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Recent Disasters Prompt Preparedness

May
4
2013

Preparedness Is The Answer

Both the Boston bombing and Waco fertilizer plant explosion reminds us the 1916 boy scout motto, “always prepared,” is more in vogue than ever because preparedness is the answer. Preparedness saves lives, decreases stress and trauma, and improves recovery time whether it be from damage to persons or properties or both.

The Branson, MO region is not immune. Tornados and flooding are part of this region’s history.

preparedness key to recoveryLeaf debris from morning flooding produces hazardous driving surface on Reinhardt Road, north of Branson.

Area disaster agencies along with insurance companies and risk management agencies are helping businesses think through what to do in the event of an emergency. Today, Akers & Arney hosted a seminar entitled, “R U Ready?” at Charlie’s Steak, Ale and Ribs in Branson which was destroyed in the Leap Day Tornado of 2012.

Akers CEO David Arney, said the seminar was more like a family sitting down to discuss their emergency plan. “We want everyone to feel like they can have their questions answered,” he said.

PREPAREDNESS QUESTIONS ANSWERED

preparedness is the answerBranson Fire Chief Ted Martin answers questions on preparedness.

The two-hour seminar featured Branson Fire Chief Ted Martin speaking on disaster preparedness. He said the three key factors he wished especially business owners would consider prior to a disaster is to plan or prepare, communicate that plan effectively to employees and frequently exercise the plan. “Drill with your staff, employees, and vendors concerning what kind of resources you need.”

PREPAREDNESS TAKES THE RIGHT PEOPLE

Grayson Smith, a continuity planner with Agility Recovery, responded to seminar participants about what’s the first call to make after that call to 911 or your spouse. “Usually it’s to your insurance agent, but then if you have someone like us involved we can start the process of getting power, internet, phones and providing temporary office space. We get you back into business within 48 hours.” Smith said with Hurricane Sandy, they helped 109 businesses and are still helping two.

Bob Forberg, Property Claims Specialist with Illinois Casualty Company presented information about how businesses can be quickly restored to full operation. “Got the call, was dispatched and got to the site as soon as possible to document the damage,” he said concerning the Leap Day Tornado and the damage to Charlie’s Steak, Ribs and Ale. Forberg said he was able to deploy a number of specialists to see if it was feasible to fix the building, then worked with contractors, engineers and architects to get the restaurant quickly reopened.

Chief Martin said many people thought a tornado would never cross Table Rock Lake, follow Lake Taneycomo or come down West 76 Highway. “We had some myth-busting,” he said.

Now with flood and tornado season in full swing, “There’s just a lot to think about when it comes to disasters,” said Arney. “Preparedness is vital for every business.”

by Gaye Lisby on April 18, 2013


NAIA – Akers & Arney Hosts Northwood

March
9
2013

AKERS & ARNEY PUTS OUT THE FEED FOR NAIA BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT PLAYERS

On a normal day, Judie Cunningham is busy managing accounting procedures at Akers & Arney, Branson’s oldest risk management agency.

Today was not a normal day. Tomorrow won’t be either. Akers & Arney is hosting Northwood University Seahawks while they are in Branson for NAIA Tournament play.

Cunningham and other employees at Akers & Arney turned their meeting room into a basketball wonderland with cheerful decorations and tables laden with a Thanksgiving-like feast that included 30 pounds of turkey, an assortment of side dishes, beverages and platters spilling over with homemade cookies.

Welcome Screen

Akers & Arney’s employees turned their meeting room into a basketball wonderland where they fed an entire NAIA basketball team!

“We love being involved in what the community is doing,” says Cunningham.

No one had to encourage Northwood University’s basketball team to go back for seconds. The players piled plates high and grinned broadly at the good news that they would be invited back tomorrow for another feast.

The Girls

Nan Bess, Ashlae Cook, Kelly Cooper and Judie Cunningham organized the luncheon for NAIA Tournament participants Northwood University at Akers & Arney’s office building in Branson, MO.

John Akers said he couldn’t take credit for any of it. “Our employees work hard on this. They do a great job,” he said.

For the past five years, Akers and Arney has sponsored Northwood University and enjoyed developing relationships with Massimino and his players. John Akers, Vice-President and Co-owner, and Bill Budnick, Sales Manager and Business Development Coordinator of Akers and Arney will help coach the Seahawks during the tournament.

Akers admits his biggest challenge this year is keeping his co-coach, Bill Budnick, from getting a technical foul during the games. “That’s the toughest job,” he said with a grin.

Community coaches have the opportunity to be on the bench and offer support and friendship to visiting teams.

Massimio and Bill

Head coach, Rollie Massimino, enjoys a moment with Akers & Arney’s Bill Budnick during the luncheon. Massimino led Villanova to a NCAA Championship during his career.

Established in 1952, Akers & Arney is the oldest independent insurance agency in the Branson, Missouri area providing corporate, small business and family insurance solutions. Sponsoring an NAIA Tournament team is just one part of the many community involvement efforts they have in their continuing commitment to serve the Branson region.

Northwood University will play College of the Ozarks in the first round of tournament play, Wednesday, March 6 at 8 p.m. at College of the Ozarks.

by Gaye Lisby | on March 4, 2013


NAIA Basketball Tournament Features Community Partnerships

March
7
2013

Hosting a NCAA Championship coach doesn’t seem to be weighing on the mind of College of the Ozarks Bobcats Coach Steve Shepherd, but it is an amazing opportunity for community coaches whose businesses sponsor visiting teams.

Northwood Team Photo

For the past five years, Akers and Arney, the oldest and largest risk management agency in the region, has sponsored Northwood University and enjoyed developing relationships with Massimino and his players. John Akers, Vice-President and Co-owner, and Bill Budnick, Sales Manager and Business Development Coordinator of Akers and Arney will help coach the Seahawks during the tournament.

Community coaches have the opportunity to be on the bench and offer support and friendship to visiting teams.

NAIA Tournament in Branson features NCAA Championship coach, Northwoods University seniors and Bill Budnick and John Akers of Akers and Arney, Branson, MO.

“Picture Northwoods playing against the Bobcats on their home turf surrounded by 4,000 fans,” said Budnick. “Tough situation, but we’re going for it.”

Akers and Arney Insurance coaches their clients that it’s all about managing risks. Good thing too, because Northwoods University and their legendary coach will have to carefully manage their risks to come out on top.

But, Mossimino has done it before. 2013 could be another banner year for him.

Can Mossimino carry away NCAA and NAIA Tournament wins?

“It’s possible,” says Budnick, of Akers and Arney. “We’re going to be cheering them on.”


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