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David W. Griffin, Jr., promoted to vice president at The Dowd Insurance Agencies

HOLYOKE, Mass. – The Dowd Insurance Agencies, a leading insurance provider serving New England for more than 118 years, today announced David W. Griffin, Jr., has been promoted to vice president of The Dowd Insurance Agencies. Griffin is based out of the Holyoke office and works with the other branches based in Hadley, Southampton, Ludlow and Indian Orchard.

“The Dowd Insurance Agencies is the oldest family-owned agency in Massachusetts,” said David W. Griffin, Sr., “and I am very proud that… Continue reading →

Five generations later, Holyoke’s Dowd Agencies stays true to insurance roots

Written by Keith O’Connor, Special to The Republican

HOLYOKE – No story about the Dowd Agencies – the oldest insurance agency in Massachusetts under continuous family ownership – and its tremendous growth over the years can be told without a little background history first.

Like many Irish immigrants who came to settle in Holyoke, James J. Dowd arrived in the Paper City in 1865 to build a better life for himself and his family.

While Dowd worked in a textile… Continue reading →

Recovering from a Disaster

By John E. Dowd Jr.

John E. Dowd Jr.

Change in the business environment is expected. From regional landscape shifts and government regulations to emerging technologies, international competition, and more, it’s important to consider all the reasons why and how to insure your business.

And while some changes are predictable, others are not, but there are ways to plan for both.

What if you went to the office one morning to find nothing there? A flood, hurricane, tornado, or terrorist attack made it impossible… Continue reading →

JACK DOWD, FIFTH GENERATION JOINS THE DOWD INSURANCE AGENCIES

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HOLYOKE, Mass. – The Dowd Insurance Agencies, a leading insurance provider serving New England for more than 118 years, today announced Jack Dowd will be joining the agency as an Account Executive. The addition of Jack Dowd represents the fifth generation of family to be employed at The Dowd Insurance Agencies.

“It’s a real sense of pride that I feel welcoming my son, Jack, to the family business representing the fifth generation here at The Dowd Insurance Agencies,” said… Continue reading →

MICHAEL RZEPKA CELEBRATES 25 YEARS AT THE DOWD INSURANCE AGENCIES

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 HOLYOKE, Mass. – The Dowd Insurance Agencies, a leading insurance provider serving New England for more than 118 years, today announced Michael G. Rzepka is celebrating his 25th anniversary as part of the firm. Rzepka joined The Dowd Insurance Agencies in 1991 with a concentration on commercial sales and has provided a quarter century of local service. For more than three decades, Rzepka has held various positions… Continue reading →

JON D. LUMBRA SELECTED AS CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER FOR THE DOWD INSURANCE AGENCIES

Jon-Lumbra_1853-4x6 HOLYOKE, Mass. – The Dowd Insurance Agencies, a leading insurance provider serving New England for over 115 years, today announced the appointment of Chief Financial Officer, Jon D. Lumbra.  A resident of Holyoke, Lumbra will be responsible for directing the fiscal operations of the business and supervising the accounting department. In addition, he will assist in the planning, establishing and maintaining of current systems and procedures.

“We are pleased to welcome Jon to the team,” said David Griffin… Continue reading →

Take Active Steps To Reduce Your Flood and Water Damage Risk

Water damage from naturally occurring floods and mechanical breakdowns cause extensive and catastrophic losses to homes every year. But there are numerous ways you can safeguard your home from these losses, including the following.

  • Your home’s drainage system should be checked to verify that proper water drainage occurs. For example, gutter downspouts should extend the proper distance from the foundation.
  • Your yard should be properly graded to slope away from your home to allow surface water to adequately drain. French… Continue reading →

Reasons To Buy Flood Insurance

The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is one of the few sources of insurance for flood-prone communities that include millions of American homes and businesses. The program of the Federal Emergency Management Agency deserves recognition for NFIP insurance being the great bargain that it is.

They list a few good reasons to purchase Flood Insurance.  To read more, click here.

National Flood Safety Awareness Week

Its A Good Time to Review Your Flood Insurance Policy

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) is pleased to support The National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration (NOAA)-sponsored 2008 National Flood Safety Awareness Week, March 17-21.

Floods threaten homes from coast to coast – and they can happen anytime, anywhere and without warning. The damage from a flood is not covered under a standard homeowners policy. Before snowmelt and spring rains bring the potential for flooding, the NAIC suggests… Continue reading →

Spring Rainfall, Snow Melt Can Cause Flooding

BOSTON – Throughout New England, residents are at risk for flooding during spring , the time of year when the warming sun and increased rainfall begin melting the winter snow pack, releasing its often high water content. The Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) urges New England residents to be prepared.

Dispelling Myths About Flood Insurance

Buying flood insurance can provide protection and peace of mind. Flooding is one of the most common natural hazards in the United States. State and federal officials want to ensure that all are aware of the benefits of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).  To see some common myths and misconceptions about flood insurance, click here.

FEMA for Kids

FEMA for Kids is presented by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Go to http://www.fema.gov/ and click on Kids. Meet Herman the spokescrab and tag along on his search for a disaster-proof shell.  You’ll also meet Julia and Robbie, the Disaster Twins. Wherever these two go, trouble is sure to follow.  Watch brother and sister get into – and out of – all sorts of close calls, learning along the way how… Continue reading →