September 4, 2018
The state Legislature has approved additional consumer protections for homeowner insurance to help Californians in the future as they grapple with greater statewide wildfire risks. The package of bills passed both chambers prior to summer adjournment on Saturday, despite resistance from the politically powerful property and casualty insurance industry. Most notably, industry lobbyists were able...
As posted at: The Press Democrat

September 2, 2018
September is National Preparedness Month, making now the perfect time to update your disaster-preparedness kit and family plan or visit Ready.gov to learn how to put one together. It’s also a great time to revisit your financial plan, with special consideration to how prepared you may be to weather unexpected events in your life – something that has become all too real for many Americans over the...
As posted at: Forbes

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.  ...
As posted at: ABC 6 News

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 Greenbriar senior living community. More than 200 homes in Brick were damaged, along with a couple dozen in Howell, by floodwaters that day. These kinds of storms are becoming more regular, experts say, meaning that homeowners would be well served to consider another...
As posted at: Asbury Park Press

August 21, 2018
Last year’s California wildfires set benchmarks for costly destruction on a scale unheard of before, with the more than $12 billion in losses topping the combined tab for the state’s worst wildfires dating back decades. There are no estimates yet for losses from this year’s blazes. But halfway through the fire season, the state has already seen its largest fire ever with the...

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 for...
As posted at: Daily Democrat

August 16, 2018
Up to 1,000 homes are still at risk of being destroyed by the Mendocino Complex fire, which started in late July and has become the largest fire in California history. Now, experts warn that the increase in destructive wildfires may make it more difficult for homeowners to find -- and keep hold of -- fire insurance as companies define more areas as “high-risk.” However, despite their...
As posted at: KQED

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 warmers that she had worn to...
As posted at: Pacific Standard

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. The Trump...
As posted at: Associated Press

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 North Bay Fire...