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Smallville, the rural Kansas hamlet that many of us know from comic books, television and films, had an enhanced level of protection against disasters, natural and otherwise, a “strange visitor from another planet,” as the announcer of radio and early TV shows called him.

You never see an insurance broker or agent in superhero comic books. Perhaps it’s assumed that insurance professionals aren’t necessary, there being so many costumed guardians around to protect people against risks. But in the so-called “real world,” particularly in small towns, insurance brokers perform the important service of helping local personal and business customers avoid and mitigate risks.

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