What do you need for emergencies in your car? Some thoughts from FEMA

Winter is coming and I know I wouldn’t want to be caught stranded far from home, alone, without some basic necessities.  Cell phones don’t work everywhere, and they run out of batteries.  Don’t be unprepared, follow some of these great reminders from FEMA:


Child Passenger Safety Week a reminder that safety seats can save precious lives – Welcome to the FastLane: The Official Blog of the U.S. Secretary of Transportation

Officer Steven Acone performing car seat inspection

Child Passenger Safety Week a reminder that safety seats can save precious lives – Welcome to the FastLane: The Official Blog of the U.S. Secretary of Transportation.

Have your Child Car Seat inspected, FREE, at Elliot Whittier Insurance, 12 Revere Street, Winthrop, MA  02152

Date:  10/8/2011
Time:  10AM – 2PM

2011 Mass RMV Plate Lottery Results

Today the Mass RMV, actually now know as DOT (Department of Transportation) has announced the winners of the 2011 Plate Lottery.

At one time, low license plate numbers were reserved only for those with positions of status, but in recent years a lottery has been in place so that MA drivers have equitable access to these coveted license plates.

The list of winners, and alternate winners can be found here.

According to the division, The Massachusetts RMV is the oldest motor vehicle administrative agency in America, which issued the first license plate in 1903. Many of the top ten single digit plates that were first given out remain in the same family and are passed down through generations.

(Hurricane) Irene, we hardly knew you

Many will say, this storm was kind of a yawner – at least for us here is eastern MA.  Sure, we lost electricity.  Sure, tree limbs are down.   But Irene’s major threat ran out of gas before she came as she passed west of us.  By and large there did not seem to be large numbers of injuries or major losses to property in our surrounding area.

However, Monday morning, working in my insurance agency office, I can tell you… the phones are ringing “of the hook”.    We have tons of calls from customers stating tree limbs fell on their cars and damaged them, or onto their fences or properties.  

Tree down on Hale Ave Winthrop MA

Tree down on Hale Ave Winthrop MA. Image from Suzanne Chiudina

Like any claim situation, coverage for these incidents are circumstantial, and depend on varying factors.  Please call us, or your own particular insurance agent, if you have any questions about tree’s damaging your property, or any other kind of loss.  Bear in mind that in most cases a special Wind Storm deductible would apply. 

So even though this was a bit of a “false alarm” in the Boston area, let’s not let this lull us into nonchalance on the preparedness issue.  We are still very early on in the hurricane season.  I, for one, will remember this lesson and NEVER part my car near a tree when a storm is coming.  And I still have my supply of flashlights and “D” batteries.

RMV announces Plate Lottery!

Elliot Whittier has been advised by the Massachussetts Agent’s Association that the 2011 RMV Plate Lottery was announced on June 15, 2011. Here’s a link to the Plate Lottery Entry Form. The form includes the eligibility requirements and the list of available low number plates in the order in which they will be picked. 

To be eligible, you MUST mail the form to the address listed on the form and it must be postmarked no later than August 8, 2011.

This year there are 161 plates available for the low number plate lottery, including the following types:

  • Numbers only – two digits (e.g. 67)
  • Numbers only – three digits (e.g. 167)
  • Numbers only – four digits (e.g. 1365)
  • Two numbers and one letter (e.g. 15X)
  • One letter and one number (e.g. T7)
  • One letter and two numbers (e.g. B61)

The date, time, and location of the lottery plate drawing will be posted on the RMV website (www.mass.gov/rmv). Lottery results will also be posted on the RMV website.