November 15, 2019
United Policyholders one-year survey released
Less than one third of the Camp Fire survivors who responded to a survey about their insurance claims a year after the disaster said they had decided to rebuild.
Those who said they planned to rebuild their home was 28 percent, while those who did not plan to rebuild their home was nearly the same, 29 percent. About 34 percent of people were still...
November 14, 2019
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Californians who lost their home insurance because of the threat of wildfires will be able to buy comprehensive policies next year through a state-mandated plan under an order issued Thursday by the state insurance commissioner.
As wildfires threaten the state, insurance companies have been dropping many homeowners who live in fire-prone areas.
Most of those people turn...
November 14, 2019
With more destructive wildfires burning California, insurance companies are increasingly declining coverage to homeowners
As more companies refuse to provide fire insurance to homeowners in a state plagued by increasingly destructive blazes, California’s insurance commissioner said Thursday that a plan once meant to be a last resort will be expanded.
“I am taking this action after meeting with...
November 13, 2019
OAKLAND (KPIX 5) — As fires ravage California each year, more homeowners are at risk of losing their insurance.
The fires across the region in recent weeks caused memories of the 1991 fire in the Oakland hills to come racing back to homeowner Al Fleischman.
“When one loses something that one puts one’s life into, it’s always, always sad,” Fleischman said.
November 8, 2019
PARADISE — People submit applications for rebuilding permits to the town of Paradise and Butte County every day. On Nov. 1, it was Wade and Courtney Petersen’s turn.
“It’s just a really exciting moment,” she said as she filled out the paperwork in town hall.
Almost a year earlier, the Petersens learned their home in lower Paradise had burned to the ground in the Camp Fire. Soon after, they booked...
November 1, 2019
Victims of wildfires are at risk of losing not only their homes, but their insurance plans as well.
Wildfires have ravaged California over the past few weeks. Fire erupted in Jurupa Valley Thursday and already spread across 300 acres. The Kincade Fire in Northern California burned over 76,000 acres, and the Getty Fire in Southern California burned 745 acres as of Thursday.
October 31, 2019
Sonoma County residents forced to evacuate because of the Kincade fire could be reimbursed for their expenses while away from home by their homeowner insurance company.
The caveat is that those policyholders would have to be displaced under a mandatory evacuation order issued by Sonoma County Sheriff Mark Essick to be eligible for any reimbursement from their insurers. About 190,000 county...
October 25, 2019
County review points to firefighter shortage, planning shortcomings and the need for residents to be ready.
Emergency management officials were unprepared for massive evacuations before the most destructive fire in Los Angeles County history, causing chaos and calls for mutual aid that were not provided in the first critical hours of the Woolsey fire, according to a detailed...
October 25, 2019
As North Texans grapple with damage claims following a weekend storm, estimates say 60% of homes don't have enough coverage for full replacement.
DALLAS — If there is one good thing to come out of the Sunday storms, it’s that all that damage might make us look at our homeowner’s insurance.
Multiple surveys by Marshall & Swift/Boeckh over the years have found that as many as 60% of...
October 24, 2019
If you weren't directly hit by the October tornadoes, they are a reminder to update your insurance coverage. Most homeowners are under-insured — and don't know it
DALLAS — In recent days we have seen the maps with arrows crisscrossing the Dallas area, showing where tornadoes swept across the ground over the weekend. Even if you were not in the path of Sunday’s tornadoes, they are an important...