September 2, 2018

September is National Preparedness Month, making now the perfect time to update your disaster-preparedness kit and family plan or visit ...

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August 28, 2018

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) - Nearly a year after California's most destructive set of blazes in state history, only a fraction of nearly 2,700 single-family homes lost in Santa Rosa- the hardest-hit city - have been rebuilt.
Santa Rosa City permitting data indicate only nine homes have completed construction as of Thursday, and another 520 are under construction.

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August 27, 2018

During a freakishly potent storm two weeks ago, rainwater three inches deep rushed into retiree Robert Ferris's home in Brick's...

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August 19, 2018

Jen Burt lives with her husband and two kids in the woods not far from Grass Valley, in a four-bedroom foothill house in a stand of black oak and cedar trees. Tucked away on a private road, the five-acre spread is a hallmark California dream — and a potential California nightmare: It’s in wildfire country. Last February, Burt’s insurer of six years canceled her fire insurance. The scramble...

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August 15, 2018

A changing climate, increasingly destructive fires, and disappearing insurance policies have left homeowners wondering how much risk is too much.

Sarah Fugate had already prepared a checklist for a moment like this one. Some of the items she grabbed were practical: a box of legal documents, a few external hard drives. Others were purely sentimental: a pair of leg...

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August 11, 2018

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) - Add this to the challenges facing California wildfire victims: Tariffs.

The import tariffs imposed by President Donald Trump are adding thousands of dollars to the cost of building homes. That especially squeezes homeowners who seek to rebuild quickly after losing their houses to natural disasters, such as the wildfires scorching parts of California.

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August 8, 2018


Heather and Alex Apons are making their way back to Coffey Park, but the journey has been a roller coaster.

The couple lost their Banyon Place home to October’s Tubbs wildfire. In March, they celebrated the birth of their first child, Etienne. In the days after the fire, they received an outpouring of generosity, including about $10,000 from crowdsourcing and $2,000 from the...

August 7, 2018

Within official flood hazard zones, flood insurance is mandatory in order to get a federally insured mortgage.

But even when homeowners don’t live in a high-risk zone, they should consider getting flood insurance, experts say. That’s because standard policies don’t cover flood losses.

That said, endorsements are available on homeowner policies that provide limited coverage in the...

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