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As I’m writing this from drizzly and overcast Chicago, Hurricane Ike is bearing down on the Texas panhandle, predicted to strike late tonight and Saturday morning. In Galveston, which is at the epicenter of the approaching storm, half the island is already under water.

Garry Kaufman, president of Galveston Insurance Associates, took a moment to speak with me this morning about what his firm is doing to get out of harm’s way and prepare for the influx of claims (the agency is about evenly split between commercial property/casualty insurance and commercial lines).

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