CARe Providing Assistance to Black Forest Fire Survivors in Colorado Springs
We are excited to announce another partnership between Community Assisting Recovery, Inc and HBA Cares in providing a series of workshops in the Colorado Springs area for survivors of the most recent Black Forest Fire incident. HBA Cares is providing a grant to cover expenses for these meetings and we hope survivors in Colorado Springs can once again benefit from the information we have to offer.
The free seminars will take place starting, Friday July 26 at 6:00 PM with an introductory meeting that will provide general but practical advice for dealing with your insurance company in the early stages of a large claim.
On Saturday, July 27 and Sunday, July 28 we will be having a series of break out sessions that will be organized by insurance company and one for homeowners with partial losses. The location will be at La Foret, 6145 Shoup Rd., Colorado Springs CO 80908
We recognize that Waldo Canyon Fire Survivors are only one year in to their recovery period and many might still have questions about issues surrounding their loss. They might also want to lend moral support to the newest survivors in their community. Waldo Canyon Survivors are welcome to come to any and all meetings, but please be aware that the issues we'll be mainly dealing with are for Black Fire survivors who are early in their claim.
I would like to extend a special invitation to partial loss survivors of the Waldo Canyon Fire to our Partial Loss meeting on July 28 at 3pm. The practical insight you have gained will be of particular interest to Black Fire Survivors with partial losses.
For Waldo Canyon Fire survivors who have made it through the claims process (partial or total losses) I'd especially like information on how you made it through building your "paper house". Please reply to this email to provide feedback.
I look forward to being back in Colorado Springs and introducing another board member, Teri Mitze to everyone. She lost her home in the same fire in 2003 that effected my family (Old Waterman Canyon Fire aka the Old Fire). Then in 2007 she represented CARe in Lake Arrowhead following the Slide and Grass fires that took almost 400 homes, while I was working in the San Diego area on the ~5 fires that took out close to 1,700 homes. She has great insight that we're sure can help many Black Forest Fire Survivors.
Personal Property Inventory now paired with a Price Filler-Inner utility
We think the best way to start this process is to open up the spreadsheet (or register on the website below and start with the base list) and scroll through and REMOVE any items you know for a fact you didn't have. You now have a list of things you might have lost. Continue to add items to this list as you remember them and remove things you realize you forgot to remove over the first pass. Download more tips HERE.
Next is pricing. Although there are some things that can help find pricing (such as using store registries either online or using a pricing scanner at the store) you still have to enter it all manually into the spreadsheet which can be a real drag. A survivor who lost their home in the 2012 Waldo Canyon Fire was going through this process and as a software developer wrote a COMPLETELY FREE website that helps find pricing. You can access the website at:
Our Personal Property Inventory Spreadsheet was originally compiled by Community Assisting Recovery, Inc. in conjunction with disaster survivors from multiple disasters who donated their inventory lists. We would like to thank everyone involved in helping make this tedious process a little easier to manage.
End of the year Donations
The end of the year is traditionally when people start looking to where they can donate in the spirit of the holidays or to find a tax deduction. Don't forget that CARe, Inc. is a registered 501(c)3 organization and donations are tax deductible up to the extent of the law.
Not only can we take donations via our website or via a check in the mail, but you can now donate your cars, trucks, boats, RVs, motorcycles, running or non-running to benefit CARe. Just contact Cars for Causes on their website or call 800-766-CARE and specify Community Assisting Recovery as the cause of your choice.
You can find more information via our WEBSITE. We thank you in advance for your donation!
A Survivor's Guide to Insurance now available in multiple formats
Disaster Recovery: A Survivor's Guide to Insurance is now available in multiple formats. In addition to the free PDF workbook downloadable HERE on our website, it is also available HERE at the lowest possible price on Amazon's Kindle store and on Amazon HERE at the lowest available print price.
Having the book available in the popular Kindle format allows readers to adjust the font size to make it much more readable on a Kindle device as opposed to the PDF format. The print version allows homeowners a tangible version without the high price of ink or toner when printing from home.
We hope having these multiple versions available will give more survivors access to the good information CARe has to offer.