Be Prepared

It’s been almost a year since an unusual May wildfire marched up a canyon behind Jeffrey Gilmore’s suburban Carlsbad home and turned it into a pile of blackened rubble. After months of paperwork and construction, the home’s rebuild is set to wrap up in July — and it can’t come soon enough for Gilmore and his wife, Mashalle, who were the original owners of the property and plan to retire there. 

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http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2015/may/13/first-anniversary-2014-wildfires-cocos-poinsettia/

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Seeking the beauty of nature, Americans just can't stop building houses among trees that will, sooner or later, go up in flames.

"It is truly a when, not if," Sean McVay, a homeowner in Evergreen, Colorado, said of the threat that a wildfire will tear through his wooded community in the Rocky Mountain foothills west of Denver. But that doesn't mean he plans to move. McVay bought the house last year. Like most homeowners there, he's an outdoor enthusiast. 

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http://www.nbcnews.com/science/environment/billions-dollars-real-estate-risk-wildfire-experts-say-n343586

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Minutes after the California Public Utilities Commission levied a record $1.6 billion penalty against Pacific Gas and Electric Co. on Thursday for the deadly San Bruno pipeline explosion, the state’s top regulator said the utility is still plagued by gas-system problems, shrugs off even the harshest sanctions and may be too big to operate safely. 

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http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/State-regulator-says-PG-E-may-be-too-big-to-6189467.php

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Your home has suffered serious damage. Perhaps the cause was a fire, flood, storm, burglary, or vandalism. In any case, you believe you are covered, file your insurance claim, only to have it denied. 

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http://www.10news.com/financial-fitness/what-to-do-if-your-homeowners-insurance-is-denied

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Seven months after the 6.0-magnitude earthquake hit Napa, Lindajean Folline and Stephen Wise still live in a yellow-tagged house in central Napa. But help may be on the way.

On Thursday, Dan Grant, a retired contractor who volunteers for the newly formed Napa Earthquake Recovery Group, came to the G Street house, clipboard in hand, to assess the damage. 

Read More:
http://napavalleyregister.com/news/local/new-group-begins-offering-earthquake-aid/article_406ca53c-76af-5744-84c8-751c403be1e0.html

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Inspirational Quotes

I had somebody say, boy it must be nice to get all new furniture and a new house and its like, well ugh, duh, yeah if you want to go through a tornado to get it.

Ann Dixon, Greenburg KS Resident, Episode 3; Greensburg

Testimonials

We lost our home in the 2007 Witch Creek Fire in Poway CA. As was the case with most (if not all) of my neighbors, we were drastically under insured through no fault of our own. I don’t believe that anyone is prepared for such a catastrophic emotional and financial loss. The task of completely rebuilding your life is monumental. Fortunately, the city of Poway co-operated with CARe and allowed them to hold bi-weekly insurance meetings in the City Chambers. After attending 2 of the group meetings we then scheduled several one-on-one meetings with CARe and were able to start to piece together the puzzle that is a catastrophic insurance claim. The resources which CARe was able to put us in touch with were incredible, and after they showed us the basics of handling an insurance claim we felt that we had knowledge to work through the once daunting task of negotiating with our insurance company. We could not have made it through the process without the information, help and encouragement that we received from CARe

Witch Creek Fire Survivor, 2007