September Newsletter

Staff Spotlight - Ingrid Mena-Gillett

Ingrid is one of our friendly, knowledgeable Insurance Service Specialists. She's been a  loyal Apollo employee for 17 years and enjoys helping you, our valued customer! As her tenure shows, she knows the ins and outs (and ups and downs) of the insurance business. And she's always ready to assist you with any of your questions or challenges and provide you with solutions or recommendations.

Ingrid was born in Germany and moved to California when she was five years old. She has two sons named Rick and Michael whom she adores. When she's not enjoying time with her family she's relaxing at home with her two cats, Elizabeth Taylor and Molly May. But she's not at home for long! She loves to travel and has climbed the Great Wall of China and traveled to many European countries such as England, Germany, Scotland and Denmark.

Hopefully you'll get a chance to speak with Ingrid soon if you haven't already had the pleasure!

Are you prepared for an earthquake?

While some areas of California are more likely to have earthquakes than others all of California is at higher risk compared to the rest of the country. You could be anywhere when an earthquake strikes: at home, at work, at school, or even on vacation.

What we do now will determine our quality of life after our next big earthquake. Are you prepared to survive and recover quickly?

The Great California ShakeOut is on October 20th this year. This event provides an opportunity to practice how to be safer during big earthquakes: The ShakeOut has also been organized to encourage you, your community, your school, or your organization to review and update emergency preparedness plans and supplies and to secure your space in order to prevent damage and injuries. 

You can register for the Great California ShakeOut here. You can also find some information on what to have in your emergency kits by clicking here.

You should also consider purchasing earthquake insurance. Now is the time to add this coverage, because policies cannot be issued for 60-90 days following a quake – major or minor.  Talk to your friends at Apollo today at 800.426.1088, option 2.

Tips for a better night's sleep

Feeling grouchy lately? Or simply worn out? Perhaps the solution is better sleep.
Think about all the factors that can interfere with a good night's sleep — from pressure at work and family responsibilities to unexpected challenges, such as layoffs, relationship issues or health problems. It's no wonder that quality sleep is hard to find. Although you might not be able to control all of the factors that interfere with your sleep, you can adopt habits that encourage better sleep. Start with these simple sleep tips.

Stick to a sleep schedule
Go to bed and get up at the same time every day, even on weekends, holidays and days off. Being consistent reinforces your body's sleep-wake cycle and helps promote better sleep at night.

Pay attention to what you eat and drink
Don't go to bed either hungry or stuffed. Your discomfort might keep you up. Also limit how much you drink before bed, to prevent disruptive middle-of-the-night trips to the toilet.

Create a bedtime ritual
Do the same things each night to tell your body it's time to wind down. This might include taking a warm bath or shower, reading a book, or listening to soothing music — preferably with the lights dimmed. Be wary of using the TV or other electronic devices as part of your bedtime ritual. Some research suggests that screen time or other media use before bedtime interferes with sleep.

Get comfortable
Create a room that's ideal for sleeping. Often, this means cool, dark and quiet. Consider using room-darkening shades, earplugs, a fan or other devices to create an environment that suits your needs.

Whatever you do, just relax and breathe.  These are most important to helping your body --- and mind relax and drift off into slumber.

Your friends at Apollo wish you sweet dreams!


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