Seven Tips for Rebuilding Soon after a Disaster

Have you been ravaged by flooding after a river exceeded its banks? Did a thunderstorm release flash floods where you live and work? Did levees surrounding your town give way? If so, you’ll want to begin repairing and rebuilding your property quickly. But to begin, you need to file a claim. Filing correctly, the Insurance […]

Do Your Air Ducts Need Cleaning?

Change your furnace filter every two months. That’s all most people think is necessary to maintain their home air conditioners and heaters. Though filters are important, cleaning the air ducts can enhance the efficiency of your HVAC system — and may improve the quality of the air you breathe. We want you to know what […]

5 Things to Know about Mold

1.    Everyone is exposed to mold. Thousands of species of mold, a fungi of varying colors, grow both indoors and outdoors. Molds produce microscopic spores that spread through the air we breathe. Often a musty odor indicates the presence of mold. 2.    Most indoor mold comes from the outside. Microscopic mold spores in the air […]

Ready for an Emergency? Get a ‘Go Bag.’

In August 2011, the area experienced a series of vicious thunderstorms with high-velocity winds, heavy rain and hail that leveled crops, broke windows and caused severe damage to houses and other structures from Omaha’s Eppley Airfield to Maryville, MO. “In College Springs, the chain saws started buzzing at daybreak Friday, and they were still going […]

7 Things to Do During a Flood

All of us at ARS are watching Hamburg, Iowa, which is part of our service area, with concern. The swollen Missouri River threatens to inundate Hamburg due to a faltering levee nearby. The Associated Press says about half of Hamburg’s roughly 1,100 residents were ordered on Sunday 6/5 to leave their homes within 24 hours. The evacuation […]