While many people think tornadoes impact only the Midwest, every state in the country is vulnerable to tornadoes, according to NOAA. Approximately 1,200 tornadoes hit the U.S. each year, causing an average of $24,000 in home damage and $4,000 in auto damage. Our claims department reviewed data related to tornadoes from 2008 and 2012 and found that other than a direct hit, the majority of tornado damage to homes and cars occurs from falling tree debris or fallen trees.
Since this week is National Severe Weather Preparedness Week, it’s the perfect time to learn about the ways you can prep your car and home.
The fall sports season in full swing. Youth sports give kids an opportunity to learn teamwork, get physically fit and socialize. Regardless of what fall sports they participate in – football, soccer, cross country, volleyball and the like – injuries like sprains and strains can be all too common. What can you do to keep your young athletes safer on the field? Here are tips from the Youth Sports Safety Alliance to help protect them from sports-related injuries.
Want a brand-new kitchen or completely renovated bathroom, but don’t feel like emptying your wallet? Sometimes, a quick touch-up or easy fix can transform a room – without costing you hundreds of dollars. Check out five easy and quick cosmetic home updates to make everyone wonder if you hired a 15-person crew.
Since the housing bubble burst in 2008, property values have been steadily recovering across the country – but some cities are recovering faster than others. According to Kiplinger.com, a few top performers have seen double-digit property value percentage increases from 2011 to 2012. The cities each have populations of more than 500,000, and could be a good place to start looking if you’re in the market for an investment property – but keep in mind that property values can fluctuate quickly, so check real estate appraisal sites like Zillow.com for up-to-date information.
At Nationwide, being “On Your Side” isn’t just about recovering from tragedies – it’s about preventing them. That’s why we conducted a survey* of homeowners to find out how protected Americans are against home burglary. Some of the results are surprising, but the good news is there are easy ways to improve the security of most homes.
According to Nationwide Insurance Claims Data and FBI statistics, home theft is most common in the summer months when the temperatures rise. A recent survey* commissioned by Nationwide reveals that, while a majority of homeowners (79 percent) have at least one common theft-prevention measure (e.g., alarm system, deadbolt), three in 10 (30 percent) do not use any, potentially putting their loved ones and belongings at unnecessary risk during a heightened burglary season. Are you prepared in case you experience a home theft? See how you stack up against our recent survey and test your security smarts about home theft below.