June 14, 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...
As posted at: ABC 15

June 11, 2010
David Bevacqua never had trouble insuring a home in California, but he was in for a rude surprise after recently buying a house in Bass Lake, in the Sierra Nevada foothills. "None of the insurance companies would quote me," he said. "I didn't know what was going on." Bevacqua is not alone. As more and more destructive wildfires have whipped through the state in recent years, Californians living...
As posted at: KQED

June 10, 2010
Scratching your head about what to get those on your gift list this year? You may want to consider something practical like a gift certificate for groceries or a prepaid calling card. This holiday season, 34 percent of adults said they are more likely to buy practical gifts, according to a Consumer Reports National Research Center telephone survey of 1,014 adults conducted earlier this month and...

June 10, 2010
By Ethan Stewart December 10, 2009 In the past 13 months, the foothills above Santa Barbara and Montecito have seen two ferocious fires tear through their countryside. Ravaging storied neighborhoods such as Mountain Drive, Coyote Road, and San Roque Canyon, the Tea and Jesusita fires carved out a path of destruction that left nearly 300 houses completely destroyed, and many more badly damaged....

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-...