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State Farm® Insurance Agent

Parke Cochran

883 Cox Creek Parkway
Florence, AL 35630-1003

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Office Info

Office Hours

Mon-Tue
8:30am - 5pm
Wed
8:30am - 4pm
Thu-Fri
8:30am - 5pm
Sat-Sun
Closed
After Hours by Appointment
Call or text us 24 hours a day!

Address

883 Cox Creek Parkway
Florence, AL 35630-1003

Languages

English

What's Happening

😎 May 2024

  • May 2nd is "Small Business Appreciation Day", and we couldn't be MORE PROUD to have been a part of this community for 25 years!!! We are also shopping locally as much as we can!

  • May 12th is Mother's Day, so don't forget the one that brought you into this world! 💐

  • 🎓 Congrats to all of our GRADUATES! Your hard work has paid off, and we wish you luck in your future endeavors!

  • May is also officially 🚤 boating season!!! Here are a few tips to make your summer the safest:

Know the boating rules of the water

Just like when driving a car there are rules of the road, driving a boat brings its own set of rules. Here are some examples.

  • When two motorized vessels look to cross in the water, the give-way vessel (the boat that has the other boat on its starboard/right side) should slow down and/or cross behind the stand-on vessel (the boat that must maintain its course and has the right of way).

  • When overtaking another boat (coming from behind and passing), the give-way vessel can pass on either side of the stand-on vessel.

  • Boaters have a responsibility to operate their vessel at a safe and controlled speed for the situation.

  • Avoid boating too close to other boats.

  • Do NOT operate a boat while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Be prepared with a boat safety equipment checklist

You can't always prevent emergencies on the water, but you can be equipped to deal with them effectively. The U.S. Coast Guard suggests you have the following items on your boat:

  • U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets (in the appropriate type and size for each person on board)

  • Fire extinguishers

  • Distress signals and sound devices (flares, orange flag, mirror, air horn, whistle)

  • VHF radio equipment

  • Charts of the local area

  • Compass

  • Anchor and extra line

  • Tool kit for repairs

  • Paddles

  • Bailer or bilge pump

  • Flashlight

  • Spare battery

  • First-aid kit

  • Bucket

  • Food and water

  • Additional clothing (such as warm clothes, a hat and severe weather gear)

  • Personal items (sunscreen, medicines, sunglasses)

Consider these boating basics

  • Be aware of the weather - Consult local forecasts before heading out, especially during hurricane season. If you hear thunder or see storm clouds and lightning while boating, return to dry land and seek shelter as soon as you can.

  • Dress for the water temperature (not the air temperature) - Individuals boating during colder-weather months should remember that cold water can be dangerous.

  • Appoint an assistant skipper - Don't be the only person on your boat who knows how to operate the vessel and where the safety and first aid equipment is stored.

  • Have communication options - In addition to a VHF radio, bring a mobile phone sealed in a water-resistant bag.

  • Leave a float plan - If you're going to be on the water for a couple hours, let someone on land know where you're going and when you plan to return.

  • Know the maximum capacity - Do not exceed the maximum number of people or weight for the watercraft. This information can be found on the capacity plate.

  • If you can't swim, take lessons - Even a few rudimentary lessons could someday mean the difference between living and drowning.

  • Use a kill switch lanyard - On power boats and personal watercraft, this simple tether between you and the ignition key shuts the engine off if you fall overboard or lose your balance while driving — reducing the potential for harm to you or others in the water.

  • Protect against propeller strikes - Account for all passengers before starting the engine, and wear your emergency cut-off switch at all times. When people are in the water, ask one person to propeller-watch. You may also want to consider propeller-safety devices, such as guards or sensors.

  • Be aware of carbon monoxide - All internal combustion engines produce carbon monoxide — an odorless, colorless and poisonous gas. Poor cabin ventilation, blocked exhaust outlets and faulty equipment can contribute to the problem.

  • If your boat capsizes, stay with it - Not only will it provide flotation assistance, but it's easier for rescuers to spot.

  • Don't boat under the influence (BUI) - The use of alcohol was involved in about 16% of recreational boating fatalities, according to the U.S. Coast Guard in 2021.

About Me: University of Mississippi, B.A., M.A.; President YMCA of the Shoals; Past President Florence Rotary Club; City Ambassador City of Florence; Leadership Alabama - Class of 2006; Board of Directors Shoals Scholar Dollars; Shoals Chamber of Commerce; Legion of Honor; Ambassador Travel Qualifier

Insurance Products Offered

Auto, Homeowners, Condo, Renters, Personal Articles, Business, Life, Health, Pet

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Tracy Prestage

Office Manager

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Davonna Blasingame

Account Representative