ProfNet Experts Available on Staycations, Avoiding Summer Brain Drain, and More

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May 10, 2013, 17:33 ET from ProfNet

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Sudden Storms a Wake-Up Call
Phillip Sanov
Attorney, Head of Firm's Bad Faith Insurance Practice Group
The Lanier Law Firm in Houston
"Recent surprise hailstorms and flash floods provide a stark reminder that the severe storm season is upon us, and home and business owners should be prepared. Now is the time to make sure insurance policies are up to date, and to document the condition of homes, offices and belongings. Too often, we see insurance companies that deny, delay or vastly underpay legitimate claims, often citing 'pre-existing' conditions. Take photos and videos of structures and personal property as proof of ownership and existing conditions. But remember that those pictures do no good if they too are lost in a storm, so be sure to store them online or at a friend's or relative's house."
Media Contact: Alan Bentrup,

Fishing and Boating Industry 'Staycations'
Frank Peterson
President and CEO
Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation, Washington, D.C.
"Eighty-one percent of Americans plan to stay at home for all or some of this year's vacation, and we are encouraging families to spend parts of their 'staycation' on the water. Nearly everyone is within an hour of a place to fish and boat, making affordable family activities that are perfect for spending time together, connecting with the outdoors and just relaxing very accessible. Whether it's for an afternoon or longer, you'll create memories that last a lifetime."
Peterson, a fishing and boating industry expert and an experienced media-trained interviewee, is available to speak about conservation, the economic impact of NFBW and the industry at large, fishing and boating among different generations, and industry and consumer trends and outlook. Peterson helps lead the push to bring awareness about boating and fishing, and can also speak to the importance of National Fishing and Boating Week and how associated license sales go to the conservation of America's water resources. 
Media Contact: Ted Greener,

Avoiding Summer Brain Drain in Your Kids
Dr. Debra Hill
Associate Professor
College of Education at Argosy University, Chicago
"Many students may lose as much as a couple of months' worth of learning in the summer. This 'summer brain drain' appears to be more prevalent in math than in reading. A mental break for summer should occur not based on learning, but based on the activities students engage in related to learning. More reading for fun, exploration, communication, and application of what they have learned will assist in knowledge and skill retention over the summer."
Hill, an immediate past president of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, is available to speak about finding ways to keep kids engaged and learning over the summer.
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Media Contact: Anne Dean,



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