Feed http://allstatenewsroom.com en-US Copyright 2014 40 Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:26:14 -0500 Allstate Reports Broad-Based Growth and Strong Profitability <strong>This release contains: 1 Related Document, 1 Photo</strong><p>The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) today reported financial results for the third quarter of 2014.</p> <p><a href="http://www.allstateinvestors.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=93125&amp;p=irol-qii2014" target="_blank">http://www.allstateinvestors.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=93125&amp;p=irol-qii2014</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 15:13:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/5221291a-90d1-4c26-b082-cabafe224334 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/5221291a-90d1-4c26-b082-cabafe224334 Allstate Reports Broad-Based Growth and Strong Profitability <strong>This release contains: 1 Related Document, 1 Photo</strong><p>The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) today reported financial results for the third quarter of 2014.</p> <p><a href="http://www.allstateinvestors.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=93125&amp;p=irol-qii2014" target="_blank">http://www.allstateinvestors.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=93125&amp;p=irol-qii2014</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Safety Tips for a Spooky Night Basic Safety Tips for Motorists, Parents and Trick-or-Treaters this Halloween<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Video, 1 Related Document, 1 Photo</strong><p>Halloween is a night filled with candy, costumes, a bit of fear and a lot of fun, but it can also be a dangerous night if you don't take the proper safety precautions. With ghosts, goblins, vampires and zombies roaming the streets, it's important that motorists, parents and children all take steps to be safe.</p> <p>"Halloween is a magical evening where kids get to transform into anything they want to be," said Cathy Mayo, Allstate Spokesperson "But it's most important for them to be safe. By following a few basic safety tips, everyone can do their part to make the holiday a memorable occasion for all the right reasons."</p> <p>Unfortunately, on Halloween one of the real horrors occurs when individuals choose to drink and drive. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), from 2008-2012, more than half (51 percent) of all crash fatalities on Halloween night involved a drunk driver or motorcycle operator.</p> <p>To prevent a true nightmare from happening, NHTSA and National Safety Council offer advice for motorists, parents and kids to help ensure that only the costumes are scary on Halloween.</p> <p>Tips for Motorists:</p> <ul> <li>Designate a sober driver or, if impaired, take a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation to get home safely.</li> <li>Be especially alert and cautious when driving on Halloween because of the high number of pedestrians.</li> <li>Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs, and darting out from parked cars.</li> <li>Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully.</li> <li>At twilight and later in the evening, watch for children in dark clothing.</li> <li>Avoid using cell phones while driving.</li> <li>Avoid driving if inexperienced.&nbsp; Halloween, with all its distractions, can be a challenge for teen drivers with limited time behind the wheel.</li> </ul> <p>Tips for Parents:</p> <ul> <li>Review all appropriate pedestrian and traffic safety rules with children.</li> <li>Make sure costumes, wigs and accessories are fire-resistant.</li> <li>Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to make sure they are visible if children are out after dusk.</li> <li>Make certain that masks have large eye holes and nose and mouth openings. Parents should encourage children to remove their masks before crossing the street.</li> <li>Provide well-fitting costumes and shoes to avoid trips and falls.</li> <li>Make certain that knives, swords and other accessories are made from cardboard or flexible materials. Children should not carry sharp objects.</li> </ul> <p>Finally,</p> <ul> <li>Travel only in familiar, well-lit areas and avoid trick-or-treating alone.</li> <li>Carry flashlights with fresh batteries to help children and motorists see more clearly.</li> <li>Look both ways before crossing the street and use established crosswalks whenever possible.</li> <li>Walk on sidewalks and not in the street. If there are no sidewalks, walk on the far edge of the road facing traffic.</li> <li>Use extra caution if it's raining and roads are slippery. </li> </ul> <p><a href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/" target="_blank">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/" target="_blank">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/" target="_blank">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/" target="_blank">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial" target="_blank">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx" target="_blank">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Cathy Mayo<br /> (727) 465-8688<br /> <a href="mailto:cathy.mayo@allstate.com">Cathy.Mayo@allstate.com</a></p> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 14:46:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/c3975dd0-9c41-4361-842e-2642ea36c451 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/c3975dd0-9c41-4361-842e-2642ea36c451 Safety Tips for a Spooky Night Basic Safety Tips for Motorists, Parents and Trick-or-Treaters this Halloween<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Video, 1 Related Document, 1 Photo</strong><p>Halloween is a night filled with candy, costumes, a bit of fear and a lot of fun, but it can also be a dangerous night if you don't take the proper safety precautions. With ghosts, goblins, vampires and zombies roaming the streets, it's important that motorists, parents and children all take steps to be safe.</p> <p>"Halloween is a magical evening where kids get to transform into anything they want to be," said Cathy Mayo, Allstate Spokesperson "But it's most important for them to be safe. By following a few basic safety tips, everyone can do their part to make the holiday a memorable occasion for all the right reasons."</p> <p>Unfortunately, on Halloween one of the real horrors occurs when individuals choose to drink and drive. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), from 2008-2012, more than half (51 percent) of all crash fatalities on Halloween night involved a drunk driver or motorcycle operator.</p> <p>To prevent a true nightmare from happening, NHTSA and National Safety Council offer advice for motorists, parents and kids to help ensure that only the costumes are scary on Halloween.</p> <p>Tips for Motorists:</p> <ul> <li>Designate a sober driver or, if impaired, take a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation to get home safely.</li> <li>Be especially alert and cautious when driving on Halloween because of the high number of pedestrians.</li> <li>Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs, and darting out from parked cars.</li> <li>Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully.</li> <li>At twilight and later in the evening, watch for children in dark clothing.</li> <li>Avoid using cell phones while driving.</li> <li>Avoid driving if inexperienced.&nbsp; Halloween, with all its distractions, can be a challenge for teen drivers with limited time behind the wheel.</li> </ul> <p>Tips for Parents:</p> <ul> <li>Review all appropriate pedestrian and traffic safety rules with children.</li> <li>Make sure costumes, wigs and accessories are fire-resistant.</li> <li>Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to make sure they are visible if children are out after dusk.</li> <li>Make certain that masks have large eye holes and nose and mouth openings. Parents should encourage children to remove their masks before crossing the street.</li> <li>Provide well-fitting costumes and shoes to avoid trips and falls.</li> <li>Make certain that knives, swords and other accessories are made from cardboard or flexible materials. Children should not carry sharp objects.</li> </ul> <p>Finally,</p> <ul> <li>Travel only in familiar, well-lit areas and avoid trick-or-treating alone.</li> <li>Carry flashlights with fresh batteries to help children and motorists see more clearly.</li> <li>Look both ways before crossing the street and use established crosswalks whenever possible.</li> <li>Walk on sidewalks and not in the street. If there are no sidewalks, walk on the far edge of the road facing traffic.</li> <li>Use extra caution if it's raining and roads are slippery. </li> </ul> <p><a href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/" target="_blank">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/" target="_blank">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/" target="_blank">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/" target="_blank">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial" target="_blank">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx" target="_blank">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Cathy Mayo<br /> (727) 465-8688<br /> <a href="mailto:cathy.mayo@allstate.com">Cathy.Mayo@allstate.com</a></p> Safety Tips for a Spooky Night Basic Safety Tips for Motorists, Parents and Trick-or-Treaters this Halloween<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Video, 1 Related Document, 1 Photo</strong><p>Halloween is a night filled with candy, costumes, a bit of fear and a lot of fun, but it can also be a dangerous night if you don't take the proper safety precautions. With ghosts, goblins, vampires and zombies roaming the streets, it's important that motorists, parents and children all take steps to be safe.</p> <p>"Halloween is a magical evening where kids get to transform into anything they want to be," said local Allstate agent, Melissa Rippy. "But it's most important for them to be safe. By following a few basic safety tips, everyone can do their part to make the holiday a memorable occasion for all the right reasons."</p> <p>Unfortunately, on Halloween one of the real horrors occurs when individuals choose to drink and drive. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), from 2008-2012, more than half (51 percent) of all crash fatalities on Halloween night involved a drunk driver or motorcycle operator.</p> <p>To prevent a true nightmare from happening, NHTSA and National Safety Council offer advice for motorists, parents and kids to help ensure that only the costumes are scary on Halloween.</p> <p>Tips for Motorists:</p> <ul> <li>Designate a sober driver or, if impaired, take a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation to get home safely.</li> <li>Be especially alert and cautious when driving on Halloween because of the high number of pedestrians.</li> <li>Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs, and darting out from parked cars.</li> <li>Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully.</li> <li>At twilight and later in the evening, watch for children in dark clothing.</li> <li>Avoid using cell phones while driving.</li> <li>Avoid driving if inexperienced.&nbsp; Halloween, with all its distractions, can be a challenge for teen drivers with limited time behind the wheel.</li> </ul> <p>Tips for Parents:</p> <ul> <li>Review all appropriate pedestrian and traffic safety rules with children.</li> <li>Make sure costumes, wigs and accessories are fire-resistant.</li> <li>Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to make sure they are visible if children are out after dusk.</li> <li>Make certain that masks have large eye holes and nose and mouth openings. Parents should encourage children to remove their masks before crossing the street.</li> <li>Provide well-fitting costumes and shoes to avoid trips and falls.</li> <li>Make certain that knives, swords and other accessories are made from cardboard or flexible materials. Children should not carry sharp objects.</li> </ul> <p>Finally,</p> <ul> <li>Travel only in familiar, well-lit areas and avoid trick-or-treating alone.</li> <li>Carry flashlights with fresh batteries to help children and motorists see more clearly.</li> <li>Look both ways before crossing the street and use established crosswalks whenever possible.</li> <li>Walk on sidewalks and not in the street. If there are no sidewalks, walk on the far edge of the road facing traffic.</li> <li>Use extra caution if it's raining and roads are slippery. </li> </ul> <p><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Stephanie Howell<br /> (303) 842-3715<br /> <a href="mailto:Stephanie.howell@allstate.com">Stephanie.howell@allstate.com</a></p> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:41:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/6ad701e3-f4ef-4e3f-9d62-21236f27a452 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/6ad701e3-f4ef-4e3f-9d62-21236f27a452 Safety Tips for a Spooky Night Basic Safety Tips for Motorists, Parents and Trick-or-Treaters this Halloween<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Video, 1 Related Document, 1 Photo</strong><p>Halloween is a night filled with candy, costumes, a bit of fear and a lot of fun, but it can also be a dangerous night if you don't take the proper safety precautions. With ghosts, goblins, vampires and zombies roaming the streets, it's important that motorists, parents and children all take steps to be safe.</p> <p>"Halloween is a magical evening where kids get to transform into anything they want to be," said local Allstate agent, Melissa Rippy. "But it's most important for them to be safe. By following a few basic safety tips, everyone can do their part to make the holiday a memorable occasion for all the right reasons."</p> <p>Unfortunately, on Halloween one of the real horrors occurs when individuals choose to drink and drive. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), from 2008-2012, more than half (51 percent) of all crash fatalities on Halloween night involved a drunk driver or motorcycle operator.</p> <p>To prevent a true nightmare from happening, NHTSA and National Safety Council offer advice for motorists, parents and kids to help ensure that only the costumes are scary on Halloween.</p> <p>Tips for Motorists:</p> <ul> <li>Designate a sober driver or, if impaired, take a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation to get home safely.</li> <li>Be especially alert and cautious when driving on Halloween because of the high number of pedestrians.</li> <li>Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs, and darting out from parked cars.</li> <li>Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully.</li> <li>At twilight and later in the evening, watch for children in dark clothing.</li> <li>Avoid using cell phones while driving.</li> <li>Avoid driving if inexperienced.&nbsp; Halloween, with all its distractions, can be a challenge for teen drivers with limited time behind the wheel.</li> </ul> <p>Tips for Parents:</p> <ul> <li>Review all appropriate pedestrian and traffic safety rules with children.</li> <li>Make sure costumes, wigs and accessories are fire-resistant.</li> <li>Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to make sure they are visible if children are out after dusk.</li> <li>Make certain that masks have large eye holes and nose and mouth openings. Parents should encourage children to remove their masks before crossing the street.</li> <li>Provide well-fitting costumes and shoes to avoid trips and falls.</li> <li>Make certain that knives, swords and other accessories are made from cardboard or flexible materials. Children should not carry sharp objects.</li> </ul> <p>Finally,</p> <ul> <li>Travel only in familiar, well-lit areas and avoid trick-or-treating alone.</li> <li>Carry flashlights with fresh batteries to help children and motorists see more clearly.</li> <li>Look both ways before crossing the street and use established crosswalks whenever possible.</li> <li>Walk on sidewalks and not in the street. If there are no sidewalks, walk on the far edge of the road facing traffic.</li> <li>Use extra caution if it's raining and roads are slippery. </li> </ul> <p><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Stephanie Howell<br /> (303) 842-3715<br /> <a href="mailto:Stephanie.howell@allstate.com">Stephanie.howell@allstate.com</a></p> Safety Tips for a Spooky Night Basic Safety Tips for Motorists, Parents and Trick-or-Treaters this Halloween<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Video, 1 Related Document, 1 Photo</strong><p>Halloween is a night filled with candy, costumes, a bit of fear and a lot of fun, but it can also be a dangerous night if you don't take the proper safety precautions. With ghosts, goblins, vampires and zombies roaming the streets, it's important that motorists, parents and children all take steps to be safe.</p> <p>"Halloween is a magical evening where kids get to transform into anything they want to be," said local Allstate agent, Jarrett Devereaux, "But it's most important for them to be safe. By following a few basic safety tips, everyone can do their part to make the holiday a memorable occasion for all the right reasons."</p> <p>Unfortunately, on Halloween one of the real horrors occurs when individuals choose to drink and drive. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), from 2008-2012, more than half (51 percent) of all crash fatalities on Halloween night involved a drunk driver or motorcycle operator.</p> <p>To prevent a true nightmare from happening, NHTSA and National Safety Council offer advice for motorists, parents and kids to help ensure that only the costumes are scary on Halloween.</p> <p>Tips for Motorists:</p> <ul> <li>Designate a sober driver or, if impaired, take a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation to get home safely.</li> <li>Be especially alert and cautious when driving on Halloween because of the high number of pedestrians.</li> <li>Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs, and darting out from parked cars.</li> <li>Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully.</li> <li>At twilight and later in the evening, watch for children in dark clothing.</li> <li>Avoid using cell phones while driving.</li> <li>Avoid driving if inexperienced.&nbsp; Halloween, with all its distractions, can be a challenge for teen drivers with limited time behind the wheel.</li> </ul> <p>Tips for Parents:</p> <ul> <li>Review all appropriate pedestrian and traffic safety rules with children.</li> <li>Make sure costumes, wigs and accessories are fire-resistant.</li> <li>Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to make sure they are visible if children are out after dusk.</li> <li>Make certain that masks have large eye holes and nose and mouth openings. Parents should encourage children to remove their masks before crossing the street.</li> <li>Provide well-fitting costumes and shoes to avoid trips and falls.</li> <li>Make certain that knives, swords and other accessories are made from cardboard or flexible materials. Children should not carry sharp objects.</li> </ul> <p>Finally,</p> <ul> <li>Travel only in familiar, well-lit areas and avoid trick-or-treating alone.</li> <li>Carry flashlights with fresh batteries to help children and motorists see more clearly.</li> <li>Look both ways before crossing the street and use established crosswalks whenever possible.</li> <li>Walk on sidewalks and not in the street. If there are no sidewalks, walk on the far edge of the road facing traffic.</li> <li>Use extra caution if it's raining and roads are slippery. </li> </ul> <p><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Stephanie Howell<br /> (303) 842-3715<br /> <a href="mailto:Stephanie.howell@allstate.com">Stephanie.howell@allstate.com</a></p> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:39:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/393a2226-3ecb-4b05-8283-fa570df45985 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/393a2226-3ecb-4b05-8283-fa570df45985 Safety Tips for a Spooky Night Basic Safety Tips for Motorists, Parents and Trick-or-Treaters this Halloween<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Video, 1 Related Document, 1 Photo</strong><p>Halloween is a night filled with candy, costumes, a bit of fear and a lot of fun, but it can also be a dangerous night if you don't take the proper safety precautions. With ghosts, goblins, vampires and zombies roaming the streets, it's important that motorists, parents and children all take steps to be safe.</p> <p>"Halloween is a magical evening where kids get to transform into anything they want to be," said local Allstate agent, Jarrett Devereaux, "But it's most important for them to be safe. By following a few basic safety tips, everyone can do their part to make the holiday a memorable occasion for all the right reasons."</p> <p>Unfortunately, on Halloween one of the real horrors occurs when individuals choose to drink and drive. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), from 2008-2012, more than half (51 percent) of all crash fatalities on Halloween night involved a drunk driver or motorcycle operator.</p> <p>To prevent a true nightmare from happening, NHTSA and National Safety Council offer advice for motorists, parents and kids to help ensure that only the costumes are scary on Halloween.</p> <p>Tips for Motorists:</p> <ul> <li>Designate a sober driver or, if impaired, take a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation to get home safely.</li> <li>Be especially alert and cautious when driving on Halloween because of the high number of pedestrians.</li> <li>Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs, and darting out from parked cars.</li> <li>Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully.</li> <li>At twilight and later in the evening, watch for children in dark clothing.</li> <li>Avoid using cell phones while driving.</li> <li>Avoid driving if inexperienced.&nbsp; Halloween, with all its distractions, can be a challenge for teen drivers with limited time behind the wheel.</li> </ul> <p>Tips for Parents:</p> <ul> <li>Review all appropriate pedestrian and traffic safety rules with children.</li> <li>Make sure costumes, wigs and accessories are fire-resistant.</li> <li>Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to make sure they are visible if children are out after dusk.</li> <li>Make certain that masks have large eye holes and nose and mouth openings. Parents should encourage children to remove their masks before crossing the street.</li> <li>Provide well-fitting costumes and shoes to avoid trips and falls.</li> <li>Make certain that knives, swords and other accessories are made from cardboard or flexible materials. Children should not carry sharp objects.</li> </ul> <p>Finally,</p> <ul> <li>Travel only in familiar, well-lit areas and avoid trick-or-treating alone.</li> <li>Carry flashlights with fresh batteries to help children and motorists see more clearly.</li> <li>Look both ways before crossing the street and use established crosswalks whenever possible.</li> <li>Walk on sidewalks and not in the street. If there are no sidewalks, walk on the far edge of the road facing traffic.</li> <li>Use extra caution if it's raining and roads are slippery. </li> </ul> <p><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Stephanie Howell<br /> (303) 842-3715<br /> <a href="mailto:Stephanie.howell@allstate.com">Stephanie.howell@allstate.com</a></p> Safety Tips for a Spooky Night Basic Safety Tips for Motorists, Parents and Trick-or-Treaters this Halloween<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Video, 1 Related Document, 1 Photo</strong><p>Halloween is a night filled with candy, costumes, a bit of fear and a lot of fun, but it can also be a dangerous night if you don't take the proper safety precautions. With ghosts, goblins, vampires and zombies roaming the streets, it's important that motorists, parents and children all take steps to be safe.</p> <p>"Halloween is a magical evening where kids get to transform into anything they want to be," said local Allstate agent, Jason Heard. "But it's most important for them to be safe. By following a few basic safety tips, everyone can do their part to make the holiday a memorable occasion for all the right reasons."</p> <p>Unfortunately, on Halloween one of the real horrors occurs when individuals choose to drink and drive. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), from 2008-2012, more than half (51 percent) of all crash fatalities on Halloween night involved a drunk driver or motorcycle operator.</p> <p>To prevent a true nightmare from happening, NHTSA and National Safety Council offer advice for motorists, parents and kids to help ensure that only the costumes are scary on Halloween.</p> <p>Tips for Motorists:</p> <ul> <li>Designate a sober driver or, if impaired, take a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation to get home safely.</li> <li>Be especially alert and cautious when driving on Halloween because of the high number of pedestrians.</li> <li>Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs, and darting out from parked cars.</li> <li>Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully.</li> <li>At twilight and later in the evening, watch for children in dark clothing.</li> <li>Avoid using cell phones while driving.</li> <li>Avoid driving if inexperienced.&nbsp; Halloween, with all its distractions, can be a challenge for teen drivers with limited time behind the wheel.</li> </ul> <p>Tips for Parents:</p> <ul> <li>Review all appropriate pedestrian and traffic safety rules with children.</li> <li>Make sure costumes, wigs and accessories are fire-resistant.</li> <li>Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to make sure they are visible if children are out after dusk.</li> <li>Make certain that masks have large eye holes and nose and mouth openings. Parents should encourage children to remove their masks before crossing the street.</li> <li>Provide well-fitting costumes and shoes to avoid trips and falls.</li> <li>Make certain that knives, swords and other accessories are made from cardboard or flexible materials. Children should not carry sharp objects.</li> </ul> <p>Finally,</p> <ul> <li>Travel only in familiar, well-lit areas and avoid trick-or-treating alone.</li> <li>Carry flashlights with fresh batteries to help children and motorists see more clearly.</li> <li>Look both ways before crossing the street and use established crosswalks whenever possible.</li> <li>Walk on sidewalks and not in the street. If there are no sidewalks, walk on the far edge of the road facing traffic.</li> <li>Use extra caution if it's raining and roads are slippery. </li> </ul> <p><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Stephanie Howell<br /> (303) 842-3715<br /> <a href="mailto:Stephanie.howell@allstate.com">Stephanie.howell@allstate.com</a></p> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:37:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/bbdf874f-4255-4668-b4bb-10158d637bc1 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/bbdf874f-4255-4668-b4bb-10158d637bc1 Safety Tips for a Spooky Night Basic Safety Tips for Motorists, Parents and Trick-or-Treaters this Halloween<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Video, 1 Related Document, 1 Photo</strong><p>Halloween is a night filled with candy, costumes, a bit of fear and a lot of fun, but it can also be a dangerous night if you don't take the proper safety precautions. With ghosts, goblins, vampires and zombies roaming the streets, it's important that motorists, parents and children all take steps to be safe.</p> <p>"Halloween is a magical evening where kids get to transform into anything they want to be," said local Allstate agent, Jason Heard. "But it's most important for them to be safe. By following a few basic safety tips, everyone can do their part to make the holiday a memorable occasion for all the right reasons."</p> <p>Unfortunately, on Halloween one of the real horrors occurs when individuals choose to drink and drive. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), from 2008-2012, more than half (51 percent) of all crash fatalities on Halloween night involved a drunk driver or motorcycle operator.</p> <p>To prevent a true nightmare from happening, NHTSA and National Safety Council offer advice for motorists, parents and kids to help ensure that only the costumes are scary on Halloween.</p> <p>Tips for Motorists:</p> <ul> <li>Designate a sober driver or, if impaired, take a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation to get home safely.</li> <li>Be especially alert and cautious when driving on Halloween because of the high number of pedestrians.</li> <li>Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs, and darting out from parked cars.</li> <li>Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully.</li> <li>At twilight and later in the evening, watch for children in dark clothing.</li> <li>Avoid using cell phones while driving.</li> <li>Avoid driving if inexperienced.&nbsp; Halloween, with all its distractions, can be a challenge for teen drivers with limited time behind the wheel.</li> </ul> <p>Tips for Parents:</p> <ul> <li>Review all appropriate pedestrian and traffic safety rules with children.</li> <li>Make sure costumes, wigs and accessories are fire-resistant.</li> <li>Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to make sure they are visible if children are out after dusk.</li> <li>Make certain that masks have large eye holes and nose and mouth openings. Parents should encourage children to remove their masks before crossing the street.</li> <li>Provide well-fitting costumes and shoes to avoid trips and falls.</li> <li>Make certain that knives, swords and other accessories are made from cardboard or flexible materials. Children should not carry sharp objects.</li> </ul> <p>Finally,</p> <ul> <li>Travel only in familiar, well-lit areas and avoid trick-or-treating alone.</li> <li>Carry flashlights with fresh batteries to help children and motorists see more clearly.</li> <li>Look both ways before crossing the street and use established crosswalks whenever possible.</li> <li>Walk on sidewalks and not in the street. If there are no sidewalks, walk on the far edge of the road facing traffic.</li> <li>Use extra caution if it's raining and roads are slippery. </li> </ul> <p><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Stephanie Howell<br /> (303) 842-3715<br /> <a href="mailto:Stephanie.howell@allstate.com">Stephanie.howell@allstate.com</a></p> Allstate Roadside Services Launches Advocacy Campaign to Raise Awareness of Move Over Laws Support families of fallen service workers and Allstate will match donations up to $25,000<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Related Document, 1 Photo</strong><p>More than one tow truck operator is killed every week by motorists. Today, to honor the men and women who have lost their lives during service, Allstate Roadside Services has teamed up with the International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum (ITRHFM) to launch the "Provider Safety Advocacy" campaign to raise awareness of Move Over laws.</p> <p>As part of the national campaign, Allstate and the ITRHFM created an online Public Service Announcement (PSA) entitled <a href="http://youtu.be/Of-ZUPA0QwU">"Move Over, Slow Down"</a> to showcase the impact that Move Over laws can have on individuals both on and off the road. Featuring families who have lost loved ones as a result of motorists not slowing down or moving over when it mattered most, the emotional PSA reveals the lasting impact one moment in time can have when a motorist is distracted.</p> <p>"Three feet can mean the difference between life and death," said Paul Huber, Allstate Roadside Services Sr. Director Service Operations. "With countless Providers on the road doing their job to help others, we want to ensure we are doing our part to help protect not only them, but all tow truck drivers and first responders by bringing attention to Move Over laws."</p> <p>With the busy holiday travel season approaching, Allstate hopes that the "Provider Safety Advocacy" campaign supporting Move Over laws will help make motorists more aware of what they need to do if they see an emergency vehicle on the side of the road.</p> <p>To help families of the fallen in their time of need, Allstate is encouraging individuals to make a donation to the Survivor Fund on the ITRHFM website (<a href="http://www.thesurvivorfund.com">www.thesurvivorfund.com</a>). Donations will be matched up to $25,000 through November 30.</p> <p>"Our goals for the 'Provider Safety Advocacy' campaign are to raise awareness of Move Over laws and help create a safer environment for those on the road. We hope that this campaign will keep moving over and slowing down top of mind for those behind the wheel so that we can help reduce the number of lives lost," Huber said.</p> <p>To learn more about the "Provider Safety Advocacy" campaign and watch the PSA, visit the Allstate YouTube channel - <a href="http://t.signauxun.com/link?url=http%3a%2f%2fyoutu.be%2fOf-ZUPA0QwU&amp;ukey=agxzfnNpZ25hbHNjcnhyGAsSC1VzZXJQcm9maWxlGICAwITR2KwJDA&amp;k=23a710708f224c6ea6420b6d1f63ae7b">http://youtu.be/Of-ZUPA0QwU</a>. Use <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23MoveOver&amp;src=typd">#MoveOver</a> to spread the message and follow the conversation on Twitter.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate</strong>&reg;<br /> <a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p><strong>About International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum</strong><br /> The International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum, located in Chattanooga, TN, houses an array of displays and exhibits showcasing the history of towing and recovery. The rotating collection includes early equipment by Manley, Holmes, Vulcan, and Weaver. The Hall of Fame honors individuals who have significantly advanced the industry. The Museum includes a theater, a library, and a gift shop selling souvenirs related to the towing industry. On the outside grounds is the Wall of the Fallen memorial, dedicated to towers who died in the line of service. The ITRHFM Survivor Fund assists the families of the men and women that have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of service by providing a uniform financial gift at the time of their loss. ITRHFM is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and accepts donations for its programs and operations from individuals, corporations and groups. To learn more visit <a href="http://www.internationaltowingmuseum.org">www.internationaltowingmuseum.org</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong><br /> April Eaton, Allstate Media Relations<br /> 847-402-5600<br /> <a href="mailto:April.Eaton@allstate.com">April.Eaton@allstate.com</a></p> <p>Katie Zach, Taylor<br /> 704-644-6556<br /> <a href="mailto:kzach@taylorstrategy.com">kzach@taylorstrategy.com</a></p> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 12:45:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/bcfabf3a-bcda-4a22-af41-55ba4b62ce47 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/bcfabf3a-bcda-4a22-af41-55ba4b62ce47 Allstate Roadside Services Launches Advocacy Campaign to Raise Awareness of Move Over Laws Support families of fallen service workers and Allstate will match donations up to $25,000<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Related Document, 1 Photo</strong><p>More than one tow truck operator is killed every week by motorists. Today, to honor the men and women who have lost their lives during service, Allstate Roadside Services has teamed up with the International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum (ITRHFM) to launch the "Provider Safety Advocacy" campaign to raise awareness of Move Over laws.</p> <p>As part of the national campaign, Allstate and the ITRHFM created an online Public Service Announcement (PSA) entitled <a href="http://youtu.be/Of-ZUPA0QwU">"Move Over, Slow Down"</a> to showcase the impact that Move Over laws can have on individuals both on and off the road. Featuring families who have lost loved ones as a result of motorists not slowing down or moving over when it mattered most, the emotional PSA reveals the lasting impact one moment in time can have when a motorist is distracted.</p> <p>"Three feet can mean the difference between life and death," said Paul Huber, Allstate Roadside Services Sr. Director Service Operations. "With countless Providers on the road doing their job to help others, we want to ensure we are doing our part to help protect not only them, but all tow truck drivers and first responders by bringing attention to Move Over laws."</p> <p>With the busy holiday travel season approaching, Allstate hopes that the "Provider Safety Advocacy" campaign supporting Move Over laws will help make motorists more aware of what they need to do if they see an emergency vehicle on the side of the road.</p> <p>To help families of the fallen in their time of need, Allstate is encouraging individuals to make a donation to the Survivor Fund on the ITRHFM website (<a href="http://www.thesurvivorfund.com">www.thesurvivorfund.com</a>). Donations will be matched up to $25,000 through November 30.</p> <p>"Our goals for the 'Provider Safety Advocacy' campaign are to raise awareness of Move Over laws and help create a safer environment for those on the road. We hope that this campaign will keep moving over and slowing down top of mind for those behind the wheel so that we can help reduce the number of lives lost," Huber said.</p> <p>To learn more about the "Provider Safety Advocacy" campaign and watch the PSA, visit the Allstate YouTube channel - <a href="http://t.signauxun.com/link?url=http%3a%2f%2fyoutu.be%2fOf-ZUPA0QwU&amp;ukey=agxzfnNpZ25hbHNjcnhyGAsSC1VzZXJQcm9maWxlGICAwITR2KwJDA&amp;k=23a710708f224c6ea6420b6d1f63ae7b">http://youtu.be/Of-ZUPA0QwU</a>. Use <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23MoveOver&amp;src=typd">#MoveOver</a> to spread the message and follow the conversation on Twitter.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate</strong>&reg;<br /> <a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p><strong>About International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum</strong><br /> The International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum, located in Chattanooga, TN, houses an array of displays and exhibits showcasing the history of towing and recovery. The rotating collection includes early equipment by Manley, Holmes, Vulcan, and Weaver. The Hall of Fame honors individuals who have significantly advanced the industry. The Museum includes a theater, a library, and a gift shop selling souvenirs related to the towing industry. On the outside grounds is the Wall of the Fallen memorial, dedicated to towers who died in the line of service. The ITRHFM Survivor Fund assists the families of the men and women that have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of service by providing a uniform financial gift at the time of their loss. ITRHFM is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and accepts donations for its programs and operations from individuals, corporations and groups. To learn more visit <a href="http://www.internationaltowingmuseum.org">www.internationaltowingmuseum.org</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong><br /> April Eaton, Allstate Media Relations<br /> 847-402-5600<br /> <a href="mailto:April.Eaton@allstate.com">April.Eaton@allstate.com</a></p> <p>Katie Zach, Taylor<br /> 704-644-6556<br /> <a href="mailto:kzach@taylorstrategy.com">kzach@taylorstrategy.com</a></p> Allstate is helping protect tow truck drivers and first responders by bringing attention to Move Over laws <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/bb0d/158d/bb0d158d-80fa-4b28-853a-93e767a81b0e-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Allstate is helping protect tow truck drivers and first responders by bringing attention to Move Over laws Tue, 28 Oct 2014 12:44:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/allstate-is-helping-protect-tow-truck-drivers-and-first-responde http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/allstate-is-helping-protect-tow-truck-drivers-and-first-responde Allstate is helping protect tow truck drivers and first responders by bringing attention to Move Over laws <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/bb0d/158d/bb0d158d-80fa-4b28-853a-93e767a81b0e-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Allstate is helping protect tow truck drivers and first responders by bringing attention to Move Over laws Allstate Foundation Awards $1 Million in Grants to Fund Financial Empowerment for Domestic Violence Survivors Moving Ahead Financial Empowerment Grant program expected to reach 30,000 survivors<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Video, 1 Related Document, 1 Photo</strong><p>Today, The Allstate Foundation announced 14 recipients in a one-of-a-kind grant program supporting financial empowerment services for domestic violence survivors. The Moving Ahead Financial Empowerment Grant Program, now in its seventh year, provides funds to state domestic violence coalitions to help address the No. 1 reason victims stay in and return to violent relationships&mdash;finances.</p> <p>"New research shows that three in five Americans know someone who has been the victim of abuse and more than one in four have been abused themselves," said Vicky Dinges, senior vice president of Corporate Responsibility at Allstate. "In almost all of these situations, financial abuse and control are used to trap women in abusive relationships. These grants will help women and their families leave abuse behind and take control of their financial futures."</p> <p>The 2014 Moving Ahead Financial Empowerment Grant recipients are:</p> <table border="0" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td width="237" valign="top"> <p>California Partnership to End Domestic Violence</p> </td> <td width="270" valign="top"> <p>New Jersey Coalition For Battered Women</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="237" valign="top"> <p>Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence</p> </td> <td width="270" valign="top"> <p>Ohio Domestic Violence Network</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="237" valign="top"> <p>Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence</p> </td> <td width="270" valign="top"> <p>Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="237" valign="top"> <p>Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence</p> </td> <td width="270" valign="top"> <p>Texas Council on Family Violence, Inc.</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="237" valign="top"> <p>Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence</p> </td> <td width="270" valign="top"> <p>Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="237" valign="top"> <p>Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Inc.</p> </td> <td width="270" valign="top"> <p>Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="237" valign="top"> <p>Nebraska Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalition</p> </td> <td width="270" valign="top"> <p>Wyoming Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Each grantee will work with local domestic violence organizations to provide education and support for domestic violence survivors in the areas of budgeting, credit repair and management, investing, and retirement planning. The Moving Ahead Through Financial Management curriculum, designed specifically for survivors, is the main financial education resource used to deliver the information.</p> <p>Additionally, each of the grantees has identified a focus area in one or more of the following categories:</p> <p><strong>Job Readiness and Job Training:</strong> Helping survivors get or maintain training and meaningful employment, such as resume writing, developing interview skills and hard skills.</p> <p><strong>Matched Savings Program including IDAs: </strong>Helping survivors make the most of their savings and grow their savings using asset building strategies through one-to-one match savings accounts. <strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Micro-Loan: </strong>Providing smalls loans at no or low interest with flexible repayment rules and options. The loans are used as a means to improve or establish credit.</p> <p>Since 2005, The Allstate Foundation has been helping survivors overcome abuse by partnering with the National Network to End Domestic Violence and local nonprofits. More than 400,000 domestic violence survivors have been reached with financial empowerment services more than 7,717 advocates have been trained on the program's main financial education resource: The <a href="http://www.clicktoempower.org/financial-tools/financial-empowerment-curriculum">Moving Ahead Through Financial Management</a> curriculum.</p> <p><strong>About The Allstate Foundation</strong><br /> Established in 1952, The Allstate Foundation is an independent, charitable organization made possible by subsidiaries of The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL). Through partnerships with nonprofit organizations across the country, The Allstate Foundation brings the relationships, reputation and resources of Allstate to support innovative and lasting solutions that enhance people's well-being and prosperity. With a focus on teen safe driving and building financial independence for domestic violence survivors, The Allstate Foundation also promotes safe and vital communities; tolerance, inclusion, and diversity; and economic empowerment. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.AllstateFoundation.org">www.AllstateFoundation.org</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong><br /> Kyle Donash <br /> 847-402-5600<br /> Kyle.Donash@allstate.com</p> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 11:23:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/18bbd4bb-3aab-420e-8917-e407d73a8f46 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/18bbd4bb-3aab-420e-8917-e407d73a8f46 Allstate Foundation Awards $1 Million in Grants to Fund Financial Empowerment for Domestic Violence Survivors Moving Ahead Financial Empowerment Grant program expected to reach 30,000 survivors<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Video, 1 Related Document, 1 Photo</strong><p>Today, The Allstate Foundation announced 14 recipients in a one-of-a-kind grant program supporting financial empowerment services for domestic violence survivors. The Moving Ahead Financial Empowerment Grant Program, now in its seventh year, provides funds to state domestic violence coalitions to help address the No. 1 reason victims stay in and return to violent relationships&mdash;finances.</p> <p>"New research shows that three in five Americans know someone who has been the victim of abuse and more than one in four have been abused themselves," said Vicky Dinges, senior vice president of Corporate Responsibility at Allstate. "In almost all of these situations, financial abuse and control are used to trap women in abusive relationships. These grants will help women and their families leave abuse behind and take control of their financial futures."</p> <p>The 2014 Moving Ahead Financial Empowerment Grant recipients are:</p> <table border="0" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td width="237" valign="top"> <p>California Partnership to End Domestic Violence</p> </td> <td width="270" valign="top"> <p>New Jersey Coalition For Battered Women</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="237" valign="top"> <p>Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence</p> </td> <td width="270" valign="top"> <p>Ohio Domestic Violence Network</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="237" valign="top"> <p>Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence</p> </td> <td width="270" valign="top"> <p>Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="237" valign="top"> <p>Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence</p> </td> <td width="270" valign="top"> <p>Texas Council on Family Violence, Inc.</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="237" valign="top"> <p>Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence</p> </td> <td width="270" valign="top"> <p>Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="237" valign="top"> <p>Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Inc.</p> </td> <td width="270" valign="top"> <p>Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="237" valign="top"> <p>Nebraska Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalition</p> </td> <td width="270" valign="top"> <p>Wyoming Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Each grantee will work with local domestic violence organizations to provide education and support for domestic violence survivors in the areas of budgeting, credit repair and management, investing, and retirement planning. The Moving Ahead Through Financial Management curriculum, designed specifically for survivors, is the main financial education resource used to deliver the information.</p> <p>Additionally, each of the grantees has identified a focus area in one or more of the following categories:</p> <p><strong>Job Readiness and Job Training:</strong> Helping survivors get or maintain training and meaningful employment, such as resume writing, developing interview skills and hard skills.</p> <p><strong>Matched Savings Program including IDAs: </strong>Helping survivors make the most of their savings and grow their savings using asset building strategies through one-to-one match savings accounts. <strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Micro-Loan: </strong>Providing smalls loans at no or low interest with flexible repayment rules and options. The loans are used as a means to improve or establish credit.</p> <p>Since 2005, The Allstate Foundation has been helping survivors overcome abuse by partnering with the National Network to End Domestic Violence and local nonprofits. More than 400,000 domestic violence survivors have been reached with financial empowerment services more than 7,717 advocates have been trained on the program's main financial education resource: The <a href="http://www.clicktoempower.org/financial-tools/financial-empowerment-curriculum">Moving Ahead Through Financial Management</a> curriculum.</p> <p><strong>About The Allstate Foundation</strong><br /> Established in 1952, The Allstate Foundation is an independent, charitable organization made possible by subsidiaries of The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL). Through partnerships with nonprofit organizations across the country, The Allstate Foundation brings the relationships, reputation and resources of Allstate to support innovative and lasting solutions that enhance people's well-being and prosperity. With a focus on teen safe driving and building financial independence for domestic violence survivors, The Allstate Foundation also promotes safe and vital communities; tolerance, inclusion, and diversity; and economic empowerment. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.AllstateFoundation.org">www.AllstateFoundation.org</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong><br /> Kyle Donash <br /> 847-402-5600<br /> Kyle.Donash@allstate.com</p> Safety Tips for a Spooky Night Basic Safety Tips for Motorists, Parents and Trick-or-Treaters this Halloween<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Video, 1 Related Document, 1 Photo</strong><p>Halloween is a night filled with candy, costumes, a bit of fear and a lot of fun, but it can also be a dangerous night if you don't take the proper safety precautions. With ghosts, goblins, vampires and zombies roaming the streets, it's important that motorists, parents and children all take steps to be safe.</p> <p>"Halloween is a magical evening where kids get to transform into anything they want to be," said Allstate New York spokesperson Jaclyn Darrohn. "But it's most important for them to be safe. By following a few basic safety tips, everyone can do their part to make the holiday a memorable occasion for all the right reasons."</p> <p>Unfortunately, on Halloween one of the real horrors occurs when individuals choose to drink and drive. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), from 2008-2012, more than half (51 percent) of all crash fatalities on Halloween night involved a drunk driver or motorcycle operator.</p> <p>To prevent a true nightmare from happening, NHTSA and National Safety Council offer advice for motorists, parents and kids to help ensure that only the costumes are scary on Halloween.</p> <p>Tips for Motorists:</p> <ul> <li>Designate a sober driver or, if impaired, take a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation to get home safely.</li> <li>Be especially alert and cautious when driving on Halloween because of the high number of pedestrians.</li> <li>Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs, and darting out from parked cars.</li> <li>Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully.</li> <li>At twilight and later in the evening, watch for children in dark clothing.</li> <li>Avoid using cell phones while driving.</li> <li>Avoid driving if inexperienced.&nbsp;Halloween, with all its distractions, can be a challenge for teen drivers with limited time behind the wheel.</li> </ul> <p>Tips for Parents:</p> <ul> <li>Review all appropriate pedestrian and traffic safety rules with children.</li> <li>Make sure costumes, wigs and accessories are fire-resistant.</li> <li>Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to make sure they are visible if children are out after dusk.</li> <li>Make certain that masks have large eye holes and nose and mouth openings. Parents should encourage children to remove their masks before crossing the street.</li> <li>Provide well-fitting costumes and shoes to avoid trips and falls.</li> <li>Make certain that knives, swords and other accessories are made from cardboard or flexible materials. Children should not carry sharp objects.</li> </ul> <p>Finally,</p> <ul> <li>Travel only in familiar, well-lit areas and avoid trick-or-treating alone.</li> <li>Carry flashlights with fresh batteries to help children and motorists see more clearly.</li> <li>Look both ways before crossing the street and use established crosswalks whenever possible.</li> <li>Walk on sidewalks and not in the street. If there are no sidewalks, walk on the far edge of the road facing traffic.</li> <li>Use extra caution if it's raining and roads are slippery. </li> </ul> <p><a href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/" target="_blank">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/" target="_blank">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/" target="_blank">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/" target="_blank">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial" target="_blank">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx" target="_blank">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Chindaly Griffith<br /> (847) 402-7568<br /> <a href="mailto:cgrig@allstate.com">cgrig@allstate.com</a></p> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 08:53:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/f137aa2b-fae5-4eb5-9605-12249c789d8e http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/f137aa2b-fae5-4eb5-9605-12249c789d8e Safety Tips for a Spooky Night Basic Safety Tips for Motorists, Parents and Trick-or-Treaters this Halloween<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Video, 1 Related Document, 1 Photo</strong><p>Halloween is a night filled with candy, costumes, a bit of fear and a lot of fun, but it can also be a dangerous night if you don't take the proper safety precautions. With ghosts, goblins, vampires and zombies roaming the streets, it's important that motorists, parents and children all take steps to be safe.</p> <p>"Halloween is a magical evening where kids get to transform into anything they want to be," said Allstate New York spokesperson Jaclyn Darrohn. "But it's most important for them to be safe. By following a few basic safety tips, everyone can do their part to make the holiday a memorable occasion for all the right reasons."</p> <p>Unfortunately, on Halloween one of the real horrors occurs when individuals choose to drink and drive. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), from 2008-2012, more than half (51 percent) of all crash fatalities on Halloween night involved a drunk driver or motorcycle operator.</p> <p>To prevent a true nightmare from happening, NHTSA and National Safety Council offer advice for motorists, parents and kids to help ensure that only the costumes are scary on Halloween.</p> <p>Tips for Motorists:</p> <ul> <li>Designate a sober driver or, if impaired, take a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation to get home safely.</li> <li>Be especially alert and cautious when driving on Halloween because of the high number of pedestrians.</li> <li>Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs, and darting out from parked cars.</li> <li>Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully.</li> <li>At twilight and later in the evening, watch for children in dark clothing.</li> <li>Avoid using cell phones while driving.</li> <li>Avoid driving if inexperienced.&nbsp;Halloween, with all its distractions, can be a challenge for teen drivers with limited time behind the wheel.</li> </ul> <p>Tips for Parents:</p> <ul> <li>Review all appropriate pedestrian and traffic safety rules with children.</li> <li>Make sure costumes, wigs and accessories are fire-resistant.</li> <li>Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to make sure they are visible if children are out after dusk.</li> <li>Make certain that masks have large eye holes and nose and mouth openings. Parents should encourage children to remove their masks before crossing the street.</li> <li>Provide well-fitting costumes and shoes to avoid trips and falls.</li> <li>Make certain that knives, swords and other accessories are made from cardboard or flexible materials. Children should not carry sharp objects.</li> </ul> <p>Finally,</p> <ul> <li>Travel only in familiar, well-lit areas and avoid trick-or-treating alone.</li> <li>Carry flashlights with fresh batteries to help children and motorists see more clearly.</li> <li>Look both ways before crossing the street and use established crosswalks whenever possible.</li> <li>Walk on sidewalks and not in the street. If there are no sidewalks, walk on the far edge of the road facing traffic.</li> <li>Use extra caution if it's raining and roads are slippery. </li> </ul> <p><a href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/" target="_blank">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/" target="_blank">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/" target="_blank">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/" target="_blank">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial" target="_blank">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx" target="_blank">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Chindaly Griffith<br /> (847) 402-7568<br /> <a href="mailto:cgrig@allstate.com">cgrig@allstate.com</a></p> Broll: Kids trick or treating Broll: Kids trick or treating. Tue, 28 Oct 2014 06:05:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/videos/073c65c4-c4e3-486c-837b-e27911313d57 http://allstatenewsroom.com/videos/073c65c4-c4e3-486c-837b-e27911313d57 Broll: Kids trick or treating Broll: Kids trick or treating. Going trick or treating <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/4ed3/a0c4/4ed3a0c4-da83-4aeb-a7b6-cd116cfa536e-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Going trick or treating Tue, 28 Oct 2014 06:05:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/going-trick-or-treating http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/going-trick-or-treating Going trick or treating <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/4ed3/a0c4/4ed3a0c4-da83-4aeb-a7b6-cd116cfa536e-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Going trick or treating Safety Tips for a Spooky Night Basic Safety Tips for Motorists, Parents and Trick-or-Treaters this Halloween<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Video, 1 Related Document, 1 Photo</strong><p>Halloween is a night filled with candy, costumes, a bit of fear and a lot of fun, but it can also be a dangerous night if you don't take the proper safety precautions. With ghosts, goblins, vampires and zombies roaming the streets, it's important that motorists, parents and children all take steps to be safe.</p> <p>"Halloween is a magical evening where kids get to transform into anything they want to be," said Allstate's Executive Vice President of Product Operations Steve Sorenson. "But it's most important for them to be safe. By following a few basic safety tips, everyone can do their part to make the holiday a memorable occasion for all the right reasons."</p> <p>Unfortunately, on Halloween one of the real horrors occurs when individuals choose to drink and drive. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), from 2008-2012, more than half (51 percent) of all crash fatalities on Halloween night involved a drunk driver or motorcycle operator.</p> <p>To prevent a true nightmare from happening, NHTSA and National Safety Council offer advice for motorists, parents and kids to help ensure that only the costumes are scary on Halloween.</p> <p>Tips for Motorists:</p> <ul> <li>Designate a sober driver or, if impaired, take a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation to get home safely.</li> <li>Be especially alert and cautious when driving on Halloween because of the high number of pedestrians.</li> <li>Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs, and darting out from parked cars.</li> <li>Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully.</li> <li>At twilight and later in the evening, watch for children in dark clothing.</li> <li>Avoid using cell phones while driving.</li> <li>Avoid driving if inexperienced.&nbsp; Halloween, with all its distractions, can be a challenge for teen drivers with limited time behind the wheel.</li> </ul> <p>Tips for Parents:</p> <ul> <li>Review all appropriate pedestrian and traffic safety rules with children.</li> <li>Make sure costumes, wigs and accessories are fire-resistant.</li> <li>Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to make sure they are visible if children are out after dusk.</li> <li>Make certain that masks have large eye holes and nose and mouth openings. Parents should encourage children to remove their masks before crossing the street.</li> <li>Provide well-fitting costumes and shoes to avoid trips and falls.</li> <li>Make certain that knives, swords and other accessories are made from cardboard or flexible materials. Children should not carry sharp objects.</li> </ul> <p>Finally,</p> <ul> <li>Travel only in familiar, well-lit areas and avoid trick-or-treating alone.</li> <li>Carry flashlights with fresh batteries to help children and motorists see more clearly.</li> <li>Look both ways before crossing the street and use established crosswalks whenever possible.</li> <li>Walk on sidewalks and not in the street. If there are no sidewalks, walk on the far edge of the road facing traffic.</li> <li>Use extra caution if it's raining and roads are slippery. </li> </ul> <p><a href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/" target="_blank">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/" target="_blank">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/" target="_blank">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/" target="_blank">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial" target="_blank">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx" target="_blank">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Amy Hirth<br /> (847) 402-5600<br /> <a href="mailto:ahirt@allstate.com">ahirt@allstate.com</a></p> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 06:05:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/a3bd1fbc-c736-493e-86a8-313b66c72014 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/a3bd1fbc-c736-493e-86a8-313b66c72014 Safety Tips for a Spooky Night Basic Safety Tips for Motorists, Parents and Trick-or-Treaters this Halloween<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Video, 1 Related Document, 1 Photo</strong><p>Halloween is a night filled with candy, costumes, a bit of fear and a lot of fun, but it can also be a dangerous night if you don't take the proper safety precautions. With ghosts, goblins, vampires and zombies roaming the streets, it's important that motorists, parents and children all take steps to be safe.</p> <p>"Halloween is a magical evening where kids get to transform into anything they want to be," said Allstate's Executive Vice President of Product Operations Steve Sorenson. "But it's most important for them to be safe. By following a few basic safety tips, everyone can do their part to make the holiday a memorable occasion for all the right reasons."</p> <p>Unfortunately, on Halloween one of the real horrors occurs when individuals choose to drink and drive. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), from 2008-2012, more than half (51 percent) of all crash fatalities on Halloween night involved a drunk driver or motorcycle operator.</p> <p>To prevent a true nightmare from happening, NHTSA and National Safety Council offer advice for motorists, parents and kids to help ensure that only the costumes are scary on Halloween.</p> <p>Tips for Motorists:</p> <ul> <li>Designate a sober driver or, if impaired, take a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation to get home safely.</li> <li>Be especially alert and cautious when driving on Halloween because of the high number of pedestrians.</li> <li>Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs, and darting out from parked cars.</li> <li>Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully.</li> <li>At twilight and later in the evening, watch for children in dark clothing.</li> <li>Avoid using cell phones while driving.</li> <li>Avoid driving if inexperienced.&nbsp; Halloween, with all its distractions, can be a challenge for teen drivers with limited time behind the wheel.</li> </ul> <p>Tips for Parents:</p> <ul> <li>Review all appropriate pedestrian and traffic safety rules with children.</li> <li>Make sure costumes, wigs and accessories are fire-resistant.</li> <li>Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to make sure they are visible if children are out after dusk.</li> <li>Make certain that masks have large eye holes and nose and mouth openings. Parents should encourage children to remove their masks before crossing the street.</li> <li>Provide well-fitting costumes and shoes to avoid trips and falls.</li> <li>Make certain that knives, swords and other accessories are made from cardboard or flexible materials. Children should not carry sharp objects.</li> </ul> <p>Finally,</p> <ul> <li>Travel only in familiar, well-lit areas and avoid trick-or-treating alone.</li> <li>Carry flashlights with fresh batteries to help children and motorists see more clearly.</li> <li>Look both ways before crossing the street and use established crosswalks whenever possible.</li> <li>Walk on sidewalks and not in the street. If there are no sidewalks, walk on the far edge of the road facing traffic.</li> <li>Use extra caution if it's raining and roads are slippery. </li> </ul> <p><a href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/" target="_blank">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/" target="_blank">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/" target="_blank">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/" target="_blank">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial" target="_blank">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx" target="_blank">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Amy Hirth<br /> (847) 402-5600<br /> <a href="mailto:ahirt@allstate.com">ahirt@allstate.com</a></p> Sandy 1 Year Anniversary Sandy 1 Year Anniversary. Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:48:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/videos/b3f11911-0c56-463a-abde-6c0da531b3de http://allstatenewsroom.com/videos/b3f11911-0c56-463a-abde-6c0da531b3de Sandy 1 Year Anniversary Sandy 1 Year Anniversary. Allstate "Reality Rides℠" Pit-Stops at the University of Texas at El Paso to Combat Distractions on the Road Drivers navigate innovative distraction simulations that effectively change road safety opinions <br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Related Document, 9 Photos</strong><p>Today, Allstate Insurance Company's "Reality Rides<sup>SM</sup>" stops-off in El Paso on its tour of more than 40 American cities. A curved LED television embedded in the windshield of a real vehicle will serve as the centerpiece of the "Reality Rides<sup>SM</sup>" 2014 tour. In this second annual national campaign tour, Allstate Insurance Company is gaining steam its efforts to bring awareness around distraction-free driving.</p> <p>Reality Rides will visit the University of Texas in El Paso from 10:00 a.m. &ndash; 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 23 at Miner Alley.</p> <p>"Reality Rides is evolving as Allstate customers' and consumers' needs are evolving with new technologies to engage drivers in a compelling and safe format," said Oscar Arrieta, a local Allstate exclusive agency owner. "The simulator proved effective in changing the opinions of drivers who experienced it last year and we're excited to share it with El Paso residents."</p> <p>Reality Rides consists of a driving simulator that utilizes a real - but stationary - vehicle equipped with virtual reality technology, including a new curved LED television embedded in the car windshield. The television displays an animated environment and reacts to the driver's motions. Using the car's steering wheel, gas and brake pedals, the driver is tasked with driving while also attempting to text, talk on the phone and enter navigation system directions.</p> <p>These simulations demonstrate the potential consequences distracted drivers could face while on the road. To add impact to the simulations, participants are given traffic "tickets" that reveal potential infractions a driver could receive if the experience happened in real life. Participants will also have the opportunity to take the Allstate X the TXT&reg; pledge that promises to not text and drive.</p> <p>Last year, the first tour surveyed more than 1,700 people who experienced the Reality Rides simulator. Seventy-three percent said they learned more about distracted driving after experiencing the simulation, and 83 percent found the program "fun and effective," which fueled Allstate to continue the efforts in 2014.</p> <p><strong>Key findings from the 2013 Allstate Reality Rides tour survey indicate drivers are aware of the dangers of distracted driving, but there is still opportunity to influence their safer driving actions:</strong></p> <ul> <li>More than one-third of drivers say they text and drive at least some of the time, and 71 percent believe their driving ability while texting is worse than if they were driving without distractions.</li> <li>Half of drivers say that they talk on the phone while driving.</li> <li>Nearly eight-in-ten drivers think texting while driving is the same or worse than drunk driving.</li> <li>After the simulation, 68 percent of participants said they will <em>never</em> text and drive again and 62 percent said they wouldn't let others drive distracted.</li> <li>Seventy-seven percent of participants said they are less likely to ride with others who are texting and driving thanks to Reality Rides.</li> <li>Four-in-ten drivers have no or minimal knowledge about Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) laws.</li> </ul> <p>Allstate continues to advocate for distracted driving prevention because in 2010 and 2011 more than 3,000 deaths from crashes with a distracted driver occurred each year. Studies have shown drivers who text are 23 times more likely to crash, and texting while driving is the equivalent to driving impaired after drinking four beers.</p> <p>Car crashes are the number one cause of death for everyone in the U.S. ages 1-34, with teens crashing four times more often than any other age group. Stronger teen driving laws, referred to as Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL), have been shown to reduce traffic fatalities by as much as 40 percent in the states where they have been adopted. Additionally, recent research from The Allstate Foundation's License to Save report found that comprehensive GDL laws could save an estimated 2,000 lives and $13.6 billion annually.</p> <p>To track the Allstate Reality Rides tour and see photos of participants, visit <a href="http://www.facebook.com/xthetxt">facebook.com/xthetxt</a>. While there, check out information and resources, engage in the conversation and invite family and friends to take action in support of stronger teen driving laws.</p> <p><strong>Survey Methodology</strong><br /> The onsite, multiple-choice Allstate Reality Rides 2013 survey of more than 1,700 Americans age 15+ was conducted from April through November of 2013 via 26 Reality Rides events before and after experiencing the distracted driving simulator. Gathered respondent data was normalized to ensure consistency between the pre- and post-simulation experience.</p> <p><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, serving approximately 16 million households through its Allstate, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand names and Allstate Financial business segment. Allstate branded insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services are offered through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives, as well as via <a title="http://www.allstate.com/" href="http://www.allstate.com/">www.allstate.com</a>, <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">www.allstate.com/financial</a> and 1-800 Allstate&reg;, and are widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." In 2013, $29 million was given by The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Kristen Freis<br /> 469-585-1109<br /> <a href="mailto:kfrei@allstate.com">kfrei@allstate.com</a></p> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:00:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/9b277ec6-5abe-42ef-ad0f-f6d57be528d4 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/9b277ec6-5abe-42ef-ad0f-f6d57be528d4 Allstate "Reality Rides℠" Pit-Stops at the University of Texas at El Paso to Combat Distractions on the Road Drivers navigate innovative distraction simulations that effectively change road safety opinions <br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Related Document, 9 Photos</strong><p>Today, Allstate Insurance Company's "Reality Rides<sup>SM</sup>" stops-off in El Paso on its tour of more than 40 American cities. A curved LED television embedded in the windshield of a real vehicle will serve as the centerpiece of the "Reality Rides<sup>SM</sup>" 2014 tour. In this second annual national campaign tour, Allstate Insurance Company is gaining steam its efforts to bring awareness around distraction-free driving.</p> <p>Reality Rides will visit the University of Texas in El Paso from 10:00 a.m. &ndash; 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 23 at Miner Alley.</p> <p>"Reality Rides is evolving as Allstate customers' and consumers' needs are evolving with new technologies to engage drivers in a compelling and safe format," said Oscar Arrieta, a local Allstate exclusive agency owner. "The simulator proved effective in changing the opinions of drivers who experienced it last year and we're excited to share it with El Paso residents."</p> <p>Reality Rides consists of a driving simulator that utilizes a real - but stationary - vehicle equipped with virtual reality technology, including a new curved LED television embedded in the car windshield. The television displays an animated environment and reacts to the driver's motions. Using the car's steering wheel, gas and brake pedals, the driver is tasked with driving while also attempting to text, talk on the phone and enter navigation system directions.</p> <p>These simulations demonstrate the potential consequences distracted drivers could face while on the road. To add impact to the simulations, participants are given traffic "tickets" that reveal potential infractions a driver could receive if the experience happened in real life. Participants will also have the opportunity to take the Allstate X the TXT&reg; pledge that promises to not text and drive.</p> <p>Last year, the first tour surveyed more than 1,700 people who experienced the Reality Rides simulator. Seventy-three percent said they learned more about distracted driving after experiencing the simulation, and 83 percent found the program "fun and effective," which fueled Allstate to continue the efforts in 2014.</p> <p><strong>Key findings from the 2013 Allstate Reality Rides tour survey indicate drivers are aware of the dangers of distracted driving, but there is still opportunity to influence their safer driving actions:</strong></p> <ul> <li>More than one-third of drivers say they text and drive at least some of the time, and 71 percent believe their driving ability while texting is worse than if they were driving without distractions.</li> <li>Half of drivers say that they talk on the phone while driving.</li> <li>Nearly eight-in-ten drivers think texting while driving is the same or worse than drunk driving.</li> <li>After the simulation, 68 percent of participants said they will <em>never</em> text and drive again and 62 percent said they wouldn't let others drive distracted.</li> <li>Seventy-seven percent of participants said they are less likely to ride with others who are texting and driving thanks to Reality Rides.</li> <li>Four-in-ten drivers have no or minimal knowledge about Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) laws.</li> </ul> <p>Allstate continues to advocate for distracted driving prevention because in 2010 and 2011 more than 3,000 deaths from crashes with a distracted driver occurred each year. Studies have shown drivers who text are 23 times more likely to crash, and texting while driving is the equivalent to driving impaired after drinking four beers.</p> <p>Car crashes are the number one cause of death for everyone in the U.S. ages 1-34, with teens crashing four times more often than any other age group. Stronger teen driving laws, referred to as Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL), have been shown to reduce traffic fatalities by as much as 40 percent in the states where they have been adopted. Additionally, recent research from The Allstate Foundation's License to Save report found that comprehensive GDL laws could save an estimated 2,000 lives and $13.6 billion annually.</p> <p>To track the Allstate Reality Rides tour and see photos of participants, visit <a href="http://www.facebook.com/xthetxt">facebook.com/xthetxt</a>. While there, check out information and resources, engage in the conversation and invite family and friends to take action in support of stronger teen driving laws.</p> <p><strong>Survey Methodology</strong><br /> The onsite, multiple-choice Allstate Reality Rides 2013 survey of more than 1,700 Americans age 15+ was conducted from April through November of 2013 via 26 Reality Rides events before and after experiencing the distracted driving simulator. Gathered respondent data was normalized to ensure consistency between the pre- and post-simulation experience.</p> <p><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, serving approximately 16 million households through its Allstate, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand names and Allstate Financial business segment. Allstate branded insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services are offered through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives, as well as via <a title="http://www.allstate.com/" href="http://www.allstate.com/">www.allstate.com</a>, <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">www.allstate.com/financial</a> and 1-800 Allstate&reg;, and are widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." In 2013, $29 million was given by The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Kristen Freis<br /> 469-585-1109<br /> <a href="mailto:kfrei@allstate.com">kfrei@allstate.com</a></p> Allstate "Reality Rides℠" Pit-Stops at the University of Texas at San Antonio to Combat Distractions on the Road Drivers navigate innovative distraction simulations that effectively change road safety opinions<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Related Document, 9 Photos</strong><p>Today, Allstate Insurance Company's "Reality Rides<sup>SM</sup>" stops-off in San Antonio on its tour of more than 40 American cities. A curved LED television embedded in the windshield of a real vehicle will serve as the centerpiece of the "Reality Rides<sup>SM</sup>" 2014 tour. In this second annual national campaign tour, Allstate Insurance Company is gaining steam its efforts to bring awareness around distraction-free driving.</p> <p>Reality Rides will visit the University of Texas in San Antonio from 10:00 a.m. &ndash; 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 21.</p> <p>"Reality Rides is evolving as Allstate customers' and consumers' needs are evolving with new technologies to engage drivers in a compelling and safe format," said Tarla Bapodra, a local Allstate exclusive agency owner. "The simulator proved effective in changing the opinions of drivers who experienced it last year and we're excited to share it with San Antonio residents."</p> <p>Reality Rides consists of a driving simulator that utilizes a real - but stationary - vehicle equipped with virtual reality technology, including a new curved LED television embedded in the car windshield. The television displays an animated environment and reacts to the driver's motions. Using the car's steering wheel, gas and brake pedals, the driver is tasked with driving while also attempting to text, talk on the phone and enter navigation system directions.</p> <p>These simulations demonstrate the potential consequences distracted drivers could face while on the road. To add impact to the simulations, participants are given traffic "tickets" that reveal potential infractions a driver could receive if the experience happened in real life. Participants will also have the opportunity to take the Allstate X the TXT&reg; pledge that promises to not text and drive.</p> <p>Last year, the first tour surveyed more than 1,700 people who experienced the Reality Rides simulator. Seventy-three percent said they learned more about distracted driving after experiencing the simulation, and 83 percent found the program "fun and effective," which fueled Allstate to continue the efforts in 2014.</p> <p><strong>Key findings from the 2013 Allstate Reality Rides tour survey indicate drivers are aware of the dangers of distracted driving, but there is still opportunity to influence their safer driving actions:</strong></p> <ul> <li>More than one-third of drivers say they text and drive at least some of the time, and 71 percent believe their driving ability while texting is worse than if they were driving without distractions.</li> <li>Half of drivers say that they talk on the phone while driving.</li> <li>Nearly eight-in-ten drivers think texting while driving is the same or worse than drunk driving.</li> <li>After the simulation, 68 percent of participants said they will <em>never</em> text and drive again and 62 percent said they wouldn't let others drive distracted.</li> <li>Seventy-seven percent of participants said they are less likely to ride with others who are texting and driving thanks to Reality Rides.</li> <li>Four-in-ten drivers have no or minimal knowledge about Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) laws. </li> </ul> <p>Allstate continues to advocate for distracted driving prevention because in 2010 and 2011 more than 3,000 deaths from crashes with a distracted driver occurred each year. Studies have shown drivers who text are 23 times more likely to crash, and texting while driving is the equivalent to driving impaired after drinking four beers.</p> <p>Car crashes are the number one cause of death for everyone in the U.S. ages 1-34, with teens crashing four times more often than any other age group. Stronger teen driving laws, referred to as Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL), have been shown to reduce traffic fatalities by as much as 40 percent in the states where they have been adopted. Additionally, recent research from The Allstate Foundation's License to Save report found that comprehensive GDL laws could save an estimated 2,000 lives and $13.6 billion annually.</p> <p>To track the Allstate Reality Rides tour and see photos of participants, visit <a href="http://www.facebook.com/xthetxt">facebook.com/xthetxt</a>. While there, check out information and resources, engage in the conversation and invite family and friends to take action in support of stronger teen driving laws.</p> <p><strong>Survey Methodology</strong><br /> The onsite, multiple-choice Allstate Reality Rides 2013 survey of more than 1,700 Americans age 15+ was conducted from April through November of 2013 via 26 Reality Rides events before and after experiencing the distracted driving simulator. Gathered respondent data was normalized to ensure consistency between the pre- and post-simulation experience.</p> <p><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, serving approximately 16 million households through its Allstate, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand names and Allstate Financial business segment. Allstate branded insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services are offered through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives, as well as via <a title="http://www.allstate.com/" href="http://www.allstate.com/">www.allstate.com</a>, <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">www.allstate.com/financial</a> and 1-800 Allstate&reg;, and are widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." In 2013, $29 million was given by The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Kristen Freis<br /> 469-585-1109<br /> <a href="mailto:kfrei@allstate.com">kfrei@allstate.com</a></p> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:00:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/4f7348df-291d-41c9-a144-b0f000bcda24 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/4f7348df-291d-41c9-a144-b0f000bcda24 Allstate "Reality Rides℠" Pit-Stops at the University of Texas at San Antonio to Combat Distractions on the Road Drivers navigate innovative distraction simulations that effectively change road safety opinions<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Related Document, 9 Photos</strong><p>Today, Allstate Insurance Company's "Reality Rides<sup>SM</sup>" stops-off in San Antonio on its tour of more than 40 American cities. A curved LED television embedded in the windshield of a real vehicle will serve as the centerpiece of the "Reality Rides<sup>SM</sup>" 2014 tour. In this second annual national campaign tour, Allstate Insurance Company is gaining steam its efforts to bring awareness around distraction-free driving.</p> <p>Reality Rides will visit the University of Texas in San Antonio from 10:00 a.m. &ndash; 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 21.</p> <p>"Reality Rides is evolving as Allstate customers' and consumers' needs are evolving with new technologies to engage drivers in a compelling and safe format," said Tarla Bapodra, a local Allstate exclusive agency owner. "The simulator proved effective in changing the opinions of drivers who experienced it last year and we're excited to share it with San Antonio residents."</p> <p>Reality Rides consists of a driving simulator that utilizes a real - but stationary - vehicle equipped with virtual reality technology, including a new curved LED television embedded in the car windshield. The television displays an animated environment and reacts to the driver's motions. Using the car's steering wheel, gas and brake pedals, the driver is tasked with driving while also attempting to text, talk on the phone and enter navigation system directions.</p> <p>These simulations demonstrate the potential consequences distracted drivers could face while on the road. To add impact to the simulations, participants are given traffic "tickets" that reveal potential infractions a driver could receive if the experience happened in real life. Participants will also have the opportunity to take the Allstate X the TXT&reg; pledge that promises to not text and drive.</p> <p>Last year, the first tour surveyed more than 1,700 people who experienced the Reality Rides simulator. Seventy-three percent said they learned more about distracted driving after experiencing the simulation, and 83 percent found the program "fun and effective," which fueled Allstate to continue the efforts in 2014.</p> <p><strong>Key findings from the 2013 Allstate Reality Rides tour survey indicate drivers are aware of the dangers of distracted driving, but there is still opportunity to influence their safer driving actions:</strong></p> <ul> <li>More than one-third of drivers say they text and drive at least some of the time, and 71 percent believe their driving ability while texting is worse than if they were driving without distractions.</li> <li>Half of drivers say that they talk on the phone while driving.</li> <li>Nearly eight-in-ten drivers think texting while driving is the same or worse than drunk driving.</li> <li>After the simulation, 68 percent of participants said they will <em>never</em> text and drive again and 62 percent said they wouldn't let others drive distracted.</li> <li>Seventy-seven percent of participants said they are less likely to ride with others who are texting and driving thanks to Reality Rides.</li> <li>Four-in-ten drivers have no or minimal knowledge about Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) laws. </li> </ul> <p>Allstate continues to advocate for distracted driving prevention because in 2010 and 2011 more than 3,000 deaths from crashes with a distracted driver occurred each year. Studies have shown drivers who text are 23 times more likely to crash, and texting while driving is the equivalent to driving impaired after drinking four beers.</p> <p>Car crashes are the number one cause of death for everyone in the U.S. ages 1-34, with teens crashing four times more often than any other age group. Stronger teen driving laws, referred to as Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL), have been shown to reduce traffic fatalities by as much as 40 percent in the states where they have been adopted. Additionally, recent research from The Allstate Foundation's License to Save report found that comprehensive GDL laws could save an estimated 2,000 lives and $13.6 billion annually.</p> <p>To track the Allstate Reality Rides tour and see photos of participants, visit <a href="http://www.facebook.com/xthetxt">facebook.com/xthetxt</a>. While there, check out information and resources, engage in the conversation and invite family and friends to take action in support of stronger teen driving laws.</p> <p><strong>Survey Methodology</strong><br /> The onsite, multiple-choice Allstate Reality Rides 2013 survey of more than 1,700 Americans age 15+ was conducted from April through November of 2013 via 26 Reality Rides events before and after experiencing the distracted driving simulator. Gathered respondent data was normalized to ensure consistency between the pre- and post-simulation experience.</p> <p><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, serving approximately 16 million households through its Allstate, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand names and Allstate Financial business segment. Allstate branded insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services are offered through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives, as well as via <a title="http://www.allstate.com/" href="http://www.allstate.com/">www.allstate.com</a>, <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">www.allstate.com/financial</a> and 1-800 Allstate&reg;, and are widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." In 2013, $29 million was given by The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Kristen Freis<br /> 469-585-1109<br /> <a href="mailto:kfrei@allstate.com">kfrei@allstate.com</a></p> Staten Island Allstate Agents Donate $5k to Tottenville High School "Reality Rides℠" simulation and $5,000 grant supports students in Staten Island<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Video, 1 Related Document, 11 Photos</strong><p>Local Allstate Insurance agents, Todd Cameron, Anthony Fauci, Philip Hui, Larry Smith and Colin Wheeler received the Agency Hands in the Community Award for their commitment to helping others on Staten Island. With this award came a $5,000 grant from The Allstate Foundation for Tottenville High School on Staten Island where all five Allstate agents volunteered by raising awareness around distraction-free driving to over 250 students during Allstate's "Reality Rides℠" event.</p> <p>"These New York agents are active and respected members of the business community, protecting people with insurance and financial services products," said Don Rubbo, New York Regional Sales Leader. "They also make a point of getting involved personally by dedicating their time and efforts to making a difference in people's lives."</p> <p>Allstate's Reality Rides made its Staten Island debut this September, its third and final city the simulator will tour in New York state this year. Tottenville High School students experienced first-hand how distractions impair their ability to drive in Allstate's Reality Rides simulator, a curved LED television embedded in the windshield of a real vehicle. Students were given traffic "tickets" that revealed potential infractions a driver could receive if the experience happened in real life. Participants also had the opportunity to take the Allstate X the TXT&reg; pledge that promises to not text and drive.</p> <p><strong>Key findings from the 2013 Allstate Reality Rides tour survey indicate drivers are aware of the dangers of distracted driving, but there is still opportunity to influence their safer driving actions:</strong></p> <ul> <li>More than one-third of drivers say they text and drive at least some of the time, and 71 percent believe their driving ability while texting is worse than if they were driving without distractions.</li> <li>Nearly eight-in-ten drivers think texting while driving is the same or worse than drunk driving.</li> <li>After the simulation, 68 percent of participants said they will <em>never</em> text and drive again and 62 percent said they wouldn't let others drive distracted.</li> <li>Seventy-seven percent of participants said they are less likely to ride with others who are texting and driving thanks to Reality Rides.</li> </ul> <p>Car crashes are the number one cause of death for everyone in the U.S. ages 1-34, with teens crashing four times more often than any other age group. Stronger teen driving laws, referred to as Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL), have been shown to reduce traffic fatalities by as much as 40 percent in the states where they have been adopted. Additionally, recent research from The Allstate Foundation's License to Save report found that comprehensive GDL laws could save an estimated 2,000 lives and $13.6 billion annually.</p> <p>"Allstate believes that it is very important for corporations to take an active interest in the communities they serve. Allstate is proud to partner with Tottenville High School," said Rubbo. "With support from The Allstate Foundation, Allstate Agents Cameron, Fauci, Hui, Smith and Wheeler on Staten Island are making our hometown a better, safer place to live."</p> <p>To track the Allstate Reality Rides tour and see photos of participants, visit <a href="http://www.facebook.com/xthetxt">facebook.com/xthetxt</a>. While there, check out information and resources, engage in the conversation and invite family and friends to take action in support of stronger teen driving laws.</p> <p><strong>Survey Methodology</strong><br /> The onsite, multiple-choice Allstate Reality Rides 2013 survey of more than 1,700 Americans age 15+ was conducted from April through November of 2013 via 26 Reality Rides events before and after experiencing the distracted driving simulator. Gathered respondent data was normalized to ensure consistency between the pre- and post-simulation experience.</p> <p><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, serving approximately 16 million households through its Allstate, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand names and Allstate Financial business segment. Allstate branded insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services are offered through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives, as well as via <a title="http://www.allstate.com/" href="http://www.allstate.com/">www.allstate.com</a>, <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">www.allstate.com/financial</a> and 1-800 Allstate&reg;, and are widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." In 2013, $29 million was given by The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Chindaly Griffith<br /> <a href="mailto:cgrig@allstate.com">cgrig@allstate.com</a></p> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:51:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/4d695c09-6df3-40ef-b279-45994046ceea http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/4d695c09-6df3-40ef-b279-45994046ceea Staten Island Allstate Agents Donate $5k to Tottenville High School "Reality Rides℠" simulation and $5,000 grant supports students in Staten Island<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Video, 1 Related Document, 11 Photos</strong><p>Local Allstate Insurance agents, Todd Cameron, Anthony Fauci, Philip Hui, Larry Smith and Colin Wheeler received the Agency Hands in the Community Award for their commitment to helping others on Staten Island. With this award came a $5,000 grant from The Allstate Foundation for Tottenville High School on Staten Island where all five Allstate agents volunteered by raising awareness around distraction-free driving to over 250 students during Allstate's "Reality Rides℠" event.</p> <p>"These New York agents are active and respected members of the business community, protecting people with insurance and financial services products," said Don Rubbo, New York Regional Sales Leader. "They also make a point of getting involved personally by dedicating their time and efforts to making a difference in people's lives."</p> <p>Allstate's Reality Rides made its Staten Island debut this September, its third and final city the simulator will tour in New York state this year. Tottenville High School students experienced first-hand how distractions impair their ability to drive in Allstate's Reality Rides simulator, a curved LED television embedded in the windshield of a real vehicle. Students were given traffic "tickets" that revealed potential infractions a driver could receive if the experience happened in real life. Participants also had the opportunity to take the Allstate X the TXT&reg; pledge that promises to not text and drive.</p> <p><strong>Key findings from the 2013 Allstate Reality Rides tour survey indicate drivers are aware of the dangers of distracted driving, but there is still opportunity to influence their safer driving actions:</strong></p> <ul> <li>More than one-third of drivers say they text and drive at least some of the time, and 71 percent believe their driving ability while texting is worse than if they were driving without distractions.</li> <li>Nearly eight-in-ten drivers think texting while driving is the same or worse than drunk driving.</li> <li>After the simulation, 68 percent of participants said they will <em>never</em> text and drive again and 62 percent said they wouldn't let others drive distracted.</li> <li>Seventy-seven percent of participants said they are less likely to ride with others who are texting and driving thanks to Reality Rides.</li> </ul> <p>Car crashes are the number one cause of death for everyone in the U.S. ages 1-34, with teens crashing four times more often than any other age group. Stronger teen driving laws, referred to as Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL), have been shown to reduce traffic fatalities by as much as 40 percent in the states where they have been adopted. Additionally, recent research from The Allstate Foundation's License to Save report found that comprehensive GDL laws could save an estimated 2,000 lives and $13.6 billion annually.</p> <p>"Allstate believes that it is very important for corporations to take an active interest in the communities they serve. Allstate is proud to partner with Tottenville High School," said Rubbo. "With support from The Allstate Foundation, Allstate Agents Cameron, Fauci, Hui, Smith and Wheeler on Staten Island are making our hometown a better, safer place to live."</p> <p>To track the Allstate Reality Rides tour and see photos of participants, visit <a href="http://www.facebook.com/xthetxt">facebook.com/xthetxt</a>. While there, check out information and resources, engage in the conversation and invite family and friends to take action in support of stronger teen driving laws.</p> <p><strong>Survey Methodology</strong><br /> The onsite, multiple-choice Allstate Reality Rides 2013 survey of more than 1,700 Americans age 15+ was conducted from April through November of 2013 via 26 Reality Rides events before and after experiencing the distracted driving simulator. Gathered respondent data was normalized to ensure consistency between the pre- and post-simulation experience.</p> <p><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, serving approximately 16 million households through its Allstate, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand names and Allstate Financial business segment. Allstate branded insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services are offered through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives, as well as via <a title="http://www.allstate.com/" href="http://www.allstate.com/">www.allstate.com</a>, <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">www.allstate.com/financial</a> and 1-800 Allstate&reg;, and are widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." In 2013, $29 million was given by The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Chindaly Griffith<br /> <a href="mailto:cgrig@allstate.com">cgrig@allstate.com</a></p> Staten Island Allstate Agents Donate $5k to Tottenville High School Tottenville High School Seniors take the Allstate X the TXT® pledge during Allstate’s“Reality Rides℠” simulation on Staten Island. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:48:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/videos/19cd8e7c-2d70-4586-bd94-c3ddfeae8c03 http://allstatenewsroom.com/videos/19cd8e7c-2d70-4586-bd94-c3ddfeae8c03 Staten Island Allstate Agents Donate $5k to Tottenville High School Tottenville High School Seniors take the Allstate X the TXT® pledge during Allstate’s“Reality Rides℠” simulation on Staten Island. Staten Island Allstate Agents Donate $5k to Tottenville High School <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/b493/54af/b49354af-2756-4be8-a3dd-a46e4eae5449-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Staten Island Allstate Agents Donate $5k to Tottenville High School Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:48:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/staten-island-allstate-agents-donate-5k-to-tottenville-high-sch-1 http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/staten-island-allstate-agents-donate-5k-to-tottenville-high-sch-1 Staten Island Allstate Agents Donate $5k to Tottenville High School <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/b493/54af/b49354af-2756-4be8-a3dd-a46e4eae5449-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Staten Island Allstate Agents Donate $5k to Tottenville High School Staten Island Allstate Agents Donate $5k to Tottenville High School <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/7814/73c1/781473c1-c0be-4654-b9e8-0f0509606336-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Staten Island Allstate Agents Donate $5k to Tottenville High School Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:48:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/staten-island-allstate-agents-donate-5k-to-tottenville-high-sch http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/staten-island-allstate-agents-donate-5k-to-tottenville-high-sch Staten Island Allstate Agents Donate $5k to Tottenville High School <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/7814/73c1/781473c1-c0be-4654-b9e8-0f0509606336-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Staten Island Allstate Agents Donate $5k to Tottenville High School Distracted Drivers Lack Focus Near California Schools Fourth-Annual Student Roadwatch Observes Dangerous Driving Habits<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Related Document, 1 Photo</strong><p>California drivers can make significant gains in focus while behind the wheel, reveals a new study funded by The Allstate Foundation. Students who monitored 80 intersections at schools across California this week recorded more than 8,000 cases of distracted driving in a single hour.</p> <p>Student researchers from 28 counties participated in this week's Roadwatch&mdash;an annual observational and educational study administered by the California Friday Night Live Partnership (CFNLP)&mdash;and observed 8,378 cases of distracted driving focus, ranging from talking and texting on cellphones to eating and drinking, and personal grooming. These three driving distractions top the list as most prevalent.</p> <p>This hourly average of more than 100 instances of distracted driving per intersection is consistent with the average recorded in prior Roadwatch studies. Traffic volume is not factored.</p> <p>Driven by a desire to improve traffic safety in their neighborhoods and to use the research for future safe-driving campaigns locally, students compiled these startling statistics from among the vehicles they observed with both attentive and distracted drivers. The top distractions while driving are not surprising. Each is avoidable.</p> <table border="0" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td>- Cellphone use</td> <td>3,183</td> <td>39 - per hour/site</td> </tr> <tr> <td>- Eating or drinking</td> <td>2,554</td> <td>32 - per hour/site</td> </tr> <tr> <td>- Personal grooming</td> <td>975</td> <td>12 - per hour/site</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><br />"Reducing distractions while driving is something we all can do&mdash;it costs nothing and its savings are enormous," urges Phil Telgenhoff, Field Senior Vice President of Allstate Insurance Company in California. "When we drive safely, we improve the safety of everyone on the road. It's a matter of developing good driving habits."</p> <p><strong>Distractions Defined</strong><br /> More than just cellphone use, distracted driving is categorized by California Highway Patrol as a range of activities that impact a driver's visual, auditory, physical or cognitive abilities when driving.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> CFNLP and The Allstate Foundation support the students' Roadwatch research to raise awareness among adult and teen drivers and all California communities about the importance of focused driving.</p> <p>"Engaging California's young people like this encourages their positive and healthy development and empowers them to become active leaders," says Jim Kooler, Director at CFNLP. "Programs like our annual traffic safety summit and this Roadwatch allow California youths to lead their peers in reducing distracted driving collisions."</p> <p><strong>Not Just Cellphones</strong> <br /> Additional driving distractions recorded by Roadwatch participants include:</p> <table border="0" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td>- Extreme volume on radio</td> <td>469</td> <td>6 - per hour/site</td> </tr> <tr> <td>- Smoking</td> <td>408</td> <td>5 - per hour/site</td> </tr> <tr> <td>- Headphone on both ears</td> <td>378</td> <td>4 - per hour/site</td> </tr> <tr> <td>- Animals on lap/dashboard</td> <td>331</td> <td>4 - per hour/site</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><br />In Amador County, students observed drivers unbuckling their seatbelt to reach for items elsewhere in their moving vehicles. In Riverside County, observers noted that this dangerous behavior resulted in drivers swerving from their lanes. In Contra Costa and Orange counties, researchers reported distracted drivers regularly failing to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians in crosswalks.</p> <p>"It was interesting to see how drivers tried to hide that they were using their phones," reports a Friday Night Live researcher at Edison High School in Fresno. "One driver was brushing her teeth."</p> <p>In 2011, the first year of Roadwatch, more than 6,700 instances of distractions were recorded at 62 sites near California schools. In 2012, more than 7,000 distractions were recorded at 67 sites. Last year there were more than 7,000 distractions observed at nearly 70 intersections.</p> <p>According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, distracted driving accounted for more than 3,300 U.S. traffic fatalities and 420,000 injuries in 2012. In 2009, CHP reported 116 traffic fatalities caused by distracted driving in California.</p> <p>Active in 54 counties statewide, CFNLP engages young people to become active leaders and resources in their communities.</p> <p><strong>About The Allstate Foundation</strong><br /> Established in 1952, The Allstate Foundation is an independent, charitable organization made possible by subsidiaries of The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL). Through partnerships with nonprofit organizations across the country, The Allstate Foundation brings the relationships, reputation and resources of Allstate to support innovative and lasting solutions that enhance people's well-being and prosperity. With a focus on teen safe driving and building financial independence for domestic violence survivors, The Allstate Foundation also promotes safe and vital communities; tolerance, inclusion, and diversity; and economic empowerment. Over the last 60 years, the Foundation has contributed nearly $300 million to organizations and projects in communities throughout the nation. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.allstatefoundation.org">www.allstatefoundation.org</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Jim Klapthor <br /> (909) 612-6644<br /> <a href="mailto:Jim.Klapthor@Allstate.com">Jim.Klapthor@Allstate.com</a><br /> On Twitter @<strong>AllstateinCA</strong></p> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 06:00:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/52e9bb3c-cbe2-418c-adaa-bcc7fa0cb8e9 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/52e9bb3c-cbe2-418c-adaa-bcc7fa0cb8e9 Distracted Drivers Lack Focus Near California Schools Fourth-Annual Student Roadwatch Observes Dangerous Driving Habits<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Related Document, 1 Photo</strong><p>California drivers can make significant gains in focus while behind the wheel, reveals a new study funded by The Allstate Foundation. Students who monitored 80 intersections at schools across California this week recorded more than 8,000 cases of distracted driving in a single hour.</p> <p>Student researchers from 28 counties participated in this week's Roadwatch&mdash;an annual observational and educational study administered by the California Friday Night Live Partnership (CFNLP)&mdash;and observed 8,378 cases of distracted driving focus, ranging from talking and texting on cellphones to eating and drinking, and personal grooming. These three driving distractions top the list as most prevalent.</p> <p>This hourly average of more than 100 instances of distracted driving per intersection is consistent with the average recorded in prior Roadwatch studies. Traffic volume is not factored.</p> <p>Driven by a desire to improve traffic safety in their neighborhoods and to use the research for future safe-driving campaigns locally, students compiled these startling statistics from among the vehicles they observed with both attentive and distracted drivers. The top distractions while driving are not surprising. Each is avoidable.</p> <table border="0" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td>- Cellphone use</td> <td>3,183</td> <td>39 - per hour/site</td> </tr> <tr> <td>- Eating or drinking</td> <td>2,554</td> <td>32 - per hour/site</td> </tr> <tr> <td>- Personal grooming</td> <td>975</td> <td>12 - per hour/site</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><br />"Reducing distractions while driving is something we all can do&mdash;it costs nothing and its savings are enormous," urges Phil Telgenhoff, Field Senior Vice President of Allstate Insurance Company in California. "When we drive safely, we improve the safety of everyone on the road. It's a matter of developing good driving habits."</p> <p><strong>Distractions Defined</strong><br /> More than just cellphone use, distracted driving is categorized by California Highway Patrol as a range of activities that impact a driver's visual, auditory, physical or cognitive abilities when driving.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> CFNLP and The Allstate Foundation support the students' Roadwatch research to raise awareness among adult and teen drivers and all California communities about the importance of focused driving.</p> <p>"Engaging California's young people like this encourages their positive and healthy development and empowers them to become active leaders," says Jim Kooler, Director at CFNLP. "Programs like our annual traffic safety summit and this Roadwatch allow California youths to lead their peers in reducing distracted driving collisions."</p> <p><strong>Not Just Cellphones</strong> <br /> Additional driving distractions recorded by Roadwatch participants include:</p> <table border="0" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td>- Extreme volume on radio</td> <td>469</td> <td>6 - per hour/site</td> </tr> <tr> <td>- Smoking</td> <td>408</td> <td>5 - per hour/site</td> </tr> <tr> <td>- Headphone on both ears</td> <td>378</td> <td>4 - per hour/site</td> </tr> <tr> <td>- Animals on lap/dashboard</td> <td>331</td> <td>4 - per hour/site</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><br />In Amador County, students observed drivers unbuckling their seatbelt to reach for items elsewhere in their moving vehicles. In Riverside County, observers noted that this dangerous behavior resulted in drivers swerving from their lanes. In Contra Costa and Orange counties, researchers reported distracted drivers regularly failing to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians in crosswalks.</p> <p>"It was interesting to see how drivers tried to hide that they were using their phones," reports a Friday Night Live researcher at Edison High School in Fresno. "One driver was brushing her teeth."</p> <p>In 2011, the first year of Roadwatch, more than 6,700 instances of distractions were recorded at 62 sites near California schools. In 2012, more than 7,000 distractions were recorded at 67 sites. Last year there were more than 7,000 distractions observed at nearly 70 intersections.</p> <p>According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, distracted driving accounted for more than 3,300 U.S. traffic fatalities and 420,000 injuries in 2012. In 2009, CHP reported 116 traffic fatalities caused by distracted driving in California.</p> <p>Active in 54 counties statewide, CFNLP engages young people to become active leaders and resources in their communities.</p> <p><strong>About The Allstate Foundation</strong><br /> Established in 1952, The Allstate Foundation is an independent, charitable organization made possible by subsidiaries of The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL). Through partnerships with nonprofit organizations across the country, The Allstate Foundation brings the relationships, reputation and resources of Allstate to support innovative and lasting solutions that enhance people's well-being and prosperity. With a focus on teen safe driving and building financial independence for domestic violence survivors, The Allstate Foundation also promotes safe and vital communities; tolerance, inclusion, and diversity; and economic empowerment. Over the last 60 years, the Foundation has contributed nearly $300 million to organizations and projects in communities throughout the nation. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.allstatefoundation.org">www.allstatefoundation.org</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Jim Klapthor <br /> (909) 612-6644<br /> <a href="mailto:Jim.Klapthor@Allstate.com">Jim.Klapthor@Allstate.com</a><br /> On Twitter @<strong>AllstateinCA</strong></p> Allstate Announces September and Third Quarter Catastrophe Loss Estimate <strong>This release contains: 1 Related Document, 1 Photo</strong><p>The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) today announced estimated catastrophe losses for the month of September 2014 of $250 million, pre-tax ($163 million after-tax), and an estimated $517 million, pre-tax ($336 million after-tax), for third quarter 2014. Catastrophe losses occurring in the third quarter comprised 29 events at an estimated cost of $384 million, pre-tax, plus increased reserve reestimates of prior reported catastrophe losses. One severe weather event, primarily in the state of Colorado on September 29, 2014, accounted for over a third of catastrophe losses that occurred in the third quarter. The reserve reestimates are due to higher than anticipated reported property claims related to two severe weather events in the second quarter of 2014.&nbsp;</p> <p><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada.</p> <p>Financial information, including material announcements about The Allstate Corporation, is routinely posted on <a href="http://www.allstateinvestors.com">www.allstateinvestors.com</a>.</p> <p><strong>Forward-Looking Statements and Risk Factors</strong><br /> This news release contains forward-looking statements about catastrophe losses. These statements are based on our estimates and assumptions that are subject to uncertainty. These statements are made subject to the safe-harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Management believes the estimated impact of catastrophe losses, including net loss reserves, are appropriately established and recorded based on available facts, information, laws and regulations. However, actual results may differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements in this news release and from the amounts currently recorded for a variety of reasons, including the following:</p> <ul> <li>Our policyholders' ability to report and our ability to adjust claims may have been impeded by the extent of the devastation and the number of areas affected.</li> <li>It is particularly difficult to assess the extent of damage in the initial stages of adjusting residential property losses.</li> <li>Our estimate for the ultimate costs of repairs may not prove to be correct because of increased demand for services and supplies in the areas affected by the catastrophes.</li> <li>The number of incurred but not reported (IBNR) claims may be greater or less than currently anticipated.</li> </ul> <p>We assume no obligation to update any forward-looking statements as a result of new information or future events or developments.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Contacts:</strong></p> <p>Maryellen Thielen<br /> Media Relations<br /> (847) 402-5600</p> <p>Pat Macellaro<br /> Investor Relations<br /> (847) 402-2800</p> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 09:12:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/ad4092e9-878a-481f-9ddd-a5ee8c0a60f8 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/ad4092e9-878a-481f-9ddd-a5ee8c0a60f8 Allstate Announces September and Third Quarter Catastrophe Loss Estimate <strong>This release contains: 1 Related Document, 1 Photo</strong><p>The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) today announced estimated catastrophe losses for the month of September 2014 of $250 million, pre-tax ($163 million after-tax), and an estimated $517 million, pre-tax ($336 million after-tax), for third quarter 2014. Catastrophe losses occurring in the third quarter comprised 29 events at an estimated cost of $384 million, pre-tax, plus increased reserve reestimates of prior reported catastrophe losses. One severe weather event, primarily in the state of Colorado on September 29, 2014, accounted for over a third of catastrophe losses that occurred in the third quarter. The reserve reestimates are due to higher than anticipated reported property claims related to two severe weather events in the second quarter of 2014.&nbsp;</p> <p><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada.</p> <p>Financial information, including material announcements about The Allstate Corporation, is routinely posted on <a href="http://www.allstateinvestors.com">www.allstateinvestors.com</a>.</p> <p><strong>Forward-Looking Statements and Risk Factors</strong><br /> This news release contains forward-looking statements about catastrophe losses. These statements are based on our estimates and assumptions that are subject to uncertainty. These statements are made subject to the safe-harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Management believes the estimated impact of catastrophe losses, including net loss reserves, are appropriately established and recorded based on available facts, information, laws and regulations. However, actual results may differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements in this news release and from the amounts currently recorded for a variety of reasons, including the following:</p> <ul> <li>Our policyholders' ability to report and our ability to adjust claims may have been impeded by the extent of the devastation and the number of areas affected.</li> <li>It is particularly difficult to assess the extent of damage in the initial stages of adjusting residential property losses.</li> <li>Our estimate for the ultimate costs of repairs may not prove to be correct because of increased demand for services and supplies in the areas affected by the catastrophes.</li> <li>The number of incurred but not reported (IBNR) claims may be greater or less than currently anticipated.</li> </ul> <p>We assume no obligation to update any forward-looking statements as a result of new information or future events or developments.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Contacts:</strong></p> <p>Maryellen Thielen<br /> Media Relations<br /> (847) 402-5600</p> <p>Pat Macellaro<br /> Investor Relations<br /> (847) 402-2800</p> Allstate “Reality Rides℠” Pit-Stops at the University of Texas at Austin to Combat Distractions on the Road Drivers navigate innovative distraction simulations that effectively change road safety opinions<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Related Document, 9 Photos</strong><p>Today, Allstate Insurance Company&rsquo;s &ldquo;Reality Rides℠&rdquo; stops-off in Austin on its tour of more than 40 American cities. A curved LED television embedded in the windshield of a real vehicle will serve as the centerpiece of the &ldquo;Reality Rides℠&rdquo; 2014 tour. In this second annual national campaign tour, Allstate Insurance Company is gaining steam its efforts to bring awareness around distraction-free driving.</p> <p>Reality Rides will visit the University of Texas in Austin from 10:00 a.m. &ndash; 2:00 p.m. at the Speedway Pedestrian Mall.</p> <p>&ldquo;Reality Rides is evolving as Allstate customers&rsquo; and consumers&rsquo; needs are evolving with new technologies to engage drivers in a compelling and safe format,&rdquo; said Kelly Conway, a local Allstate exclusive agency owner. &ldquo;The simulator proved effective in changing the opinions of drivers who experienced it last year and we&rsquo;re excited to share it with Austin residents.&rdquo;</p> <p>Reality Rides consists of a driving simulator that utilizes a real - but stationary - vehicle equipped with virtual reality technology, including a new curved LED television embedded in the car windshield. The television displays an animated environment and reacts to the driver&rsquo;s motions. Using the car&rsquo;s steering wheel, gas and brake pedals, the driver is tasked with driving while also attempting to text, talk on the phone and enter navigation system directions.</p> <p>These simulations demonstrate the potential consequences distracted drivers could face while on the road. To add impact to the simulations, participants are given traffic &ldquo;tickets&rdquo; that reveal potential infractions a driver could receive if the experience happened in real life. Participants will also have the opportunity to take the Allstate X the TXT&reg; pledge that promises to not text and drive.</p> <p>Last year, the first tour surveyed more than 1,700 people who experienced the Reality Rides simulator. Seventy-three percent said they learned more about distracted driving after experiencing the simulation, and 83 percent found the program &ldquo;fun and effective,&rdquo; which fueled Allstate to continue the efforts in 2014.</p> <p><strong>Key findings from the 2013 Allstate Reality Rides tour survey indicate drivers are aware of the dangers of distracted driving, but there is still opportunity to influence their safer driving actions:</strong></p> <ul> <li>More than one-third of drivers say they text and drive at least some of the time, and <strong>71 percent believe their driving ability while texting is worse than if they were driving without distractions</strong>.</li> <li><strong>Half of drivers say that they talk on the phone while driving.</strong></li> <li><strong>Nearly eight-in-ten drivers think texting while driving is the same or worse than drunk driving.</strong></li> <li>After the simulation, 68 percent of participants said they will <em>never</em> text and drive again and 62 percent said they wouldn&rsquo;t let others drive distracted.</li> <li>Seventy-seven percent of participants said they are less likely to ride with others who are texting and driving thanks to Reality Rides.</li> <li>Four-in-ten drivers have no or minimal knowledge about Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) laws. </li> </ul> <p>Allstate continues to advocate for distracted driving prevention because in 2010 and 2011 more than 3,000 deaths from crashes with a distracted driver occurred each year. Studies have shown drivers who text are 23 times more likely to crash, and texting while driving is the equivalent to driving impaired after drinking four beers.</p> <p>Car crashes are the number one cause of death for everyone in the U.S. ages 1-34, with teens crashing four times more often than any other age group. Stronger teen driving laws, referred to as Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL), have been shown to reduce traffic fatalities by as much as 40 percent in the states where they have been adopted. Additionally, recent research from The Allstate Foundation&rsquo;s License to Save report found that comprehensive GDL laws could save an estimated 2,000 lives and $13.6 billion annually.</p> <p>To track the Allstate Reality Rides tour and see photos of participants, visit <a href="http://www.facebook.com/xthetxt">facebook.com/xthetxt</a>. While there, check out information and resources, engage in the conversation and invite family and friends to take action in support of stronger teen driving laws.</p> <p><strong>Survey Methodology<br /> </strong>The onsite, multiple-choice Allstate Reality Rides 2013 survey of more than 1,700 Americans age 15+ was conducted from April through November of 2013 via 26 Reality Rides events before and after experiencing the distracted driving simulator. Gathered respondent data was normalized to ensure consistency between the pre- and post-simulation experience.</p> <p><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation&rsquo;s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, serving approximately 16 million households through its Allstate, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand names and Allstate Financial business segment. Allstate branded insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services are offered through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives, as well as via <a title="http://www.allstate.com/" href="http://www.allstate.com/">www.allstate.com</a>, <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">www.allstate.com/financial</a> and 1-800 Allstate&reg;, and are widely known through the slogan &ldquo;You&rsquo;re In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;.&rdquo; In 2013, $29 million was given by The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Kristen Freis<br /> 469-585-1109<br /> <a href="mailto:kfrei@allstate.com">kfrei@allstate.com</a></p> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 08:00:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/33f9f582-3b61-4ef1-bc27-cbd155ab7201 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/33f9f582-3b61-4ef1-bc27-cbd155ab7201 Allstate “Reality Rides℠” Pit-Stops at the University of Texas at Austin to Combat Distractions on the Road Drivers navigate innovative distraction simulations that effectively change road safety opinions<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Related Document, 9 Photos</strong><p>Today, Allstate Insurance Company&rsquo;s &ldquo;Reality Rides℠&rdquo; stops-off in Austin on its tour of more than 40 American cities. A curved LED television embedded in the windshield of a real vehicle will serve as the centerpiece of the &ldquo;Reality Rides℠&rdquo; 2014 tour. In this second annual national campaign tour, Allstate Insurance Company is gaining steam its efforts to bring awareness around distraction-free driving.</p> <p>Reality Rides will visit the University of Texas in Austin from 10:00 a.m. &ndash; 2:00 p.m. at the Speedway Pedestrian Mall.</p> <p>&ldquo;Reality Rides is evolving as Allstate customers&rsquo; and consumers&rsquo; needs are evolving with new technologies to engage drivers in a compelling and safe format,&rdquo; said Kelly Conway, a local Allstate exclusive agency owner. &ldquo;The simulator proved effective in changing the opinions of drivers who experienced it last year and we&rsquo;re excited to share it with Austin residents.&rdquo;</p> <p>Reality Rides consists of a driving simulator that utilizes a real - but stationary - vehicle equipped with virtual reality technology, including a new curved LED television embedded in the car windshield. The television displays an animated environment and reacts to the driver&rsquo;s motions. Using the car&rsquo;s steering wheel, gas and brake pedals, the driver is tasked with driving while also attempting to text, talk on the phone and enter navigation system directions.</p> <p>These simulations demonstrate the potential consequences distracted drivers could face while on the road. To add impact to the simulations, participants are given traffic &ldquo;tickets&rdquo; that reveal potential infractions a driver could receive if the experience happened in real life. Participants will also have the opportunity to take the Allstate X the TXT&reg; pledge that promises to not text and drive.</p> <p>Last year, the first tour surveyed more than 1,700 people who experienced the Reality Rides simulator. Seventy-three percent said they learned more about distracted driving after experiencing the simulation, and 83 percent found the program &ldquo;fun and effective,&rdquo; which fueled Allstate to continue the efforts in 2014.</p> <p><strong>Key findings from the 2013 Allstate Reality Rides tour survey indicate drivers are aware of the dangers of distracted driving, but there is still opportunity to influence their safer driving actions:</strong></p> <ul> <li>More than one-third of drivers say they text and drive at least some of the time, and <strong>71 percent believe their driving ability while texting is worse than if they were driving without distractions</strong>.</li> <li><strong>Half of drivers say that they talk on the phone while driving.</strong></li> <li><strong>Nearly eight-in-ten drivers think texting while driving is the same or worse than drunk driving.</strong></li> <li>After the simulation, 68 percent of participants said they will <em>never</em> text and drive again and 62 percent said they wouldn&rsquo;t let others drive distracted.</li> <li>Seventy-seven percent of participants said they are less likely to ride with others who are texting and driving thanks to Reality Rides.</li> <li>Four-in-ten drivers have no or minimal knowledge about Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) laws. </li> </ul> <p>Allstate continues to advocate for distracted driving prevention because in 2010 and 2011 more than 3,000 deaths from crashes with a distracted driver occurred each year. Studies have shown drivers who text are 23 times more likely to crash, and texting while driving is the equivalent to driving impaired after drinking four beers.</p> <p>Car crashes are the number one cause of death for everyone in the U.S. ages 1-34, with teens crashing four times more often than any other age group. Stronger teen driving laws, referred to as Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL), have been shown to reduce traffic fatalities by as much as 40 percent in the states where they have been adopted. Additionally, recent research from The Allstate Foundation&rsquo;s License to Save report found that comprehensive GDL laws could save an estimated 2,000 lives and $13.6 billion annually.</p> <p>To track the Allstate Reality Rides tour and see photos of participants, visit <a href="http://www.facebook.com/xthetxt">facebook.com/xthetxt</a>. While there, check out information and resources, engage in the conversation and invite family and friends to take action in support of stronger teen driving laws.</p> <p><strong>Survey Methodology<br /> </strong>The onsite, multiple-choice Allstate Reality Rides 2013 survey of more than 1,700 Americans age 15+ was conducted from April through November of 2013 via 26 Reality Rides events before and after experiencing the distracted driving simulator. Gathered respondent data was normalized to ensure consistency between the pre- and post-simulation experience.</p> <p><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation&rsquo;s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, serving approximately 16 million households through its Allstate, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand names and Allstate Financial business segment. Allstate branded insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services are offered through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives, as well as via <a title="http://www.allstate.com/" href="http://www.allstate.com/">www.allstate.com</a>, <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">www.allstate.com/financial</a> and 1-800 Allstate&reg;, and are widely known through the slogan &ldquo;You&rsquo;re In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;.&rdquo; In 2013, $29 million was given by The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Kristen Freis<br /> 469-585-1109<br /> <a href="mailto:kfrei@allstate.com">kfrei@allstate.com</a></p> World's Largest Youth Empowerment Event – We Day – Comes to Illinois <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/583b/cbd7/583bcbd7-4bcf-4fbb-bafa-0a127b66e082-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> World's Largest Youth Empowerment Event – We Day – Comes to Illinois Tue, 14 Oct 2014 15:49:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/world-s-largest-youth-empowerment-event-we-day-comes-to-illinois-1 http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/world-s-largest-youth-empowerment-event-we-day-comes-to-illinois-1 World's Largest Youth Empowerment Event – We Day – Comes to Illinois <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/583b/cbd7/583bcbd7-4bcf-4fbb-bafa-0a127b66e082-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> World's Largest Youth Empowerment Event – We Day – Comes to Illinois World's Largest Youth Empowerment Event – We Day – Comes to Illinois <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/95ee/6208/95ee6208-cdbf-4496-aaed-089756890f97-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> World's Largest Youth Empowerment Event – We Day – Comes to Illinois Tue, 14 Oct 2014 15:49:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/world-s-largest-youth-empowerment-event-we-day-comes-to-illinois http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/world-s-largest-youth-empowerment-event-we-day-comes-to-illinois World's Largest Youth Empowerment Event – We Day – Comes to Illinois <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/95ee/6208/95ee6208-cdbf-4496-aaed-089756890f97-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> World's Largest Youth Empowerment Event – We Day – Comes to Illinois World's Largest Youth Empowerment Event – We Day – Comes to Illinois Tom Wilson sound bit on youth being a force for good. Tue, 14 Oct 2014 14:17:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/videos/df769ce7-3f87-4b65-99ff-825376663e7c http://allstatenewsroom.com/videos/df769ce7-3f87-4b65-99ff-825376663e7c World's Largest Youth Empowerment Event – We Day – Comes to Illinois Tom Wilson sound bit on youth being a force for good. World's Largest Youth Empowerment Event – We Day – Comes to Illinois -  Free The Children and Allstate bring together 15,000 students and teachers to Allstate Arena on April 30, 2015 to celebrate youth action in the community -<br />-  We Day movement comes to the United States with 12 expected events by 2016 -<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Video, 1 Related Document, 2 Photos</strong><p>Today, Free The Children in conjunction with Allstate announced its expansion into Illinois beginning with the 2014-2015 school year. &nbsp;International charity and educational partner, Free The Children, has two signature programs, <a href="http://www.weday.com/we-act/we-act-program/#1" target="_blank"><strong>We Act</strong></a> and <a href="http://www.weday.com/" target="_blank"><strong>We Day</strong></a>, which provide a blueprint for building the next generation of global citizens. We Act is expected to support over 100,000 students throughout Illinois in engaging in community service during the year. To celebrate this service 15,000 students and teachers will be brought together on April 30, 2015 for the global youth empowerment event, We Day, where chart-topping performers, world leaders and social activists will help inspire and recognize their accomplishments.&nbsp;</p> <p>To celebrate the launch today, We Day Illinois Co-Chair and Allstate Chief Executive Officer <strong>Tom Wilson </strong>and Free The Children co-founder<strong> Craig Kielburger</strong>, will join more than 700 students from 15 schools across Chicagoland at Farragut Career Academy to encourage middle and high schools to take advantage of the yearlong educational program. Students at the event will hear from <strong>Martin Luther King III</strong>, human rights advocate and son of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., <strong>Kweku Mandela</strong>, a filmmaker and grandson of Nelson Mandela, <strong>Spencer West</strong>, a motivationational speaker who inspired the world by climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in his wheelchair and on his hands and <strong>Michael Ola</strong>, offensive tackle for the Chicago Bears.</p> <p>"Throughout history youth movements have driven change and made the world a better place. These programs will empower and reward students for strengthening communities throughout Illinois. Helping students rise up is just the right thing to do," said Tom Wilson, Allstate chairman, president, and chief executive officer. "You can't buy a ticket to We Day, you earn it by helping others. Free The Children has had fabulous success with these programs and we are excited about helping them expand throughout the Untied States as well. It helps Allstate live into our purpose of being a force for good. "</p> <p>Allstate is the National Co-Title Sponsor of We Day and We Act across the United States,<strong> </strong>and will be helping empower <strong>1.4 million youth </strong>through the partnership<strong>.</strong> Allstate's support is bringing <strong>12 We Day events </strong>to the United States by 2016 and is making We Act's service learning program available across the United States to youth and teachers at no cost.</p> <p>You can't buy a ticket to We Day&mdash;students from across the state will earn their way by taking action on one local and one global cause of their choice through the We Act program. The program provides educational resources and campaigns to help young people turn the day's inspiration into sustained action.</p> <p>"We believe today's young people&mdash;what we call the Me to We generation&mdash;have the power to change the world," said Craig Kielburger, co-founder of We Day. "Thanks to the support of Allstate and others we are so thrilled to bring We Day and year-long service program We Act to Illinois and have the opportunity to celebrate the incredible achievements that students across the state are making on causes they care about. By bringing this group of change-makers together, they realize that they are not alone in their desire to make a difference and that together they can move the needle on local and global issues."</p> <p>Academy&reg; and GRAMMY&reg; Award-winning actress and musician and co-founder of the Julian D. King Gift Foundation, <strong>Jennifer Hudson</strong>, Emmy&reg; and We Day Illinois co-host, actress from the hit television series Pretty Little Liars<strong> Shay Mitchell</strong>, along with players from the <strong>Chicago Bears</strong>, <strong>Martin Luther King III</strong> and <strong>Kweku Mandela</strong> are amongst the first group of renowned speakers and chart-topping performers announced to take the We Day stage on April 30.<strong> </strong>The full lineup of distinguished leaders and A-list entertainers who will add their voices to the We Day movement; coming together to address pressing world issues while igniting the students' passion to be a part of the solution, will be revealed closer to the event date.</p> <p>In Illinois, the We Day and the We Act program is free of charge to the thousands of students and educators in attendance at the event and statewide. There are currently over 100 schools in Illinois signed up for the program. Students and teachers can learn more about We Day and We Act and how they can get involved and earn a ticket to the world's largest youth empowerment event by visiting <a href="http://www.weday.com/illinois" target="_blank">www.weday.com/illinois</a>. Farragut Career Academy is one of the schools participating by working with&nbsp; the Community Peacemakers program at DePaul University. They organize a Teens for Jeans event where they collect jeans for homeless youth, and raise funds to support a local animal shelter.</p> <p><strong>Stay connected: </strong></p> <ul> <li>Like We Day on Facebook: <a href="https://www.facebook.com/weday" target="_blank">facebook.com/WeDay</a></li> <li>Twitter/Instagram: @weday @CraigKielburger </li> <li>Official Hashtag: #WeDay </li> <li>Visit <a href="http://www.weday.com" target="_blank">www.weday.com</a></li> </ul> <p><strong>About We Day</strong><br /> <a href="http://www.weday.com" target="_blank">www.weday.com</a></p> <p><strong>About Allstate</strong><br /> <a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" target="_blank">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/" target="_blank">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/" target="_blank">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/" target="_blank">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/" target="_blank">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial" target="_blank">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx" target="_blank">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country. <br /> <a href="http://www.allstate.com" target="_blank">www.allstate.com</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Alison Clarke<br /> Associate Director PR &amp; Publicity, We Day<br /> 416-706-3652<br /> <a href="mailto:Alison.clarke@freethechildren.com">Alison.clarke@freethechildren.com</a></p> <p>Kyle Donash<br /> Allstate Media Relations<br /> 847-402-5600<br /> <a href="mailto:Kyle.donash@allstate.com">Kyle.donash@allstate.com</a></p> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 14:11:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/4fdb6ee1-7888-4a05-a5d0-8f91789a5beb http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/4fdb6ee1-7888-4a05-a5d0-8f91789a5beb World's Largest Youth Empowerment Event – We Day – Comes to Illinois -  Free The Children and Allstate bring together 15,000 students and teachers to Allstate Arena on April 30, 2015 to celebrate youth action in the community -<br />-  We Day movement comes to the United States with 12 expected events by 2016 -<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Video, 1 Related Document, 2 Photos</strong><p>Today, Free The Children in conjunction with Allstate announced its expansion into Illinois beginning with the 2014-2015 school year. &nbsp;International charity and educational partner, Free The Children, has two signature programs, <a href="http://www.weday.com/we-act/we-act-program/#1" target="_blank"><strong>We Act</strong></a> and <a href="http://www.weday.com/" target="_blank"><strong>We Day</strong></a>, which provide a blueprint for building the next generation of global citizens. We Act is expected to support over 100,000 students throughout Illinois in engaging in community service during the year. To celebrate this service 15,000 students and teachers will be brought together on April 30, 2015 for the global youth empowerment event, We Day, where chart-topping performers, world leaders and social activists will help inspire and recognize their accomplishments.&nbsp;</p> <p>To celebrate the launch today, We Day Illinois Co-Chair and Allstate Chief Executive Officer <strong>Tom Wilson </strong>and Free The Children co-founder<strong> Craig Kielburger</strong>, will join more than 700 students from 15 schools across Chicagoland at Farragut Career Academy to encourage middle and high schools to take advantage of the yearlong educational program. Students at the event will hear from <strong>Martin Luther King III</strong>, human rights advocate and son of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., <strong>Kweku Mandela</strong>, a filmmaker and grandson of Nelson Mandela, <strong>Spencer West</strong>, a motivationational speaker who inspired the world by climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in his wheelchair and on his hands and <strong>Michael Ola</strong>, offensive tackle for the Chicago Bears.</p> <p>"Throughout history youth movements have driven change and made the world a better place. These programs will empower and reward students for strengthening communities throughout Illinois. Helping students rise up is just the right thing to do," said Tom Wilson, Allstate chairman, president, and chief executive officer. "You can't buy a ticket to We Day, you earn it by helping others. Free The Children has had fabulous success with these programs and we are excited about helping them expand throughout the Untied States as well. It helps Allstate live into our purpose of being a force for good. "</p> <p>Allstate is the National Co-Title Sponsor of We Day and We Act across the United States,<strong> </strong>and will be helping empower <strong>1.4 million youth </strong>through the partnership<strong>.</strong> Allstate's support is bringing <strong>12 We Day events </strong>to the United States by 2016 and is making We Act's service learning program available across the United States to youth and teachers at no cost.</p> <p>You can't buy a ticket to We Day&mdash;students from across the state will earn their way by taking action on one local and one global cause of their choice through the We Act program. The program provides educational resources and campaigns to help young people turn the day's inspiration into sustained action.</p> <p>"We believe today's young people&mdash;what we call the Me to We generation&mdash;have the power to change the world," said Craig Kielburger, co-founder of We Day. "Thanks to the support of Allstate and others we are so thrilled to bring We Day and year-long service program We Act to Illinois and have the opportunity to celebrate the incredible achievements that students across the state are making on causes they care about. By bringing this group of change-makers together, they realize that they are not alone in their desire to make a difference and that together they can move the needle on local and global issues."</p> <p>Academy&reg; and GRAMMY&reg; Award-winning actress and musician and co-founder of the Julian D. King Gift Foundation, <strong>Jennifer Hudson</strong>, Emmy&reg; and We Day Illinois co-host, actress from the hit television series Pretty Little Liars<strong> Shay Mitchell</strong>, along with players from the <strong>Chicago Bears</strong>, <strong>Martin Luther King III</strong> and <strong>Kweku Mandela</strong> are amongst the first group of renowned speakers and chart-topping performers announced to take the We Day stage on April 30.<strong> </strong>The full lineup of distinguished leaders and A-list entertainers who will add their voices to the We Day movement; coming together to address pressing world issues while igniting the students' passion to be a part of the solution, will be revealed closer to the event date.</p> <p>In Illinois, the We Day and the We Act program is free of charge to the thousands of students and educators in attendance at the event and statewide. There are currently over 100 schools in Illinois signed up for the program. Students and teachers can learn more about We Day and We Act and how they can get involved and earn a ticket to the world's largest youth empowerment event by visiting <a href="http://www.weday.com/illinois" target="_blank">www.weday.com/illinois</a>. Farragut Career Academy is one of the schools participating by working with&nbsp; the Community Peacemakers program at DePaul University. They organize a Teens for Jeans event where they collect jeans for homeless youth, and raise funds to support a local animal shelter.</p> <p><strong>Stay connected: </strong></p> <ul> <li>Like We Day on Facebook: <a href="https://www.facebook.com/weday" target="_blank">facebook.com/WeDay</a></li> <li>Twitter/Instagram: @weday @CraigKielburger </li> <li>Official Hashtag: #WeDay </li> <li>Visit <a href="http://www.weday.com" target="_blank">www.weday.com</a></li> </ul> <p><strong>About We Day</strong><br /> <a href="http://www.weday.com" target="_blank">www.weday.com</a></p> <p><strong>About Allstate</strong><br /> <a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" target="_blank">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/" target="_blank">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/" target="_blank">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/" target="_blank">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/" target="_blank">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial" target="_blank">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx" target="_blank">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country. <br /> <a href="http://www.allstate.com" target="_blank">www.allstate.com</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Alison Clarke<br /> Associate Director PR &amp; Publicity, We Day<br /> 416-706-3652<br /> <a href="mailto:Alison.clarke@freethechildren.com">Alison.clarke@freethechildren.com</a></p> <p>Kyle Donash<br /> Allstate Media Relations<br /> 847-402-5600<br /> <a href="mailto:Kyle.donash@allstate.com">Kyle.donash@allstate.com</a></p> Allstate Investments Expands its Senior Leadership Team Russ Mayerfeld Joins Allstate to Oversee Private Equity, Infrastructure & Real Assets and Real Estate; Peter Keehn Promoted to Managing Director, Private Equity<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Related Document, 1 Photo</strong><p>The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) has expanded its senior leadership team in investments. Russell K. Mayerfeld has joined Allstate as a senior managing director, reporting to Judith P. Greffin, chief investment officer. Peter Keehn, CFA, has been promoted to managing director, private equity investing, reporting to Mayerfeld.</p> <p>"We expect to capture additional higher-returning investment opportunities by leveraging Russ' leadership, broad expertise and extensive experience," Greffin said. "We have an excellent track record, and our team is in a strong position to increase the breadth and size of Allstate's portfolio in these asset classes."</p> <p><strong>Russ Mayerfeld</strong><br /> Mayerfeld oversees approximately $10 billion of Allstate's investments, including private equity, infrastructure and real assets, real estate and commercial mortgage loans. Throughout his career, he has worked extensively with insurance companies and other financial institutions. Recently, Mayerfeld served as an independent consultant to private equity funds and corporations and as a board member for private and public companies. Mayerfeld was managing director, investment banking of UBS LLC and its predecessors from 1997 to 2003, and managing director, investment banking of Dean Witter Reynolds Inc. from 1988 to 1997. He holds an MBA from Harvard University and a bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois.</p> <p>"I am delighted to join Allstate Investments," Mayerfeld said. "I look forward to building on the success of the team to position Allstate as an even more dynamic investor in this evolving sector. We will leverage the skills and experience of our alternative investment professionals, as well as the breadth and scale of the Allstate enterprise, to source attractive opportunities. With our size, flexibility and creativity, we will continue to help our portfolio companies achieve their objectives."</p> <p>Allstate will expand its alternative investment portfolio over the next several years, with much of the growth coming from direct investments. "Allstate will continue to be a fund investor while leveraging its relationships to generate additional direct investments. Ultimately, this dual approach is designed to produce more favorable risk-adjusted returns for the benefit of Allstate's shareholders and policyholders," Mayerfeld said.</p> <p><strong>Peter Keehn</strong><br /> Keehn will continue to lead Allstate's global private equity investing group, which includes the infrastructure and real assets team, managing a portfolio of approximately $3 billion. Recently, he shifted the focus of Allstate's private equity activities to include more direct investing and co-investments. In 2007, Keehn established Allstate's London office to enhance the firm's global perspective and gain greater access to investment opportunities around the world. He joined Allstate in 2003 as a director to head the company's then $450 million alternative assets portfolio. Earlier in his career, he was a principal at Waud Capital Partners and a director at Northwestern Investment Management Co. Keehn has an MBA from Northwestern University and a bachelor's degree from Brown University. He is a chartered financial analyst. Keehn serves on several private equity advisory boards and has been a director of numerous private companies and nonprofit organizations.</p> <p>"I am enthusiastic about the opportunity to continue expanding Allstate's private equity investments and further developing the expertise of our portfolio team," Keehn said. "We see strong opportunities throughout the world in this asset class. It's an important component in the proactive management of Allstate's portfolio to achieve attractive returns for the benefit of our policyholders and shareholders."</p> <p><a href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/" target="_blank">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/" target="_blank">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/" target="_blank">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/" target="_blank">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial" target="_blank">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx" target="_blank">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>#&nbsp; #&nbsp; #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Maryellen Thielen<br /> (847) 402-5600</p> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 10:00:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/ffa44dbc-1d79-4bbd-9f8f-2ab876e59f30 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/ffa44dbc-1d79-4bbd-9f8f-2ab876e59f30 Allstate Investments Expands its Senior Leadership Team Russ Mayerfeld Joins Allstate to Oversee Private Equity, Infrastructure & Real Assets and Real Estate; Peter Keehn Promoted to Managing Director, Private Equity<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Related Document, 1 Photo</strong><p>The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) has expanded its senior leadership team in investments. Russell K. Mayerfeld has joined Allstate as a senior managing director, reporting to Judith P. Greffin, chief investment officer. Peter Keehn, CFA, has been promoted to managing director, private equity investing, reporting to Mayerfeld.</p> <p>"We expect to capture additional higher-returning investment opportunities by leveraging Russ' leadership, broad expertise and extensive experience," Greffin said. "We have an excellent track record, and our team is in a strong position to increase the breadth and size of Allstate's portfolio in these asset classes."</p> <p><strong>Russ Mayerfeld</strong><br /> Mayerfeld oversees approximately $10 billion of Allstate's investments, including private equity, infrastructure and real assets, real estate and commercial mortgage loans. Throughout his career, he has worked extensively with insurance companies and other financial institutions. Recently, Mayerfeld served as an independent consultant to private equity funds and corporations and as a board member for private and public companies. Mayerfeld was managing director, investment banking of UBS LLC and its predecessors from 1997 to 2003, and managing director, investment banking of Dean Witter Reynolds Inc. from 1988 to 1997. He holds an MBA from Harvard University and a bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois.</p> <p>"I am delighted to join Allstate Investments," Mayerfeld said. "I look forward to building on the success of the team to position Allstate as an even more dynamic investor in this evolving sector. We will leverage the skills and experience of our alternative investment professionals, as well as the breadth and scale of the Allstate enterprise, to source attractive opportunities. With our size, flexibility and creativity, we will continue to help our portfolio companies achieve their objectives."</p> <p>Allstate will expand its alternative investment portfolio over the next several years, with much of the growth coming from direct investments. "Allstate will continue to be a fund investor while leveraging its relationships to generate additional direct investments. Ultimately, this dual approach is designed to produce more favorable risk-adjusted returns for the benefit of Allstate's shareholders and policyholders," Mayerfeld said.</p> <p><strong>Peter Keehn</strong><br /> Keehn will continue to lead Allstate's global private equity investing group, which includes the infrastructure and real assets team, managing a portfolio of approximately $3 billion. Recently, he shifted the focus of Allstate's private equity activities to include more direct investing and co-investments. In 2007, Keehn established Allstate's London office to enhance the firm's global perspective and gain greater access to investment opportunities around the world. He joined Allstate in 2003 as a director to head the company's then $450 million alternative assets portfolio. Earlier in his career, he was a principal at Waud Capital Partners and a director at Northwestern Investment Management Co. Keehn has an MBA from Northwestern University and a bachelor's degree from Brown University. He is a chartered financial analyst. Keehn serves on several private equity advisory boards and has been a director of numerous private companies and nonprofit organizations.</p> <p>"I am enthusiastic about the opportunity to continue expanding Allstate's private equity investments and further developing the expertise of our portfolio team," Keehn said. "We see strong opportunities throughout the world in this asset class. It's an important component in the proactive management of Allstate's portfolio to achieve attractive returns for the benefit of our policyholders and shareholders."</p> <p><a href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/" target="_blank">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/" target="_blank">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/" target="_blank">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/" target="_blank">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial" target="_blank">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx" target="_blank">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>#&nbsp; #&nbsp; #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Maryellen Thielen<br /> (847) 402-5600</p> Allstate Foundation Honor Illinois Agency Owner for Support of Domestic Violence <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/d8e0/3747/d8e03747-8e4a-4649-81b2-b2b39c9b850f-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Allstate Foundation Honor Illinois Agency Owner for Support of Domestic Violence Fri, 10 Oct 2014 11:39:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/allstate-foundation-honor-illinois-agency-owner-for-support-of-domestic-violence http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/allstate-foundation-honor-illinois-agency-owner-for-support-of-domestic-violence Allstate Foundation Honor Illinois Agency Owner for Support of Domestic Violence <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/d8e0/3747/d8e03747-8e4a-4649-81b2-b2b39c9b850f-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Allstate Foundation Honor Illinois Agency Owner for Support of Domestic Violence Supplier Diversity Exchange Builds Foundation For inclusive Business Development Allstate Hosts Event to Develop Procurement Opportunities for Diverse Suppliers<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Related Document, 1 Photo</strong><p>Sixteen diverse small businesses from around the country will meet on October 13 at Allstate's headquarters to network and pitch their business to Allstate leaders and Allstate's prime supplier partners.</p> <p>The Allstate Supplier Diversity Exchange, now in its 7<sup>th</sup> year, brings diverse businesses together to learn about opportunities to work with Allstate and its suppliers and compete for a chance to win business. New to the program this year is a fast-paced business pitch format where each of the companies will have 10 minutes to present their product or service.</p> <p>"We've seen continued interest from our network of diverse suppliers for this event over the years and it's a great way for Allstate to build relationships," said Cheryl Harris, Allstate's senior vice president of Sourcing &amp; Procurement Solutions. "Having the right relationships is often a major obstacle for diverse business owners and the opportunity to pitch their product or service increases visibility, potentially leading to future business."</p> <p>The Exchange accepts applications from businesses that are certified as minority, women, veteran and LGBT owned. Since its inception more than 100 participants have had the opportunity to compete for Allstate's business, and over half have successfully won contracts.</p> <p>"Allstate's Supplier Diversity Exchange not only gives us access to decision makers within the organization but also allows us to interact with diverse suppliers with whom we may partner to further enhance our business," said Linda Sullivan, president of Administrative Strategies - a 2013 participant in the Exchange and 2014 planned attendee.</p> <p>The Allstate Supplier Diversity Exchange has built a strong foundation for an inclusive environment and creates opportunities for all while developing longstanding relationships. With commitment from top management down, the company has highlighted the important role that diversity and inclusion has today, and will continue well into the future. In 2013, Allstate spent $409.1 million with diverse businesses.</p> <p><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Chris Bauer<br /> (847) 402-5600<br /> @Allstatenews</p> Wed, 08 Oct 2014 16:05:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/e8e57072-e017-45dd-a429-7af92d34e0e8 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/e8e57072-e017-45dd-a429-7af92d34e0e8 Supplier Diversity Exchange Builds Foundation For inclusive Business Development Allstate Hosts Event to Develop Procurement Opportunities for Diverse Suppliers<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Related Document, 1 Photo</strong><p>Sixteen diverse small businesses from around the country will meet on October 13 at Allstate's headquarters to network and pitch their business to Allstate leaders and Allstate's prime supplier partners.</p> <p>The Allstate Supplier Diversity Exchange, now in its 7<sup>th</sup> year, brings diverse businesses together to learn about opportunities to work with Allstate and its suppliers and compete for a chance to win business. New to the program this year is a fast-paced business pitch format where each of the companies will have 10 minutes to present their product or service.</p> <p>"We've seen continued interest from our network of diverse suppliers for this event over the years and it's a great way for Allstate to build relationships," said Cheryl Harris, Allstate's senior vice president of Sourcing &amp; Procurement Solutions. "Having the right relationships is often a major obstacle for diverse business owners and the opportunity to pitch their product or service increases visibility, potentially leading to future business."</p> <p>The Exchange accepts applications from businesses that are certified as minority, women, veteran and LGBT owned. Since its inception more than 100 participants have had the opportunity to compete for Allstate's business, and over half have successfully won contracts.</p> <p>"Allstate's Supplier Diversity Exchange not only gives us access to decision makers within the organization but also allows us to interact with diverse suppliers with whom we may partner to further enhance our business," said Linda Sullivan, president of Administrative Strategies - a 2013 participant in the Exchange and 2014 planned attendee.</p> <p>The Allstate Supplier Diversity Exchange has built a strong foundation for an inclusive environment and creates opportunities for all while developing longstanding relationships. With commitment from top management down, the company has highlighted the important role that diversity and inclusion has today, and will continue well into the future. In 2013, Allstate spent $409.1 million with diverse businesses.</p> <p><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Chris Bauer<br /> (847) 402-5600<br /> @Allstatenews</p> Fall Brings Great Opportunity To Get Outdoors In An Off-Road Vehicle Allstate Has Options to Help Protect Your Off-Road Vehicle Investment<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Related Document, 1 Photo</strong><p>Fall is an exciting time of year to get deep into the great outdoors with an off-road vehicle (ORV). Hunting season is getting underway in many parts of the country and a side by side ORV is one of the most popular machines to help hunters carry gear and supplies to their favorite spot. A side by side can also be used to enjoy trail riding with your sweetheart to see the changing colors of the leaves.</p> <p>Side by side ORVs have a variety of options to make them multi-use machines and can be accessorized to fit the owner's lifestyle or demanding work needs. It can be customized by adding a mowing deck to cut grass, haul hay around a farm, or add a plow on the front to move snow in the winter months ahead.</p> <p>As sophisticated as some side by side ORVs can get with accessories such as lights and racks there is a need to protect this investment by insuring them with an ORV policy. "Theft and comprehensive claims are the most common," said Jeff Sadler, Allstate product line manager. &nbsp;"It's important that riders not rely on their homeowners and/or auto insurance policies to protect an ORV in a loss since those insurance policies often provide little, if any, supplemental coverage for your recreational vehicle."</p> <p>Allstate ORV insurance can help protect you, your passengers, your vehicle, and even someone else's property. Here's how:</p> <ul> <li>Bodily Injury Liability: Protects you if you cause an accident and someone is hurt, typically covering the other person's medical expenses.</li> <li>Property Damage Liability: Protects you if you're at fault in an accident causing damage to another person's property. Insurance coverage typically pays for expenses to damaged property such as vehicles, homes, and buildings.</li> <li>Collision Coverage: Reimburses the cost of repairing your ORV after damage due to a collision with another object (such as another ORV, tree, or fence).</li> <li>Comprehensive Coverage: Protects from damages to your ORV due to almost any event: flooding, wind, vandalism, theft, or other reason not involving a crash with another vehicle.</li> <li>Allstate ORV insurance can even provide coverage while your vehicle is in storage or needs a tow. If you have custom parts, you can get coverage to protect them from things like theft or damage.</li> </ul> <p>Allstate ORV insurance covers a variety of off-road vehicles that include:</p> <ul> <li>Side by side</li> <li>All-terrain vehicle (ATV)</li> <li>Golf cart</li> <li>Utility vehicle (UTV)</li> <li>Go cart</li> <li>Snowmobile</li> <li>Trail bike</li> <li>Dune buggy</li> </ul> <p>More information on ORV use and safety can be found by contacting your local Department of Natural Resources (DNR) office or visiting your state DNR's website.</p> <p><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p>Contact:</p> <p>Chris Bauer<br /> (847) 402-5600<br /> On Twitter @AllstateNews</p> Tue, 07 Oct 2014 17:17:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/4f0dbece-4936-4f6b-8fd4-69384b9dab3e http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/4f0dbece-4936-4f6b-8fd4-69384b9dab3e Fall Brings Great Opportunity To Get Outdoors In An Off-Road Vehicle Allstate Has Options to Help Protect Your Off-Road Vehicle Investment<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Related Document, 1 Photo</strong><p>Fall is an exciting time of year to get deep into the great outdoors with an off-road vehicle (ORV). Hunting season is getting underway in many parts of the country and a side by side ORV is one of the most popular machines to help hunters carry gear and supplies to their favorite spot. A side by side can also be used to enjoy trail riding with your sweetheart to see the changing colors of the leaves.</p> <p>Side by side ORVs have a variety of options to make them multi-use machines and can be accessorized to fit the owner's lifestyle or demanding work needs. It can be customized by adding a mowing deck to cut grass, haul hay around a farm, or add a plow on the front to move snow in the winter months ahead.</p> <p>As sophisticated as some side by side ORVs can get with accessories such as lights and racks there is a need to protect this investment by insuring them with an ORV policy. "Theft and comprehensive claims are the most common," said Jeff Sadler, Allstate product line manager. &nbsp;"It's important that riders not rely on their homeowners and/or auto insurance policies to protect an ORV in a loss since those insurance policies often provide little, if any, supplemental coverage for your recreational vehicle."</p> <p>Allstate ORV insurance can help protect you, your passengers, your vehicle, and even someone else's property. Here's how:</p> <ul> <li>Bodily Injury Liability: Protects you if you cause an accident and someone is hurt, typically covering the other person's medical expenses.</li> <li>Property Damage Liability: Protects you if you're at fault in an accident causing damage to another person's property. Insurance coverage typically pays for expenses to damaged property such as vehicles, homes, and buildings.</li> <li>Collision Coverage: Reimburses the cost of repairing your ORV after damage due to a collision with another object (such as another ORV, tree, or fence).</li> <li>Comprehensive Coverage: Protects from damages to your ORV due to almost any event: flooding, wind, vandalism, theft, or other reason not involving a crash with another vehicle.</li> <li>Allstate ORV insurance can even provide coverage while your vehicle is in storage or needs a tow. If you have custom parts, you can get coverage to protect them from things like theft or damage.</li> </ul> <p>Allstate ORV insurance covers a variety of off-road vehicles that include:</p> <ul> <li>Side by side</li> <li>All-terrain vehicle (ATV)</li> <li>Golf cart</li> <li>Utility vehicle (UTV)</li> <li>Go cart</li> <li>Snowmobile</li> <li>Trail bike</li> <li>Dune buggy</li> </ul> <p>More information on ORV use and safety can be found by contacting your local Department of Natural Resources (DNR) office or visiting your state DNR's website.</p> <p><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p>Contact:</p> <p>Chris Bauer<br /> (847) 402-5600<br /> On Twitter @AllstateNews</p> Allstate Has Options to Help Protect Your Off-Road Vehicle Investment <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/973c/dbb6/973cdbb6-5017-4baf-a6bf-c2d3b5f9724c-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Allstate Has Options to Help Protect Your Off-Road Vehicle Investment Tue, 07 Oct 2014 17:12:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/allstate-has-options-to-help-protect-your-off-road-vehicle http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/allstate-has-options-to-help-protect-your-off-road-vehicle Allstate Has Options to Help Protect Your Off-Road Vehicle Investment <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/973c/dbb6/973cdbb6-5017-4baf-a6bf-c2d3b5f9724c-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Allstate Has Options to Help Protect Your Off-Road Vehicle Investment Allstate Foundation Purple Purse Raises Nearly $2.5 Million for Domestic Violence Services YWCA Evanston-North Shore announced as winner of Purple Purse Challenge <br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Related Document, 1 Photo</strong><p>The Allstate Foundation, through online donations and direct grants, raised nearly $2.5 million for domestic violence services during its Purple Purse Challenge that concluded late last week. YWCA Evanston-North Shore from Evanston, Ill., earned $311,407, the most of the nearly 140 participating organizations, and won the top prize of $100,000 from The Allstate Foundation to help survivors recover from financial abuse. Allstate Foundation Purple Purse encourages conversation and action around the No.1 reason victims of domestic violence stay in abusive relationships&mdash;finances.</p> <p>The initiative enlisted the help of Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated actress Kerry Washington to spread awareness and encourage the public to donate. The Challenge, the first for The Allstate Foundation, broke numerous records for the CrowdRise website and created a grassroots movement with the majority of donations under $50.</p> <p><strong>Milestones from the Purple Purse Challenge include:</strong></p> <ul> <li>More than half (53 percent) of donations were under $25 and 75 percent were under $50.</li> <li>Raised nearly $1 million in the last week alone.</li> <li>More than $450,000 was raised in the final 24 hours, and nearly half of that ($220,000) came in the final hour.</li> <li>Broke the CrowdRise record for most raised in the first day of any Challenge. And, shattered the CrowdRise record for the most dollars raised in both the last 24 hours and the most raised in the final hour of any initiative on the platform.</li> </ul> <p>"We are thrilled with the outpouring of support from 14,500 people who took the Purple Purse Challenge and gave directly to domestic violence service providers across the country," said Vicky Dinges, senior vice president of corporate responsibility at Allstate. "We know that social service providers are operating with fewer resources. Each donation, no matter how big or small, will help the thousands of women who need assistance gain access to life-saving services for themselves and their families."</p> <p>The following Purple Purse Challenge winners will receive additional funding from The Allstate Foundation:</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Organization</strong></p> </td> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Funds Raised through the Purple Purse Challenge</strong></p> </td> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Grand Prizes from The Allstate Foundation</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>First Place: </strong>YWCA Evanston/North Shore</p> </td> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>$311,407</p> </td> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>$100,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Second Place:</strong> Wings Program</p> </td> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>$281,709</p> </td> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>$75,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Third Place:</strong> YWCA Northwest Georgia</p> </td> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>$276,152</p> </td> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>$50,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Fourth Place:</strong> YWCA Metropolitan Chicago</p> </td> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>$153,555</p> </td> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>$25,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Fifth Place:</strong> Jewish Women International</p> </td> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>$57,440</p> </td> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>$10,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Sixth Place:</strong> Jenesse Center</p> </td> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>$50,935</p> </td> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>$10,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Seventh Place:</strong> House of Ruth</p> </td> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>$44,840</p> </td> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>$10,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Eighth Place:</strong> Jersey Battered Women's Service</p> </td> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>$43,504</p> </td> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>$10,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Ninth Place:</strong> New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic Violence</p> </td> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>$43,004</p> </td> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>$10,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Tenth Place:</strong> Harbor House of Central Florida</p> </td> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>$42,088</p> </td> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>$10,000</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Challenge ran from Sept. 2 &ndash; Oct. 3, 2014. During that time, The Allstate Foundation contributed nearly $650,000 in incentive funding and direct grants to participating organizations. The Allstate Foundation will keep the fundraising site open through 2015, so people can still contribute to organizations at <a href="http://www.crowdrise.com/PurplePurseChallenge" target="_blank">www.crowdrise.com/PurplePurseChallenge</a>.</p> <p><strong>The Allstate Foundation also offers the following tips for talking to someone you suspect may be in an abusive relationship: </strong></p> <p><strong>Offer support without judgment or criticism.<br /> </strong>There are a lot of reasons why a victim may stay in an abusive relationship, and many reasons why she may also leave and return to the relationship multiple times. Let her know it's not her fault and that she's not alone.</p> <p><strong>Don't be afraid to tell her that you're concerned for her safety.<br /> </strong>Help your friend or family member recognize the abuse while acknowledging that she is in a very difficult and dangerous situation.</p> <p><strong>Avoid confrontations.<br /> </strong>There are many reasons why individuals experiencing abuse don't reach out to family and friends. It's important to recognize when she is ready to talk about her experiences while still offering support.</p> <p><strong>Encourage her to get help.<br /> </strong>Suggest ways she can get additional support. Help her look into available resources, such as the National Domestic Violence Hotline number (800-799-SAFE) or a local domestic violence agency with specially trained advocates to help her out of the situation.</p> <p>For additional information on the program visit <a href="http://www.PurplePurse.com" target="_blank">www.PurplePurse.com</a>.</p> <p>Since 2005, The Allstate Foundation Domestic Violence Program has empowered domestic violence survivors with resources, knowledge and skills they need to achieve financial empowerment and a life free from abuse. Since its inception, the program has helped nearly 400,000 domestic violence survivors leave abusive relationships through financial education, job training and readiness and microenterprise programs.</p> <p><strong>About The Allstate Foundation</strong><br /> Established in 1952, The Allstate Foundation is an independent, charitable organization made possible by subsidiaries of The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL). Through partnerships with nonprofit organizations across the country, The Allstate Foundation brings the relationships, reputation and resources of Allstate to support innovative and lasting solutions that enhance people's well-being and prosperity. With a focus on teen safe driving and building financial independence for domestic violence survivors, The Allstate Foundation also promotes safe and vital communities; tolerance, inclusion, and diversity; and economic empowerment. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.AllstateFoundation.org" target="_blank">www.AllstateFoundation.org</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Kyle Donash<br /> 847-402-5600<br /> <a href="mailto:Kyle.donash@allstate.com">Kyle.donash@allstate.com</a></p> Mon, 06 Oct 2014 14:02:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/691883f8-87be-4136-8ce6-169f894f0555 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/691883f8-87be-4136-8ce6-169f894f0555 Allstate Foundation Purple Purse Raises Nearly $2.5 Million for Domestic Violence Services YWCA Evanston-North Shore announced as winner of Purple Purse Challenge <br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Related Document, 1 Photo</strong><p>The Allstate Foundation, through online donations and direct grants, raised nearly $2.5 million for domestic violence services during its Purple Purse Challenge that concluded late last week. YWCA Evanston-North Shore from Evanston, Ill., earned $311,407, the most of the nearly 140 participating organizations, and won the top prize of $100,000 from The Allstate Foundation to help survivors recover from financial abuse. Allstate Foundation Purple Purse encourages conversation and action around the No.1 reason victims of domestic violence stay in abusive relationships&mdash;finances.</p> <p>The initiative enlisted the help of Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated actress Kerry Washington to spread awareness and encourage the public to donate. The Challenge, the first for The Allstate Foundation, broke numerous records for the CrowdRise website and created a grassroots movement with the majority of donations under $50.</p> <p><strong>Milestones from the Purple Purse Challenge include:</strong></p> <ul> <li>More than half (53 percent) of donations were under $25 and 75 percent were under $50.</li> <li>Raised nearly $1 million in the last week alone.</li> <li>More than $450,000 was raised in the final 24 hours, and nearly half of that ($220,000) came in the final hour.</li> <li>Broke the CrowdRise record for most raised in the first day of any Challenge. And, shattered the CrowdRise record for the most dollars raised in both the last 24 hours and the most raised in the final hour of any initiative on the platform.</li> </ul> <p>"We are thrilled with the outpouring of support from 14,500 people who took the Purple Purse Challenge and gave directly to domestic violence service providers across the country," said Vicky Dinges, senior vice president of corporate responsibility at Allstate. "We know that social service providers are operating with fewer resources. Each donation, no matter how big or small, will help the thousands of women who need assistance gain access to life-saving services for themselves and their families."</p> <p>The following Purple Purse Challenge winners will receive additional funding from The Allstate Foundation:</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Organization</strong></p> </td> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Funds Raised through the Purple Purse Challenge</strong></p> </td> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Grand Prizes from The Allstate Foundation</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>First Place: </strong>YWCA Evanston/North Shore</p> </td> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>$311,407</p> </td> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>$100,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Second Place:</strong> Wings Program</p> </td> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>$281,709</p> </td> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>$75,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Third Place:</strong> YWCA Northwest Georgia</p> </td> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>$276,152</p> </td> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>$50,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Fourth Place:</strong> YWCA Metropolitan Chicago</p> </td> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>$153,555</p> </td> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>$25,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Fifth Place:</strong> Jewish Women International</p> </td> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>$57,440</p> </td> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>$10,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Sixth Place:</strong> Jenesse Center</p> </td> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>$50,935</p> </td> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>$10,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Seventh Place:</strong> House of Ruth</p> </td> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>$44,840</p> </td> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>$10,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Eighth Place:</strong> Jersey Battered Women's Service</p> </td> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>$43,504</p> </td> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>$10,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Ninth Place:</strong> New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic Violence</p> </td> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>$43,004</p> </td> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>$10,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Tenth Place:</strong> Harbor House of Central Florida</p> </td> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>$42,088</p> </td> <td width="33%" align="center" valign="top"> <p>$10,000</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Challenge ran from Sept. 2 &ndash; Oct. 3, 2014. During that time, The Allstate Foundation contributed nearly $650,000 in incentive funding and direct grants to participating organizations. The Allstate Foundation will keep the fundraising site open through 2015, so people can still contribute to organizations at <a href="http://www.crowdrise.com/PurplePurseChallenge" target="_blank">www.crowdrise.com/PurplePurseChallenge</a>.</p> <p><strong>The Allstate Foundation also offers the following tips for talking to someone you suspect may be in an abusive relationship: </strong></p> <p><strong>Offer support without judgment or criticism.<br /> </strong>There are a lot of reasons why a victim may stay in an abusive relationship, and many reasons why she may also leave and return to the relationship multiple times. Let her know it's not her fault and that she's not alone.</p> <p><strong>Don't be afraid to tell her that you're concerned for her safety.<br /> </strong>Help your friend or family member recognize the abuse while acknowledging that she is in a very difficult and dangerous situation.</p> <p><strong>Avoid confrontations.<br /> </strong>There are many reasons why individuals experiencing abuse don't reach out to family and friends. It's important to recognize when she is ready to talk about her experiences while still offering support.</p> <p><strong>Encourage her to get help.<br /> </strong>Suggest ways she can get additional support. Help her look into available resources, such as the National Domestic Violence Hotline number (800-799-SAFE) or a local domestic violence agency with specially trained advocates to help her out of the situation.</p> <p>For additional information on the program visit <a href="http://www.PurplePurse.com" target="_blank">www.PurplePurse.com</a>.</p> <p>Since 2005, The Allstate Foundation Domestic Violence Program has empowered domestic violence survivors with resources, knowledge and skills they need to achieve financial empowerment and a life free from abuse. Since its inception, the program has helped nearly 400,000 domestic violence survivors leave abusive relationships through financial education, job training and readiness and microenterprise programs.</p> <p><strong>About The Allstate Foundation</strong><br /> Established in 1952, The Allstate Foundation is an independent, charitable organization made possible by subsidiaries of The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL). Through partnerships with nonprofit organizations across the country, The Allstate Foundation brings the relationships, reputation and resources of Allstate to support innovative and lasting solutions that enhance people's well-being and prosperity. With a focus on teen safe driving and building financial independence for domestic violence survivors, The Allstate Foundation also promotes safe and vital communities; tolerance, inclusion, and diversity; and economic empowerment. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.AllstateFoundation.org" target="_blank">www.AllstateFoundation.org</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Kyle Donash<br /> 847-402-5600<br /> <a href="mailto:Kyle.donash@allstate.com">Kyle.donash@allstate.com</a></p> Allstate's Corporate Headquarters Turns Purple Allstate Insurance Company was aglow with purple today to kick-off Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Allstate and The Allstate Foundation are raising awareness during October around the issue and the role finances play in keeping victims in abusive relationships. Fri, 03 Oct 2014 08:22:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/videos/0b450c29-73cd-4493-a16f-1ac258daeeb0 http://allstatenewsroom.com/videos/0b450c29-73cd-4493-a16f-1ac258daeeb0 Allstate's Corporate Headquarters Turns Purple Allstate Insurance Company was aglow with purple today to kick-off Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Allstate and The Allstate Foundation are raising awareness during October around the issue and the role finances play in keeping victims in abusive relationships. Allstate to Make Comprehensive, Supportive Guide Available to Every Person in the U.S. Diagnosed with Breast Cancer <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/4fed/7b44/4fed7b44-03f1-4e15-b361-0d63dd08b4c8-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Allstate to Make Comprehensive, Supportive Guide Available to Every Person in the U.S. Diagnosed with Breast Cancer Thu, 02 Oct 2014 07:00:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/allstate-to-make-comprehensive-supportive-guide-available-to-every-person-in-the-u-s-diagnosed-with-breast-cancer http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/allstate-to-make-comprehensive-supportive-guide-available-to-every-person-in-the-u-s-diagnosed-with-breast-cancer Allstate to Make Comprehensive, Supportive Guide Available to Every Person in the U.S. Diagnosed with Breast Cancer <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/4fed/7b44/4fed7b44-03f1-4e15-b361-0d63dd08b4c8-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Allstate to Make Comprehensive, Supportive Guide Available to Every Person in the U.S. Diagnosed with Breast Cancer Allstate to Make Comprehensive, Supportive Guide Available to Every Person in the U.S. Diagnosed with Breast Cancer Company partners with breast cancer survivor and bestselling author of "The Silver Lining" Hollye Jacobs on new resource for those struggling with the disease <br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Related Document, 1 Photo</strong><p>In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Allstate Insurance Company today announced it is partnering with bestselling author Hollye Jacobs to provide "The Silver Lining Companion Guide" to any person in the U.S. diagnosed with breast cancer. The guide was specially created to provide important information, practical tips and inspiration for those navigating through every stage of treatment and recovery.&nbsp; In 2014, it is estimated that more than 250,000 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed. The guide is a condensed version of Jacobs' <em>New York Times</em> bestselling book, "The Silver Lining: A Supportive and Insightful Guide to Breast Cancer."</p> <p>The guide will be available for download in English and Spanish on any e-reader. Additionally, through the nonprofit Direct Relief, a printed version of the guide will be available at participating distribution centers throughout the country. To download a version of the companion guide or to view a complete list of participating distribution centers, visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/silverlining" target="_blank">Allstate.com/SilverLining</a>.</p> <p>"No woman should be alone in the struggle against breast cancer," said Thomas J. Wilson, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Allstate. "This guide will be a source of comfort, knowledge and inspiration. We are thrilled to be able to help magnify Hollye's voice for those women who hear the dreaded words, 'You have breast cancer.' This completely aligns with Allstate's purpose which is to be a force for good in local communities and protect people from life's uncertainties."</p> <p>A breast cancer diagnosis is usually shocking and life altering. In the guide, Jacobs is the experienced friend who offers sound guidance and a sincere account of her personal experience with breast cancer. Jacobs' journey of self-discovery through illness led her to see the "Silver Linings" in life, providing her the balance and perspective needed to get her through the worst days following her diagnosis and treatments. These Silver Linings comprise the soul of the guide, which is designed to provide hope and information every step of the way.</p> <p>"Sharing advice and support through the partnership with Allstate and 'The Silver Lining Companion Guide' is an incredible and unique opportunity to reach everyone impacted by breast cancer," said Jacobs. "I wish I had this guide when I was going through breast cancer. This is what inspired me to write the book and support those who are going through this experience, just as those who came before me made my path more bearable and more effective."</p> <p>"Direct Relief is privileged to be able to help provide this valuable resource to people across the country who are or know someone affected by breast cancer," Kerri Murray, Vice President of Communications at Direct Relief.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>About Hollye Jacobs and "The Silver Lining"</strong><br /> After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010, 39-year-old mother Hollye Jacobs created a blog, <a href="http://www.thesilverpen.com/" target="_blank">The Silver Pen</a>. The award-winning blog immortalized her thoughts and feelings about her diagnosis, as well as documented her experiences through a double mastectomy, chemotherapy, radiation and recovery. With a wealth of information, The Silver Pen reached audiences far beyond Hollye's circle of friends and family, and became the foundation for her <em>New York Times</em> bestseller, "The Silver Lining."</p> <p>Hollye's words are balanced with inspiring photographs by her friend, co-author and award-winning photographer, Elizabeth Messina. Her images reveal the hope, beauty and light that can be found within the darkness of breast cancer. They also serve as informative and inspiring visual aids for everyone impacted by the disease.</p> <p>Jacobs is a speaker, nurse, social worker, child development specialist and author. Her professional knowledge as a health practitioner and her personal experiences as a cancer patient and survivor present a powerful package of wisdom. Her insights, humor and informed perspective on the breast cancer cycle&mdash;from detection through treatment, recovery and life after cancer &ndash; have touched thousands of people already.</p> <p><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" target="_blank">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/" target="_blank">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/" target="_blank">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/" target="_blank">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/" target="_blank">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial" target="_blank">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx" target="_blank">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Kate Hollcraft<br /> <a href="mailto:Kate.Hollcraft@allstate.com">Kate.Hollcraft@allstate.com</a><br /> (847) 402-5600</p> <p>Abby Betts<a href="mailto:Abby.Betts@bm.com"><br /> Abby.Betts@bm.com</a><br /> 312-596-3424</p> Thu, 02 Oct 2014 07:00:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/5cd0fda5-fd90-4581-9e3f-6d3085f64e78 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/5cd0fda5-fd90-4581-9e3f-6d3085f64e78 Allstate to Make Comprehensive, Supportive Guide Available to Every Person in the U.S. Diagnosed with Breast Cancer Company partners with breast cancer survivor and bestselling author of "The Silver Lining" Hollye Jacobs on new resource for those struggling with the disease <br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Related Document, 1 Photo</strong><p>In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Allstate Insurance Company today announced it is partnering with bestselling author Hollye Jacobs to provide "The Silver Lining Companion Guide" to any person in the U.S. diagnosed with breast cancer. The guide was specially created to provide important information, practical tips and inspiration for those navigating through every stage of treatment and recovery.&nbsp; In 2014, it is estimated that more than 250,000 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed. The guide is a condensed version of Jacobs' <em>New York Times</em> bestselling book, "The Silver Lining: A Supportive and Insightful Guide to Breast Cancer."</p> <p>The guide will be available for download in English and Spanish on any e-reader. Additionally, through the nonprofit Direct Relief, a printed version of the guide will be available at participating distribution centers throughout the country. To download a version of the companion guide or to view a complete list of participating distribution centers, visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/silverlining" target="_blank">Allstate.com/SilverLining</a>.</p> <p>"No woman should be alone in the struggle against breast cancer," said Thomas J. Wilson, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Allstate. "This guide will be a source of comfort, knowledge and inspiration. We are thrilled to be able to help magnify Hollye's voice for those women who hear the dreaded words, 'You have breast cancer.' This completely aligns with Allstate's purpose which is to be a force for good in local communities and protect people from life's uncertainties."</p> <p>A breast cancer diagnosis is usually shocking and life altering. In the guide, Jacobs is the experienced friend who offers sound guidance and a sincere account of her personal experience with breast cancer. Jacobs' journey of self-discovery through illness led her to see the "Silver Linings" in life, providing her the balance and perspective needed to get her through the worst days following her diagnosis and treatments. These Silver Linings comprise the soul of the guide, which is designed to provide hope and information every step of the way.</p> <p>"Sharing advice and support through the partnership with Allstate and 'The Silver Lining Companion Guide' is an incredible and unique opportunity to reach everyone impacted by breast cancer," said Jacobs. "I wish I had this guide when I was going through breast cancer. This is what inspired me to write the book and support those who are going through this experience, just as those who came before me made my path more bearable and more effective."</p> <p>"Direct Relief is privileged to be able to help provide this valuable resource to people across the country who are or know someone affected by breast cancer," Kerri Murray, Vice President of Communications at Direct Relief.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>About Hollye Jacobs and "The Silver Lining"</strong><br /> After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010, 39-year-old mother Hollye Jacobs created a blog, <a href="http://www.thesilverpen.com/" target="_blank">The Silver Pen</a>. The award-winning blog immortalized her thoughts and feelings about her diagnosis, as well as documented her experiences through a double mastectomy, chemotherapy, radiation and recovery. With a wealth of information, The Silver Pen reached audiences far beyond Hollye's circle of friends and family, and became the foundation for her <em>New York Times</em> bestseller, "The Silver Lining."</p> <p>Hollye's words are balanced with inspiring photographs by her friend, co-author and award-winning photographer, Elizabeth Messina. Her images reveal the hope, beauty and light that can be found within the darkness of breast cancer. They also serve as informative and inspiring visual aids for everyone impacted by the disease.</p> <p>Jacobs is a speaker, nurse, social worker, child development specialist and author. Her professional knowledge as a health practitioner and her personal experiences as a cancer patient and survivor present a powerful package of wisdom. Her insights, humor and informed perspective on the breast cancer cycle&mdash;from detection through treatment, recovery and life after cancer &ndash; have touched thousands of people already.</p> <p><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" target="_blank">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/" target="_blank">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/" target="_blank">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/" target="_blank">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/" target="_blank">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial" target="_blank">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx" target="_blank">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Kate Hollcraft<br /> <a href="mailto:Kate.Hollcraft@allstate.com">Kate.Hollcraft@allstate.com</a><br /> (847) 402-5600</p> <p>Abby Betts<a href="mailto:Abby.Betts@bm.com"><br /> Abby.Betts@bm.com</a><br /> 312-596-3424</p> Allstate's Corporate Headquarters Turns Purple <strong>This release contains: 1 Video, 4 Photos</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company was aglow with purple today to kick-off Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Allstate and The Allstate Foundation are raising awareness during October around the issue and the role finances play in keeping victims in abusive relationships. For more information about the program visit <a href="http://www.purplepurse.com" target="_blank">www.purplepurse.com</a>.</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Kyle Donash<br /> <a href="mailto:kyle.donash@allstate.com">kyle.donash@allstate.com</a><br /> 847-402-5600</p> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 10:39:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/a419e2ff-0a66-4f88-ae27-ea7886b15380 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/a419e2ff-0a66-4f88-ae27-ea7886b15380 Allstate's Corporate Headquarters Turns Purple <strong>This release contains: 1 Video, 4 Photos</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company was aglow with purple today to kick-off Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Allstate and The Allstate Foundation are raising awareness during October around the issue and the role finances play in keeping victims in abusive relationships. For more information about the program visit <a href="http://www.purplepurse.com" target="_blank">www.purplepurse.com</a>.</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Kyle Donash<br /> <a href="mailto:kyle.donash@allstate.com">kyle.donash@allstate.com</a><br /> 847-402-5600</p> Allstate's Corporate Headquarters Turns Purple <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/b757/7894/b7577894-4480-413b-9f3a-7d0867321d62-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Allstate's Corporate Headquarters Turns Purple Wed, 01 Oct 2014 10:37:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/allstate-s-corporate-headquarters-turns-purple http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/allstate-s-corporate-headquarters-turns-purple Allstate's Corporate Headquarters Turns Purple <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/b757/7894/b7577894-4480-413b-9f3a-7d0867321d62-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Allstate's Corporate Headquarters Turns Purple Allstate's Corporate Headquarters Turns Purple <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/f894/46c9/f89446c9-0309-4417-a5d6-ae5455fc77a6-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Allstate's Corporate Headquarters Turns Purple Wed, 01 Oct 2014 10:36:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/allstate-s-corporate-headquarters-turns-purple-1 http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/allstate-s-corporate-headquarters-turns-purple-1 Allstate's Corporate Headquarters Turns Purple <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/f894/46c9/f89446c9-0309-4417-a5d6-ae5455fc77a6-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Allstate's Corporate Headquarters Turns Purple Driving Simulator at Ohio State University Puts the Brakes on Distractions in the Car <strong>This release contains: 1 Related Document, 9 Photos</strong><p>Combining innovative instruction with entertaining interaction, Allstate is bringing its "Reality Rides℠" simulator to Ohio State University to create awareness about distraction-free driving. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 6.</p> <p>Reality Rides consists of a real - but stationary - vehicle equipped with virtual reality technology. An LED television embedded in the windshield displays an animated environment that reacts to the driver&rsquo;s motions. Using the car&rsquo;s steering wheel, gas and brake pedals, the driver is tasked with maneuvering through the virtual course while also attempting to text, talk on the phone and enter navigation system directions.</p> <p>These simulations demonstrate the potential consequences distracted drivers could face while on the road. To add impact to the simulations, Ohio&rsquo;s participants are given traffic "tickets" that reveal potential infractions a driver could receive if the experience happened in real life. Participants will also have an opportunity to take the Allstate X the TXT&reg; pledge to promise to not text and drive.</p> <p>"Reality Rides uses new and interactive technologies, allowing us to engage drivers in a compelling and safe format," said Ted Stefanov, Ohio sales leader for Allstate. "This real-life simulator proves effective at changing the opinions of drivers and we&rsquo;re excited to share it with the Ohio State Buckeyes."</p> <p>Last year, Allstate surveyed more than 1,700 people who experienced the Reality Rides simulator. Nearly 3 in every 4 respondents &ndash; 73% - said they learned more about distracted driving after experiencing the simulation, and 83 percent found the program "fun and effective," which fueled Allstate to continue the efforts in 2014.</p> <p><strong>Key findings from the 2013 Allstate Reality Rides tour survey indicate drivers are aware of the dangers of distracted driving, but there is still opportunity to influence their safer driving actions:</strong></p> <ul> <li>More than one-third of drivers say they text and drive at least some of the time, and <strong>71 percent believe their driving ability while texting is worse than if they were driving without distractions</strong>.</li> <li><strong>Half of drivers say that they talk on the phone while driving.</strong></li> <li>After the simulation, 68 percent of participants said they will <em>never</em> text and drive again and 62 percent said they wouldn&rsquo;t let others drive distracted.</li> <li>Seventy-seven percent of participants said they are less likely to ride with others who are texting and driving thanks to Reality Rides.</li> </ul> <p>Allstate continues to advocate for distracted driving prevention because in 2010 and 2011 more than 3,000 deaths from crashes with a distracted driver occurred each year. Studies have shown drivers who text are 23 times more likely to crash, and texting while driving is the equivalent to driving impaired after drinking four beers.</p> <p>Car crashes are the number one cause of death for everyone in the U.S. ages 1-34, with teens crashing four times more often than any other age group. Stronger teen driving laws, referred to as Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL), have been shown to reduce traffic fatalities by as much as 40 percent in the states where they have been adopted. Additionally, recent research from The Allstate Foundation&rsquo;s License to Save report found that comprehensive GDL laws could save an estimated 2,000 lives and $13.6 billion annually.</p> <p>To track the Allstate Reality Rides tour and see photos of participants, visit <a href="http://www.facebook.com/xthetxt">facebook.com/xthetxt</a>. While there, check out information and resources, engage in the conversation and invite family and friends to take action in support of stronger teen driving laws.</p> <p><strong>Survey Methodology<br /> </strong>The onsite, multiple-choice Allstate Reality Rides 2013 survey of more than 1,700 Americans age 15+ was conducted from April through November of 2013 via 26 Reality Rides events before and after experiencing the distracted driving simulator. Gathered respondent data was normalized to ensure consistency between the pre- and post-simulation experience.</p> <p><a href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation&rsquo;s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, serving approximately 16 million households through its Allstate, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand names and Allstate Financial business segment. Allstate branded insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services are offered through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives, as well as via <a title="http://www.allstate.com/" href="http://www.allstate.com/">www.allstate.com</a>, <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">www.allstate.com/financial</a> and 1-800 Allstate&reg;, and are widely known through the slogan "You&rsquo;re In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." In 2013, $29 million was given by The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Meghan Cass<br /> 248-520-3600<br /> <a href="mailto:Meghan.Cass@allstate.com">Meghan.Cass@allstate.com</a></p> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 12:33:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/6c6342fb-3299-4b38-9d95-0d796cf27967 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/6c6342fb-3299-4b38-9d95-0d796cf27967 Driving Simulator at Ohio State University Puts the Brakes on Distractions in the Car <strong>This release contains: 1 Related Document, 9 Photos</strong><p>Combining innovative instruction with entertaining interaction, Allstate is bringing its "Reality Rides℠" simulator to Ohio State University to create awareness about distraction-free driving. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 6.</p> <p>Reality Rides consists of a real - but stationary - vehicle equipped with virtual reality technology. An LED television embedded in the windshield displays an animated environment that reacts to the driver&rsquo;s motions. Using the car&rsquo;s steering wheel, gas and brake pedals, the driver is tasked with maneuvering through the virtual course while also attempting to text, talk on the phone and enter navigation system directions.</p> <p>These simulations demonstrate the potential consequences distracted drivers could face while on the road. To add impact to the simulations, Ohio&rsquo;s participants are given traffic "tickets" that reveal potential infractions a driver could receive if the experience happened in real life. Participants will also have an opportunity to take the Allstate X the TXT&reg; pledge to promise to not text and drive.</p> <p>"Reality Rides uses new and interactive technologies, allowing us to engage drivers in a compelling and safe format," said Ted Stefanov, Ohio sales leader for Allstate. "This real-life simulator proves effective at changing the opinions of drivers and we&rsquo;re excited to share it with the Ohio State Buckeyes."</p> <p>Last year, Allstate surveyed more than 1,700 people who experienced the Reality Rides simulator. Nearly 3 in every 4 respondents &ndash; 73% - said they learned more about distracted driving after experiencing the simulation, and 83 percent found the program "fun and effective," which fueled Allstate to continue the efforts in 2014.</p> <p><strong>Key findings from the 2013 Allstate Reality Rides tour survey indicate drivers are aware of the dangers of distracted driving, but there is still opportunity to influence their safer driving actions:</strong></p> <ul> <li>More than one-third of drivers say they text and drive at least some of the time, and <strong>71 percent believe their driving ability while texting is worse than if they were driving without distractions</strong>.</li> <li><strong>Half of drivers say that they talk on the phone while driving.</strong></li> <li>After the simulation, 68 percent of participants said they will <em>never</em> text and drive again and 62 percent said they wouldn&rsquo;t let others drive distracted.</li> <li>Seventy-seven percent of participants said they are less likely to ride with others who are texting and driving thanks to Reality Rides.</li> </ul> <p>Allstate continues to advocate for distracted driving prevention because in 2010 and 2011 more than 3,000 deaths from crashes with a distracted driver occurred each year. Studies have shown drivers who text are 23 times more likely to crash, and texting while driving is the equivalent to driving impaired after drinking four beers.</p> <p>Car crashes are the number one cause of death for everyone in the U.S. ages 1-34, with teens crashing four times more often than any other age group. Stronger teen driving laws, referred to as Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL), have been shown to reduce traffic fatalities by as much as 40 percent in the states where they have been adopted. Additionally, recent research from The Allstate Foundation&rsquo;s License to Save report found that comprehensive GDL laws could save an estimated 2,000 lives and $13.6 billion annually.</p> <p>To track the Allstate Reality Rides tour and see photos of participants, visit <a href="http://www.facebook.com/xthetxt">facebook.com/xthetxt</a>. While there, check out information and resources, engage in the conversation and invite family and friends to take action in support of stronger teen driving laws.</p> <p><strong>Survey Methodology<br /> </strong>The onsite, multiple-choice Allstate Reality Rides 2013 survey of more than 1,700 Americans age 15+ was conducted from April through November of 2013 via 26 Reality Rides events before and after experiencing the distracted driving simulator. Gathered respondent data was normalized to ensure consistency between the pre- and post-simulation experience.</p> <p><a href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation&rsquo;s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, serving approximately 16 million households through its Allstate, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand names and Allstate Financial business segment. Allstate branded insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services are offered through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives, as well as via <a title="http://www.allstate.com/" href="http://www.allstate.com/">www.allstate.com</a>, <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">www.allstate.com/financial</a> and 1-800 Allstate&reg;, and are widely known through the slogan "You&rsquo;re In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." In 2013, $29 million was given by The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Meghan Cass<br /> 248-520-3600<br /> <a href="mailto:Meghan.Cass@allstate.com">Meghan.Cass@allstate.com</a></p> CDP Recognizes Allstate as Leader in Climate Change Transparency; Only Property and Casualty Insurer to Make List Reductions in carbon emissions, energy usage rise to top of Allstate’s environmental accomplishments<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Related Document, 2 Photos</strong><p>Allstate has been recognized as a leader among the S&amp;P 500 for excelling at disclosure of climate change data by CDP, the world's only global environmental disclosure system. Allstate scored 97 out of 100 in this year's report, the highest score the company has received since it started reporting in 2007</p> <p>"This the fifth year Allstate has been included in the Climate Disclosure Leadership Index, an achievement we're quite proud of given how many companies have intensified their commitment to climate-related issues in recent years" said Vicky Dinges, senior vice president of corporate responsibility at Allstate. "We continue to look for innovative approaches to manage our environmental footprint in a way that helps our business be more sustainable and our communities more livable."</p> <p>CDP's annual CDLI index spotlights companies listed on the Standard &amp; Poor's 500 Index (S&amp;P 500) that have demonstrated a high level of transparency and data quality in their disclosure of climate-related information. Thirty-three S&amp;P 500 companies are featured in the 2014 CDLI.</p> <p>Company disclosures to CDP are scored on a scale of 100 for completeness and data quality. High scores indicate that companies provided robust climate data and conveyed a strong understanding of corporate climate-related issues. The companies in the top 10 percent for disclosure scores are awarded a position on the CDLI. The S&amp;P 500 report including names of companies featured in the CDLI can be found at <a href="http://www.cdp.net">www.cdp.net</a>.</p> <p>Allstate has also made significant progress toward its long-term environmental sustainability goals in recent years. Notable accomplishments include:</p> <ul> <li>Reduced energy use in owned facilities by <strong>19.39 percent</strong> compared to the company's 2007 baseline, nearly reaching Allstate's long-term goal to cut energy use 20 percent by 2020.</li> <li>Reduced carbon footprint by <strong>6.3 percent </strong>in 2013 and nearly <strong>27 percent</strong> since 2007.</li> <li>Kept more than <strong>one million</strong> plastic water bottles out of landfills thanks to <strong>168</strong> water-filtration stations installed across Allstate facilities.</li> <li>Installed innovative airflow management technology in two Allstate data centers, which reduced the amount of power used and netted savings of nearly <strong>$120,000</strong>.</li> <li>Published a comprehensive <strong>new climate change policy</strong>, defining Allstate's approach to one of today's most critical environmental issues.</li> </ul> <p>For more information about Allstate's environmental sustainability efforts, please visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility/environment.aspx">http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility/environment.aspx</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Kyle Donash<br /> 847-402-7893<br /> <a href="mailto:Kyle.donash@allstate.com">Kyle.donash@allstate.com</a></p> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 11:35:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/1a8f30de-6160-4e71-91cb-4ee919ffac23 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/1a8f30de-6160-4e71-91cb-4ee919ffac23 CDP Recognizes Allstate as Leader in Climate Change Transparency; Only Property and Casualty Insurer to Make List Reductions in carbon emissions, energy usage rise to top of Allstate’s environmental accomplishments<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Related Document, 2 Photos</strong><p>Allstate has been recognized as a leader among the S&amp;P 500 for excelling at disclosure of climate change data by CDP, the world's only global environmental disclosure system. Allstate scored 97 out of 100 in this year's report, the highest score the company has received since it started reporting in 2007</p> <p>"This the fifth year Allstate has been included in the Climate Disclosure Leadership Index, an achievement we're quite proud of given how many companies have intensified their commitment to climate-related issues in recent years" said Vicky Dinges, senior vice president of corporate responsibility at Allstate. "We continue to look for innovative approaches to manage our environmental footprint in a way that helps our business be more sustainable and our communities more livable."</p> <p>CDP's annual CDLI index spotlights companies listed on the Standard &amp; Poor's 500 Index (S&amp;P 500) that have demonstrated a high level of transparency and data quality in their disclosure of climate-related information. Thirty-three S&amp;P 500 companies are featured in the 2014 CDLI.</p> <p>Company disclosures to CDP are scored on a scale of 100 for completeness and data quality. High scores indicate that companies provided robust climate data and conveyed a strong understanding of corporate climate-related issues. The companies in the top 10 percent for disclosure scores are awarded a position on the CDLI. The S&amp;P 500 report including names of companies featured in the CDLI can be found at <a href="http://www.cdp.net">www.cdp.net</a>.</p> <p>Allstate has also made significant progress toward its long-term environmental sustainability goals in recent years. Notable accomplishments include:</p> <ul> <li>Reduced energy use in owned facilities by <strong>19.39 percent</strong> compared to the company's 2007 baseline, nearly reaching Allstate's long-term goal to cut energy use 20 percent by 2020.</li> <li>Reduced carbon footprint by <strong>6.3 percent </strong>in 2013 and nearly <strong>27 percent</strong> since 2007.</li> <li>Kept more than <strong>one million</strong> plastic water bottles out of landfills thanks to <strong>168</strong> water-filtration stations installed across Allstate facilities.</li> <li>Installed innovative airflow management technology in two Allstate data centers, which reduced the amount of power used and netted savings of nearly <strong>$120,000</strong>.</li> <li>Published a comprehensive <strong>new climate change policy</strong>, defining Allstate's approach to one of today's most critical environmental issues.</li> </ul> <p>For more information about Allstate's environmental sustainability efforts, please visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility/environment.aspx">http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility/environment.aspx</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Kyle Donash<br /> 847-402-7893<br /> <a href="mailto:Kyle.donash@allstate.com">Kyle.donash@allstate.com</a></p>