June 10, 2010
When Jen Freeland and her husband bought their house in Chattanooga, Tenn., they purchased a homeowners policy with an annual premium of $680. Two years later, the bill jumped to nearly double that. "We've never had a claim on our homeowners insurance and we'd like to keep it that way," Freeland says. "But our premium kept climbing." In 2008, their policy hit nearly $1,000 and this year it topped...

June 10, 2010
“TWICE BURNED”Press Conference Speakers:Karen Reimus, ’03 Cedar Fire Survivor and Outreach Coordinator for UnitedPolicyholders, a nonprofit organizationPatrick Craft, ’08 Freeway Complex Fire Survivor – Anaheim HillsKarla Rinskopf, ’08 Freeway Complex Fire Survivor – Yorba LindaEdward Pajarito, ’08 Freeway Complex Fire Survivor – Anaheim HillsDon Waugh, ’08 Freeway Complex Fire Survivor – Anaheim...

June 10, 2010
“TWICE BURNED” WHAT: 2008 Freeway Complex Fire Survivors from Yorba Linda and Anaheim Hills hold pressconference as they face one-year fire anniversary to discuss insurance obstacles to rebuildingand call for action WHEN: Friday, November 13, 2009 at 10:00 am WHERE: 475 S. Laureltree Drive, Anaheim Hills2008 Freeway Complex Fire Survivor Patrick Craft’s Lot Directions from I-91: Exit Weir Canyon/...

June 10, 2010
First came the fire, jumping the freeway and moving with such ferocity that Brian Stanley and his then-4-year-old son didn’t have time to put on shoes as they ran out of their burning house.  The looters came next, combing the ashes for jewelry and valuables, ripping copper piping from the rubble of burned-out homes. These days it’s snakes and burglars that worry Stanley as he...

June 10, 2010
As Tropical Storm Ida works its way north, it's a good reminder to check your homeowners insurance and make sure you have the proper coverage. After all, you don't want to end up like Daniel Zwerdling and Barbara Zwerdling-Rothschild. On a stormy night six years ago, Hurricane Isabel was rampaging up the Eastern Seaboard. The Zwerdling-Rothschilds had retreated to the first floor of their 100-...

June 10, 2010
ESCONDIDO — Standing in front of an Escondido home that rose from the ashes of the 2007 wildfires, California Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner said yesterday that the pain of post-fire recovery and rebuilding has finally ended for most of the victims. Poizner, who is running for governor, said 99 percent of the 40,000 insurance claims filed by homeowners whose houses burned down or were...

June 9, 2010
With the news media filled with stories lately about natural disasters like earthquakes, hurricanes and wildfires, many consumers may be wondering when to purchase additional insurance to protect their homes from Mother Nature. My husband and I certainly have been concerned with the topic since moving to California this year. Here’s a look at how to determine if your home needs extra insurance...

June 9, 2010
Just one third have rebuilt; one half submitted plans for reconstruction   Two years after the 2007 firestorm, the path to recovery continues to be slow and arduous for hundreds of San Diego County residents who lost their homes. Only one-third have finished rebuilding. And nearly half have not submitted any construction plans, according to local building and planning officials. Fire...

June 9, 2010
Bill Clingan was around when the Loma Prieta earthquake sucker-punched the Bay Area 20 years ago. His Walnut Creek home suffered no damage, which is why he feels comfortable today not having earthquake insurance. "It's very expensive. Deductibles are high. It's just not worth it," said Clingan, a retiree who worked in the chemical marketing industry. "For what you get it's not cost effective."...
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