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Top 5 Causes of Electrical Fires

 

It's Electrical Safety Awareness Month! Here at CRS we are listing the Top 5 Causes of Electrical Home Fires. Hopefully, with this knowledge, you can take away some tips to help keep your own household safe and flame-free.

 

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CRS Temporary Housing Celebrates 30 Years of Assisting Families.

 

2019 marks an important milestone for CRS Temporary Housing. We are celebrating 30 years of helping families in need of a temporary home.

“We are extremely excited about our 30th anniversary of compassionately helping people rebuild their lives after an unexpected event that requires temporary housing” shares CEO Chris Hunter. “Our founders started the company as the pioneers in the creation of the Temporary Housing Industry for insurance-related losses.”

We are humbled as we look back at the journey we have taken

CRS is profoundly thankful of our talented employees, loyal clients and incredible partners. We are honored to celebrate this anniversary with them. Reflecting on the past 30 years in business, Hope Benefiel, Director of Operations says “I am honored to be part of a company that is entrusted with great care and responsibility in working with those who are displaced from their homes. CRS has maintained a firm objective in providing our customers with superior service. The future of CRS is exciting as we continue to grow and expand our reach in assisting families with all of their housing needs.”

Echoing those thoughts, Stephanie Bungaard, Sales & Marketing Director declares “We are so excited to celebrate 30 years of helping countless families find short and long term housing after experiencing a loss at their home.”

“We are proud to be leading the industry with a 92 NPS (Net Promoter Score) which further punctuates our focus on assisting the customer. 30 years ago we were the first temporary housing company to introduce an adjuster portal helping our adjusters save time and money. And 30 years later, we are still leading the way technologically with a focus around cybersecurity. I look forward to continuing to set the temporary housing standard of excellence and service at CRS and can’t wait to see what the next 30 years holds at CRS.”

Unmatched employee commitment

Our employee professionalism and expertise continues to receive very positive feedback from our customers who highly value our exceptional service. We could not have reached this important milestone without our employees' commitment to serve the needs of our adjusters and clients.

Our Customer Experience Manager, Suzan Carpenter feels that “CRS is the most unique and inspiring place to work. Every day is different and it’s one of my most favorite things. I'm super grateful for the last 10 years!”

As a specialist provider of nationwide temporary housing, CRS’ continued growth and success reflect the company’s ongoing commitment to creating innovative and valuable solutions for our customers. Shelly Bloxham, Customer Claims Specialist says “I've been very blessed to work for such an amazing company over the past 17.5 years! I love what we do, going to work every day, knowing I am making a HUGE difference in someone’s life. Our senior management team goes far above and beyond to show their appreciation for their employees. Love CRS and look forward to many more years.”

We’ve learned over the years that exceptional customer service and true compassion is the key to building strong relationships with our clients. Rachel Little, Sr. Manager, Customer Relationships knows “We are truly like a family here, not only with the staff we work with but the customers we interact with on a daily basis. I have made lasting friendships from inside the organization to those adjusters outside of the organization which I cherish.”

Policyholders are our #1 focus

"The CRS team are nothing short of amazing! We suffered a catastrophic house fire and they just took charge and arranged our housing so seamlessly. And they were kind and pleasant all the time." - Angela S, October 2018 "In a situation where it’s easy to feel hopeless, and not know where to turn... they made the best of the situation, even with the many requests/limitations my family had. You want this company in your corner, working miracles for you. Thank you so much for all your help and dedication." - Michelle J, August 2018 "The best customer service I have ever witnessed in my life. CRS is definitely the best customer service provider in all 50 states. The representatives that handled my case gave 110% each and every time and always ended each and every phone call/text with an are you sure you are okay? Thank you CRS so very much." - Eric P, October 2018 – – – – –

In closing, CEO Chris Hunter says “We look forward to the future as we continue to find ways to meet and exceed the needs of our insurance company partners and policyholders alike.”

From all of us at CRS, we’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support and business over the years. A warm thank you to all of our customers, dedicated staff and partners.

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Video – What are your 2019 goals?

How are those 2019 resolutions coming?

Were you able to keep up with your original goals, or are you already on "Take 3" of your #NewYearNewMe lifestyle?

Maybe you've decided to try doing more or less of something this year? Maybe you've decided to start doing Yoga on the weekends and stop staying up so late during the weekday. Maybe you've decided to give yourself a word or phrase to set the tone of your 2019.

Well if any of these apply to you, trust me - you're not alone.

We here in Marketing followed up with our Relationship Managers to see how their first month of the New Year has been going goal wise. These are their honest, hilarious, and unfiltered answers.

Hopefully you'll find more than a few topics (and fumbles) that you can relate to.

CATCH IT HERE!

 
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Tricks-4-Safe-Treating

Leaves are falling, temperatures are dropping, and pumpkin-flavored everything is popping up everywhere – Ladies and Gentlemen, Fall is finally here. Along with this long-awaited beginning of the coziest season yet comes one of the most popular holidays around – Halloween! Here are some helpful tips and advice to ensure both fun and safety during your trick-or-treating adventures for kids, teens, and adults alike.


Before you get started…
  • Keep costumes both creative and safe.
  • Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers.
  • Face paint and makeup are better than masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision.
  • Have children carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.
  • Make sure the costume is the right size to prevent trips and falls. If possible, choose a light-colored costume.
While you’re walking…
  • Only cross the street at corners with traffic signals or crosswalks.
  • Look left, right and left again before crossing and pay attention as you cross the street.
  • Put electronic devices down and keep heads up.
  • Walk, don’t run, across the street.
  • Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
  • Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.  (Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.)
  • Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.
While going door-to-door…
  • Check candy for choking hazards like gum and hard candies. Throw away any candy that is not sealed with a wrapper and avoid homemade treats received from strangers.
  • If you’re turning your home into a haunted house keep safety in mind. Make sure steps, sidewalks, porches, and paths are well-lit and free of decorations and holiday props.
  • Only approach houses with a partner and stick to porches that are well lit.
  • Be mindful of allergies when selecting which candy you’d like to eat or pass out.
While you’re driving…
  • Drive VERY slow. Be VERY alert. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
  • Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians, and curbs.
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.
  • Eliminate as many internal distractions as possible to concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
  • Anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.
If you have a teenager…
  • Review the importance of obeying the law. Sit down with your child and discuss private property, town curfews, and alcohol regulations.
  • Remind them of your house rules and be upfront that police are patrolling and looking for misbehaving teens.
  • If they are going to a party, speak to the parents of the host to ensure it will be chaperoned.
  • Review driving safety. Remind your teen that both young children and intoxicated drivers will be on the roads that evening.
  • If your kids are going to a party, tell them to keep an eye on their drink. Once they have put it down, they should not drink it again.
  • Clearly discuss with your teen where they can and cannot go.
  • Track their whereabouts with apps like Snapchat or Find my iPhone.
  • Limit the number of friends in a car. Be proactive and remove distractions for your teen driver and limit the number of kids allowed to ride.
Always remember…
Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. so be especially alert for young children during those hours. Also, kids under the age of 12 should NOT be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, they should stick to familiar areas that are well lit and/or trick-or-treat in groups.
Most importantly...
HAVE FUN! Enjoy the day in your own safe and responsible way. Connect with family and friends alike and make this Halloween one to pleasantly remember!
Articles used for reference and material:
https://www.safekids.org/tip/halloween-safety-tips
https://www.teensafe.com/blog/13-tips-keeping-teens-safe-halloween/
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/halloween-safety-10-tips_b_12561956
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The magic of being at home for the holidays.

Many say that home is a feeling, rather than a place. Sure, we can feel 'at home' in different places, however, only one or two places hold the magic of really, truly being at home. This is especially true during the holidays.

Beautiful big family sitting at the table celebrating Christmas together at home. Father bringing roasted turkey on a serving tray.

For most, a home may be a place where fond memories have been and continue to be made. They consist of traditions that are repeated yearly, the familiar smells of home that comfort you and allow for nostalgia to set in. These remain powerful connections no matter how far away 'home' may be and research is beginning to gain a deeper understanding of the feeling that these special places elicit. On the flip side, home can sometimes be a temporary place. It is in this part of the season where we find it most important to locate suitable housing for our families.   We recently received a kind message on our Twitter feed, reminding us of the very importance of home; If you find yourself dealing with a temporary situation, past grievances or painful memories this holiday season, remember to maintain traditions. Make a meal or bake cookies with loved ones, learn how other cultures celebrate the holidays, donate your time to a charity or soup kitchen or simply enjoy time by the fireplace sharing stories.

Friends drinking tea and chatting

Do you have special traditions that feel like home? Share them with us on social media, #CRSathome, we'd love to add a few to our repertoire. From all of us here at CRS Temporary Housing, we hope you find your place this Holiday season and hope that place will feel like home.
"Places make us who we are, and we relate to them in an emotional, spiritual and physical way."
  Link(s): https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/documents/places-that-make-us-research-report.pdf
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