percent said they wouldn’t let others drive distracted.

  • Seventy-seven percent of participants said they are less likely to ride with others who are texting and driving thanks to Reality Rides.

  • Four-in-ten drivers have no or minimal knowledge about Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) laws.i


Allstate continues to advocate for distracted driving prevention because in 2010 and 2011 more than 3,000 deaths from crashes with a distracted driver occurred each year.i Studies have shown drivers who text are 23 times more likely to crash, and texting while driving is the equivalent to driving impaired after drinking four beers.ii


Car crashes are the number one cause of death for everyone in the U.S. ages 1-34, with teens crashing four times more often than any other age group.iii Stronger teen driving laws, referred to as Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL), have been shown to reduce traffic fatalities by as much as 40 percent in the states where they have been adopted.iv Additionally, recent research from The Allstate Foundation’s License to Save report found that comprehensive GDL laws could save an estimated 2,000 lives and $13.6 billion annually.v


To track the Allstate Reality Rides tour and see photos of participants, visit facebook.com/xthetxt. While there, check out information and resources, engage in the conversation and invite family and friends to take action in support of stronger teen driving laws.


Survey Methodology

The onsite, multiple-choice Allstate Reality Rides 2013 survey of more than 1,700 Americans age 15+ was conducted from April through November of 2013 via 26 Reality Rides events before and after experiencing the distracted driving simulator. Gathered respondent data was normalized to ensure consistency between the pre- and post-simulation experience.


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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i 2013, Allstate Reality Rides Survey

ii http://ift.tt/wtLsYB

iii Source: Virginia Tech Transportation Institute and NHTSA, “NHTSA, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute Release Findings of Breakthrough Research on Real-World Driver Behavior, Distraction, and Crash Factors”


vi Setting Limits, Saving Lives – The Case for .08 BAC Laws, available at www.nhtsa.dot.gov

v
Centers for Disease Control

vi http://ift.tt/1k9G6gi


Contact:


Kari Mather

(847) 402-5600

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Liberty Mutual Insurance Rewards Two Montana Group Workers Compensation Programs for Safety Performance

Liberty Mutual Insurance continues its tradition of rewarding exceptional work place safety performance by employers participating in two Montana-based group workers compensation programs.



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Meet Thea, dedicated to developing GEICO’s future leaders

TheaJHave you ever met someone that you could just listen to for hours, and continue to learn and be inspired? For me, one of those people at GEICO is Thea, our director of management development.


Here is her GEICO story …


Thea J., director of management development


GEICO associate since 1985


What do you do at GEICO?


My current position is director of management development. In this role, I have responsibility for GEICO’s Emerging Leaders Program, which prepares new associates for management-level positions. Additionally, I lead and direct companywide diversity training initiatives and corporate mentoring, and I participate in talent management initiatives.


Can you tell us about your career path?


I started as a sales counselor and did that job for about one year. Originally, I was planning to stay at GEICO for two years until I figured out what I really wanted to do.


Then, I was offered a position to train new sales and service associates, as well as to lead executive training sessions. After that, I was a senior management training & development specialist before transitioning to HR to lead management development.


As a hiring manager for the Emerging Leaders Program, what do you look for?


Mostly, I look for well-rounded people. We are very interested in hiring candidates who have demonstrated strong academic skills, leadership experiences, participation in extracurricular activities, emotional intelligence and self-awareness, analytical skills, drive and intellectual curiosity, a strong work ethic, and an ability to work well with others. Being well-rounded is a key component to being successful during and after our program.


How have you made a difference at GEICO?


I’ve had a lot of opportunity to impact a lot of people in very positive ways. I’d like to think that, through our development efforts, I’ve contributed to the organization having stronger leaders. Along with others, I’ve also helped keep diversity, mentoring and development in the forefront of people’s minds. The work we do here has been very gratifying. There is nothing better than seeing people reach their full potential.


29 years is a long time. What is it about GEICO that keeps you here?


The associates at GEICO are just terrific! I have really enjoyed the relationships I have developed over the years with my fellow GEICO associates in all locations! GEICO’s work environment has also provided me the opportunity to do challenging and important work and to make contributions that improve our workforce. I have enjoyed all of the different areas I have been involved in during my career. Additionally, we have a very collegial work environment, one that is respectful of people’s differences and encourages people to do their best. I’ve been give many opportunities to do what I love and that’s why, 29 years later, I am still here.


What has been your all-time, favorite moment at GEICO?


I don’t just have one favorite moment at GEICO. I get to work with amazing people and so my favorite moments (if I can have more than one) are when I am talking with my associates and helping them develop in some way, and seeing them move into positions of greater responsibility.


If you could tell someone one thing about GEICO, what would it be?


If you like a challenge, are a hard worker, and want to have lots of opportunities to be successful, then this is the company for you.


For more than 12 years, GEICO has hired driven, bright early careerists into our Emerging Leaders Program. We offer two tracks – IT and Operations Management. If you are looking for an opportunity to be challenged, mentored and inspired, this may be the program for you. Learn more at geico.jobs/oncampus.






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Use hoops fervor to improve your financial plan

Basketball above basket.Considering the upsets in this year’s NCAA men’s basketball tournament, there’s a good chance your bracket isn’t going to win you a billion dollars, or any amount close to that. But don’t let those upsets ruin your financial plan.


The kind of analysis that helped you determine which team will win this year’s tournament can also be used to get your financial house in order. According to Chuck Thoele, a Dallas-based financial planner and author of Bulls, Bears and Basketball, simply apply your knowledge of the game to help recognize the winners and losers in your financial portfolio.


In the April edition of GEICO Now online , we take a closer look at Thoele’s advice and offer up some great sports analogies that relate to sound investment strategies. It’s a unique twist to financial planning we think you’ll enjoy.






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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Allstate Closes Sale of Lincoln Benefit Life

This release contains: 1 Related Document, 1 Photo

The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) has completed the sale of Lincoln Benefit Life Company to Resolution Life Holdings, Inc. “This divestiture is another strategic step for Allstate to serve distinct consumer segments with differentiated offerings,” said Thomas J. Wilson, chairman, president and chief executive officer of The Allstate Corporation. “Allstate Financial will now focus on providing proprietary life and non-proprietary retirement products to the customer segment served by local Allstate agencies. This sale also supports our risk and return objectives of reducing exposure to interest rates and spread-based businesses.”


The sale includes Lincoln Benefit Life Company’s life insurance business generated through independent agencies and its entire deferred fixed annuity and long-term care insurance businesses. Lincoln Benefit Life Company’s life insurance policies sold through Allstate agencies will be retained through a reinsurance arrangement. The sale will reduce Allstate’s life and annuity reserves and investment portfolio by approximately $12.7 billion and $11.9 billion, respectively. The estimated gross sale price is $796 million, representing $587 million of cash and the retention of tax benefits. The estimated GAAP loss on sale is approximately $510 million, which is $11 million lower than the estimated loss of $521 million recorded in 2013 due to contractual closing adjustments. The transaction is estimated to result in a statutory accounting gain of approximately $365 million and is expected to reduce Allstate Life Insurance Company’s capital requirement by $1 billion. Net income generated by Lincoln Benefit Life was approximately $140 million in 2013.


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®.”


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Contact:


Maryellen Thielen

Marc Raybin

(847) 402-5600






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