Feed http://allstatenewsroom.com en-US Copyright 2014 40 Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:25:22 -0500 Allstate "Reality Rides℠" Pit-Stops in Denver 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>Tomorrow, Allstate Insurance Company's "Reality Rides<sup>SM</sup>" stops-off in Denver 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>In Denver, Reality Rides will visit Red Rocks Amphitheater from 4 p.m. &ndash; 7:30 p.m. prior to the Dierks Bentley concert.</p> <p>"Reality Rides is evolving as quickly as Denver Allstate customers' and consumers' needs are evolving with new technologies to engage drivers in a compelling and safe format," said Mike McFarlin, 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 Coloradoans."</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, Denver 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>Stephanie Howell<br /> 303-842-3715<br /> <a href="mailto:Stephanie.Howell@allstate.com">Stephanie.Howell@allstate.com</a></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:48:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/c3698599-23a2-413b-851e-60d65fc666d9 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/c3698599-23a2-413b-851e-60d65fc666d9 Allstate "Reality Rides℠" Pit-Stops in Denver 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>Tomorrow, Allstate Insurance Company's "Reality Rides<sup>SM</sup>" stops-off in Denver 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>In Denver, Reality Rides will visit Red Rocks Amphitheater from 4 p.m. &ndash; 7:30 p.m. prior to the Dierks Bentley concert.</p> <p>"Reality Rides is evolving as quickly as Denver Allstate customers' and consumers' needs are evolving with new technologies to engage drivers in a compelling and safe format," said Mike McFarlin, 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 Coloradoans."</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, Denver 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>Stephanie Howell<br /> 303-842-3715<br /> <a href="mailto:Stephanie.Howell@allstate.com">Stephanie.Howell@allstate.com</a></p> Michael L. Eskew <img src="/photos/5f24/2040/5f242040-17fb-45c2-81d9-8b83476139d4-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Michael L. Eskew Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:33:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/michael-l-eskew http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/michael-l-eskew Michael L. Eskew <img src="/photos/5f24/2040/5f242040-17fb-45c2-81d9-8b83476139d4-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Michael L. Eskew Survey Finds Gap Between Home Protection Concerns And Consumer Actions <img src="/photos/ba97/f240/ba97f240-7bbd-4a97-bac1-e7f49c37eb37-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Survey Finds Gap Between Home Protection Concerns And Consumer Actions Tue, 22 Jul 2014 06:06:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/survey-finds-gap-between-home-protection-concerns-and-consumer-actions http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/survey-finds-gap-between-home-protection-concerns-and-consumer-actions Survey Finds Gap Between Home Protection Concerns And Consumer Actions <img src="/photos/ba97/f240/ba97f240-7bbd-4a97-bac1-e7f49c37eb37-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Survey Finds Gap Between Home Protection Concerns And Consumer Actions B-roll: Kristin Chenoweth interviews consumers about protecting their belongings Survey Finds Gap Between Home Protection Concerns And Consumer Actions Tue, 22 Jul 2014 06:06:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/videos/92d8e93b-65b4-4c58-8ea9-2f4a55659dd4 http://allstatenewsroom.com/videos/92d8e93b-65b4-4c58-8ea9-2f4a55659dd4 B-roll: Kristin Chenoweth interviews consumers about protecting their belongings Survey Finds Gap Between Home Protection Concerns And Consumer Actions Survey Finds Gap Between Home Protection Concerns And Consumer Actions <img src="/photos/ae05/344d/ae05344d-af7f-445a-b28b-cfe9d975e716-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Survey Finds Gap Between Home Protection Concerns And Consumer Actions Tue, 22 Jul 2014 06:05:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/survey-finds-gap-between-home-protection-concerns-and-consumer-actions-2 http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/survey-finds-gap-between-home-protection-concerns-and-consumer-actions-2 Survey Finds Gap Between Home Protection Concerns And Consumer Actions <img src="/photos/ae05/344d/ae05344d-af7f-445a-b28b-cfe9d975e716-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Survey Finds Gap Between Home Protection Concerns And Consumer Actions Webisode: Kristin Chenoweth talks to consumers about protecting the stuff in their home Survey Finds Gap Between Home Protection Concerns And Consumer Actions Tue, 22 Jul 2014 06:05:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/videos/d28afc2f-55c6-4a4c-b18a-8e141771fd2b http://allstatenewsroom.com/videos/d28afc2f-55c6-4a4c-b18a-8e141771fd2b Webisode: Kristin Chenoweth talks to consumers about protecting the stuff in their home Survey Finds Gap Between Home Protection Concerns And Consumer Actions Survey Finds Gap Between Home Protection Concerns And Consumer Actions <img src="/photos/aae0/7c8d/aae07c8d-f7e3-407f-9017-ae1749bc8a80-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Survey Finds Gap Between Home Protection Concerns And Consumer Actions Tue, 22 Jul 2014 06:05:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/survey-finds-gap-between-home-protection-concerns-and-consumer-actions-1 http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/survey-finds-gap-between-home-protection-concerns-and-consumer-actions-1 Survey Finds Gap Between Home Protection Concerns And Consumer Actions <img src="/photos/aae0/7c8d/aae07c8d-f7e3-407f-9017-ae1749bc8a80-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Survey Finds Gap Between Home Protection Concerns And Consumer Actions Survey Finds Gap Between Home Protection Concerns And Consumer Actions The Allstate Protect It Or Lose It Campaign Helps Consumers Better Prepare for the Unexpected with a Fun Approach that Encourages People to Value and Inventory their Everyday Items<br /><strong>This release contains: 2 Videos, 1 Related Document, 4 Photos</strong><p>Nearly all homeowners (90%) are concerned about protecting their homes, yet haven't valued their possessions in years &ndash; let alone documented what they have. And while the majority say they know the value of their big-ticket items like TVs and stereos, most forget about things like home d&eacute;cor, area rugs and appliances, not to mention mundane possessions like bedding and bath towels, according to a recent survey from Allstate. &nbsp;</p> <p>To help homeowners prepare, Allstate is launching the "Protect It Or Lose It" campaign that reminds people about the importance of knowing the value of <span style="text-decoration: underline;">all</span> of their belongings &ndash; even the smaller things that can add up to financial losses. &nbsp;</p> <p>"Every day, our Allstate agency owners help their customers fully understand their needs, assess all the potential risks in their lives, and help them prevent those risks from happening in the first place," said Sanjay Gupta, executive vice president of marketing, innovation and corporate relations, at Allstate Insurance Company. "The Allstate Protect It Or Lose It campaign engages and empowers consumers to accurately value their possessions, and provides the tools to help consumers better prepare for unexpected losses."</p> <p>Award winning actress and accomplished singer Kristin Chenoweth knows all too well how even everyday household items can add up for families after helping with disaster relief last year. "I've seen firsthand what it's like to have to start over through my disaster relief work over the years and especially with the devastation last summer," said Kristin Chenoweth, spokeswoman for the Protect It Or Lose It campaign. "I'm excited to partner with Allstate and encourage people to take steps to make sure they are protected so that if the worst happens, they are covered."</p> <p>As summer weather heats up and vacation travel season is in full swing, it's important to note the top five most common causes of homeowner insurance claims, according to Allstate:</p> <ul> <li>Windstorm and hail</li> <li>Water (including air conditioning leaks)</li> <li>Home break-ins and thefts</li> <li>Fire</li> <li>Lightning</li> </ul> <p><strong>Local Concerns</strong></p> <ul> <li>The most worried homeowners hail from the South Atlantic states, where 41% say they are extremely concerned about protecting their homes. &nbsp;</li> <li>But in the wild-fire prone West, only 28% of respondents care that much, according to the survey. </li> </ul> <p><strong>Generational Gaps</strong></p> <ul> <li>In addition, Millennials are more likely to value their possessions every one to two years (at least the more expensive ones), but are less informed about what kind of protection they have. Less than half (47%) know their minimum deductible and fewer still (40%) know any details about their current coverage. &nbsp;&nbsp;</li> <li>Homeowners over the age of 55, on the other hand, are more aware of the value of typical household items, but are most likely not to have documented anything (56%). </li> </ul> <p>Beginning in July and continuing through October, Allstate is traveling across the country to show homeowners the importance of protecting all of their possessions.The Protect It Or Lose It tour will host fun, educational events in 10 cities across the country. Each event includes a live game show, digital games, fun photo opportunities and the chance to win exciting prizes. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>For homeowners across America, everyone has the chance to get a lesson in protecting their belongings via an <a href="http://www.protectitorloseit.com" target="_blank">online game</a> that challenges players to protect everyday items as well as valuables. To advance to the next level, players learn the importance of remembering to protect everything from kitchen utensils to appliances to artwork along the way. Daily sweepstakes prizes are awarded from July 15 to October 15, with a $5,000 grand prize.</p> <p>To learn more and view the complete rules for the Protect it Or Lose It sweepstakes, visit <a href="http://www.ProtectItOrLoseIt.com" target="_blank">www.ProtectItOrLoseIt.com</a> and get tips to ensure your family is protected in the event of a loss. The site includes links to Allstate's <a href="http://www.digitallocker.com" target="_blank">Digital Locker&reg;</a> application, which helps you keep an inventory of your personal property on your smart phone, tablet device or computer. The application is free to use and provides password-protected online storage, keeping your inventory free from the same perils that might cause a claim. Taking advantage of this tool and reviewing your coverage can leave you better informed and better prepared.</p> <p><strong>About the Survey</strong><br /> The Allstate Homeowners Survey was conducted online by Impulse Research in June 2014. &nbsp;Survey recipients represent a random sample of 1062 men and women, 18+ who are homeowners (condominium and townhome-owners were excluded from the survey), all members of the Impulse Research proprietary online panel. The Impulse Research proprietary online panel has been carefully selected to closely match US population demographics and the respondents are representative of American men and women 18+. The overall sampling error rate for this survey is +/-3% at the 95% rate of confidence. The geographical spread used within the survey is broken into five regions according to Impulse Research policy.</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. &nbsp;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. &nbsp;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>. &nbsp;Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;">#&nbsp; #&nbsp; #</p> <p><strong>Contact:&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Kari Mather<br /> 847-402-5600<br /> <a href="mailto:kari.mather@allstate.com">kari.mather@allstate. com</a></p> <p>Kate Hollcraft<br /> 847-402-5600<a href="mailto:kate.hollcraft@allstate.com"><br /> kate.hollcraft@allstate. com</a></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 06:05:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/15c8c1a5-abb3-4d18-a70a-6531734bf5ce http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/15c8c1a5-abb3-4d18-a70a-6531734bf5ce Survey Finds Gap Between Home Protection Concerns And Consumer Actions The Allstate Protect It Or Lose It Campaign Helps Consumers Better Prepare for the Unexpected with a Fun Approach that Encourages People to Value and Inventory their Everyday Items<br /><strong>This release contains: 2 Videos, 1 Related Document, 4 Photos</strong><p>Nearly all homeowners (90%) are concerned about protecting their homes, yet haven't valued their possessions in years &ndash; let alone documented what they have. And while the majority say they know the value of their big-ticket items like TVs and stereos, most forget about things like home d&eacute;cor, area rugs and appliances, not to mention mundane possessions like bedding and bath towels, according to a recent survey from Allstate. &nbsp;</p> <p>To help homeowners prepare, Allstate is launching the "Protect It Or Lose It" campaign that reminds people about the importance of knowing the value of <span style="text-decoration: underline;">all</span> of their belongings &ndash; even the smaller things that can add up to financial losses. &nbsp;</p> <p>"Every day, our Allstate agency owners help their customers fully understand their needs, assess all the potential risks in their lives, and help them prevent those risks from happening in the first place," said Sanjay Gupta, executive vice president of marketing, innovation and corporate relations, at Allstate Insurance Company. "The Allstate Protect It Or Lose It campaign engages and empowers consumers to accurately value their possessions, and provides the tools to help consumers better prepare for unexpected losses."</p> <p>Award winning actress and accomplished singer Kristin Chenoweth knows all too well how even everyday household items can add up for families after helping with disaster relief last year. "I've seen firsthand what it's like to have to start over through my disaster relief work over the years and especially with the devastation last summer," said Kristin Chenoweth, spokeswoman for the Protect It Or Lose It campaign. "I'm excited to partner with Allstate and encourage people to take steps to make sure they are protected so that if the worst happens, they are covered."</p> <p>As summer weather heats up and vacation travel season is in full swing, it's important to note the top five most common causes of homeowner insurance claims, according to Allstate:</p> <ul> <li>Windstorm and hail</li> <li>Water (including air conditioning leaks)</li> <li>Home break-ins and thefts</li> <li>Fire</li> <li>Lightning</li> </ul> <p><strong>Local Concerns</strong></p> <ul> <li>The most worried homeowners hail from the South Atlantic states, where 41% say they are extremely concerned about protecting their homes. &nbsp;</li> <li>But in the wild-fire prone West, only 28% of respondents care that much, according to the survey. </li> </ul> <p><strong>Generational Gaps</strong></p> <ul> <li>In addition, Millennials are more likely to value their possessions every one to two years (at least the more expensive ones), but are less informed about what kind of protection they have. Less than half (47%) know their minimum deductible and fewer still (40%) know any details about their current coverage. &nbsp;&nbsp;</li> <li>Homeowners over the age of 55, on the other hand, are more aware of the value of typical household items, but are most likely not to have documented anything (56%). </li> </ul> <p>Beginning in July and continuing through October, Allstate is traveling across the country to show homeowners the importance of protecting all of their possessions.The Protect It Or Lose It tour will host fun, educational events in 10 cities across the country. Each event includes a live game show, digital games, fun photo opportunities and the chance to win exciting prizes. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>For homeowners across America, everyone has the chance to get a lesson in protecting their belongings via an <a href="http://www.protectitorloseit.com" target="_blank">online game</a> that challenges players to protect everyday items as well as valuables. To advance to the next level, players learn the importance of remembering to protect everything from kitchen utensils to appliances to artwork along the way. Daily sweepstakes prizes are awarded from July 15 to October 15, with a $5,000 grand prize.</p> <p>To learn more and view the complete rules for the Protect it Or Lose It sweepstakes, visit <a href="http://www.ProtectItOrLoseIt.com" target="_blank">www.ProtectItOrLoseIt.com</a> and get tips to ensure your family is protected in the event of a loss. The site includes links to Allstate's <a href="http://www.digitallocker.com" target="_blank">Digital Locker&reg;</a> application, which helps you keep an inventory of your personal property on your smart phone, tablet device or computer. The application is free to use and provides password-protected online storage, keeping your inventory free from the same perils that might cause a claim. Taking advantage of this tool and reviewing your coverage can leave you better informed and better prepared.</p> <p><strong>About the Survey</strong><br /> The Allstate Homeowners Survey was conducted online by Impulse Research in June 2014. &nbsp;Survey recipients represent a random sample of 1062 men and women, 18+ who are homeowners (condominium and townhome-owners were excluded from the survey), all members of the Impulse Research proprietary online panel. The Impulse Research proprietary online panel has been carefully selected to closely match US population demographics and the respondents are representative of American men and women 18+. The overall sampling error rate for this survey is +/-3% at the 95% rate of confidence. The geographical spread used within the survey is broken into five regions according to Impulse Research policy.</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. &nbsp;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. &nbsp;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>. &nbsp;Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;">#&nbsp; #&nbsp; #</p> <p><strong>Contact:&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Kari Mather<br /> 847-402-5600<br /> <a href="mailto:kari.mather@allstate.com">kari.mather@allstate. com</a></p> <p>Kate Hollcraft<br /> 847-402-5600<a href="mailto:kate.hollcraft@allstate.com"><br /> kate.hollcraft@allstate. com</a></p> Survey Finds Gap Between Home Protection Concerns And Consumer Actions <img src="/photos/3a9c/a8c0/3a9ca8c0-39ae-480d-a99f-f467b010c2a8-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Survey Finds Gap Between Home Protection Concerns And Consumer Actions Tue, 22 Jul 2014 06:05:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/survey-finds-gap-between-home-protection-concerns-and-consumer-actions-3 http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/survey-finds-gap-between-home-protection-concerns-and-consumer-actions-3 Survey Finds Gap Between Home Protection Concerns And Consumer Actions <img src="/photos/3a9c/a8c0/3a9ca8c0-39ae-480d-a99f-f467b010c2a8-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Survey Finds Gap Between Home Protection Concerns And Consumer Actions Allstate Elects Michael L. Eskew to Board, Names F. Duane Ackerman Lead Director <strong>This release contains: 1 Related Document, 1 Photo</strong><p>The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) announced that Michael L. Eskew, 65, former chief executive officer of United Parcel Service, has been elected to its board of directors, effective immediately. In addition, F. Duane Ackerman, 71, was named its board's lead director.</p> <p>"Allstate's shareholders are well-served by a diverse team of directors with world-class technical, industry and leadership experience," said Thomas J. Wilson, chairman, president and chief executive officer. "Mike's successful leadership at UPS and his expertise in utilizing technology to transform businesses to better serve customers further strengthens our board. Duane will be a highly effective lead director given his extensive governance experience and knowledge of Allstate."</p> <p><strong>About Michael Eskew</strong><br /> As chairman and chief executive officer of United Parcel Service, Inc. from 2002 to 2007, Eskew led the company's operational and technology transformation to improve both customer service and efficiency. Eskew also is a board member for United Parcel Service, lead director at 3M, presiding director at International Business Machines Corp., and board member for Eli Lilly and Company. He is chairman of the board of trustees of The Annie E. Casey Foundation, which is the country's largest foundation dedicated to disadvantaged youth. Eskew holds a bachelor's degree from Purdue University.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate</strong><br /> <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.</p> <p>Financial information, including material announcements about The Allstate Corporation, is routinely posted on <a href="http://www.allstateinvestors.com" target="_blank">www.allstateinvestors.com</a>.</p> <p>#&nbsp; #&nbsp; #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Maryellen Thielen<br /> (847) 402-5600</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 04:34:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/7c8a18d3-1238-4acc-8e95-390a85c821ce http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/7c8a18d3-1238-4acc-8e95-390a85c821ce Allstate Elects Michael L. Eskew to Board, Names F. Duane Ackerman Lead Director <strong>This release contains: 1 Related Document, 1 Photo</strong><p>The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) announced that Michael L. Eskew, 65, former chief executive officer of United Parcel Service, has been elected to its board of directors, effective immediately. In addition, F. Duane Ackerman, 71, was named its board's lead director.</p> <p>"Allstate's shareholders are well-served by a diverse team of directors with world-class technical, industry and leadership experience," said Thomas J. Wilson, chairman, president and chief executive officer. "Mike's successful leadership at UPS and his expertise in utilizing technology to transform businesses to better serve customers further strengthens our board. Duane will be a highly effective lead director given his extensive governance experience and knowledge of Allstate."</p> <p><strong>About Michael Eskew</strong><br /> As chairman and chief executive officer of United Parcel Service, Inc. from 2002 to 2007, Eskew led the company's operational and technology transformation to improve both customer service and efficiency. Eskew also is a board member for United Parcel Service, lead director at 3M, presiding director at International Business Machines Corp., and board member for Eli Lilly and Company. He is chairman of the board of trustees of The Annie E. Casey Foundation, which is the country's largest foundation dedicated to disadvantaged youth. Eskew holds a bachelor's degree from Purdue University.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate</strong><br /> <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.</p> <p>Financial information, including material announcements about The Allstate Corporation, is routinely posted on <a href="http://www.allstateinvestors.com" target="_blank">www.allstateinvestors.com</a>.</p> <p>#&nbsp; #&nbsp; #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Maryellen Thielen<br /> (847) 402-5600</p> Allstate Announces Common Stock Dividend <strong>This release contains: 1 Related Document, 1 Photo</strong><p>The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) today announced a quarterly dividend of 28 cents on each outstanding share of the corporation's common stock, payable in cash on October 1, 2014, to stockholders of record at the close of business on August 29, 2014.</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 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" target="_blank">www.allstateinvestors.com</a>.</p> <p>#&nbsp; #&nbsp; #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Maryellen Thielen<br /> (847) 402-5600</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 01:14:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/77fd0567-b310-45d2-8fab-c3cd8272e014 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/77fd0567-b310-45d2-8fab-c3cd8272e014 Allstate Announces Common Stock Dividend <strong>This release contains: 1 Related Document, 1 Photo</strong><p>The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) today announced a quarterly dividend of 28 cents on each outstanding share of the corporation's common stock, payable in cash on October 1, 2014, to stockholders of record at the close of business on August 29, 2014.</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 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" target="_blank">www.allstateinvestors.com</a>.</p> <p>#&nbsp; #&nbsp; #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Maryellen Thielen<br /> (847) 402-5600</p> Allstate Offers Insurance Claims Help for Customers Affected by the Carlton Complex Wildfire <strong>This release contains: 1 Related Document, 1 Photo</strong><p>Allstate is committed to helping residents begin the rebuilding process following the Carlton Complex<strong> </strong>wildfire. Claims personnel are on the ground in the affected areas to help customers begin the claims process.</p> <p>Allstate customers whose homes or automobiles have been damaged or destroyed by this wildfire, or who were ordered by civil authorities to leave their homes can file a claim using one of the following methods:</p> <ul> <li>Visit Allstate claims personnel on-site between 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Walmart in Chelan, located at 108 N Apple Blossom Drive Chelan, WA 98816</li> <li>Call or visit an <strong>Allstate agent</strong></li> <li>Call Allstate at <strong>1-800-54-STORM (1-800-547-8676)</strong></li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.allstate.com/claims/report-claim.aspx">Report a claim online</a></strong></li> </ul> <p>Remember, personal safety comes first. If it's safe to do so, consider the following tips when returning to homes in the fire affected areas:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Review your homeowners' policy for additional living expense coverage.</strong> Customers who were ordered to leave their homes by civil authorities may be eligible for Additional Living Expenses (ALE). Please check your homeowner policy to see what coverage it provides. If you have any questions, please contact your agent or adjuster.</li> <li><strong>Make temporary repairs.</strong> Check your policy to see if it provides reimbursement for temporary repairs that are needed as a result of the fire to prevent further loss. Keep an accurate, detailed record of temporary repair costs to submit to your adjuster for possible reimbursement.</li> <li><strong>Review your automobile policy.</strong> Talk to your agent to determine whether or not your auto insurance policy provides coverage if your vehicle is damaged by fire.</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>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Frank Clouser <br /> <a href="mailto:Frank.Clouser@allstate.com">Frank.Clouser@allstate.com</a> <br /> Office: 425-489-5238<br /> Mobile:&nbsp; 425-205-7190</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:11:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/295a6695-31ca-48d6-a22c-a7bfe2788ea1 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/295a6695-31ca-48d6-a22c-a7bfe2788ea1 Allstate Offers Insurance Claims Help for Customers Affected by the Carlton Complex Wildfire <strong>This release contains: 1 Related Document, 1 Photo</strong><p>Allstate is committed to helping residents begin the rebuilding process following the Carlton Complex<strong> </strong>wildfire. Claims personnel are on the ground in the affected areas to help customers begin the claims process.</p> <p>Allstate customers whose homes or automobiles have been damaged or destroyed by this wildfire, or who were ordered by civil authorities to leave their homes can file a claim using one of the following methods:</p> <ul> <li>Visit Allstate claims personnel on-site between 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Walmart in Chelan, located at 108 N Apple Blossom Drive Chelan, WA 98816</li> <li>Call or visit an <strong>Allstate agent</strong></li> <li>Call Allstate at <strong>1-800-54-STORM (1-800-547-8676)</strong></li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.allstate.com/claims/report-claim.aspx">Report a claim online</a></strong></li> </ul> <p>Remember, personal safety comes first. If it's safe to do so, consider the following tips when returning to homes in the fire affected areas:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Review your homeowners' policy for additional living expense coverage.</strong> Customers who were ordered to leave their homes by civil authorities may be eligible for Additional Living Expenses (ALE). Please check your homeowner policy to see what coverage it provides. If you have any questions, please contact your agent or adjuster.</li> <li><strong>Make temporary repairs.</strong> Check your policy to see if it provides reimbursement for temporary repairs that are needed as a result of the fire to prevent further loss. Keep an accurate, detailed record of temporary repair costs to submit to your adjuster for possible reimbursement.</li> <li><strong>Review your automobile policy.</strong> Talk to your agent to determine whether or not your auto insurance policy provides coverage if your vehicle is damaged by fire.</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>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Frank Clouser <br /> <a href="mailto:Frank.Clouser@allstate.com">Frank.Clouser@allstate.com</a> <br /> Office: 425-489-5238<br /> Mobile:&nbsp; 425-205-7190</p> As Wildfire Threatens, Allstate Offers Advice For Oregon Homeowners <strong>This release contains: 1 Related Document, 1 Photo</strong><p>With wildfires burning throughout Oregon, Allstate is ready to respond with claim personnel to help customers. But right now, safety comes first.</p> <p>If evacuations may soon be a possibility, you need to prepare immediately for a quick departure. Allstate and the Insurance Institute on Building and Home Safety have ways for people to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/tools-and-resources/be-aware-and-prepare/wildfire.aspx">be aware and prepare</a> when wildfire threatens.</p> <p><strong>Before leaving the home&hellip;</strong></p> <ul> <li>Gather important documents such as insurance policies, birth certificates and identification. </li> <li>If it's safe to do so, conduct a home inventory of your property. It's helpful to keep track of model numbers and stores where items were purchased. Keep your inventory, including photos and videos, in a safe place away from your home. </li> <li>Contact your Allstate agent to determine whether your homeowners' policy provides for additional living expenses if you've been evacuated from your home under orders of local civil authorities.</li> <li>Prepare an Emergency Supply Kit including a supply of water, non-perishable food, radio and batteries, flashlight and a first-aid kit.</li> </ul> <p><strong>If leaving the home&hellip;</strong></p> <ul> <li>Develop an evacuation plan that includes at least two exit routes from the neighborhood. Choose a route away from fire hazards and watch for changes in the speed and direction of fire and smoke.<strong>&nbsp;</strong></li> <li>Be aware of information provided by local authorities and law enforcement on when to evacuate and when it is safe to return home. </li> <li>Close windows, vents, doors, Venetian blinds or non-combustible window coverings and heavy drapes.</li> <li>Notify neighbors, family and friends of your intended destination, and exchange contact information.</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>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Frank Clouser<br /> Office: 425-489-5238<br /> Mobile:&nbsp; 425-205-7190</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 18:00:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/fe24be6a-3666-43ea-985a-d38b178b6392 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/fe24be6a-3666-43ea-985a-d38b178b6392 As Wildfire Threatens, Allstate Offers Advice For Oregon Homeowners <strong>This release contains: 1 Related Document, 1 Photo</strong><p>With wildfires burning throughout Oregon, Allstate is ready to respond with claim personnel to help customers. But right now, safety comes first.</p> <p>If evacuations may soon be a possibility, you need to prepare immediately for a quick departure. Allstate and the Insurance Institute on Building and Home Safety have ways for people to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/tools-and-resources/be-aware-and-prepare/wildfire.aspx">be aware and prepare</a> when wildfire threatens.</p> <p><strong>Before leaving the home&hellip;</strong></p> <ul> <li>Gather important documents such as insurance policies, birth certificates and identification. </li> <li>If it's safe to do so, conduct a home inventory of your property. It's helpful to keep track of model numbers and stores where items were purchased. Keep your inventory, including photos and videos, in a safe place away from your home. </li> <li>Contact your Allstate agent to determine whether your homeowners' policy provides for additional living expenses if you've been evacuated from your home under orders of local civil authorities.</li> <li>Prepare an Emergency Supply Kit including a supply of water, non-perishable food, radio and batteries, flashlight and a first-aid kit.</li> </ul> <p><strong>If leaving the home&hellip;</strong></p> <ul> <li>Develop an evacuation plan that includes at least two exit routes from the neighborhood. Choose a route away from fire hazards and watch for changes in the speed and direction of fire and smoke.<strong>&nbsp;</strong></li> <li>Be aware of information provided by local authorities and law enforcement on when to evacuate and when it is safe to return home. </li> <li>Close windows, vents, doors, Venetian blinds or non-combustible window coverings and heavy drapes.</li> <li>Notify neighbors, family and friends of your intended destination, and exchange contact information.</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>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Frank Clouser<br /> Office: 425-489-5238<br /> Mobile:&nbsp; 425-205-7190</p> As Wildfire Threatens, Allstate Offers Advice For Washington Homeowners <strong>This release contains: 1 Related Document, 1 Photo</strong><p>With wildfires burning throughout central and eastern Washington, Allstate is already responding and bringing claim personnel into the area to help customers. But right now, safety comes first.</p> <p>If evacuations may soon be a possibility, you need to prepare immediately for a quick departure. Allstate and the Insurance Institute on Building and Home Safety have ways for people to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/tools-and-resources/be-aware-and-prepare/wildfire.aspx" target="_blank">be aware and prepare</a> when wildfire threatens.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Before leaving the home&hellip;</strong></p> <ul> <li>Gather important documents such as insurance policies, birth certificates and identification. </li> <li>If it's safe to do so, conduct a home inventory of your property. It's helpful to keep track of model numbers and stores where items were purchased. Keep your inventory, including photos and videos, in a safe place away from your home. </li> <li>Contact your Allstate agent to determine whether your homeowners' policy provides for additional living expenses if you've been evacuated from your home under orders of local civil authorities.</li> <li>Prepare an Emergency Supply Kit including a supply of water, non-perishable food, radio and batteries, flashlight and a first-aid kit.</li> </ul> <p><strong>If leaving the home&hellip;</strong></p> <ul> <li>Develop an evacuation plan that includes at least two exit routes from the neighborhood. Choose a route away from fire hazards and watch for changes in the speed and direction of fire and smoke.</li> <li>Be aware of information provided by local authorities and law enforcement on when to evacuate and when it is safe to return home. </li> <li>Close windows, vents, doors, Venetian blinds or non-combustible window coverings and heavy drapes.</li> <li>Notify neighbors, family and friends of your intended destination, and exchange contact information.</li> </ul> <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><strong>Frank Clouser </strong> <br /> <a href="mailto:Frank.Clouser@allstate.com">Frank.Clouser@allstate.com</a> <br /> Office: 425-489-5238<br /> Mobile:&nbsp; 425-205-7190</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 14:55:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/558577bd-e97c-4abc-bb9b-481c2c307074 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/558577bd-e97c-4abc-bb9b-481c2c307074 As Wildfire Threatens, Allstate Offers Advice For Washington Homeowners <strong>This release contains: 1 Related Document, 1 Photo</strong><p>With wildfires burning throughout central and eastern Washington, Allstate is already responding and bringing claim personnel into the area to help customers. But right now, safety comes first.</p> <p>If evacuations may soon be a possibility, you need to prepare immediately for a quick departure. Allstate and the Insurance Institute on Building and Home Safety have ways for people to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/tools-and-resources/be-aware-and-prepare/wildfire.aspx" target="_blank">be aware and prepare</a> when wildfire threatens.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Before leaving the home&hellip;</strong></p> <ul> <li>Gather important documents such as insurance policies, birth certificates and identification. </li> <li>If it's safe to do so, conduct a home inventory of your property. It's helpful to keep track of model numbers and stores where items were purchased. Keep your inventory, including photos and videos, in a safe place away from your home. </li> <li>Contact your Allstate agent to determine whether your homeowners' policy provides for additional living expenses if you've been evacuated from your home under orders of local civil authorities.</li> <li>Prepare an Emergency Supply Kit including a supply of water, non-perishable food, radio and batteries, flashlight and a first-aid kit.</li> </ul> <p><strong>If leaving the home&hellip;</strong></p> <ul> <li>Develop an evacuation plan that includes at least two exit routes from the neighborhood. Choose a route away from fire hazards and watch for changes in the speed and direction of fire and smoke.</li> <li>Be aware of information provided by local authorities and law enforcement on when to evacuate and when it is safe to return home. </li> <li>Close windows, vents, doors, Venetian blinds or non-combustible window coverings and heavy drapes.</li> <li>Notify neighbors, family and friends of your intended destination, and exchange contact information.</li> </ul> <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><strong>Frank Clouser </strong> <br /> <a href="mailto:Frank.Clouser@allstate.com">Frank.Clouser@allstate.com</a> <br /> Office: 425-489-5238<br /> Mobile:&nbsp; 425-205-7190</p> Allstate Announces June 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 June&nbsp;2014 of $216 million, pre-tax ($140 million after-tax). Catastrophe losses occurring in June comprised twelve events at an estimated cost of $214 million, pre-tax, plus increased reserve reestimates of prior reported catastrophe losses.&nbsp;</p> <p>Allstate previously announced $720 million, pre-tax ($468 million after-tax), in estimated catastrophe losses for the months of April and May 2014, which results in estimated catastrophe losses for second quarter 2014 of $936 million, pre-tax ($608 million after-tax). Non-catastrophe frequency and severity losses for second quarter 2014 were below first quarter 2014 which was impacted by severe winter weather losses.</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.</p> <p>Financial information, including material announcements about The Allstate Corporation, is routinely posted on <a href="http://www.allstateinvestors.com" target="_blank">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># # # #</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, 17 Jul 2014 08:13:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/de03477d-1e58-4d95-9b54-92ed32494bed http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/de03477d-1e58-4d95-9b54-92ed32494bed Allstate Announces June 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 June&nbsp;2014 of $216 million, pre-tax ($140 million after-tax). Catastrophe losses occurring in June comprised twelve events at an estimated cost of $214 million, pre-tax, plus increased reserve reestimates of prior reported catastrophe losses.&nbsp;</p> <p>Allstate previously announced $720 million, pre-tax ($468 million after-tax), in estimated catastrophe losses for the months of April and May 2014, which results in estimated catastrophe losses for second quarter 2014 of $936 million, pre-tax ($608 million after-tax). Non-catastrophe frequency and severity losses for second quarter 2014 were below first quarter 2014 which was impacted by severe winter weather losses.</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.</p> <p>Financial information, including material announcements about The Allstate Corporation, is routinely posted on <a href="http://www.allstateinvestors.com" target="_blank">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># # # #</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> Protect It or Lose It: Homeowners Encouraged to Back Up Their Memories, Protect Their Belongings <strong>This release contains: 2 Videos, 1 Related Document, 5 Photos</strong><p>Nearly all homeowners (90 percent) are concerned about protecting their homes, yet haven't valued their possessions in years &ndash; let alone documented what they have, according to a new Allstate survey of homeowners.&nbsp; And while the majority say they know the value of their big-ticket items like TVs and stereos, most forget about things like home d&eacute;cor, area rugs and appliances, not to mention mundane possessions like bedding and bath towels, according to a recent survey from Allstate.</p> <p>Many homeowners could lose-out when they file claims if they do not know the full extent of their losses. As summer weather heats up and vacation travel season is in full swing, it's important to note the top five most common causes of homeowner insurance claims in Michigan, according to Allstate:</p> <ul> <li>Windstorm and hail</li> <li>Water (including air conditioning leaks)</li> <li>Fire</li> <li>Theft</li> <li>Freezing</li> </ul> <p>To help homeowners prepare for the unexpected, Allstate is launching the "Protect It Or Lose It" tour to remind people about the importance of knowing the value of all of their belongings &ndash; even the smaller things that can add up to financial losses.</p> <p>The tour will visit the Ann Arbor Art Fair Wednesday, July 16, through Friday, July 19, from 10 a.m. through 9 p.m. and Saturday, July 20, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Each event includes a live game show, digital games, fun photo opportunities and the chance to win exciting prizes.&nbsp;</p> <p>"The Allstate Protect It Or Lose It tour is an engaging way to drive home the point that accurately valuing your possessions can save you headaches in the long run," said Gary Heslinga, Michigan sales leader for Allstate. "We're committed to educating people about steps that can be taken before an unexpected loss strikes, and providing tools to help homeowners prepare."</p> <p><strong>A regional survey of homeowners showed that:</strong></p> <ul> <li>If people could grab one thing from their home, 31 percent said it would be a purse or wallet. This is the only area of the country with a higher percentage choosing a purse or wallet instead of important documents.</li> <li>One in four homeowners don't know the specifics of their homeowners policy.</li> <li>Forty-two percent of homeowners have not documented or assessed the value of their belongings.</li> </ul> <p>For homeowners across America, everyone has the chance to get a lesson in protecting their belongings via an <a href="http://www.protectitorloseit.com" target="_blank">online game</a> that challenges players to protect everyday items as well as valuables. To advance to the next level, players learn the importance of remembering to protect everything from kitchen utensils to appliances to artwork along the way. Daily sweepstakes prizes are awarded from July 15 to October 15, with a $5,000 grand prize.</p> <p>To learn more and view the complete rules for the Protect It Or Lose It sweepstakes, visit <a href="http://www.ProtectItOrLoseIt.com" target="_blank">www.ProtectItOrLoseIt.com</a> and get tips to ensure your family is protected in the event of a loss.</p> <p><strong>About the Survey</strong><br /> The Allstate Homeowners Survey was conducted online by Impulse Research in June 2014. &nbsp;Survey recipients represent a random sample of 1062 men and women, 18+ who are homeowners (condominium and townhome-owners were excluded from the survey), all members of the Impulse Research proprietary online panel. The Impulse Research proprietary online panel has been carefully selected to closely match US population demographics and the respondents are representative of American men and women 18+. The overall sampling error rate for this survey is +/-3% at the 95% rate of confidence. The geographical spread used within the survey is broken into five regions according to Impulse Research policy.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate</strong><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/" 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>Meghan Cass&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <br /> 248-520-3600 <br /> Meghan.Cass@allstate.com</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 08:00:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/1a926a5b-c613-4e6b-8ee3-86900e90e1d6 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/1a926a5b-c613-4e6b-8ee3-86900e90e1d6 Protect It or Lose It: Homeowners Encouraged to Back Up Their Memories, Protect Their Belongings <strong>This release contains: 2 Videos, 1 Related Document, 5 Photos</strong><p>Nearly all homeowners (90 percent) are concerned about protecting their homes, yet haven't valued their possessions in years &ndash; let alone documented what they have, according to a new Allstate survey of homeowners.&nbsp; And while the majority say they know the value of their big-ticket items like TVs and stereos, most forget about things like home d&eacute;cor, area rugs and appliances, not to mention mundane possessions like bedding and bath towels, according to a recent survey from Allstate.</p> <p>Many homeowners could lose-out when they file claims if they do not know the full extent of their losses. As summer weather heats up and vacation travel season is in full swing, it's important to note the top five most common causes of homeowner insurance claims in Michigan, according to Allstate:</p> <ul> <li>Windstorm and hail</li> <li>Water (including air conditioning leaks)</li> <li>Fire</li> <li>Theft</li> <li>Freezing</li> </ul> <p>To help homeowners prepare for the unexpected, Allstate is launching the "Protect It Or Lose It" tour to remind people about the importance of knowing the value of all of their belongings &ndash; even the smaller things that can add up to financial losses.</p> <p>The tour will visit the Ann Arbor Art Fair Wednesday, July 16, through Friday, July 19, from 10 a.m. through 9 p.m. and Saturday, July 20, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Each event includes a live game show, digital games, fun photo opportunities and the chance to win exciting prizes.&nbsp;</p> <p>"The Allstate Protect It Or Lose It tour is an engaging way to drive home the point that accurately valuing your possessions can save you headaches in the long run," said Gary Heslinga, Michigan sales leader for Allstate. "We're committed to educating people about steps that can be taken before an unexpected loss strikes, and providing tools to help homeowners prepare."</p> <p><strong>A regional survey of homeowners showed that:</strong></p> <ul> <li>If people could grab one thing from their home, 31 percent said it would be a purse or wallet. This is the only area of the country with a higher percentage choosing a purse or wallet instead of important documents.</li> <li>One in four homeowners don't know the specifics of their homeowners policy.</li> <li>Forty-two percent of homeowners have not documented or assessed the value of their belongings.</li> </ul> <p>For homeowners across America, everyone has the chance to get a lesson in protecting their belongings via an <a href="http://www.protectitorloseit.com" target="_blank">online game</a> that challenges players to protect everyday items as well as valuables. To advance to the next level, players learn the importance of remembering to protect everything from kitchen utensils to appliances to artwork along the way. Daily sweepstakes prizes are awarded from July 15 to October 15, with a $5,000 grand prize.</p> <p>To learn more and view the complete rules for the Protect It Or Lose It sweepstakes, visit <a href="http://www.ProtectItOrLoseIt.com" target="_blank">www.ProtectItOrLoseIt.com</a> and get tips to ensure your family is protected in the event of a loss.</p> <p><strong>About the Survey</strong><br /> The Allstate Homeowners Survey was conducted online by Impulse Research in June 2014. &nbsp;Survey recipients represent a random sample of 1062 men and women, 18+ who are homeowners (condominium and townhome-owners were excluded from the survey), all members of the Impulse Research proprietary online panel. The Impulse Research proprietary online panel has been carefully selected to closely match US population demographics and the respondents are representative of American men and women 18+. The overall sampling error rate for this survey is +/-3% at the 95% rate of confidence. The geographical spread used within the survey is broken into five regions according to Impulse Research policy.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate</strong><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/" 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>Meghan Cass&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <br /> 248-520-3600 <br /> Meghan.Cass@allstate.com</p> Allstate, American Football Coaches Association Announce Record-Breaking 182 Nominees for 2014 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® Nominees announced for top college football honor recognizing outstanding community service achievements<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Related Document, 1 Photo</strong><p>For 23 years the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team&reg; has served as one of the most coveted and prestigious off-the-field honors in college football. The award recognizes players whose charitable involvement and community service contributions stand out among all other student-athletes participating in the sport. Today, Allstate Insurance Company and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) announced a record-breaking 182 nominees from across the country who represent the sport's finest in the areas of volunteerism and leadership among their peers.</p> <p>Since its establishment in 1992, the award has existed to pay tribute to the "good" in college football that extends beyond the wins and the losses. While balancing academics and athletics, this select group of student-athletes nominated by their respective colleges and universities has committed their limited free time to having a lasting impact on their communities.</p> <p>"Year after year, the 'good works' associated with this impressive group of student-athletes continue to inspire and raise the bar for future nominees," said Jim Haskins, president of Allstate's West Territory and a member of the 2014 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team&reg; voting panel. "Allstate is proud to be a part of an award that recognizes the importance of giving back to the communities where we live, work and cheer on game day."</p> <p>While heroes emerge on the gridiron each Saturday, this year's nominees' heroics extend beyond touchdowns and tackles. From establishing an epilepsy awareness campaign that has touched the lives of more than 100,000 families to founding a book club program to provide at-risk youth with safe and structured after-school activities, the impressive service resumes of these remarkable student-athletes has earned them recognition on a national level.</p> <p>"It's great to see all the 'good works' these student-athletes are doing at their universities and in their communities," Grant Teaff, AFCA executive director said. "The AFCA is proud to work with Allstate in highlighting the record number of nominees sent in for the 2014 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team&reg;."&nbsp;</p> <p>Comprised of 11 players from the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision and 11 players from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II, III and the NAIA, the final roster of 22 award recipients will be unveiled in September. From the nominees submitted by sports information directors across the nation on behalf of their schools, a special voting panel consisting of former Allstate AFCA Good Works Team&reg; members and prominent college football media members will select the 2014 Good Works Team.&reg;&nbsp;</p> <p>The 2014 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team&reg; voting panel includes: former Good Works Team&reg; members Zaid Abdul-Aleem (Duke, 1994 team), Matt Stinchcomb (Georgia, 1997, 1998 teams), Brian Brenberg (St. Thomas, 2001 team), Mike Proman (Amherst, 2002 team); media members Lou Holtz (ESPN), Kirk Herbstreit (ESPN), Bruce Feldman (Fox Sports),&nbsp;Blair Kerkhoff (<em>Kansas City Star</em>); current AFCA President and Ithaca College head coach Mike Welch; 1987 AFCA President and former head coach at Brigham Young University LaVell Edwards; and Jim Haskins, president of Allstate's West Territory.</p> <p>Once the final team members are announced in September, fans are encouraged to visit the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team&reg; website on ESPN.com, featuring profiles and images of the players, for the opportunity to vote for the 2014 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team&reg; Captain.</p> <p>In order to meet the criteria set forth by Allstate and the AFCA, each player must be actively involved and committed to working with a charitable organization or service group while maintaining a strong academic standing.</p> <p>The following players have been nominated for consideration to be named to the 2014 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. &reg;</p> <p><strong>Football Bowl Subdivision</strong></p> <table border="0" width="600"> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top"> <p>Arizona State University &ndash; Taylor Kelly<br /> Auburn University &ndash; Sammie Coates<br /> Ball State University &ndash; Jacob Richard<br /> Baylor University &ndash; Bryce Petty<br /> Boise State University &ndash; Corey Bell<br /> Brigham Young University &ndash; Taysom Hill<br /> California State University, Fresno &ndash;Karl<br /> Mickelsen<br /> Central Michigan University &ndash; Deon Butler<br /> Clemson University &ndash; Adam Humphries<br /> Colorado State University &ndash; Bernard Blake<br /> Duke University &ndash; Laken Tomlinson<br /> Georgia Institute of Technology &ndash; Isaiah<br /> Johnson<br /> Georgia Southern University &ndash; Edwin<br /> Jackson<br /> Georgia State University &ndash; Sean Jeppesen<br /> Old Dominion University &ndash; Josh Mann<br /> Oregon State University &ndash; Obum<br /> Gwacham<br /> Purdue University &ndash; Robert Kugler<br /> Rice University &ndash; Malcolm Hill<br /> Rutgers University &ndash; David Milewski<br /> San Jose State University &ndash; Jabari Carr<br /> Syracuse University &ndash; Sam Rodgers<br /> Temple University &ndash; Kenneth Harper<br /> Texas A&amp;M University &ndash; Josh Lambo<br /> Texas Christian University &ndash; Sam Carter<br /> Texas Tech University &ndash; Bradley Marquez<br /> Tulane University &ndash; Matt Marfisi<br /> U.S. Air Force Academy &ndash; Broam Hart<br /> University at Buffalo &ndash; Joe Licata<br /> University of California Los Angeles &ndash; Brett<br /> Hundley<br /> University of Akron &ndash; Kyle Pohl<br /> University of Alabama &ndash; Landon Collins<br /> University of Arizona &ndash; Jared Tevis<br /> University of California &ndash; Jeffrey Coprich<br /> University of Central Florida &ndash; Joey Grant<br /> University of Cincinnati &ndash; Brandon Mitchell<br /> University of Colorado &ndash; Juda Parker<br /> University of Connecticut &ndash; Casey Cochran<br /> University of Florida &ndash; Mark Herndon<br /> University of Georgia &ndash; Chris Conley<br /> University of Houston &ndash; Trevon Stewart<br /> University of Illinois &ndash; Mason Monheim<br /> University of Iowa &ndash; Mark Weisman<br /> University of Kansas &ndash; JaCorey Shepherd<br /> University of Kentucky &ndash; Max Godby<br /> University of Louisville &ndash; Jermaine Reve<br /> University of Maryland &ndash; Sal Conaboy<br /> University of Memphis &ndash; Martin Ifedi<br /> University of Miami &ndash; Dallas Crawford</p> </td> <td valign="top"> <p>Indiana University &ndash; Mark Murphy<br /> Iowa State University &ndash; Cory Morrissey<br /> Kansas State University &ndash; Ryan Mueller<br /> Kent State University &ndash; Nate Vance<br /> Louisiana State University &ndash; Jamie Keehn<br /> Marshall University &ndash; Chris Jasperse<br /> Michigan State University &ndash; Keith<br /> Mumphery<br /> Middle Tennessee State University &ndash;<br /> Reggie Whatley<br /> Mississippi State University &ndash; Dak Prescott<br /> North Carolina State University &ndash; Wil<br /> Baumann<br /> Northwestern University &ndash; Max Chapman<br /> Ohio State University &ndash; Michael Bennett<br /> Ohio University &ndash; Josh Kristoff<br /> Oklahoma State University &ndash; J.W. Walsh<br /> University of Michigan &ndash; Brennen Beyer<br /> University of Minnesota &ndash; Peter Mortell<br /> University of Mississippi &ndash; Deterrian<br /> Shackelford<br /> University of Nebraska &ndash; Ameer Abdullah<br /> University of North Carolina &ndash; Landon<br /> Turner<br /> University of Notre Dame &ndash; Joe Schmidt<br /> University of Oregon &ndash; Marcus Mariota<br /> University of Pittsburgh &ndash; David Durham<br /> University of South Carolina &ndash; Dylan<br /> Thompson<br /> University of South Florida &ndash; Thor Jozwiak<br /> University of Southern California &ndash; Hayes<br /> Pullard<br /> University of Southern Mississippi &ndash; Corey<br /> Acosta<br /> University of Tennessee &ndash; Curt Maggitt<br /> University of Texas &ndash; Nate Boyer<br /> University of Texas at El Paso &ndash; Nathan<br /> Jeffery<br /> University of Toledo &ndash; Greg Mancz<br /> University of Tulsa &ndash; Michael Mudoh<br /> University of Virginia &ndash;Henry Coley<br /> University of Washington &ndash; Hau&rsquo;oli Kikaha<br /> University of Wisconsin &ndash; Derek Watt<br /> University of Wyoming &ndash; Dominic Rufran<br /> Utah State University &ndash; Chuckie Keeton<br /> Vanderbilt University &ndash; Andrew East<br /> Virginia Tech &ndash; Kyshoen Jarrett<br /> Wake Forest University &ndash; Jordan Garside<br /> Washington State University &ndash; Jeremiah<br /> Allison<br /> West Virginia University &ndash; Michael Molinari<br /> Western Michigan University &ndash; Zach Terrell</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Combined Divisions (FCS, II, III &amp; NAIA)</strong></p> <table border="0" width="600"> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top"> <p>Alma College &ndash; Blake Padget<br /> Amherst College &ndash; Chris Tamasi<br /> Angelo State University &ndash; Kyle Washington<br /> Bentley University &ndash; Danny Guadagnoli<br /> Bethel University &ndash; Joshua Perkins<br /> Bucknell University &ndash; Josh Brake<br /> Carson-Newman College &ndash; William<br /> Alderman<br /> Central Methodist University &ndash; Kaleb<br /> Borghardt<br /> Chadron State College &ndash; Sam Parker<br /> Charleston Southern University &ndash; Christian<br /> Reyes<br /> Eastern Kentucky University &ndash; Jared<br /> McClain<br /> Eastern New Mexico University &ndash; Jeremy<br /> Buurma<br /> Elon University &ndash; Alexander Dawson<br /> Ferris State University &ndash; Jason Vander<br /> Laan<br /> Florida Institute of Technology &ndash; Manny<br /> Abad<br /> Fordham University &ndash; Ian Williams<br /> Franklin &amp; Marshall College &ndash; Nick Porcelli<br /> Hampton University &ndash; Twarn Mixson<br /> Heidelberg College &ndash; Austin Hunter<br /> Howard University &ndash; Greg McGhee<br /> Illinois State University &ndash; Mike Banks<br /> Indiana State University &ndash; Mark Sewall<br /> Jacksonville State University &ndash; Dalton<br /> Screws<br /> John Carroll University &ndash; Jack Corrigan<br /> Johns Hopkins University &ndash; Michael Longo<br /> Johnson C. Smith University &ndash; LeAnder<br /> Barney<br /> Juniata College &ndash; Ward Udinski<br /> Kansas Wesleyan University &ndash; Taylor<br /> Sachs<br /> Lake Forest College &ndash; Joey Kropp<br /> Lamar University &ndash; Logan Moss<br /> Liberty University &ndash; Jonathan Burgess<br /> Loras College &ndash; Tucker Brady<br /> MacMurray College &ndash; Zach Mudd<br /> Marian University &ndash; Tevin Lake<br /> Marist College &ndash; James Holodnak<br /> Mercer University &ndash; John Russ<br /> Millersville University &ndash; Trenton Petrovich<br /> Missouri Southern State University &ndash; Ryon<br /> Phillips<br /> Missouri State University &ndash; Caleb<br /> Schaffitzel<br /> Nebraska Wesleyan University &ndash; Connor<br /> Zumpfe<br /> North Central College &ndash; Peter Sorenson<br /> Northern Arizona University &ndash; Austin<br /> Hasquet<br /> Northwestern College &ndash; Ben Green<br /> Notre Dame College &ndash; Ray Russ<br /> Ouachita Baptist University &ndash; Spencer<br /> Knight<br /> Ohio Dominican University &ndash; Mark Miller<br /> Ohio Wesleyan University &ndash; Kevin Herman<br /> Pacific Lutheran University &ndash; Greg Hibbard<br /> Princeton University &ndash; Mike Ramos</p> </td> <td valign="top"> <p>Clarion University of Pennsylvania &ndash;<br /> Matthew Shuey<br /> College of the Holy Cross &ndash; Tyler Zeoli<br /> Concordia College &ndash; Domenic Fraboni<br /> Cumberland University &ndash; Reed Gurchiek<br /> Dakota State University &ndash; Bobby Tisch<br /> Davidson College &ndash; Dan Casey<br /> Drake University &ndash; John Hugunin<br /> East Stroudsburg University &ndash; Bryan<br /> Thomson<br /> East Texas Baptist University &ndash; Jake<br /> McClain<br /> Rowan University &ndash; Chris Alvarez<br /> Saint Augustine&rsquo;s University &ndash; Dominque<br /> Marsh<br /> Saint Francis University &ndash; Matt Camilletti<br /> Saint John&rsquo;s University &ndash; Alex Jarosz<br /> Shippensburg University &ndash; Timothy Latham<br /> South Dakota State University &ndash; Zach<br /> Zenner<br /> Stonehill College &ndash; Brian Harrington<br /> SUNY Maritime &ndash; Greg Caneparo<br /> Tarleton State University &ndash; Patrick Bettiol<br /> Texas Lutheran University &ndash; Bryan<br /> Doolittle<br /> Trinity University &ndash; Matthew Kennemer<br /> University of Tennessee at Chattanooga &ndash;<br /> Jacob Huesman<br /> University of Arkansas at Monticello &ndash;<br /> Jalen Garmon<br /> University of Chicago &ndash; Vincent Beltrano<br /> University of Dubuque &ndash; Tyler Dobratz<br /> University of Minnesota Duluth &ndash; Jacob<br /> Brusehaver<br /> University of Montana &ndash; Derek Crittenden<br /> University of Mount Union &ndash; Kevin Burke<br /> University of New Hampshire &ndash; Tim<br /> Johnson<br /> University of North Carolina at Charlotte &ndash;<br /> Matt Johnson<br /> University of Northern Iowa &ndash; David<br /> Johnson<br /> University of Puget Sound &ndash; Max Mirande<br /> University of Richmond &ndash; Austin Gund<br /> University of Sioux Falls &ndash; Michael<br /> Tolkamp<br /> University of South Dakota &ndash; Keyen Lage<br /> University of St. Thomas &ndash; Matt O&rsquo;Connell<br /> University of the Incarnate Word &ndash; Padyn<br /> Giebler<br /> Wagner College &ndash; Phil Faccone<br /> Wartburg College &ndash; Drew Kooi<br /> Wayne State University &ndash; Thom Box<br /> Waynesburg University &ndash; John Sikora<br /> Wingate University &ndash; Eric Mapoles<br /> Winona State University &ndash; Ryan Gerts<br /> Yale University &ndash; William Chism</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>About Allstate</strong> <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 the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team</strong>&reg;<strong> </strong><br /> The Allstate AFCA Good Works Teams&reg; were established in 1992 by the College Football Association, recognizing the extra efforts made by college football players and student support staff off the field. AFCA became the governing body of the award in 1997 and continues to honor college football players who go the extra mile for those in need. Allstate worked to present the award starting with the 2008 season.</p> <p>With C.J. Zimmerer's selection in 2013, Nebraska moves into a tie with Georgia for first place with 14 honorees to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. &reg; The Cornhuskers and Bulldogs are followed by St. Thomas (Minn.) with 13 honorees. &nbsp;The SEC leads all conferences with 58 selections to the Good Works Team since it began in 1992. The SEC is followed by the Big 12 Conference with 41 selections and the Atlantic Coast Conference with 31 selections. Super Bowl XLII, XLVI and XLI champion quarterbacks Eli and Peyton Manning were members of the 2002 and 1997 Good Works Teams&reg;, respectively.</p> <p><strong>About AFCA</strong><br /> The AFCA was founded in 1922 and currently has more than 11,000 members around the world ranging from the high school level to the professional ranks. According to its constitution, the AFCA was formed, in part, to "maintain the highest possible standards in football and in the coaching profession" and to "provide a forum for the discussion and study of all matters pertaining to football."</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Jessie Snider, Taylor<br /> 704-644-6928<br /> <a href="mailto:jsnider@taylorstrategy.com">jsnider@taylorstrategy.com</a></p> <p>Laura Strykowski, Allstate Media Relations<br /> 847-402-5600<br /> <a href="mailto:laura.strykowski@allstate.com">laura.strykowski@allstate.com</a></p> <p>Vince Thompson, AFCA Media Relations<br /> 254-754-9900<br /> <a href="mailto:vince@afca.com">vince@afca.com</a></p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 10:17:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/b76f95d2-8d61-4f46-9cb9-42650cbaf2a9 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/b76f95d2-8d61-4f46-9cb9-42650cbaf2a9 Allstate, American Football Coaches Association Announce Record-Breaking 182 Nominees for 2014 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® Nominees announced for top college football honor recognizing outstanding community service achievements<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Related Document, 1 Photo</strong><p>For 23 years the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team&reg; has served as one of the most coveted and prestigious off-the-field honors in college football. The award recognizes players whose charitable involvement and community service contributions stand out among all other student-athletes participating in the sport. Today, Allstate Insurance Company and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) announced a record-breaking 182 nominees from across the country who represent the sport's finest in the areas of volunteerism and leadership among their peers.</p> <p>Since its establishment in 1992, the award has existed to pay tribute to the "good" in college football that extends beyond the wins and the losses. While balancing academics and athletics, this select group of student-athletes nominated by their respective colleges and universities has committed their limited free time to having a lasting impact on their communities.</p> <p>"Year after year, the 'good works' associated with this impressive group of student-athletes continue to inspire and raise the bar for future nominees," said Jim Haskins, president of Allstate's West Territory and a member of the 2014 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team&reg; voting panel. "Allstate is proud to be a part of an award that recognizes the importance of giving back to the communities where we live, work and cheer on game day."</p> <p>While heroes emerge on the gridiron each Saturday, this year's nominees' heroics extend beyond touchdowns and tackles. From establishing an epilepsy awareness campaign that has touched the lives of more than 100,000 families to founding a book club program to provide at-risk youth with safe and structured after-school activities, the impressive service resumes of these remarkable student-athletes has earned them recognition on a national level.</p> <p>"It's great to see all the 'good works' these student-athletes are doing at their universities and in their communities," Grant Teaff, AFCA executive director said. "The AFCA is proud to work with Allstate in highlighting the record number of nominees sent in for the 2014 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team&reg;."&nbsp;</p> <p>Comprised of 11 players from the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision and 11 players from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II, III and the NAIA, the final roster of 22 award recipients will be unveiled in September. From the nominees submitted by sports information directors across the nation on behalf of their schools, a special voting panel consisting of former Allstate AFCA Good Works Team&reg; members and prominent college football media members will select the 2014 Good Works Team.&reg;&nbsp;</p> <p>The 2014 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team&reg; voting panel includes: former Good Works Team&reg; members Zaid Abdul-Aleem (Duke, 1994 team), Matt Stinchcomb (Georgia, 1997, 1998 teams), Brian Brenberg (St. Thomas, 2001 team), Mike Proman (Amherst, 2002 team); media members Lou Holtz (ESPN), Kirk Herbstreit (ESPN), Bruce Feldman (Fox Sports),&nbsp;Blair Kerkhoff (<em>Kansas City Star</em>); current AFCA President and Ithaca College head coach Mike Welch; 1987 AFCA President and former head coach at Brigham Young University LaVell Edwards; and Jim Haskins, president of Allstate's West Territory.</p> <p>Once the final team members are announced in September, fans are encouraged to visit the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team&reg; website on ESPN.com, featuring profiles and images of the players, for the opportunity to vote for the 2014 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team&reg; Captain.</p> <p>In order to meet the criteria set forth by Allstate and the AFCA, each player must be actively involved and committed to working with a charitable organization or service group while maintaining a strong academic standing.</p> <p>The following players have been nominated for consideration to be named to the 2014 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. &reg;</p> <p><strong>Football Bowl Subdivision</strong></p> <table border="0" width="600"> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top"> <p>Arizona State University &ndash; Taylor Kelly<br /> Auburn University &ndash; Sammie Coates<br /> Ball State University &ndash; Jacob Richard<br /> Baylor University &ndash; Bryce Petty<br /> Boise State University &ndash; Corey Bell<br /> Brigham Young University &ndash; Taysom Hill<br /> California State University, Fresno &ndash;Karl<br /> Mickelsen<br /> Central Michigan University &ndash; Deon Butler<br /> Clemson University &ndash; Adam Humphries<br /> Colorado State University &ndash; Bernard Blake<br /> Duke University &ndash; Laken Tomlinson<br /> Georgia Institute of Technology &ndash; Isaiah<br /> Johnson<br /> Georgia Southern University &ndash; Edwin<br /> Jackson<br /> Georgia State University &ndash; Sean Jeppesen<br /> Old Dominion University &ndash; Josh Mann<br /> Oregon State University &ndash; Obum<br /> Gwacham<br /> Purdue University &ndash; Robert Kugler<br /> Rice University &ndash; Malcolm Hill<br /> Rutgers University &ndash; David Milewski<br /> San Jose State University &ndash; Jabari Carr<br /> Syracuse University &ndash; Sam Rodgers<br /> Temple University &ndash; Kenneth Harper<br /> Texas A&amp;M University &ndash; Josh Lambo<br /> Texas Christian University &ndash; Sam Carter<br /> Texas Tech University &ndash; Bradley Marquez<br /> Tulane University &ndash; Matt Marfisi<br /> U.S. Air Force Academy &ndash; Broam Hart<br /> University at Buffalo &ndash; Joe Licata<br /> University of California Los Angeles &ndash; Brett<br /> Hundley<br /> University of Akron &ndash; Kyle Pohl<br /> University of Alabama &ndash; Landon Collins<br /> University of Arizona &ndash; Jared Tevis<br /> University of California &ndash; Jeffrey Coprich<br /> University of Central Florida &ndash; Joey Grant<br /> University of Cincinnati &ndash; Brandon Mitchell<br /> University of Colorado &ndash; Juda Parker<br /> University of Connecticut &ndash; Casey Cochran<br /> University of Florida &ndash; Mark Herndon<br /> University of Georgia &ndash; Chris Conley<br /> University of Houston &ndash; Trevon Stewart<br /> University of Illinois &ndash; Mason Monheim<br /> University of Iowa &ndash; Mark Weisman<br /> University of Kansas &ndash; JaCorey Shepherd<br /> University of Kentucky &ndash; Max Godby<br /> University of Louisville &ndash; Jermaine Reve<br /> University of Maryland &ndash; Sal Conaboy<br /> University of Memphis &ndash; Martin Ifedi<br /> University of Miami &ndash; Dallas Crawford</p> </td> <td valign="top"> <p>Indiana University &ndash; Mark Murphy<br /> Iowa State University &ndash; Cory Morrissey<br /> Kansas State University &ndash; Ryan Mueller<br /> Kent State University &ndash; Nate Vance<br /> Louisiana State University &ndash; Jamie Keehn<br /> Marshall University &ndash; Chris Jasperse<br /> Michigan State University &ndash; Keith<br /> Mumphery<br /> Middle Tennessee State University &ndash;<br /> Reggie Whatley<br /> Mississippi State University &ndash; Dak Prescott<br /> North Carolina State University &ndash; Wil<br /> Baumann<br /> Northwestern University &ndash; Max Chapman<br /> Ohio State University &ndash; Michael Bennett<br /> Ohio University &ndash; Josh Kristoff<br /> Oklahoma State University &ndash; J.W. Walsh<br /> University of Michigan &ndash; Brennen Beyer<br /> University of Minnesota &ndash; Peter Mortell<br /> University of Mississippi &ndash; Deterrian<br /> Shackelford<br /> University of Nebraska &ndash; Ameer Abdullah<br /> University of North Carolina &ndash; Landon<br /> Turner<br /> University of Notre Dame &ndash; Joe Schmidt<br /> University of Oregon &ndash; Marcus Mariota<br /> University of Pittsburgh &ndash; David Durham<br /> University of South Carolina &ndash; Dylan<br /> Thompson<br /> University of South Florida &ndash; Thor Jozwiak<br /> University of Southern California &ndash; Hayes<br /> Pullard<br /> University of Southern Mississippi &ndash; Corey<br /> Acosta<br /> University of Tennessee &ndash; Curt Maggitt<br /> University of Texas &ndash; Nate Boyer<br /> University of Texas at El Paso &ndash; Nathan<br /> Jeffery<br /> University of Toledo &ndash; Greg Mancz<br /> University of Tulsa &ndash; Michael Mudoh<br /> University of Virginia &ndash;Henry Coley<br /> University of Washington &ndash; Hau&rsquo;oli Kikaha<br /> University of Wisconsin &ndash; Derek Watt<br /> University of Wyoming &ndash; Dominic Rufran<br /> Utah State University &ndash; Chuckie Keeton<br /> Vanderbilt University &ndash; Andrew East<br /> Virginia Tech &ndash; Kyshoen Jarrett<br /> Wake Forest University &ndash; Jordan Garside<br /> Washington State University &ndash; Jeremiah<br /> Allison<br /> West Virginia University &ndash; Michael Molinari<br /> Western Michigan University &ndash; Zach Terrell</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Combined Divisions (FCS, II, III &amp; NAIA)</strong></p> <table border="0" width="600"> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top"> <p>Alma College &ndash; Blake Padget<br /> Amherst College &ndash; Chris Tamasi<br /> Angelo State University &ndash; Kyle Washington<br /> Bentley University &ndash; Danny Guadagnoli<br /> Bethel University &ndash; Joshua Perkins<br /> Bucknell University &ndash; Josh Brake<br /> Carson-Newman College &ndash; William<br /> Alderman<br /> Central Methodist University &ndash; Kaleb<br /> Borghardt<br /> Chadron State College &ndash; Sam Parker<br /> Charleston Southern University &ndash; Christian<br /> Reyes<br /> Eastern Kentucky University &ndash; Jared<br /> McClain<br /> Eastern New Mexico University &ndash; Jeremy<br /> Buurma<br /> Elon University &ndash; Alexander Dawson<br /> Ferris State University &ndash; Jason Vander<br /> Laan<br /> Florida Institute of Technology &ndash; Manny<br /> Abad<br /> Fordham University &ndash; Ian Williams<br /> Franklin &amp; Marshall College &ndash; Nick Porcelli<br /> Hampton University &ndash; Twarn Mixson<br /> Heidelberg College &ndash; Austin Hunter<br /> Howard University &ndash; Greg McGhee<br /> Illinois State University &ndash; Mike Banks<br /> Indiana State University &ndash; Mark Sewall<br /> Jacksonville State University &ndash; Dalton<br /> Screws<br /> John Carroll University &ndash; Jack Corrigan<br /> Johns Hopkins University &ndash; Michael Longo<br /> Johnson C. Smith University &ndash; LeAnder<br /> Barney<br /> Juniata College &ndash; Ward Udinski<br /> Kansas Wesleyan University &ndash; Taylor<br /> Sachs<br /> Lake Forest College &ndash; Joey Kropp<br /> Lamar University &ndash; Logan Moss<br /> Liberty University &ndash; Jonathan Burgess<br /> Loras College &ndash; Tucker Brady<br /> MacMurray College &ndash; Zach Mudd<br /> Marian University &ndash; Tevin Lake<br /> Marist College &ndash; James Holodnak<br /> Mercer University &ndash; John Russ<br /> Millersville University &ndash; Trenton Petrovich<br /> Missouri Southern State University &ndash; Ryon<br /> Phillips<br /> Missouri State University &ndash; Caleb<br /> Schaffitzel<br /> Nebraska Wesleyan University &ndash; Connor<br /> Zumpfe<br /> North Central College &ndash; Peter Sorenson<br /> Northern Arizona University &ndash; Austin<br /> Hasquet<br /> Northwestern College &ndash; Ben Green<br /> Notre Dame College &ndash; Ray Russ<br /> Ouachita Baptist University &ndash; Spencer<br /> Knight<br /> Ohio Dominican University &ndash; Mark Miller<br /> Ohio Wesleyan University &ndash; Kevin Herman<br /> Pacific Lutheran University &ndash; Greg Hibbard<br /> Princeton University &ndash; Mike Ramos</p> </td> <td valign="top"> <p>Clarion University of Pennsylvania &ndash;<br /> Matthew Shuey<br /> College of the Holy Cross &ndash; Tyler Zeoli<br /> Concordia College &ndash; Domenic Fraboni<br /> Cumberland University &ndash; Reed Gurchiek<br /> Dakota State University &ndash; Bobby Tisch<br /> Davidson College &ndash; Dan Casey<br /> Drake University &ndash; John Hugunin<br /> East Stroudsburg University &ndash; Bryan<br /> Thomson<br /> East Texas Baptist University &ndash; Jake<br /> McClain<br /> Rowan University &ndash; Chris Alvarez<br /> Saint Augustine&rsquo;s University &ndash; Dominque<br /> Marsh<br /> Saint Francis University &ndash; Matt Camilletti<br /> Saint John&rsquo;s University &ndash; Alex Jarosz<br /> Shippensburg University &ndash; Timothy Latham<br /> South Dakota State University &ndash; Zach<br /> Zenner<br /> Stonehill College &ndash; Brian Harrington<br /> SUNY Maritime &ndash; Greg Caneparo<br /> Tarleton State University &ndash; Patrick Bettiol<br /> Texas Lutheran University &ndash; Bryan<br /> Doolittle<br /> Trinity University &ndash; Matthew Kennemer<br /> University of Tennessee at Chattanooga &ndash;<br /> Jacob Huesman<br /> University of Arkansas at Monticello &ndash;<br /> Jalen Garmon<br /> University of Chicago &ndash; Vincent Beltrano<br /> University of Dubuque &ndash; Tyler Dobratz<br /> University of Minnesota Duluth &ndash; Jacob<br /> Brusehaver<br /> University of Montana &ndash; Derek Crittenden<br /> University of Mount Union &ndash; Kevin Burke<br /> University of New Hampshire &ndash; Tim<br /> Johnson<br /> University of North Carolina at Charlotte &ndash;<br /> Matt Johnson<br /> University of Northern Iowa &ndash; David<br /> Johnson<br /> University of Puget Sound &ndash; Max Mirande<br /> University of Richmond &ndash; Austin Gund<br /> University of Sioux Falls &ndash; Michael<br /> Tolkamp<br /> University of South Dakota &ndash; Keyen Lage<br /> University of St. Thomas &ndash; Matt O&rsquo;Connell<br /> University of the Incarnate Word &ndash; Padyn<br /> Giebler<br /> Wagner College &ndash; Phil Faccone<br /> Wartburg College &ndash; Drew Kooi<br /> Wayne State University &ndash; Thom Box<br /> Waynesburg University &ndash; John Sikora<br /> Wingate University &ndash; Eric Mapoles<br /> Winona State University &ndash; Ryan Gerts<br /> Yale University &ndash; William Chism</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>About Allstate</strong> <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 the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team</strong>&reg;<strong> </strong><br /> The Allstate AFCA Good Works Teams&reg; were established in 1992 by the College Football Association, recognizing the extra efforts made by college football players and student support staff off the field. AFCA became the governing body of the award in 1997 and continues to honor college football players who go the extra mile for those in need. Allstate worked to present the award starting with the 2008 season.</p> <p>With C.J. Zimmerer's selection in 2013, Nebraska moves into a tie with Georgia for first place with 14 honorees to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. &reg; The Cornhuskers and Bulldogs are followed by St. Thomas (Minn.) with 13 honorees. &nbsp;The SEC leads all conferences with 58 selections to the Good Works Team since it began in 1992. The SEC is followed by the Big 12 Conference with 41 selections and the Atlantic Coast Conference with 31 selections. Super Bowl XLII, XLVI and XLI champion quarterbacks Eli and Peyton Manning were members of the 2002 and 1997 Good Works Teams&reg;, respectively.</p> <p><strong>About AFCA</strong><br /> The AFCA was founded in 1922 and currently has more than 11,000 members around the world ranging from the high school level to the professional ranks. According to its constitution, the AFCA was formed, in part, to "maintain the highest possible standards in football and in the coaching profession" and to "provide a forum for the discussion and study of all matters pertaining to football."</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Jessie Snider, Taylor<br /> 704-644-6928<br /> <a href="mailto:jsnider@taylorstrategy.com">jsnider@taylorstrategy.com</a></p> <p>Laura Strykowski, Allstate Media Relations<br /> 847-402-5600<br /> <a href="mailto:laura.strykowski@allstate.com">laura.strykowski@allstate.com</a></p> <p>Vince Thompson, AFCA Media Relations<br /> 254-754-9900<br /> <a href="mailto:vince@afca.com">vince@afca.com</a></p> Summer Heat Means Using Extra Caution When Traveling with Pets <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/6e7b/8622/6e7b8622-9d4b-48cb-ac1d-6ee5092cda83-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Summer Heat Means Using Extra Caution When Traveling with Pets Tue, 15 Jul 2014 08:02:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/summer-heat-means-using-extra-caution-when-traveling-with-pets http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/summer-heat-means-using-extra-caution-when-traveling-with-pets Summer Heat Means Using Extra Caution When Traveling with Pets <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/6e7b/8622/6e7b8622-9d4b-48cb-ac1d-6ee5092cda83-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Summer Heat Means Using Extra Caution When Traveling with Pets Summer Heat Means Using Extra Caution When Traveling with Pets Allstate Insurance Company shares tips on how to protect your pet in the car.<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Related Document, 1 Photo</strong><p>The dog days of summer are upon us, but that doesn't mean your dog, cat or other animal has to suffer if they travel with you. On an 85 degree day, it takes only ten minutes for the inside of your car to reach 102&deg; and after a half hour, it can reach 120&deg; &ndash; even with the windows left slightly open, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). That could mean if the only option is to leave your pet in the car, they might be safer at home.</p> <p>As Allstate helps protect your auto, the company also shares some tips below from the ASPCA and The Humane Society of the United States to help protect your pet from the summer heat in the car.</p> <p>First, be on the lookout for possible symptoms of overheating in your dog or cat such as:</p> <ul> <li>Heavy panting</li> <li>Glazed eyes</li> <li>Rapid breathing or pulse</li> <li>Staggering walk</li> <li>Weakness or unsteadiness</li> <li>Vomiting, or a deep red or purple tongue</li> </ul> <p>When breathing suddenly becomes quiet with any of these symptoms, the animal may collapse. An animal affected by heat stroke can die in minutes, but proper care may save its life.</p> <p>Second, learn a few possible treatment options for overheating before you ever put a pet in the car. For example,</p> <ul> <li>Safely and immediately remove the animal from its hot environment, to a safe, shaded area, if possible.</li> <li>Slowly cool the animal by placing it in cool, not cold, water. Reduce body heat gradually. You can place cool, wet towels over the back of the neck, in the armpits, and in the groin area. You may also wet the ear flaps and paws with cool water. </li> <li>If possible, a breeze from the wind or a fan directed to wet areas of the animal's body will help with cooling.</li> <li>Take the distressed pet to a veterinarian as soon as possible. Treatment for dehydration and other serious problems may be necessary.</li> </ul> <p>Third, don't be afraid to act. If you see an animal locked in a car on a hot day, you should:</p> <ul> <li>Try to locate the owner as quickly as possible. If the car is parked at a store, take down the car's make, model and license plate number, then ask a store employee to page the owner. </li> <li>If the owner cannot be found quickly, call the non-emergency number of the local police or animal control and wait by the car for them to arrive.</li> </ul> <p>You can be prepared in advance by gathering the essential telephone numbers and have them on hand. You'll want to have your local animal control agency's number and the police department's non-emergency number so you can quickly report the situation. Keep these numbers in your purse, your car's glove compartment or programmed into your phone.</p> <p>In many cities, there are laws against leaving pets in hot cars so look up what your local area laws are so you can help, if needed. The Humane Society reminds us that leaving pets locked in cars is never safe. But when the weather gets warmer, it can be deadly.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate </strong> <br /> <a 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>Justin Herndon<br /> <a href="mailto:Justin.Herndon@allstate.com">Justin.Herndon@allstate.com</a> <br /> 727-512-8314</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 08:02:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/359f20c0-dbb3-4029-a9a0-75eedc2a9e9b http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/359f20c0-dbb3-4029-a9a0-75eedc2a9e9b Summer Heat Means Using Extra Caution When Traveling with Pets Allstate Insurance Company shares tips on how to protect your pet in the car.<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Related Document, 1 Photo</strong><p>The dog days of summer are upon us, but that doesn't mean your dog, cat or other animal has to suffer if they travel with you. On an 85 degree day, it takes only ten minutes for the inside of your car to reach 102&deg; and after a half hour, it can reach 120&deg; &ndash; even with the windows left slightly open, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). That could mean if the only option is to leave your pet in the car, they might be safer at home.</p> <p>As Allstate helps protect your auto, the company also shares some tips below from the ASPCA and The Humane Society of the United States to help protect your pet from the summer heat in the car.</p> <p>First, be on the lookout for possible symptoms of overheating in your dog or cat such as:</p> <ul> <li>Heavy panting</li> <li>Glazed eyes</li> <li>Rapid breathing or pulse</li> <li>Staggering walk</li> <li>Weakness or unsteadiness</li> <li>Vomiting, or a deep red or purple tongue</li> </ul> <p>When breathing suddenly becomes quiet with any of these symptoms, the animal may collapse. An animal affected by heat stroke can die in minutes, but proper care may save its life.</p> <p>Second, learn a few possible treatment options for overheating before you ever put a pet in the car. For example,</p> <ul> <li>Safely and immediately remove the animal from its hot environment, to a safe, shaded area, if possible.</li> <li>Slowly cool the animal by placing it in cool, not cold, water. Reduce body heat gradually. You can place cool, wet towels over the back of the neck, in the armpits, and in the groin area. You may also wet the ear flaps and paws with cool water. </li> <li>If possible, a breeze from the wind or a fan directed to wet areas of the animal's body will help with cooling.</li> <li>Take the distressed pet to a veterinarian as soon as possible. Treatment for dehydration and other serious problems may be necessary.</li> </ul> <p>Third, don't be afraid to act. If you see an animal locked in a car on a hot day, you should:</p> <ul> <li>Try to locate the owner as quickly as possible. If the car is parked at a store, take down the car's make, model and license plate number, then ask a store employee to page the owner. </li> <li>If the owner cannot be found quickly, call the non-emergency number of the local police or animal control and wait by the car for them to arrive.</li> </ul> <p>You can be prepared in advance by gathering the essential telephone numbers and have them on hand. You'll want to have your local animal control agency's number and the police department's non-emergency number so you can quickly report the situation. Keep these numbers in your purse, your car's glove compartment or programmed into your phone.</p> <p>In many cities, there are laws against leaving pets in hot cars so look up what your local area laws are so you can help, if needed. The Humane Society reminds us that leaving pets locked in cars is never safe. But when the weather gets warmer, it can be deadly.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate </strong> <br /> <a 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>Justin Herndon<br /> <a href="mailto:Justin.Herndon@allstate.com">Justin.Herndon@allstate.com</a> <br /> 727-512-8314</p> Dubiski Career High School Act Out Loud Rally 2014 Video Filming: Cruz Gomez, Ilse Roman, Cameron Reynoldson, Gabriel Renteria, George Sanchez, Antonio Valastro. Video Editing: Cameron Reynoldson. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 13:00:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/videos/045f08b2-4bcb-4209-a161-d8ac0f57431a http://allstatenewsroom.com/videos/045f08b2-4bcb-4209-a161-d8ac0f57431a Dubiski Career High School Act Out Loud Rally 2014 Video Filming: Cruz Gomez, Ilse Roman, Cameron Reynoldson, Gabriel Renteria, George Sanchez, Antonio Valastro. Video Editing: Cameron Reynoldson. More than 120,000 Teens Lead Safe Driving Activities During Global Youth Traffic Safety Month Texas' Dubiski Career High School wins top prize in Act Out Loud contest<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Video, 1 Related Document, 1 Photo</strong><p>Harnessing the power of their peers is what more than 120,000 teens across the country did during this year's Act Out Loud program to raise awareness around teen safe driving. The Allstate Foundation and National Organizations for Youth Safety sponsor the program, now in its seventh year, to encourage teens to talk openly about the No.1 killer of their friends and peers&mdash;car crashes. Students at more than 200 schools took on the challenge to design a t-shirt and a poster, and host a rally focused on one of the primary causes of teen crash fatalities: speeding, lack of seat belt use and teen passengers in the car.</p> <p>Dubiski Career High School in Grand Prairie, Texas, was selected as the grand prize-winning school and will be awarded $10,000. It was selected as the winner due to the school-wide participation during a week of teen driving activities and support from the local police department and city officials to help spread the safe driving message.</p> <p>All participating schools' rallies were judged based on criteria, including involvement of student body, strength of teen safe driving messages, creativity of activities, and community and school administration involvement.</p> <p>"Ending the epidemic of teen driving fatalities in our country starts with teens championing this cause with their friends," said Steve Sorenson, executive vice president at Allstate. "This year's winning school went above and beyond to encourage teens to slow down, buckle up and limit distractions from passengers. Focusing on these three simple things can help save lives and help teens enjoy a safe, fun-filled summer."</p> <p>Three additional winners from the Act Out Loud contest were also selected to receive $2,000 prizes:</p> <ul> <li>Cookeville High School (Cookeville, Tenn.)</li> <li>Red Bay High School (Red Bay, Ala.)</li> <li>Royal Palm Beach High School (Royal Palm Beach, Fla.)</li> </ul> <p>Act Out Loud supports Global Youth Traffic Safety Month&reg; in May. The program engaged an estimated 2.6 million youth from across the country in peer-to-peer education efforts to address the number one cause of death for teens in the U.S. &ndash; traffic crashes.<br /> For more information about the contest, visit <a href="http://www.actoutloud.org/" target="_blank">www.ActOutLoud.org</a>.</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><strong>About National Organizations for Youth Safety</strong><br /> National Organizations for Youth Safety&reg; (NOYS) is a coalition of national organizations and federal agencies who serve youth and focus on youth safety and health. Through the coalition, NOYS influences more than 80 million young people and their adult advisors. The mission of NOYS is to promote youth empowerment and leadership, and build partnerships that save lives, prevent injuries, and enhance safe and healthy lifestyles among all youth. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.noys.org/" target="_blank">www.noys.org</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <object width="560" height="315"> <param name="movie" value="//www.youtube.com/v/hjbly99sB4o?version=3&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /> <param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><embed type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/v/hjbly99sB4o?version=3&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed> </object> </p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</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, 09 Jul 2014 10:22:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/97c20333-be35-4470-93e1-87675f93379f http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/97c20333-be35-4470-93e1-87675f93379f More than 120,000 Teens Lead Safe Driving Activities During Global Youth Traffic Safety Month Texas' Dubiski Career High School wins top prize in Act Out Loud contest<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Video, 1 Related Document, 1 Photo</strong><p>Harnessing the power of their peers is what more than 120,000 teens across the country did during this year's Act Out Loud program to raise awareness around teen safe driving. The Allstate Foundation and National Organizations for Youth Safety sponsor the program, now in its seventh year, to encourage teens to talk openly about the No.1 killer of their friends and peers&mdash;car crashes. Students at more than 200 schools took on the challenge to design a t-shirt and a poster, and host a rally focused on one of the primary causes of teen crash fatalities: speeding, lack of seat belt use and teen passengers in the car.</p> <p>Dubiski Career High School in Grand Prairie, Texas, was selected as the grand prize-winning school and will be awarded $10,000. It was selected as the winner due to the school-wide participation during a week of teen driving activities and support from the local police department and city officials to help spread the safe driving message.</p> <p>All participating schools' rallies were judged based on criteria, including involvement of student body, strength of teen safe driving messages, creativity of activities, and community and school administration involvement.</p> <p>"Ending the epidemic of teen driving fatalities in our country starts with teens championing this cause with their friends," said Steve Sorenson, executive vice president at Allstate. "This year's winning school went above and beyond to encourage teens to slow down, buckle up and limit distractions from passengers. Focusing on these three simple things can help save lives and help teens enjoy a safe, fun-filled summer."</p> <p>Three additional winners from the Act Out Loud contest were also selected to receive $2,000 prizes:</p> <ul> <li>Cookeville High School (Cookeville, Tenn.)</li> <li>Red Bay High School (Red Bay, Ala.)</li> <li>Royal Palm Beach High School (Royal Palm Beach, Fla.)</li> </ul> <p>Act Out Loud supports Global Youth Traffic Safety Month&reg; in May. The program engaged an estimated 2.6 million youth from across the country in peer-to-peer education efforts to address the number one cause of death for teens in the U.S. &ndash; traffic crashes.<br /> For more information about the contest, visit <a href="http://www.actoutloud.org/" target="_blank">www.ActOutLoud.org</a>.</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><strong>About National Organizations for Youth Safety</strong><br /> National Organizations for Youth Safety&reg; (NOYS) is a coalition of national organizations and federal agencies who serve youth and focus on youth safety and health. Through the coalition, NOYS influences more than 80 million young people and their adult advisors. The mission of NOYS is to promote youth empowerment and leadership, and build partnerships that save lives, prevent injuries, and enhance safe and healthy lifestyles among all youth. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.noys.org/" target="_blank">www.noys.org</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <object width="560" height="315"> <param name="movie" value="//www.youtube.com/v/hjbly99sB4o?version=3&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /> <param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><embed type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/v/hjbly99sB4o?version=3&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed> </object> </p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</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 to Discuss Second Quarter 2014 Earnings With Investors <strong>This release contains: 1 Related Document, 1 Photo</strong><p>The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) will conduct a conference call and webcast at 9 a.m. Eastern Time (ET) on Thursday, July 31 to discuss second quarter 2014 earnings. The company will issue a news release announcing quarterly results at or after 4:05 p.m. ET on Wednesday, July 30.</p> <p>Allstate intends to publish its investor supplement on its website shortly after issuing its earnings announcement. In addition, Allstate will file its quarterly Form 10-Q and its supplement with the SEC that afternoon. This quarter, Allstate also will publish a reinsurance update on its website. These materials will be available on Allstate's website at <a href="http://www.allstateinvestors.com" target="_blank">www.allstateinvestors.com</a>.</p> <p>The investor webcast also can be accessed at <a href="http://www.allstateinvestors.com" target="_blank">www.allstateinvestors.com</a>. For those unable to participate in the live event, a webcast replay and downloadable MP3 file will be posted on the company's website shortly after the event ends.</p> <p>To receive email alerts about Allstate, you can enroll your email address by visiting the "Email Alerts" section of <a href="http://www.allstateinvestors.com" target="_blank">www.allstateinvestors.com</a>. In addition, you may enroll to automatically receive email alerts when news releases are posted to the Allstate Newsroom by clicking the "follow us" button at <a href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com">www.allstatenewsroom.com</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/" 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 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" target="_blank">www.allstateinvestors.com</a>.</p> <p># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Maryellen Thielen<br /> (847) 402-5600</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 10:17:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/bb577c4e-e335-489d-83fb-c99636cf37cc http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/bb577c4e-e335-489d-83fb-c99636cf37cc Allstate to Discuss Second Quarter 2014 Earnings With Investors <strong>This release contains: 1 Related Document, 1 Photo</strong><p>The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) will conduct a conference call and webcast at 9 a.m. Eastern Time (ET) on Thursday, July 31 to discuss second quarter 2014 earnings. The company will issue a news release announcing quarterly results at or after 4:05 p.m. ET on Wednesday, July 30.</p> <p>Allstate intends to publish its investor supplement on its website shortly after issuing its earnings announcement. In addition, Allstate will file its quarterly Form 10-Q and its supplement with the SEC that afternoon. This quarter, Allstate also will publish a reinsurance update on its website. These materials will be available on Allstate's website at <a href="http://www.allstateinvestors.com" target="_blank">www.allstateinvestors.com</a>.</p> <p>The investor webcast also can be accessed at <a href="http://www.allstateinvestors.com" target="_blank">www.allstateinvestors.com</a>. For those unable to participate in the live event, a webcast replay and downloadable MP3 file will be posted on the company's website shortly after the event ends.</p> <p>To receive email alerts about Allstate, you can enroll your email address by visiting the "Email Alerts" section of <a href="http://www.allstateinvestors.com" target="_blank">www.allstateinvestors.com</a>. In addition, you may enroll to automatically receive email alerts when news releases are posted to the Allstate Newsroom by clicking the "follow us" button at <a href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com">www.allstatenewsroom.com</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/" 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 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" target="_blank">www.allstateinvestors.com</a>.</p> <p># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Maryellen Thielen<br /> (847) 402-5600</p> An Umbrella Can Protect What Matters to You Most Allstate Explains How Consumers Can Benefit From a Personal Umbrella Policy<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Related Document, 1 Photo</strong><p>Although this umbrella won't necessarily keep you dry, the financial benefits of protecting assets with a personal umbrella policy in the case of a large liability incident can give consumers peace of mind.</p> <p>A <a href="http://www.allstate.com/personal-umbrella-policy.aspx">personal umbrella policy</a>, or PUP, not only offers added liability protection in the case of an auto accident it can also offer added coverage if you unintentionally cause property damage or bodily injuries. A PUP provides reimbursement for attorney costs, lost wages and even covers your liability while using high-risk vehicles such as ATVs, boats and snowmobiles.</p> <p>"A PUP can provide coverage in situations where your personal assets would be at stake if existing insurance coverage doesn't cover the cost of an accident," said Sandy Smith, Allstate line manager. "Liability cases have PUP potential."</p> <p>A personal umbrella policy is optional and it can protect personal assets as long as the underlying homeowners or auto policy meets the minimum required coverage limits. Typically, a personal umbrella policy is available in million-dollar increments from $1 million to $5 million.</p> <p>Here are a few situations where having a PUP can make good financial sense:</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Teenage Driver</span><br /> Yikes, your child is now legal to drive and your teenager causes an accident with injuries to the other driver that go beyond your auto policy coverage limits.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Summer Barbecues</span><br /> If an accident happens to someone on your property at a summer barbecue for example, a PUP can provide additional coverage over the existing homeowners policy to pay for medical expenses due to bodily injury or even property damage.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">International Travel</span><br /> PUP coverage can provide peace of mind if you rent a boat or car while on vacation in some international countries and have an accident that causes damage that goes beyond your coverage limits.</p> <p>An <a href="http://www.allstateagencies.com/agentlocator/searchpage.aspx">Allstate agent</a> can help explain more about why a personal umbrella policy may be a good choice.</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;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Chris Bauer<br /> (847) 402-5600<br /> <a href="mailto:chris.bauer@allstate.com">chris.bauer@allstate.com</a></p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 11:51:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/bba05b41-80f3-4f33-a81e-46d98feab8a2 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/bba05b41-80f3-4f33-a81e-46d98feab8a2 An Umbrella Can Protect What Matters to You Most Allstate Explains How Consumers Can Benefit From a Personal Umbrella Policy<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Related Document, 1 Photo</strong><p>Although this umbrella won't necessarily keep you dry, the financial benefits of protecting assets with a personal umbrella policy in the case of a large liability incident can give consumers peace of mind.</p> <p>A <a href="http://www.allstate.com/personal-umbrella-policy.aspx">personal umbrella policy</a>, or PUP, not only offers added liability protection in the case of an auto accident it can also offer added coverage if you unintentionally cause property damage or bodily injuries. A PUP provides reimbursement for attorney costs, lost wages and even covers your liability while using high-risk vehicles such as ATVs, boats and snowmobiles.</p> <p>"A PUP can provide coverage in situations where your personal assets would be at stake if existing insurance coverage doesn't cover the cost of an accident," said Sandy Smith, Allstate line manager. "Liability cases have PUP potential."</p> <p>A personal umbrella policy is optional and it can protect personal assets as long as the underlying homeowners or auto policy meets the minimum required coverage limits. Typically, a personal umbrella policy is available in million-dollar increments from $1 million to $5 million.</p> <p>Here are a few situations where having a PUP can make good financial sense:</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Teenage Driver</span><br /> Yikes, your child is now legal to drive and your teenager causes an accident with injuries to the other driver that go beyond your auto policy coverage limits.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Summer Barbecues</span><br /> If an accident happens to someone on your property at a summer barbecue for example, a PUP can provide additional coverage over the existing homeowners policy to pay for medical expenses due to bodily injury or even property damage.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">International Travel</span><br /> PUP coverage can provide peace of mind if you rent a boat or car while on vacation in some international countries and have an accident that causes damage that goes beyond your coverage limits.</p> <p>An <a href="http://www.allstateagencies.com/agentlocator/searchpage.aspx">Allstate agent</a> can help explain more about why a personal umbrella policy may be a good choice.</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;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Chris Bauer<br /> (847) 402-5600<br /> <a href="mailto:chris.bauer@allstate.com">chris.bauer@allstate.com</a></p> Safe Driving Broll Safe Driving Broll Tue, 01 Jul 2014 10:48:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/videos/82c239b2-74e1-4a6d-b3e9-23711a633ca1 http://allstatenewsroom.com/videos/82c239b2-74e1-4a6d-b3e9-23711a633ca1 Safe Driving Broll Safe Driving Broll July 4 Again Named Deadliest Day on the Road for All Americans Allstate encourages everyone to drive safely for holiday travel<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Video, 1 Related Document, 1 Photo</strong><p>Millions of Americans will hit the road this Independence Day for family parties, barbecues, and celebrations, but for many travelers this upcoming weekend, it may end in heartbreak. According to research from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), July 4 continues to be the deadliest day on the road for all Americans.</p> <p>In the U.S., car crashes are the number one cause of death for everyone ages 1-34, with teens crashing four times more often than any other age group. Based on the latest available data, IIHS reports that more than 630 people were killed on July 4 from 2008-2012. If this trend continues, on average, 127 people will lose their lives in a car crash on July 4.</p> <p>Allstate asks all Americans to do their part to make roads safer for all families during the Independence Day holiday. Here are three simple ways to have a safe holiday on the road:&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li><strong>Don't drive under the influence.</strong> If you consume alcohol during your 4<sup>th</sup> of July festivities, have a plan for getting home safely. As The National Safety Commission shares, everyone has options: <ul> <li>Designate a sober driver &ndash; give that person your keys.</li> <li>Call a taxi or use public transportation.</li> <li>Use your community's <a href="http://www.drinkinganddriving.org/designated-driver-services/">designated driver service</a>.</li> </ul> </li> <li><strong>Get your rest</strong>. According to conservative estimates by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="http://www.nhtsa.gov/Driving+Safety/Distracted+Driving+at+Distraction.gov/Research+on+Drowsy+Driving">driving while drowsy</a></span> results in 100,000 police-reported crashes each year. Don't allow holiday fun to cut short the amount of time you dedicate to resting, especially before you drive to or from a celebration.</li> <li><strong>Never text or drive distracted. </strong>All drivers can pledge not to text and drive, and help reduce distracted driving deaths and injuries. Parents and teens can take a&nbsp; pledge together at <a href="http://www.facebook.com/XtheTXT">www.facebook.com/XtheTXT</a></li> </ul> <p>For teens, July 4 continues to be one of the deadliest days on the road and is tied with two other summer days for fatal car crashes. The summer months are particularly deadly for this population mostly because school is out and more miles are being driven.</p> <p>Allstate recently launched a unique tool to help parents keep their teens safer on the road.</p> <p>Star Driver, a smartphone-based tool powered by the new Drivewise&reg; Mobile app, helps identify and teach safe driving behaviors. Star Driver empowers parents and their teenage drivers to focus on safe driving at an early age. Available countrywide, the new program offers a driving agreement between parents and their teens to establish expectations and parameters. Both the parents and teens agree on limits about where, when and how fast the teen is allowed to drive. Parents can be alerted with a text message or email if the teen violates part of the agreement</p> <p>Allstate customers can download the Drivewise Mobile app countrywide to use the Star Driver feature. It's available in Google Play and the iTunes App Store.</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><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> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 10:21:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/dd29458e-4579-4120-91d2-563a6e2acabc http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/dd29458e-4579-4120-91d2-563a6e2acabc July 4 Again Named Deadliest Day on the Road for All Americans Allstate encourages everyone to drive safely for holiday travel<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Video, 1 Related Document, 1 Photo</strong><p>Millions of Americans will hit the road this Independence Day for family parties, barbecues, and celebrations, but for many travelers this upcoming weekend, it may end in heartbreak. According to research from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), July 4 continues to be the deadliest day on the road for all Americans.</p> <p>In the U.S., car crashes are the number one cause of death for everyone ages 1-34, with teens crashing four times more often than any other age group. Based on the latest available data, IIHS reports that more than 630 people were killed on July 4 from 2008-2012. If this trend continues, on average, 127 people will lose their lives in a car crash on July 4.</p> <p>Allstate asks all Americans to do their part to make roads safer for all families during the Independence Day holiday. Here are three simple ways to have a safe holiday on the road:&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li><strong>Don't drive under the influence.</strong> If you consume alcohol during your 4<sup>th</sup> of July festivities, have a plan for getting home safely. As The National Safety Commission shares, everyone has options: <ul> <li>Designate a sober driver &ndash; give that person your keys.</li> <li>Call a taxi or use public transportation.</li> <li>Use your community's <a href="http://www.drinkinganddriving.org/designated-driver-services/">designated driver service</a>.</li> </ul> </li> <li><strong>Get your rest</strong>. According to conservative estimates by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="http://www.nhtsa.gov/Driving+Safety/Distracted+Driving+at+Distraction.gov/Research+on+Drowsy+Driving">driving while drowsy</a></span> results in 100,000 police-reported crashes each year. Don't allow holiday fun to cut short the amount of time you dedicate to resting, especially before you drive to or from a celebration.</li> <li><strong>Never text or drive distracted. </strong>All drivers can pledge not to text and drive, and help reduce distracted driving deaths and injuries. Parents and teens can take a&nbsp; pledge together at <a href="http://www.facebook.com/XtheTXT">www.facebook.com/XtheTXT</a></li> </ul> <p>For teens, July 4 continues to be one of the deadliest days on the road and is tied with two other summer days for fatal car crashes. The summer months are particularly deadly for this population mostly because school is out and more miles are being driven.</p> <p>Allstate recently launched a unique tool to help parents keep their teens safer on the road.</p> <p>Star Driver, a smartphone-based tool powered by the new Drivewise&reg; Mobile app, helps identify and teach safe driving behaviors. Star Driver empowers parents and their teenage drivers to focus on safe driving at an early age. Available countrywide, the new program offers a driving agreement between parents and their teens to establish expectations and parameters. Both the parents and teens agree on limits about where, when and how fast the teen is allowed to drive. Parents can be alerted with a text message or email if the teen violates part of the agreement</p> <p>Allstate customers can download the Drivewise Mobile app countrywide to use the Star Driver feature. It's available in Google Play and the iTunes App Store.</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><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> It can happen to you: Be prepared for hurricane season Allstate offers hurricane preparedness tips for New Jerseyans<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Related Document, 1 Photo</strong><p>Allstate New Jersey Insurance Company reminds residents along the coast to consider taking a few quick and simple steps when it comes to preparing for a hurricane.</p> <p>Being prepared for a hurricane often means taking easy steps that can go a long way in minimizing property damage and protecting families.</p> <p>When it comes to preparing for a hurricane, Allstate has tips at the <a href="http://www.allstate.com/tools-and-resources/be-aware-and-prepare.aspx" target="_blank">Be Aware and Prepare</a> website that encourages everyone to develop a plan well before a storm threatens their community. It starts by simply understanding your insurance coverage and developing an evacuation strategy.</p> <p><strong>Allstate suggests homeowners consider the following hurricane preparedness tips:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Policyholders may have multiple insurance policies (car, boat, home, wind) with a variety of insurance carriers so it is important that they gather all insurance information so they can report claims to the appropriate carrier.</li> <li>Conduct a home inventory of your property. It's helpful to keep track of model numbers and stores where items were purchased. Keep your inventory, including photos and videos, in a safe place away from your home. </li> <li>Develop an evacuation plan that includes identification of safe areas, escape routes, meeting locations and plans for pets.<strong></strong></li> <li>Prepare an Emergency Supply Kit including a three-day supply of water, non-perishable food, radio and batteries, flashlight and a first-aid kit.<strong></strong></li> <li>Preparing for a hurricane means removing any diseased and damaged limbs from trees to keep them from blowing around during a storm and causing property or automobile damage.</li> <li>Purchase materials such as plywood that can be used to reinforce your windows, doors and garage doors. Install anchors and pre-drill holes for the plywood so you can install them quickly in the event of a storm.</li> <li>Install head and foot bolts in doors for extra protection. </li> </ul> <p><strong>Preparing for a Hurricane to Minimize Losses:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Remember that you may have different insurance policies for different types of damage. It's important to gather that information so you know who to call to report any damage claims from a hurricane.</li> <li>Review your home insurance policy and coverage limits with an agent. Know what you are and are not covered for in the event of a hurricane.</li> <li>Ask your insurance agent about flood insurance. Be prepared for a hurricane by having this type of insurance. The coverage is offered through the federal government's National Flood Insurance Program, but policies are sold and managed by private insurance companies like Allstate. Keep in mind that coverage does not take effect until 30 days after purchase. </li> <li>Find out if you have comprehensive auto coverage for damage to your car caused by falling objects or flood.</li> <li>Gather important documents such as insurance policies, birth certificates and identification. Make sure to place them in a waterproof container.</li> </ul> <p><strong>There's an App for That. </strong>Allstate's iPhone application, "Digital Locker," can help you create a home inventory. Free and available to any iPhone user, the home inventory tool makes it easy to be prepared for a hurricane because you can catalog belongings and keep that vital information in one handy location &ndash; right in your pocket. For more hurricane preparation tips, please visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/catastrophe" target="_blank">www.allstate.com/catastrophe</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate New Jersey Insurance Company</strong><br /> Allstate New Jersey Insurance Company services more than 450,000 households throughout New Jersey. Widely known by its slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;," Allstate branded insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services are offered through Allstate New Jersey agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives. As part of Allstate's commitment to strengthen local communities, The Allstate Foundation, and the corporation provided more than $370,000 in 2013 to local nonprofit organizations across New Jersey.</p> <p># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Danny Jovic<br /> 908-252-5164</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 08:43:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/d2037a84-7d22-4854-9ae5-ccd73831cc16 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/d2037a84-7d22-4854-9ae5-ccd73831cc16 It can happen to you: Be prepared for hurricane season Allstate offers hurricane preparedness tips for New Jerseyans<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Related Document, 1 Photo</strong><p>Allstate New Jersey Insurance Company reminds residents along the coast to consider taking a few quick and simple steps when it comes to preparing for a hurricane.</p> <p>Being prepared for a hurricane often means taking easy steps that can go a long way in minimizing property damage and protecting families.</p> <p>When it comes to preparing for a hurricane, Allstate has tips at the <a href="http://www.allstate.com/tools-and-resources/be-aware-and-prepare.aspx" target="_blank">Be Aware and Prepare</a> website that encourages everyone to develop a plan well before a storm threatens their community. It starts by simply understanding your insurance coverage and developing an evacuation strategy.</p> <p><strong>Allstate suggests homeowners consider the following hurricane preparedness tips:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Policyholders may have multiple insurance policies (car, boat, home, wind) with a variety of insurance carriers so it is important that they gather all insurance information so they can report claims to the appropriate carrier.</li> <li>Conduct a home inventory of your property. It's helpful to keep track of model numbers and stores where items were purchased. Keep your inventory, including photos and videos, in a safe place away from your home. </li> <li>Develop an evacuation plan that includes identification of safe areas, escape routes, meeting locations and plans for pets.<strong></strong></li> <li>Prepare an Emergency Supply Kit including a three-day supply of water, non-perishable food, radio and batteries, flashlight and a first-aid kit.<strong></strong></li> <li>Preparing for a hurricane means removing any diseased and damaged limbs from trees to keep them from blowing around during a storm and causing property or automobile damage.</li> <li>Purchase materials such as plywood that can be used to reinforce your windows, doors and garage doors. Install anchors and pre-drill holes for the plywood so you can install them quickly in the event of a storm.</li> <li>Install head and foot bolts in doors for extra protection. </li> </ul> <p><strong>Preparing for a Hurricane to Minimize Losses:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Remember that you may have different insurance policies for different types of damage. It's important to gather that information so you know who to call to report any damage claims from a hurricane.</li> <li>Review your home insurance policy and coverage limits with an agent. Know what you are and are not covered for in the event of a hurricane.</li> <li>Ask your insurance agent about flood insurance. Be prepared for a hurricane by having this type of insurance. The coverage is offered through the federal government's National Flood Insurance Program, but policies are sold and managed by private insurance companies like Allstate. Keep in mind that coverage does not take effect until 30 days after purchase. </li> <li>Find out if you have comprehensive auto coverage for damage to your car caused by falling objects or flood.</li> <li>Gather important documents such as insurance policies, birth certificates and identification. Make sure to place them in a waterproof container.</li> </ul> <p><strong>There's an App for That. </strong>Allstate's iPhone application, "Digital Locker," can help you create a home inventory. Free and available to any iPhone user, the home inventory tool makes it easy to be prepared for a hurricane because you can catalog belongings and keep that vital information in one handy location &ndash; right in your pocket. For more hurricane preparation tips, please visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/catastrophe" target="_blank">www.allstate.com/catastrophe</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate New Jersey Insurance Company</strong><br /> Allstate New Jersey Insurance Company services more than 450,000 households throughout New Jersey. Widely known by its slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;," Allstate branded insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services are offered through Allstate New Jersey agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives. As part of Allstate's commitment to strengthen local communities, The Allstate Foundation, and the corporation provided more than $370,000 in 2013 to local nonprofit organizations across New Jersey.</p> <p># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Danny Jovic<br /> 908-252-5164</p> Allstate Wants You: Company Recruiting Military Veterans Looking for Virginia veterans for free job-training program<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Related Document, 1 Photo</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company is looking for a few good military <a href="http://www.allstate.com/careers/veterans-details.aspx">veterans for a free job training program</a> that provides insurance and financial services experience with the potential for job placement. Allstate's Military Veteran Licensed Sales Professional Insurance Training Program is recruiting veterans who have been honorably discharged and separated from active military duty within the last four years.</p> <p>The fully-funded training consists of classroom education and hands-on experience over a four-week period. Candidates receive company-specific sales training and can earn their state insurance licenses. While there are currently many job openings for licensed sales professionals at Allstate agencies, candidates are not required to commit to a job with an Allstate agency.</p> <p>"People find it hard to believe we are providing this free and unique opportunity <em>without</em> a requirement that the candidate commit to Allstate when the training is done," said Bob Becker, Field Senior Vice President of Allstate, Capital Region. "While we would love for the participants to be part of the Allstate family, what is most important to us is honoring America's heroes. Our military veterans have given their time to protect us and this country. This is Allstate's way of providing them with an opportunity for job training and potential employment after their military service has ended."</p> <p><strong>The job training program for veterans with Virginia residency is being held August 1 &ndash; 29, 2014, in Charlotte, NC</strong>. Allstate covers travel to Charlotte, transportation to and from the training site, 30 days of lodging, meals and a salary stipend of $350 a week. <a href="https://allstate.taleo.net/careersection/10000/jobdetail.ftl?job=CHA00644">Applications for Virginia veterans</a> are being accepted now and will close when the class is full.</p> <p>"I am very proud to have given part of my life to my country," said Alfonso Padillo, an Allstate agency owner and U.S. Army veteran whose son, Eduardo, is also a <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2AXLh5xmBS0&amp;feature=youtu.be">veteran and an agency owner</a>. "If you are used to being in the military you already have the mentality that you are helping people. As an agency owner I get to help people with their insurance. Coming into this line of work is a natural thing for veterans."</p> <p>The job training program is built to prepare veterans for a licensed sales professional position. Candidates who successfully complete the course and pass insurance licensing exams may be offered a position by an Allstate exclusive agency owner. Licensed sales professionals are entry-level employees of the agency and not of Allstate Insurance Company or its affiliates.</p> <p>Licensed agency staff members support Allstate agency owners and help protect people from life's uncertainties. They sell insurance, service customers and build strong relationships within the community. The ideal candidate cares about protecting people, is disciplined, dependable, goal-oriented and trustworthy.</p> <p>"Allstate is more than an insurance company," said Becker. "It is a national network of small businesses and a team of agency owners in communities across the country. Together with their agents, licensed sales professionals are changing the way consumers think about insurance and providing insurance solutions to current customers."</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><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Debbie Pickford<br /> 703-653-3550<br /> <a href="mailto:dpica@allstate.com">dpica@allstate.com</a><br /> @AllstateCapital</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 12:18:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/96d7e7d8-5dfe-435c-afce-ff06c1bfa166 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/96d7e7d8-5dfe-435c-afce-ff06c1bfa166 Allstate Wants You: Company Recruiting Military Veterans Looking for Virginia veterans for free job-training program<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Related Document, 1 Photo</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company is looking for a few good military <a href="http://www.allstate.com/careers/veterans-details.aspx">veterans for a free job training program</a> that provides insurance and financial services experience with the potential for job placement. Allstate's Military Veteran Licensed Sales Professional Insurance Training Program is recruiting veterans who have been honorably discharged and separated from active military duty within the last four years.</p> <p>The fully-funded training consists of classroom education and hands-on experience over a four-week period. Candidates receive company-specific sales training and can earn their state insurance licenses. While there are currently many job openings for licensed sales professionals at Allstate agencies, candidates are not required to commit to a job with an Allstate agency.</p> <p>"People find it hard to believe we are providing this free and unique opportunity <em>without</em> a requirement that the candidate commit to Allstate when the training is done," said Bob Becker, Field Senior Vice President of Allstate, Capital Region. "While we would love for the participants to be part of the Allstate family, what is most important to us is honoring America's heroes. Our military veterans have given their time to protect us and this country. This is Allstate's way of providing them with an opportunity for job training and potential employment after their military service has ended."</p> <p><strong>The job training program for veterans with Virginia residency is being held August 1 &ndash; 29, 2014, in Charlotte, NC</strong>. Allstate covers travel to Charlotte, transportation to and from the training site, 30 days of lodging, meals and a salary stipend of $350 a week. <a href="https://allstate.taleo.net/careersection/10000/jobdetail.ftl?job=CHA00644">Applications for Virginia veterans</a> are being accepted now and will close when the class is full.</p> <p>"I am very proud to have given part of my life to my country," said Alfonso Padillo, an Allstate agency owner and U.S. Army veteran whose son, Eduardo, is also a <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2AXLh5xmBS0&amp;feature=youtu.be">veteran and an agency owner</a>. "If you are used to being in the military you already have the mentality that you are helping people. As an agency owner I get to help people with their insurance. Coming into this line of work is a natural thing for veterans."</p> <p>The job training program is built to prepare veterans for a licensed sales professional position. Candidates who successfully complete the course and pass insurance licensing exams may be offered a position by an Allstate exclusive agency owner. Licensed sales professionals are entry-level employees of the agency and not of Allstate Insurance Company or its affiliates.</p> <p>Licensed agency staff members support Allstate agency owners and help protect people from life's uncertainties. They sell insurance, service customers and build strong relationships within the community. The ideal candidate cares about protecting people, is disciplined, dependable, goal-oriented and trustworthy.</p> <p>"Allstate is more than an insurance company," said Becker. "It is a national network of small businesses and a team of agency owners in communities across the country. Together with their agents, licensed sales professionals are changing the way consumers think about insurance and providing insurance solutions to current customers."</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><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Debbie Pickford<br /> 703-653-3550<br /> <a href="mailto:dpica@allstate.com">dpica@allstate.com</a><br /> @AllstateCapital</p> It can happen to you: Be prepared for hurricane season Allstate offers hurricane preparedness tips for New Yorkers<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Related Document, 1 Photo</strong><p>Allstate reminds residents along the coast to consider taking a few quick and simple steps when it comes to preparing for a hurricane.</p> <p>Being prepared for a hurricane often means taking easy steps that can go a long way in minimizing property damage and protecting families.</p> <p>When it comes to preparing for a hurricane, Allstate has tips at the <a href="http://www.allstate.com/tools-and-resources/be-aware-and-prepare.aspx">Be Aware and Prepare</a> &nbsp;website that encourages everyone to develop a plan well before a storm threatens their community. It starts by simply understanding your insurance coverage and developing an evacuation strategy.</p> <p><strong>Allstate suggests homeowners consider the following hurricane preparedness tips:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Policyholders may have multiple insurance policies (car, boat, home, wind) with a variety of insurance carriers so it is important that they gather all insurance information so they can report claims to the appropriate carrier.</li> <li>Conduct a home inventory of your property. It's helpful to keep track of model numbers and stores where items were purchased. Keep your inventory, including photos and videos, in a safe place away from your home. </li> <li>Develop an evacuation plan that includes identification of safe areas, escape routes, meeting locations and plans for pets.</li> <li>Prepare an Emergency Supply Kit including a three-day supply of water, non-perishable food, radio and batteries, flashlight and a first-aid kit.</li> <li>Preparing for a hurricane means removing any diseased and damaged limbs from trees to keep them from blowing around during a storm and causing property or automobile damage.</li> <li>Purchase materials such as plywood that can be used to reinforce your windows, doors and garage doors. Install anchors and pre-drill holes for the plywood so you can install them quickly in the event of a storm.</li> <li>Install head and foot bolts in doors for extra protection.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Preparing for a Hurricane to Minimize Losses:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Remember that you may have different insurance policies for different types of damage. It's important to gather that information so you know who to call to report any damage claims from a hurricane.</li> <li>Review your home insurance policy and coverage limits with an agent. Know what you are and are not covered for in the event of a hurricane.</li> <li>Ask your insurance agent about flood insurance. Be prepared for a hurricane by having this type of insurance. The coverage is offered through the federal government's National Flood Insurance Program, but policies are sold and managed by private insurance companies like Allstate. Keep in mind that coverage does not take effect until 30 days after purchase.</li> <li>Find out if you have comprehensive auto coverage for damage to your car caused by falling objects or flood.</li> <li>Gather important documents such as insurance policies, birth certificates and identification. Make sure to place them in a waterproof container.</li> </ul> <p><strong>There's an App for That. </strong>Allstate's iPhone application, "Digital Locker," can help you create a home inventory. Free and available to any iPhone user, the home inventory tool makes it easy to be prepared for a hurricane because you can catalog belongings and keep that vital information in one handy location &ndash; right in your pocket. For more hurricane preparation tips, please visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/catastrophe">www.allstate.com/catastrophe</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate </strong><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, 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>Christina Kelly <br /> 631-233-6048<br /> <a href="mailto:ckelx@allstate.com">ckelx@allstate.com</a></p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 11:57:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/e249a620-0267-4cfc-a114-0e1ce69481c7 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/e249a620-0267-4cfc-a114-0e1ce69481c7 It can happen to you: Be prepared for hurricane season Allstate offers hurricane preparedness tips for New Yorkers<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Related Document, 1 Photo</strong><p>Allstate reminds residents along the coast to consider taking a few quick and simple steps when it comes to preparing for a hurricane.</p> <p>Being prepared for a hurricane often means taking easy steps that can go a long way in minimizing property damage and protecting families.</p> <p>When it comes to preparing for a hurricane, Allstate has tips at the <a href="http://www.allstate.com/tools-and-resources/be-aware-and-prepare.aspx">Be Aware and Prepare</a> &nbsp;website that encourages everyone to develop a plan well before a storm threatens their community. It starts by simply understanding your insurance coverage and developing an evacuation strategy.</p> <p><strong>Allstate suggests homeowners consider the following hurricane preparedness tips:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Policyholders may have multiple insurance policies (car, boat, home, wind) with a variety of insurance carriers so it is important that they gather all insurance information so they can report claims to the appropriate carrier.</li> <li>Conduct a home inventory of your property. It's helpful to keep track of model numbers and stores where items were purchased. Keep your inventory, including photos and videos, in a safe place away from your home. </li> <li>Develop an evacuation plan that includes identification of safe areas, escape routes, meeting locations and plans for pets.</li> <li>Prepare an Emergency Supply Kit including a three-day supply of water, non-perishable food, radio and batteries, flashlight and a first-aid kit.</li> <li>Preparing for a hurricane means removing any diseased and damaged limbs from trees to keep them from blowing around during a storm and causing property or automobile damage.</li> <li>Purchase materials such as plywood that can be used to reinforce your windows, doors and garage doors. Install anchors and pre-drill holes for the plywood so you can install them quickly in the event of a storm.</li> <li>Install head and foot bolts in doors for extra protection.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Preparing for a Hurricane to Minimize Losses:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Remember that you may have different insurance policies for different types of damage. It's important to gather that information so you know who to call to report any damage claims from a hurricane.</li> <li>Review your home insurance policy and coverage limits with an agent. Know what you are and are not covered for in the event of a hurricane.</li> <li>Ask your insurance agent about flood insurance. Be prepared for a hurricane by having this type of insurance. The coverage is offered through the federal government's National Flood Insurance Program, but policies are sold and managed by private insurance companies like Allstate. Keep in mind that coverage does not take effect until 30 days after purchase.</li> <li>Find out if you have comprehensive auto coverage for damage to your car caused by falling objects or flood.</li> <li>Gather important documents such as insurance policies, birth certificates and identification. Make sure to place them in a waterproof container.</li> </ul> <p><strong>There's an App for That. </strong>Allstate's iPhone application, "Digital Locker," can help you create a home inventory. Free and available to any iPhone user, the home inventory tool makes it easy to be prepared for a hurricane because you can catalog belongings and keep that vital information in one handy location &ndash; right in your pocket. For more hurricane preparation tips, please visit <a href="http://www.allstate.com/catastrophe">www.allstate.com/catastrophe</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate </strong><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, 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>Christina Kelly <br /> 631-233-6048<br /> <a href="mailto:ckelx@allstate.com">ckelx@allstate.com</a></p> Safe Boating Keeps Focus on Fun Allstate highlights ways to stay safe and what to do in case of an accident<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Related Document, 1 Photo</strong><p>Even safe boaters encounter mishaps on the water. Allstate national data shows the most common boat claims are striking a submerged object and collision with another boat.</p> <p>With increasing boating activity on the water during the summer, Allstate reminds boaters that it is a good time to refresh their boating safety knowledge, assess local water levels and to review boating regulations.</p> <p>Allstate recently created a video to share tips on <a href="http://www.allstate.com/boat-insurance/safety-tips.aspx#top" target="_blank">boating safety</a>. These recommendations include:</p> <ul> <li>Be considerate of your fellow boaters </li> <li>Let someone know where you're going and how long you expect to be away </li> <li>Always have a life preserver for everyone on board and one throwable flotation device </li> <li>Carry a working VHF radio that is monitored by U.S. Coast Guard and all maritime law enforcement </li> <li>Have a navigation system such as a GPS and carry a backup paper chart </li> </ul> <p>"While having fun is a priority on the water, these simple tips can help boaters stay safe," said Gary Lawrence, an Allstate agency owner. "In addition to keeping you safe, there may also be a discount on your boat insurance for completing a boating education course."</p> <p>Allstate has a PDF link on its boating website, <a href="http://www.allstate.com/boat-insurance.aspx" target="_blank">understanding boat insurance</a>, which offers a checklist for what to do in case of an accident. Some of these actions to follow are:</p> <ul> <li>Stay calm</li> <li>Determine the extent of any injuries or damage and, if needed, obtain medical assistance</li> <li>Call the police to file an accident report</li> <li>Don't leave the accident scene unless your physical safety is at risk</li> <li>Get the facts and essential details at the scene &ndash; (See checklist for full list of accident information essentials)</li> </ul> <p>Staying safe and protecting your investment is something Allstate knows a lot about. Talk to an <a href="http://allstateagencies.com/" target="_blank">Allstate agent</a> near you for help choosing a policy that meets your needs.</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; #&nbsp; #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Kristen Freis<br />469-585-1109</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 10:03:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/6dbb7cee-1315-47dd-8def-99ce26718f0b http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/6dbb7cee-1315-47dd-8def-99ce26718f0b Safe Boating Keeps Focus on Fun Allstate highlights ways to stay safe and what to do in case of an accident<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Related Document, 1 Photo</strong><p>Even safe boaters encounter mishaps on the water. Allstate national data shows the most common boat claims are striking a submerged object and collision with another boat.</p> <p>With increasing boating activity on the water during the summer, Allstate reminds boaters that it is a good time to refresh their boating safety knowledge, assess local water levels and to review boating regulations.</p> <p>Allstate recently created a video to share tips on <a href="http://www.allstate.com/boat-insurance/safety-tips.aspx#top" target="_blank">boating safety</a>. These recommendations include:</p> <ul> <li>Be considerate of your fellow boaters </li> <li>Let someone know where you're going and how long you expect to be away </li> <li>Always have a life preserver for everyone on board and one throwable flotation device </li> <li>Carry a working VHF radio that is monitored by U.S. Coast Guard and all maritime law enforcement </li> <li>Have a navigation system such as a GPS and carry a backup paper chart </li> </ul> <p>"While having fun is a priority on the water, these simple tips can help boaters stay safe," said Gary Lawrence, an Allstate agency owner. "In addition to keeping you safe, there may also be a discount on your boat insurance for completing a boating education course."</p> <p>Allstate has a PDF link on its boating website, <a href="http://www.allstate.com/boat-insurance.aspx" target="_blank">understanding boat insurance</a>, which offers a checklist for what to do in case of an accident. Some of these actions to follow are:</p> <ul> <li>Stay calm</li> <li>Determine the extent of any injuries or damage and, if needed, obtain medical assistance</li> <li>Call the police to file an accident report</li> <li>Don't leave the accident scene unless your physical safety is at risk</li> <li>Get the facts and essential details at the scene &ndash; (See checklist for full list of accident information essentials)</li> </ul> <p>Staying safe and protecting your investment is something Allstate knows a lot about. Talk to an <a href="http://allstateagencies.com/" target="_blank">Allstate agent</a> near you for help choosing a policy that meets your needs.</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; #&nbsp; #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Kristen Freis<br />469-585-1109</p> Allstate Reality Rides℠ Simulator Will Combat Distracted Driving with Fun at Kern County Raceway <strong>This release contains: 1 Related Document, 9 Photos</strong><p>Combining innovative instruction with entertaining interaction, Allstate Insurance Company brings its "Reality Rides<span class="smark">℠</span>" distracted driving simulator here in this year's tour of more than 40 U.S. cities. Allstate is accelerating efforts to bring awareness around distraction-free driving, now with its second annual tour across California and America with a new, driver-friendly simulator featuring an LED television embedded in the windshield of an SUV, and additional flat-screen monitors allowing drivers awaiting their turn at the wheel to see what the simulator driver is experiencing.</p> <p>This Allstate "Reality Rides<span class="smark">℠</span>" simulator is available to everyone driving-age attending races at the Kern County Raceway on Saturday, July 12. Gates open at 4 p.m.</p> <p>"Reality Rides is evolving as quickly as consumers' desires for new technologies, allowing Allstate to engage drivers in a compelling and safe format," said Shannon Hill, exclusive Allstate agency owner in Bakersfield. "This new, real-life simulation proves effective at changing the opinions of drivers who experience it. We're excited to share it with race fans in the Central Valley."</p> <p>In 2014, Reality Rides consists of a driving simulator that utilizes a fully-operational but stationary sport-utility vehicle equipped with virtual reality technology, including a new curved LED television stretched across the width of the car windshield. The television displays a virtual roadway environment and reacts to the drivers' commands. 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 popular Allstate X the TXT&reg; pledge that promises to not text and drive.</p> <p>Last year, more than 1,700 drivers experienced the Reality Rides simulator. Seventy-three percent surveyed 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" target="_blank">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. Reality Rides was most recently in California in May for race fans at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.<strong></strong></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 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 href="http://www.allstate.com/" target="_blank">www.allstate.com</a>, <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial" target="_blank">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" target="_blank">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p>#&nbsp; #&nbsp; #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Jim Klapthor, Allstate Corporate Relations<br /> 909-612-6644<br /> <a href="mailto:Jim.Klapthor@Allstate.com">Jim.Klapthor@Allstate.com</a></p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 08:00:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/b4497840-2ff6-4566-8f76-22b224ff6e41 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/b4497840-2ff6-4566-8f76-22b224ff6e41 Allstate Reality Rides℠ Simulator Will Combat Distracted Driving with Fun at Kern County Raceway <strong>This release contains: 1 Related Document, 9 Photos</strong><p>Combining innovative instruction with entertaining interaction, Allstate Insurance Company brings its "Reality Rides<span class="smark">℠</span>" distracted driving simulator here in this year's tour of more than 40 U.S. cities. Allstate is accelerating efforts to bring awareness around distraction-free driving, now with its second annual tour across California and America with a new, driver-friendly simulator featuring an LED television embedded in the windshield of an SUV, and additional flat-screen monitors allowing drivers awaiting their turn at the wheel to see what the simulator driver is experiencing.</p> <p>This Allstate "Reality Rides<span class="smark">℠</span>" simulator is available to everyone driving-age attending races at the Kern County Raceway on Saturday, July 12. Gates open at 4 p.m.</p> <p>"Reality Rides is evolving as quickly as consumers' desires for new technologies, allowing Allstate to engage drivers in a compelling and safe format," said Shannon Hill, exclusive Allstate agency owner in Bakersfield. "This new, real-life simulation proves effective at changing the opinions of drivers who experience it. We're excited to share it with race fans in the Central Valley."</p> <p>In 2014, Reality Rides consists of a driving simulator that utilizes a fully-operational but stationary sport-utility vehicle equipped with virtual reality technology, including a new curved LED television stretched across the width of the car windshield. The television displays a virtual roadway environment and reacts to the drivers' commands. 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 popular Allstate X the TXT&reg; pledge that promises to not text and drive.</p> <p>Last year, more than 1,700 drivers experienced the Reality Rides simulator. Seventy-three percent surveyed 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" target="_blank">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. Reality Rides was most recently in California in May for race fans at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.<strong></strong></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 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 href="http://www.allstate.com/" target="_blank">www.allstate.com</a>, <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial" target="_blank">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" target="_blank">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p>#&nbsp; #&nbsp; #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Jim Klapthor, Allstate Corporate Relations<br /> 909-612-6644<br /> <a href="mailto:Jim.Klapthor@Allstate.com">Jim.Klapthor@Allstate.com</a></p> Allstate "Reality Rides℠" Pit-Stops in St. Louis 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<span class="smark">℠</span>" stops-off in St. Louis 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<span class="smark">℠</span>" 2014 tour. In this second annual national campaign tour, Allstate Insurance Company is gaining steam in its efforts to bring awareness around distraction-free driving.</p> <p>In St. Louis, Reality Rides will visit Six Flags St. Louis, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.</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, St. Louis 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" target="_blank">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 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 href="http://www.allstate.com/" target="_blank">www.allstate.com</a>, <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial" target="_blank">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" target="_blank">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p>#&nbsp; #&nbsp; #</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> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 10:25:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/f3d2a669-0258-41c9-b31b-fb38bc388450 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/f3d2a669-0258-41c9-b31b-fb38bc388450 Allstate "Reality Rides℠" Pit-Stops in St. Louis 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<span class="smark">℠</span>" stops-off in St. Louis 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<span class="smark">℠</span>" 2014 tour. In this second annual national campaign tour, Allstate Insurance Company is gaining steam in its efforts to bring awareness around distraction-free driving.</p> <p>In St. Louis, Reality Rides will visit Six Flags St. Louis, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.</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, St. Louis 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" target="_blank">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 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 href="http://www.allstate.com/" target="_blank">www.allstate.com</a>, <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial" target="_blank">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" target="_blank">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p>#&nbsp; #&nbsp; #</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> 10,000 families across the country to build disaster preparedness kits The Allstate Foundation and Points of Light engage in multi-city tour to educate communities on catastrophes and what they can do to be ready<br /><strong>This release contains: 2 Videos, 1 Related Document, 6 Photos</strong><p>What do you think constitutes a disaster? Certainly, people think of hurricanes, tornadoes and wildfires. However, disasters also include events like extended power blackouts, house fires or floods. Disasters can happen anytime, anywhere, with little or no warning, but it's possible to be better prepared. Research from the Federal Emergency Management Agency found that 85 percent of Americans are not prepared for potential disasters, which inspired The Allstate Foundation and Points of Light, the world's largest organization dedicated to volunteer service, to bring an in-person emergency preparedness program to communities across the country.</p> <p>The Allstate Foundation is giving people access to 10,000 disaster preparedness kits during a multi-city tour that kicked off last month in Colorado and Georgia. During each kit-building event, attendees build their own starter kit and receive information from organizations like the Red Cross. Each of the kits includes a hand-crank flashlight, rain poncho, water bottle, dust mask, garbage bags, whistle and hand sanitizer.</p> <p>Additionally, volunteers from Points of Light's Hands On Network and local Allstate agency owners are present to answer questions and provide additional tips on ways local residents can get prepared for disasters.</p> <p>"It doesn't matter what disaster you might be faced with, you can be prepared with just a few simple actions," said Vicky Dinges, senior vice president of corporate responsibility at Allstate. "Having a plan, building a kit, and talking to your family can make all the difference during a disaster. We owe ourselves and our families' peace of mind, and building a disaster kit this summer is one way to do that."</p> <p>Disaster preparedness events are planned for the following cities:</p> <p><strong>Indianapolis, Ind.</strong><br /> <strong>Tampa, Fla.</strong><br /> <strong>Baton Rouge, La.</strong><br /> <strong>Portland, Ore.</strong><br /> <strong>Springfield Township, N.J.</strong><br /> <strong>Houston, Texas</strong><br /> <strong>Portland, Maine</strong><br /> <strong>Baltimore, Md.</strong><br /> <strong>Long Island, N.Y.</strong><br /> <strong>Los Angeles, Calif.</strong><br /> <strong>Salt Lake City, Utah</strong><br /> <strong>Milwaukee, Wis.</strong></p> <p>In addition to the kit-building events, The Allstate Foundation is a founding partner of the Good &amp; Ready program. It provides important safety information to help people be aware of the risks in their lives and protect themselves and their loved ones. To learn more about this unique online program, visit <a href="http://www.GoodandReady.org">www.GoodandReady.org</a>.</p> <p>For information on the kit-building events and ways to get prepared, visit <a href="http://www.AllstateFoundation.org/saferlives">www.AllstateFoundation.org/saferlives</a>.</p> <p><strong>The Allstate Foundation offers the following three steps to help your family prepare for a disaster:</strong></p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Step 1</span></strong><strong>: Build your disaster preparedness kit</strong><br /> If disaster strikes, you'll want to have supplies to help you and your family (including your pets) survive for at least three days. Your disaster preparedness kit should contain these basic supplies:</p> <ul style="list-style: square;"> <li>Water (one gallon per person, per day)</li> <li>Ready-to-eat, nonperishable food (for family members and pets)</li> <li>Battery-powered or hand-crank radio </li> <li>Battery-powered or hand-crank flashlight </li> <li>First-aid kit </li> <li>Whistle (to signal for help)</li> <li>Dust mask, plastic sheeting and duct tape</li> <li>Hand sanitizers </li> <li>Plastic garbage bags with ties</li> <li>Wrench or pliers</li> <li>Local maps (to locate emergency services and shelters)</li> <li>Extra batteries</li> </ul> <p>For a complete list, visit <a href="http://www.AllstateFoundation.org/saferlives">www.AllstateFoundation.org/saferlives</a>.</p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Step 2:</span></strong><strong> Create your household emergency plan<br /> </strong>A household emergency plan should include the following information:</p> <ul style="list-style: square;"> <li>Emergency contact names and numbers &ndash; mobile and landline (As an extra precaution, everyone in your family should program "In Case of Emergency," or ICE, contacts in their mobile phones so emergency personnel can contact them if needed)</li> <li>Family meeting place in your neighborhood and an alternative meeting place in the region</li> <li>Personal details for each family member (date of birth, important medical information, recent photos)</li> <li>Addresses and phone numbers of the places family members frequent on a regular basis (work, school)</li> <li>Contact information for medical providers (doctors, pharmacist, veterinarian)</li> <li>Important medical and insurance information, including prescription drugs and photocopies of your medical insurance card(s)</li> </ul> <p>For a fill-in-the-blank household emergency plan and cards to download, print and keep close at hand, visit <a href="http://www.AllstateFoundation.org/saferlives">www.AllstateFoundation.org/saferlives</a></p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Step 3</span></strong><strong>: Help your community get ready for a disaster<br /> </strong>The strength of a community comes from each person who lives in it. By raising your hand to help your community prepare for a potential disaster, you can help people respond to and recover from an emergency situation.</p> <p>Visit <a href="http://www.GoodandReady.org">www.GoodandReady.org</a>, go to the "Resources" page, and then click "Get Trained" to find a disaster volunteer team near you.</p> <p><strong>About The Allstate Foundation<br /> </strong>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 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> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 10:22:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/4d50a5c0-86dd-4896-bb70-b2d9273a7f6c http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/4d50a5c0-86dd-4896-bb70-b2d9273a7f6c 10,000 families across the country to build disaster preparedness kits The Allstate Foundation and Points of Light engage in multi-city tour to educate communities on catastrophes and what they can do to be ready<br /><strong>This release contains: 2 Videos, 1 Related Document, 6 Photos</strong><p>What do you think constitutes a disaster? Certainly, people think of hurricanes, tornadoes and wildfires. However, disasters also include events like extended power blackouts, house fires or floods. Disasters can happen anytime, anywhere, with little or no warning, but it's possible to be better prepared. Research from the Federal Emergency Management Agency found that 85 percent of Americans are not prepared for potential disasters, which inspired The Allstate Foundation and Points of Light, the world's largest organization dedicated to volunteer service, to bring an in-person emergency preparedness program to communities across the country.</p> <p>The Allstate Foundation is giving people access to 10,000 disaster preparedness kits during a multi-city tour that kicked off last month in Colorado and Georgia. During each kit-building event, attendees build their own starter kit and receive information from organizations like the Red Cross. Each of the kits includes a hand-crank flashlight, rain poncho, water bottle, dust mask, garbage bags, whistle and hand sanitizer.</p> <p>Additionally, volunteers from Points of Light's Hands On Network and local Allstate agency owners are present to answer questions and provide additional tips on ways local residents can get prepared for disasters.</p> <p>"It doesn't matter what disaster you might be faced with, you can be prepared with just a few simple actions," said Vicky Dinges, senior vice president of corporate responsibility at Allstate. "Having a plan, building a kit, and talking to your family can make all the difference during a disaster. We owe ourselves and our families' peace of mind, and building a disaster kit this summer is one way to do that."</p> <p>Disaster preparedness events are planned for the following cities:</p> <p><strong>Indianapolis, Ind.</strong><br /> <strong>Tampa, Fla.</strong><br /> <strong>Baton Rouge, La.</strong><br /> <strong>Portland, Ore.</strong><br /> <strong>Springfield Township, N.J.</strong><br /> <strong>Houston, Texas</strong><br /> <strong>Portland, Maine</strong><br /> <strong>Baltimore, Md.</strong><br /> <strong>Long Island, N.Y.</strong><br /> <strong>Los Angeles, Calif.</strong><br /> <strong>Salt Lake City, Utah</strong><br /> <strong>Milwaukee, Wis.</strong></p> <p>In addition to the kit-building events, The Allstate Foundation is a founding partner of the Good &amp; Ready program. It provides important safety information to help people be aware of the risks in their lives and protect themselves and their loved ones. To learn more about this unique online program, visit <a href="http://www.GoodandReady.org">www.GoodandReady.org</a>.</p> <p>For information on the kit-building events and ways to get prepared, visit <a href="http://www.AllstateFoundation.org/saferlives">www.AllstateFoundation.org/saferlives</a>.</p> <p><strong>The Allstate Foundation offers the following three steps to help your family prepare for a disaster:</strong></p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Step 1</span></strong><strong>: Build your disaster preparedness kit</strong><br /> If disaster strikes, you'll want to have supplies to help you and your family (including your pets) survive for at least three days. Your disaster preparedness kit should contain these basic supplies:</p> <ul style="list-style: square;"> <li>Water (one gallon per person, per day)</li> <li>Ready-to-eat, nonperishable food (for family members and pets)</li> <li>Battery-powered or hand-crank radio </li> <li>Battery-powered or hand-crank flashlight </li> <li>First-aid kit </li> <li>Whistle (to signal for help)</li> <li>Dust mask, plastic sheeting and duct tape</li> <li>Hand sanitizers </li> <li>Plastic garbage bags with ties</li> <li>Wrench or pliers</li> <li>Local maps (to locate emergency services and shelters)</li> <li>Extra batteries</li> </ul> <p>For a complete list, visit <a href="http://www.AllstateFoundation.org/saferlives">www.AllstateFoundation.org/saferlives</a>.</p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Step 2:</span></strong><strong> Create your household emergency plan<br /> </strong>A household emergency plan should include the following information:</p> <ul style="list-style: square;"> <li>Emergency contact names and numbers &ndash; mobile and landline (As an extra precaution, everyone in your family should program "In Case of Emergency," or ICE, contacts in their mobile phones so emergency personnel can contact them if needed)</li> <li>Family meeting place in your neighborhood and an alternative meeting place in the region</li> <li>Personal details for each family member (date of birth, important medical information, recent photos)</li> <li>Addresses and phone numbers of the places family members frequent on a regular basis (work, school)</li> <li>Contact information for medical providers (doctors, pharmacist, veterinarian)</li> <li>Important medical and insurance information, including prescription drugs and photocopies of your medical insurance card(s)</li> </ul> <p>For a fill-in-the-blank household emergency plan and cards to download, print and keep close at hand, visit <a href="http://www.AllstateFoundation.org/saferlives">www.AllstateFoundation.org/saferlives</a></p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Step 3</span></strong><strong>: Help your community get ready for a disaster<br /> </strong>The strength of a community comes from each person who lives in it. By raising your hand to help your community prepare for a potential disaster, you can help people respond to and recover from an emergency situation.</p> <p>Visit <a href="http://www.GoodandReady.org">www.GoodandReady.org</a>, go to the "Resources" page, and then click "Get Trained" to find a disaster volunteer team near you.</p> <p><strong>About The Allstate Foundation<br /> </strong>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 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 Announces May 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 May&nbsp;2014 of $440 million, pre-tax ($286 million after-tax). Catastrophe losses occurring in May comprised eleven events at an estimated cost of $400 million, pre-tax, plus unfavorable reserve reestimates of prior reported catastrophe losses. Three severe weather events accounted for over 78% of the estimated catastrophe losses for May events.</p> <p>Allstate previously announced $280 million, pre-tax ($182 million after-tax), in estimated catastrophe losses for the month of April 2014, bringing estimated catastrophe losses for the second quarter months of April and May 2014 to $720 million, pre-tax ($468 million after-tax).</p> <p>Last year, Allstate announced estimated May catastrophe losses of $323 million, pre-tax ($210 million after-tax), and catastrophe losses totaling $539 million, pre-tax ($350 million after-tax) for April and May 2013.</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 &ldquo;You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;.&rdquo; 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" target="_blank">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># # # #</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 09:12:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/88884b9f-19ef-4ddc-9121-b338ef096ba9 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/88884b9f-19ef-4ddc-9121-b338ef096ba9 Allstate Announces May 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 May&nbsp;2014 of $440 million, pre-tax ($286 million after-tax). Catastrophe losses occurring in May comprised eleven events at an estimated cost of $400 million, pre-tax, plus unfavorable reserve reestimates of prior reported catastrophe losses. Three severe weather events accounted for over 78% of the estimated catastrophe losses for May events.</p> <p>Allstate previously announced $280 million, pre-tax ($182 million after-tax), in estimated catastrophe losses for the month of April 2014, bringing estimated catastrophe losses for the second quarter months of April and May 2014 to $720 million, pre-tax ($468 million after-tax).</p> <p>Last year, Allstate announced estimated May catastrophe losses of $323 million, pre-tax ($210 million after-tax), and catastrophe losses totaling $539 million, pre-tax ($350 million after-tax) for April and May 2013.</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 &ldquo;You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;.&rdquo; 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" target="_blank">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># # # #</p> Pool Safety About More than Lifeguards and Drowning Allstate Offers Tips to Help Enjoy Swimming Pools, Identifies Legal Risks<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Related Document, 1 Photo</strong><p>Warm weather brings summer fun and outdoor activities around a swimming pool. To ensure a safe summer at the pool, Allstate shares the following tips from the <a href="http://www.poolsafely.gov/pool-spa-safety/staying-safe-pools-spas/residential-swimming-pools/" target="_blank">U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)</a> that can help keep your summer safe and fun:</p> <p><strong>Stay Close, Be Alert and Watch Children in and Around the Pool</strong></p> <ul> <li>Never leave a child unattended in a pool or spa and always watch your children closely around all bodies of water.</li> <li>Designate a water watcher to supervise children in the pool or spa. This person should not be reading, texting, using a smart phone or otherwise distracted. Adults can take turns being a Water Watcher.</li> <li>Teach children basic water safety tips.</li> <li>Keep children away from pool drains, pipes and other openings to avoid entrapments.</li> <li>Have a telephone close by when you or your family are using a pool or spa.</li> <li>If a child is missing, look for him or her in the pool or spa first.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Learning and Practicing Water Safety Skills</strong></p> <ul> <li>Learn how to swim and teach your child how to swim.</li> <li>Learn how to perform CPR on children and adults, and update those skills regularly.</li> <li>Understand the basics of life-saving so that you can assist in a pool emergency.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Having the Appropriate Equipment for Your Pool or Spa</strong></p> <ul> <li>Install a four-foot or taller fence around the perimeter of the pool and spa and use self-closing and self-latching gates; ask your neighbors to do the same at their pools.</li> <li>Install and use a lockable safety cover on your spa.</li> <li>If your house serves as a fourth side of a fence around a pool, install and use a door or pool alarm.</li> <li>Have lifesaving equipment such as life rings, floats or a reaching pole available and easily accessible.</li> </ul> <p>"Swimming pools can bring a lot of fun to the summer months, but they can also bring a lot of risks into the picture," says Allstate Property Claims Director Bryan Corder. "It's important to go through a checklist of safety measures and legal liabilities well before you invite your first guest over to enjoy to pool."</p> <p>Allstate offers the following thoughts from <a href="http://www.consumeraffairs.com/homeowners/pool_safety.html" target="_blank">ConsumerAffairs.com</a> to stay on top of legal responsibility around the pool:</p> <ul> <li>Make no mistake: the pool owner is responsible for what happens in his or her pool. The pool owner has a responsibility to provide a safe environment for children and adults alike and to be proactive in preventing accidents.</li> <li>Do not accept the responsibility of pool ownership unless you are aware of the risks and are willing to deal with them. At the most basic level, you and all able-bodied adults in your family should successfully complete a CPR course. Everyone in your household should learn to swim and be knowledgeable in pool safety.</li> <li>Never leave an accessible pool unattended. A child can drown in less than five minutes.</li> <li>Never leave swimming toys in the pool. They are too inviting for a young child.</li> <li>Insist that your adult guests supervise their children at all times.</li> <li>Never let intoxicated guests enter your pool.</li> <li>Remove the diving board from your private backyard pool. The risk of injury is too great. </li> <li>Never assume that "floaties" and other floatation devices will protect you or your guests from drowning.</li> <li>Make sure your homeowner's insurance policy includes coverage that will protect you against liability lawsuits resulting from swimming pool injuries. You may want to add an additional liability policy specifically covering pool accidents. $1 million is the absolute minimum you should have; more is desirable.</li> </ul> <p>As always, Allstate encourages everybody to use their own good judgment and these rules should help guide conversations before the first person jumps in the pool to enjoy the summer months.</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.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Justin Herndon<br /> <a href="mailto:Justin.Herndon@allstate.com">Justin.Herndon@allstate.com</a><br /> 727-512-8314</p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 08:01:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/8e25872a-3ee2-4993-8be7-bc7380b016ac http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/8e25872a-3ee2-4993-8be7-bc7380b016ac Pool Safety About More than Lifeguards and Drowning Allstate Offers Tips to Help Enjoy Swimming Pools, Identifies Legal Risks<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Related Document, 1 Photo</strong><p>Warm weather brings summer fun and outdoor activities around a swimming pool. To ensure a safe summer at the pool, Allstate shares the following tips from the <a href="http://www.poolsafely.gov/pool-spa-safety/staying-safe-pools-spas/residential-swimming-pools/" target="_blank">U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)</a> that can help keep your summer safe and fun:</p> <p><strong>Stay Close, Be Alert and Watch Children in and Around the Pool</strong></p> <ul> <li>Never leave a child unattended in a pool or spa and always watch your children closely around all bodies of water.</li> <li>Designate a water watcher to supervise children in the pool or spa. This person should not be reading, texting, using a smart phone or otherwise distracted. Adults can take turns being a Water Watcher.</li> <li>Teach children basic water safety tips.</li> <li>Keep children away from pool drains, pipes and other openings to avoid entrapments.</li> <li>Have a telephone close by when you or your family are using a pool or spa.</li> <li>If a child is missing, look for him or her in the pool or spa first.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Learning and Practicing Water Safety Skills</strong></p> <ul> <li>Learn how to swim and teach your child how to swim.</li> <li>Learn how to perform CPR on children and adults, and update those skills regularly.</li> <li>Understand the basics of life-saving so that you can assist in a pool emergency.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Having the Appropriate Equipment for Your Pool or Spa</strong></p> <ul> <li>Install a four-foot or taller fence around the perimeter of the pool and spa and use self-closing and self-latching gates; ask your neighbors to do the same at their pools.</li> <li>Install and use a lockable safety cover on your spa.</li> <li>If your house serves as a fourth side of a fence around a pool, install and use a door or pool alarm.</li> <li>Have lifesaving equipment such as life rings, floats or a reaching pole available and easily accessible.</li> </ul> <p>"Swimming pools can bring a lot of fun to the summer months, but they can also bring a lot of risks into the picture," says Allstate Property Claims Director Bryan Corder. "It's important to go through a checklist of safety measures and legal liabilities well before you invite your first guest over to enjoy to pool."</p> <p>Allstate offers the following thoughts from <a href="http://www.consumeraffairs.com/homeowners/pool_safety.html" target="_blank">ConsumerAffairs.com</a> to stay on top of legal responsibility around the pool:</p> <ul> <li>Make no mistake: the pool owner is responsible for what happens in his or her pool. The pool owner has a responsibility to provide a safe environment for children and adults alike and to be proactive in preventing accidents.</li> <li>Do not accept the responsibility of pool ownership unless you are aware of the risks and are willing to deal with them. At the most basic level, you and all able-bodied adults in your family should successfully complete a CPR course. Everyone in your household should learn to swim and be knowledgeable in pool safety.</li> <li>Never leave an accessible pool unattended. A child can drown in less than five minutes.</li> <li>Never leave swimming toys in the pool. They are too inviting for a young child.</li> <li>Insist that your adult guests supervise their children at all times.</li> <li>Never let intoxicated guests enter your pool.</li> <li>Remove the diving board from your private backyard pool. The risk of injury is too great. </li> <li>Never assume that "floaties" and other floatation devices will protect you or your guests from drowning.</li> <li>Make sure your homeowner's insurance policy includes coverage that will protect you against liability lawsuits resulting from swimming pool injuries. You may want to add an additional liability policy specifically covering pool accidents. $1 million is the absolute minimum you should have; more is desirable.</li> </ul> <p>As always, Allstate encourages everybody to use their own good judgment and these rules should help guide conversations before the first person jumps in the pool to enjoy the summer months.</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.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Justin Herndon<br /> <a href="mailto:Justin.Herndon@allstate.com">Justin.Herndon@allstate.com</a><br /> 727-512-8314</p> Allstate offers tips to make sure safety comes first in the swimming pool <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/48cb/732f/48cb732f-48cc-4915-ae70-f9be72f4e2d0-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Allstate offers tips to make sure safety comes first in the swimming pool Tue, 17 Jun 2014 08:01:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/allstate-offers-tips-to-make-sure-safety-comes-first-in-the-swim http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/allstate-offers-tips-to-make-sure-safety-comes-first-in-the-swim Allstate offers tips to make sure safety comes first in the swimming pool <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/48cb/732f/48cb732f-48cc-4915-ae70-f9be72f4e2d0-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Allstate offers tips to make sure safety comes first in the swimming pool New Life Insurance Option for New York Consumers <strong>This release contains: 1 Related Document, 1 Photo</strong><p style="text-align: center;"><em>Allstate Whole Life Advantage<span class="smark">℠</span> Offers Guaranteed Death Benefits, Cash Values and Premiums<sup>1</sup></em></p> <p>Allstate has introduced a whole life product in New York to meet its customers' need for a guaranteed death benefit as part of their families' long-term financial plan.</p> <p>"Allstate Whole Life Advantage<span class="smark">℠</span> is a whole life product that rounds out Allstate's permanent and term life insurance offerings," said Heather Dougherty, Regional Financial Sales Leader in New York. "We find that some of our customers want the guaranteed death benefit, cash value and premiums that can be offered through whole life insurance, and now we can help them with an Allstate product."</p> <p>Allstate Whole Life Advantage features include:</p> <ul> <li><strong><em>A death benefit that never goes down. </em></strong>As long as premiums are paid<sup>1</sup>, customers are guaranteed to receive the death benefit. <strong></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Cash value that is guaranteed to go up regardless of market conditions.</em></strong><sup>1</sup> The cash value accumulates in an Allstate Whole Life Advantage policy. For this reason, whole life insurance often is part of a family's long-term financial plan.</li> <li><strong><em>Premium payments that never go up. </em></strong>In fact, premiums may decrease and may not be required under certain conditions.</li> </ul> <p>In addition, this product includes the option for customers to earn more potential value through excess credits, similar to dividends. Those excess credits can 1) be used to purchase paid-up additions, 2) reduce premium payments, 3) provide cash back, 4) accumulate at interest, or 5) pay down policy debt.</p> <p>General information about life insurance can be found online at <a href="http://www.myallstatefinancial.com/life-insurance.aspx" target="_blank">www.myallstatefinancial.com/life-insurance.aspx</a>.</p> <p>Allstate Whole Life Advantage<span class="smark">℠</span> is a whole life insurance policy issued by Allstate Life Insurance Company of New York, Home Office: Hauppauge, NY, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Allstate Life Insurance Company, Home Office: Northbrook, IL. Allstate Whole Life Advantage is available with series NYLU796. It may be accompanied by the following riders: Primary Insured Term (NYLU801), Additional Insured Term (NYLU799), Paid-Up Insurance (NYLU797), Children's Level Term (NYLU697), Waiver of Premium (NYLU699), and Guaranteed Insurability (NYLU800). Allstate Life Insurance Company is not responsible, as parent, for the contractual or financial obligations of Allstate Life Insurance Company of New York</p> <p>Guarantees offered are subject to the claims-paying ability of the issuing company.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate </strong><br /> <a 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 href="http://www.allstate.com/" target="_blank">www.allstate.com</a>, <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial" target="_blank">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" target="_blank">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p>#&nbsp; #&nbsp; #</p> <p><sup>1</sup> All guarantees are subject to the claims-paying ability of the issuing insurance company.</p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 12:01:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/7e5831ed-b8c4-4778-a505-95772aa81b94 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/7e5831ed-b8c4-4778-a505-95772aa81b94 New Life Insurance Option for New York Consumers <strong>This release contains: 1 Related Document, 1 Photo</strong><p style="text-align: center;"><em>Allstate Whole Life Advantage<span class="smark">℠</span> Offers Guaranteed Death Benefits, Cash Values and Premiums<sup>1</sup></em></p> <p>Allstate has introduced a whole life product in New York to meet its customers' need for a guaranteed death benefit as part of their families' long-term financial plan.</p> <p>"Allstate Whole Life Advantage<span class="smark">℠</span> is a whole life product that rounds out Allstate's permanent and term life insurance offerings," said Heather Dougherty, Regional Financial Sales Leader in New York. "We find that some of our customers want the guaranteed death benefit, cash value and premiums that can be offered through whole life insurance, and now we can help them with an Allstate product."</p> <p>Allstate Whole Life Advantage features include:</p> <ul> <li><strong><em>A death benefit that never goes down. </em></strong>As long as premiums are paid<sup>1</sup>, customers are guaranteed to receive the death benefit. <strong></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Cash value that is guaranteed to go up regardless of market conditions.</em></strong><sup>1</sup> The cash value accumulates in an Allstate Whole Life Advantage policy. For this reason, whole life insurance often is part of a family's long-term financial plan.</li> <li><strong><em>Premium payments that never go up. </em></strong>In fact, premiums may decrease and may not be required under certain conditions.</li> </ul> <p>In addition, this product includes the option for customers to earn more potential value through excess credits, similar to dividends. Those excess credits can 1) be used to purchase paid-up additions, 2) reduce premium payments, 3) provide cash back, 4) accumulate at interest, or 5) pay down policy debt.</p> <p>General information about life insurance can be found online at <a href="http://www.myallstatefinancial.com/life-insurance.aspx" target="_blank">www.myallstatefinancial.com/life-insurance.aspx</a>.</p> <p>Allstate Whole Life Advantage<span class="smark">℠</span> is a whole life insurance policy issued by Allstate Life Insurance Company of New York, Home Office: Hauppauge, NY, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Allstate Life Insurance Company, Home Office: Northbrook, IL. Allstate Whole Life Advantage is available with series NYLU796. It may be accompanied by the following riders: Primary Insured Term (NYLU801), Additional Insured Term (NYLU799), Paid-Up Insurance (NYLU797), Children's Level Term (NYLU697), Waiver of Premium (NYLU699), and Guaranteed Insurability (NYLU800). Allstate Life Insurance Company is not responsible, as parent, for the contractual or financial obligations of Allstate Life Insurance Company of New York</p> <p>Guarantees offered are subject to the claims-paying ability of the issuing company.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate </strong><br /> <a 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 href="http://www.allstate.com/" target="_blank">www.allstate.com</a>, <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial" target="_blank">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" target="_blank">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p>#&nbsp; #&nbsp; #</p> <p><sup>1</sup> All guarantees are subject to the claims-paying ability of the issuing insurance company.</p> Unprepared for the Unexpected: Too Many Americans Aren’t Prepared for Natural Disasters. Here’s What You Can Do Now <strong>This release contains: 1 Related Document, 2 Photos</strong><p>By: Mark McGillivray, Senior Vice President of Claims</p> <p>Most Americans believe that there has been an increase in both the number and severity of natural disasters.</p> <p>It's not just a feeling.</p> <p>It's a fact.</p> <p>The Federal Emergency Management Administration reports that the U.S. has experienced a record number of disasters in the past several years.</p> <p>With the onset of the official Atlantic hurricane season on June 1, Allstate commissioned a national poll to gauge Americans' preparedness and experiences with natural disasters.</p> <p>The survey results were eye-opening: revealing a citizenry that is more acutely aware of the prevalence and dangers of natural disasters, but not sufficiently prepared to protect their families from hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, snowstorms and other severe weather events.</p> <p>To be sure, plenty of Americans are taking some steps to prepare. For example, half of all Americans surveyed have emergency kits filled with safety supplies that can be used at a moment's notice. But there is much more that Americans can and should do to ensure that the property and the people they care about emerge safely if and when disaster strikes.</p> <p><strong>Natural Disasters Hit Home</strong></p> <p>Over the last few years, we've all seen the calamitous images of burning wildfires and rising tides on the nightly news. But many of us have also personally experienced nature's wrath, as more than 9-in-10 Americans report having lived through a natural disaster. And 1-in-5 say they experienced significant damage to their homes from a natural disaster in just the past year.</p> <p>It's no surprise then that one-third of Americans are concerned about their personal safety and well-being if a natural disaster were to strike. What is surprising is that this concern isn't translating enough into concrete action.</p> <p>Although 40 percent of Americans say they've thought about an evacuation plan, only eight percent have actually practiced a plan of escape. And 30 percent of people say they would take their chances if another severe storm was approaching and wait until it's absolutely necessary to evacuate to a safe place.</p> <p>It's not just personal safety where there is a need for improvement. Property protection continues to be a blind spot, as only 36 percent of homeowners have a property inventory list in a safe place, which is down eight percent from two years ago.</p> <p>It's easy to keep pushing back these preparations for another day.</p> <p>But that's a big mistake. Allstate is an industry leader in catastrophe response and our teams have played a key role in helping customers and communities recover from disasters ranging from Hurricane Katrina to Sandy and the tornadoes in Joplin, Missouri and Moore, Oklahoma. We've seen time and time again how being prepared for natural disasters today can save you a lot of heartache and headache tomorrow. Here are a few steps that you and your family can take to protect yourselves.</p> <p><strong>Evacuate Your Family to a Safe Place</strong></p> <p>Before a disaster strikes, families, and their neighbors, should discuss an evacuation plan or a meeting place away from their home. The plan should include a meeting location in case family members get separated and an out-of-state contact so the family knows who to call.</p> <p>If you know a storm is coming, gas up your vehicles, review the best evacuation routes and keep a map or GPS unit in the car in case you are forced to take unfamiliar roads. And respect local authorities and law enforcement decisions on when to evacuate and when it is safe to return home.</p> <p><strong>Prepare an Emergency Kit to Grab and Go</strong></p> <p>Although half of all Americans polled said they have prepared an emergency kit, that still leaves another half who have not. Every family should consider putting together a well-stocked, first-aid kit as well as a disaster-supply kit and keep them in easy-to-access places.</p> <p>A disaster-supply kit should contain plenty of water and non-perishable foods, a weather radio, a flashlight, extra batteries, cash, medications or prescriptions for those medicines, personal hygiene items, blankets, extra clothes and shoes as well as important papers, including insurance policy numbers.</p> <p><strong>Make a Home Inventory</strong></p> <p>This is one of the most overlooked steps you can take to protect your property.</p> <p>If you don't have an up-to-date home inventory, walk through your home with a video or still camera to take lots of pictures or videotape of your belongings. And be sure to update your list whenever you make a big purchase.</p> <p>You can also use an application like <a href="http://www.allstate.com/digital-locker.aspx">Digital Locker</a> to help create an inventory, which is available to anyone to use for free.</p> <p><strong>Annually Update and Evaluate Your Insurance Coverage</strong></p> <p>You'd be surprised how small changes in your life can affect your insurance, which is why you should review your policies at least once a year with your insurance agent. If you've moved to a new city for example, you may find that you need flood insurance, which is offered by the federal government through the National Flood Insurance Program and is typically not part of a homeowner's policy. Whatever your needs, you and your agent can sort through your coverage to ensure you have the protection you need and the discounts you deserve.</p> <p>With hurricane season picking up on the coasts, tornadoes in the Midwest and wildfires in the West and elsewhere, now is the time to get prepared and be protected. There's nothing more important to Allstate than your personal safety. These simple steps can go a long way toward ensuring that you, your families and your property can weather whatever Mother Nature throws at you.</p> <p>###</p> <p><strong><em>About the Survey<br /> </em></strong><em>The survey of a nationally representative sample of 1,000 American adults with homeowners or renter's insurance. Interviews were conducted April 8-16, 2014 via phone and has a margin of error <span style="text-decoration: underline;">+</span> 3.1% at the 95% confidence interval. &nbsp;The survey was conducted by FTI Consulting for Allstate.</em></p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 16:10:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/fa8de007-b14d-4253-ad00-6504f32ac3cc http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/fa8de007-b14d-4253-ad00-6504f32ac3cc Unprepared for the Unexpected: Too Many Americans Aren’t Prepared for Natural Disasters. Here’s What You Can Do Now <strong>This release contains: 1 Related Document, 2 Photos</strong><p>By: Mark McGillivray, Senior Vice President of Claims</p> <p>Most Americans believe that there has been an increase in both the number and severity of natural disasters.</p> <p>It's not just a feeling.</p> <p>It's a fact.</p> <p>The Federal Emergency Management Administration reports that the U.S. has experienced a record number of disasters in the past several years.</p> <p>With the onset of the official Atlantic hurricane season on June 1, Allstate commissioned a national poll to gauge Americans' preparedness and experiences with natural disasters.</p> <p>The survey results were eye-opening: revealing a citizenry that is more acutely aware of the prevalence and dangers of natural disasters, but not sufficiently prepared to protect their families from hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, snowstorms and other severe weather events.</p> <p>To be sure, plenty of Americans are taking some steps to prepare. For example, half of all Americans surveyed have emergency kits filled with safety supplies that can be used at a moment's notice. But there is much more that Americans can and should do to ensure that the property and the people they care about emerge safely if and when disaster strikes.</p> <p><strong>Natural Disasters Hit Home</strong></p> <p>Over the last few years, we've all seen the calamitous images of burning wildfires and rising tides on the nightly news. But many of us have also personally experienced nature's wrath, as more than 9-in-10 Americans report having lived through a natural disaster. And 1-in-5 say they experienced significant damage to their homes from a natural disaster in just the past year.</p> <p>It's no surprise then that one-third of Americans are concerned about their personal safety and well-being if a natural disaster were to strike. What is surprising is that this concern isn't translating enough into concrete action.</p> <p>Although 40 percent of Americans say they've thought about an evacuation plan, only eight percent have actually practiced a plan of escape. And 30 percent of people say they would take their chances if another severe storm was approaching and wait until it's absolutely necessary to evacuate to a safe place.</p> <p>It's not just personal safety where there is a need for improvement. Property protection continues to be a blind spot, as only 36 percent of homeowners have a property inventory list in a safe place, which is down eight percent from two years ago.</p> <p>It's easy to keep pushing back these preparations for another day.</p> <p>But that's a big mistake. Allstate is an industry leader in catastrophe response and our teams have played a key role in helping customers and communities recover from disasters ranging from Hurricane Katrina to Sandy and the tornadoes in Joplin, Missouri and Moore, Oklahoma. We've seen time and time again how being prepared for natural disasters today can save you a lot of heartache and headache tomorrow. Here are a few steps that you and your family can take to protect yourselves.</p> <p><strong>Evacuate Your Family to a Safe Place</strong></p> <p>Before a disaster strikes, families, and their neighbors, should discuss an evacuation plan or a meeting place away from their home. The plan should include a meeting location in case family members get separated and an out-of-state contact so the family knows who to call.</p> <p>If you know a storm is coming, gas up your vehicles, review the best evacuation routes and keep a map or GPS unit in the car in case you are forced to take unfamiliar roads. And respect local authorities and law enforcement decisions on when to evacuate and when it is safe to return home.</p> <p><strong>Prepare an Emergency Kit to Grab and Go</strong></p> <p>Although half of all Americans polled said they have prepared an emergency kit, that still leaves another half who have not. Every family should consider putting together a well-stocked, first-aid kit as well as a disaster-supply kit and keep them in easy-to-access places.</p> <p>A disaster-supply kit should contain plenty of water and non-perishable foods, a weather radio, a flashlight, extra batteries, cash, medications or prescriptions for those medicines, personal hygiene items, blankets, extra clothes and shoes as well as important papers, including insurance policy numbers.</p> <p><strong>Make a Home Inventory</strong></p> <p>This is one of the most overlooked steps you can take to protect your property.</p> <p>If you don't have an up-to-date home inventory, walk through your home with a video or still camera to take lots of pictures or videotape of your belongings. And be sure to update your list whenever you make a big purchase.</p> <p>You can also use an application like <a href="http://www.allstate.com/digital-locker.aspx">Digital Locker</a> to help create an inventory, which is available to anyone to use for free.</p> <p><strong>Annually Update and Evaluate Your Insurance Coverage</strong></p> <p>You'd be surprised how small changes in your life can affect your insurance, which is why you should review your policies at least once a year with your insurance agent. If you've moved to a new city for example, you may find that you need flood insurance, which is offered by the federal government through the National Flood Insurance Program and is typically not part of a homeowner's policy. Whatever your needs, you and your agent can sort through your coverage to ensure you have the protection you need and the discounts you deserve.</p> <p>With hurricane season picking up on the coasts, tornadoes in the Midwest and wildfires in the West and elsewhere, now is the time to get prepared and be protected. There's nothing more important to Allstate than your personal safety. These simple steps can go a long way toward ensuring that you, your families and your property can weather whatever Mother Nature throws at you.</p> <p>###</p> <p><strong><em>About the Survey<br /> </em></strong><em>The survey of a nationally representative sample of 1,000 American adults with homeowners or renter's insurance. Interviews were conducted April 8-16, 2014 via phone and has a margin of error <span style="text-decoration: underline;">+</span> 3.1% at the 95% confidence interval. &nbsp;The survey was conducted by FTI Consulting for Allstate.</em></p> Mark McGillivray <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/f296/da54/f296da54-079e-4ca5-9580-ad49dcc8f468-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Mark McGillivray Tue, 10 Jun 2014 16:08:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/mark-mcgillivray http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/mark-mcgillivray Mark McGillivray <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/f296/da54/f296da54-079e-4ca5-9580-ad49dcc8f468-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Mark McGillivray Disaster Preparedness Infographic <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/8a56/1a1a/8a561a1a-58f2-42f7-9cd0-76d86dd8c0a0-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Disaster Preparedness Infographic Tue, 10 Jun 2014 08:39:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/disaster-preparedness-infographic http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/disaster-preparedness-infographic Disaster Preparedness Infographic <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/8a56/1a1a/8a561a1a-58f2-42f7-9cd0-76d86dd8c0a0-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Disaster Preparedness Infographic Ninety-two percent of Americans have survived a natural disaster, but many admit they may not be prepared for the next big one Allstate offers tips to prepare yourself and your family before disaster strikes<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Related Document, 1 Photo</strong><p>If it feels like every time you turn on a weather report, there's a tornado, hurricane, wildfire or severe storm happening. If you think the alarm from your weather radio sounds off a lot more frequently than before, you are not alone. A majority of Americans feel the same way.</p> <p>The Federal Emergency Management Administration made 95 <a href="http://www.fema.gov/disasters/grid/year/2013?field_disaster_type_term_tid_1=All" target="_blank">major disaster and fire declarations</a> last year. In 2012, FEMA declared 112 <a href="http://www.fema.gov/disasters/grid/year/2012?field_disaster_type_term_tid_1=All" target="_blank">major disasters and fires</a>, including Sandy, Hurricane Isaac and the High Park and Waldo Canyon wildfires. This is nearly double the number of disaster declarations made only two decades ago.</p> <p>Despite the frequency of severe weather, a new survey released by Allstate shows people may not be as prepared as they should be for the next big storm. Ninety-two percent of Americans surveyed have lived through a disaster. Seven percent of the people polled say they or someone in their family was injured when a disaster impacted their community. The survey findings also revealed&hellip;</p> <ul> <li>More than <strong>90 percent of Americans</strong> <strong>have not practiced an evacuation plan</strong> or a way to escape if a major storm is approaching.</li> <br /> <li><strong>Sixty-four percent of Americans</strong> <strong>have not created an inventory list</strong> of the belongings in their home.</li> <br /> <li>Nearly <strong>a third of Americans (30 percent)</strong> <strong>would take their chances and ignore evacuation orders</strong> in the face of an imminent natural disaster.</li> </ul> <p>"No one should risk putting themselves or their family in danger," said Mark McGillivray, Allstate's senior vice president of Claims. "While we see some progress since surveying consumers a couple of years ago, the latest survey results demonstrate there is still work to do to remind people that Mother Nature can strike at any time, any place. It is important for individuals and families to be ready, just in case the unthinkable happens."</p> <p>Preparation is a family's best defense. There are a few simple steps to take to get ready and be ready before the serious weather starts.</p> <p><strong>Evacuating your family to a safe place</strong><br /> Respect local authorities and law enforcement decisions on when to evacuate and when it is safe to return home.</p> <ul> <li>Discuss an evacuation plan, including a meeting location away from the home.</li> <li>Learn the best evacuation routes and keep a map or GPS unit in the car in case you are forced to take unfamiliar roads.</li> <li>Fill up the fuel tank of your vehicle(s) at the first sign of a potential storm.</li> <li>Stay informed of the latest weather in your area by signing up for a service like <a href="http://allstatealerts.com/" target="_blank">Allstate Alerts</a>. </li> <li>Let an out-of-state contact or neighbor know your plan and make sure family members know who to call in case you get separated.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Preparing an emergency kit to grab and go</strong><br /> Take some time before disaster season to shop and put together an emergency kit.</p> <ul> <li>The kit can include a first-aid kit, personal hygiene items, water supply, non-perishable foods, weather radio and flashlight.</li> <li>If you are on medications, include them or a prescription for those medications in the kit along with cash, important papers and insurance policy numbers.<strong></strong></li> </ul> <p><strong>Making a home inventory of your stuff</strong><br /> If you don't have an up-to-date home inventory, walk through your home with a video or still camera and thoroughly take pictures or videotape of your belongings.</p> <ul> <li>Having a room-by-room inventory of personal belongings can save a lot of headaches &ndash; or heartaches &ndash; should a catastrophe strike. </li> <li>Use an application like <a href="http://www.allstate.com/digital-locker.aspx" target="_blank">Digital Locker</a> to help create an online inventory. </li> </ul> <p>"The start of hurricane season is a time when forecasters predict the number and severity of hurricanes expected to impact coastal communities around the country," said McGillivray. "For those who live in hurricane-prone or disaster-prone areas, take time to ensure you are prepared. Simple steps can go a long way to keep loved ones safe and possibly reduce the damage from disasters."</p> <p>Allstate has additional disaster preparation tools and resources available on the <a href="http://www.allstate.com/be-aware-and-prepare.aspx" target="_blank">Be Aware and Prepare</a> website. Information on FEMA's flood insurance program can be found at <a href="https://www.floodsmart.gov/floodsmart/" target="_blank">floodsmart.gov</a>.</p> <p><strong>About the Survey</strong><br /> The survey of a nationally representative sample of 1,000 American adults with homeowners or renter's insurance. Interviews were conducted April 8-16, 2014 via phone and have a margin of error <span style="text-decoration: underline;">+</span> 3.1% at the 95% confidence interval. The survey was conducted by FTI Consulting for Allstate.</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><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>April Eaton<br /> (847) 402-5600<br /> On Twitter @AllstateNews</p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 08:38:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/524b9367-11e5-4f1f-830c-6d03966bbed7 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/524b9367-11e5-4f1f-830c-6d03966bbed7 Ninety-two percent of Americans have survived a natural disaster, but many admit they may not be prepared for the next big one Allstate offers tips to prepare yourself and your family before disaster strikes<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Related Document, 1 Photo</strong><p>If it feels like every time you turn on a weather report, there's a tornado, hurricane, wildfire or severe storm happening. If you think the alarm from your weather radio sounds off a lot more frequently than before, you are not alone. A majority of Americans feel the same way.</p> <p>The Federal Emergency Management Administration made 95 <a href="http://www.fema.gov/disasters/grid/year/2013?field_disaster_type_term_tid_1=All" target="_blank">major disaster and fire declarations</a> last year. In 2012, FEMA declared 112 <a href="http://www.fema.gov/disasters/grid/year/2012?field_disaster_type_term_tid_1=All" target="_blank">major disasters and fires</a>, including Sandy, Hurricane Isaac and the High Park and Waldo Canyon wildfires. This is nearly double the number of disaster declarations made only two decades ago.</p> <p>Despite the frequency of severe weather, a new survey released by Allstate shows people may not be as prepared as they should be for the next big storm. Ninety-two percent of Americans surveyed have lived through a disaster. Seven percent of the people polled say they or someone in their family was injured when a disaster impacted their community. The survey findings also revealed&hellip;</p> <ul> <li>More than <strong>90 percent of Americans</strong> <strong>have not practiced an evacuation plan</strong> or a way to escape if a major storm is approaching.</li> <br /> <li><strong>Sixty-four percent of Americans</strong> <strong>have not created an inventory list</strong> of the belongings in their home.</li> <br /> <li>Nearly <strong>a third of Americans (30 percent)</strong> <strong>would take their chances and ignore evacuation orders</strong> in the face of an imminent natural disaster.</li> </ul> <p>"No one should risk putting themselves or their family in danger," said Mark McGillivray, Allstate's senior vice president of Claims. "While we see some progress since surveying consumers a couple of years ago, the latest survey results demonstrate there is still work to do to remind people that Mother Nature can strike at any time, any place. It is important for individuals and families to be ready, just in case the unthinkable happens."</p> <p>Preparation is a family's best defense. There are a few simple steps to take to get ready and be ready before the serious weather starts.</p> <p><strong>Evacuating your family to a safe place</strong><br /> Respect local authorities and law enforcement decisions on when to evacuate and when it is safe to return home.</p> <ul> <li>Discuss an evacuation plan, including a meeting location away from the home.</li> <li>Learn the best evacuation routes and keep a map or GPS unit in the car in case you are forced to take unfamiliar roads.</li> <li>Fill up the fuel tank of your vehicle(s) at the first sign of a potential storm.</li> <li>Stay informed of the latest weather in your area by signing up for a service like <a href="http://allstatealerts.com/" target="_blank">Allstate Alerts</a>. </li> <li>Let an out-of-state contact or neighbor know your plan and make sure family members know who to call in case you get separated.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Preparing an emergency kit to grab and go</strong><br /> Take some time before disaster season to shop and put together an emergency kit.</p> <ul> <li>The kit can include a first-aid kit, personal hygiene items, water supply, non-perishable foods, weather radio and flashlight.</li> <li>If you are on medications, include them or a prescription for those medications in the kit along with cash, important papers and insurance policy numbers.<strong></strong></li> </ul> <p><strong>Making a home inventory of your stuff</strong><br /> If you don't have an up-to-date home inventory, walk through your home with a video or still camera and thoroughly take pictures or videotape of your belongings.</p> <ul> <li>Having a room-by-room inventory of personal belongings can save a lot of headaches &ndash; or heartaches &ndash; should a catastrophe strike. </li> <li>Use an application like <a href="http://www.allstate.com/digital-locker.aspx" target="_blank">Digital Locker</a> to help create an online inventory. </li> </ul> <p>"The start of hurricane season is a time when forecasters predict the number and severity of hurricanes expected to impact coastal communities around the country," said McGillivray. "For those who live in hurricane-prone or disaster-prone areas, take time to ensure you are prepared. Simple steps can go a long way to keep loved ones safe and possibly reduce the damage from disasters."</p> <p>Allstate has additional disaster preparation tools and resources available on the <a href="http://www.allstate.com/be-aware-and-prepare.aspx" target="_blank">Be Aware and Prepare</a> website. Information on FEMA's flood insurance program can be found at <a href="https://www.floodsmart.gov/floodsmart/" target="_blank">floodsmart.gov</a>.</p> <p><strong>About the Survey</strong><br /> The survey of a nationally representative sample of 1,000 American adults with homeowners or renter's insurance. Interviews were conducted April 8-16, 2014 via phone and have a margin of error <span style="text-decoration: underline;">+</span> 3.1% at the 95% confidence interval. The survey was conducted by FTI Consulting for Allstate.</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><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>April Eaton<br /> (847) 402-5600<br /> On Twitter @AllstateNews</p>