How do You Prepare for an Earthquake?

Earthquakes are the release of energy as tectonic plates shift, causing waves through the earth’s crust and resulting in the shaking that we feel. While technology has gotten more advanced, there is not exact way to predict when an Earthquake will hit and how strong it will be. They can happen at anytime, so to protect ourselves and our loved ones, we prepare. Here is how you can prepare your home, your family and your community in case of a quake.

Prepare Your Home

  • Do not hang heavy items, such as pictures and mirrors, near beds, couches and anywhere people sleep or sit
  • Anchor top-heavy, tall and freestanding furniture such as bookcases or china cabinets to wall studs to keep these from toppling over
  • Check your fire extinguisher and replace it when it is nearing it’s expiration date
  • Call your insurance agent and cover your home with Earthquake Insurance, this is excluded from your Homeowners Insurance, but can be added easily
  • Know how to turn off your gas, water and electricity and keep tools nearby to do so
  • Keep a flashlight, slippers and gloves next to beds

Prepare Your Family

  • Make an Emergency Kit for you home and car
  • Practice drop, cover and hold on with your family members
  • Practice an Evacuation Plan
  • Keep your gas tank at least half full.
  • In case of an evacuation, have a plan for your family pets
  • Make a Pet Emergency Kit
  • Check with your workplace and your children’s schools and day care centers to learn about their earthquake emergency plans
  • Pick safe places in each room of your home, workplace and/or school (this could be under a piece of furniture or against an interior wall away from windows)

Prepare Your Community

  • Keep a sheet of local shelters and emergency locations and phone numbers you can share with your neighbors in an emergency
  • Get to know your neighbors and gather contact information to stay in communication during or after a natural disaster
  • Get certified in First Aid and CPR so you can help others in your community should they need it



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PS Here’s a few words from one client that trust Stromsoe Insurance Agency:
“I have been dealing with Erica Gates for almost 8 years now. She has helped me with my house insurance, car insurance adding my wedding ring to my home owners insurance and now with my earthquake insurance. Erica does what she says she’s going to do, whether it’s check on something for you or return your phone calls. She has been OUTSTANDING since day one. You just don’t find people like Erica everyday. Her customer service has been above and beyond. A real keeper. Thanks Erica for all that you do.”          Norma Gold – Winchester, CA 92596 – client since 2010

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Non-Profit Spotlight : Single Mothers Are Resilient Together (SMART) Moms

Our community is full of incredible people and groups, out making a difference for others! In this month’s Non-Profit Spotlight we’d like to recognize Single Mothers Are Resilient Together (SMART) Moms!

SMART Moms began in June of 2016 with the mission to provide education and support that empowers all single mothers and their children to grow and thrive in a compassionate, encouraging, grace filled environment. Their purpose is to provide a “unique opportunity for single women to gather in fellowship with other women in a similar situation, all without regard for religious affiliation or any other consideration. To share mutual concerns in a loving, caring environment that is dedicated to the premise that regardless of your situation, there is always an opportunity to experience love and joy.”

SMART Moms is currently supporting close to 50 active moms, as well as others who attend as they are able. Between the moms, children and volunteers, their meetings would range from 65-90 people, prior to COVID. Their weekly meetings allow them to bring in professionals for topics of discussion including finance and budgeting, health and exercise, bullying, suicide prevention, IEPs and 504s, prayer, vision boards, family law issues, self-care and so much more! They will also take field trips twice a year and celebrate together for holidays such as Mother’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

While the moms are learning about these important topics, the children are also attending talks and activities:

  • Babies and preschoolers will have nurturing and play time.
  • K-5th graders will have lessons on God, art, games, and time on the playground.
  • Middle and high schoolers will often split into groups based on gender to talk about topics that are important to them. Some of the topics the girls have discussed are communication and empowerment and some the boys have discussed are shaving, wearing a tie and relationships. The middle and high school aged children will often get together for topics that are important to them both: bullying, budgeting, etc.

Coronavirus has had an effect on every aspect of our functionality, and non-profits are no different. SMART Moms’ donations have been down due to the pandemic, but they are still doing everything they can to support the families in their care. While the in-person meetings have been completely stopped, they have continued to support the families with food donations and support via phone, text, cards and prayer.

If you would like to help support or get involved with SMART Moms, please:

  • Visit their website to Learn More or  Donate
  • Volunteer – call Traci Williams at 951-375-2594
  • Join their Facebook page to stay up-to-date on what SMART Moms is doing!

If you would like to learn more about how we can serve and protect your non-profit , call and speak with a member of the Stromsoe Insurance Total Protection Team at (951) 600-5751.

3 Tips to Maximize Business and Schoolwork in a Full House

The kids are home from school and you have to work from home.

As more and more people are working remotely and schools are closed, it can be a difficult situation to say the least. If you’re working from home while your kids are completing class work in the next (or same?) room, how can you make sure you’re doing right by your business and your kids’ education?

While there’s no one-size-fits-all solution, here are three tactics to help make the most of your new logistical reality.

  1. Create a schedule

With everyone home, schedules are usually the first things to drop by the wayside. Don’t let this happen. You still have work to do and your kids have schoolwork to complete—this isn’t their vacation. Stick to your normal routine and business schedule as best you can. Similarly, make sure to set up a schedule for your kids. You may not be able to mirror a school day, but setting expectations for the day will help.

Try to schedule your kids’ individual schoolwork when you have to be engaged with your employees, co-workers, and/or customers. This way, for the academic work that does require some parental guidance, you can be available during your solo work time.

You can find a number of sample schedules online to help develop your own family work/school schedule—a quick search will return multiple options so you can find the one that’s right for you. And speaking of the web …

  1. Online resources

Looking for ideas and activities to help fill some hours after the schoolwork is complete for the day?

Let the web help. Here’s just a tiny sample of the online educational resources you can take advantage of to fill your kids’ schedule:

  • Khan Academy – featuring free online courses and instruction that can complement their day-to-day schoolwork
  • National Geographic Kids – featuring a treasure trove of content and activities for your curious explorers and nature lovers
  • PBS Kids – featuring educational fare for the younger crowd and a daily parents newsletter filled with tips and suggestions

Also, be sure to check out virtual tour options — many museums, zoos, and other public places now temporarily closed are offering the next best thing to being there in person!

  1. Patience

Is this really a tactic? You bet! This is an unprecedented time. Very few of us have ever encountered anything quite like this viral outbreak, so there are bound to be anxious household members. You can set a great example for your kids by remaining calm, answering their questions as honestly as possible, and cutting them a little slack as they work through this situation, too.

Finally, as you get your home office firing on all cylinders, remember to be patient with yourself. You’re not alone in trying to figure out this new experience. Lean on your trade associations for support and guidance, embrace the help, and let your team members know how they can help, too.


Remember, when something doesn’t quite go according to plan as we all adjust to this new temporary normal, take a deep breath, refocus, and get back to it. You, your family, and your business are resilient, and you’ll get through this time together.