When a fire ignites, putting it out is all about speed. The faster you or a firefighter douse the flames with water or an extinguisher, the better. If anything slows down the response, the fire burns longer, causes more damage and poses a greater threat to human life.Read More
Now that the snow in Western Washington is beginning to melt and life is slowly returning to normal, it’s tempting to let your guard down. But melting snow brings with it some special hazards to be aware of and prepare for.Read More
When the Big One hits, what kind of damage can you expect? While it’s up to fate as to how intense or severe the quake will be — or when it will happen — the fact is set in stone. Earthquakes can and do happen here.
In fact, Washington state is second only to California when it comes to earthquake risk, and this is reflected in our earthquake classifications.
Thanks to all of you who participated in our customer survey this winter. We’re taking your requests into account as we develop new services and tools, to help you work smarter and faster.Read More
Looking back, 2017 might be remembered as the year of the flood. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria devastated large areas of the country, racking up huge losses. Record rainfalls hit California, resulting in significant flooding. And here in rainy Washington, floods are a regular thing.Read More
At WSRB, we’re always looking for ways to help you streamline processes and ease your workload. In our annual Subscriber survey and focus groups held throughout 2017, many of you shared ideas on how we can do just that.Read More
Throughout my career I’ve attended a good number of conventions and other meetings as a vendor. I set up my booth and talk about WSRB and other topics like golf. OK, mostly golf.
I like to wander about from time to time because I am curious and my feet hurt if I stand still too long. Every show I learn something new on how to display, how to talk to folks, and generally how to do a better job. The best part of a show is seeing old friends, talking about what we can do and seeing the strength of the insurance agent.Read More
Living in the Pacific Northwest, we anticipate that earthquakes will occur. Every so often we even hear about "The Really Big One" that will inevitably hit and change our landscape. We would like to invite you to a webinar hosted by our very own Tracy Skinner, discussing all things earthquake: types, fault lines and buffers, local tectonic plates and Modified Mercalli Intensity. We also will review how WSRB's GIS mapping tool, PropertyEDGE®, can help you evaluate a property risk and increase your DIC cross-sales.
Option 1: Thursday, December 10, 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Option 2: Tuesday, December 15, 1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.Read More
The first time you saw someone walking down the street smoking a glass tube with an electric blue or red light on it, you were probably taken aback. Electronic cigarettes (or e-cigs) are surrounded by controversy, but whatever your opinions on cigarettes and smoking, they have revolutionized an industry. Initially, it seemed, from a fire safety standpoint, if people don’t have burning objects in their hands, much of the fire loss associated with smoking can’t happen. (An estimated 90% of forest fires are man-made, with discarded cigarettes being one of the major causes, and over 1,000 home fire deaths every year are attributed to cigarettes.) Are e-cigs any more fire-safe than the traditional cigarette, and what exactly are they?Read More