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News: 2013 Press Release

For Release: September 27, 2013
Media Calls Only: 916-492-3566
Southern California residents reminded wildfire season not over
Some of the state’s most devastating fires have occurred during Santa Ana wind season

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones today joined the Los Angeles County Insurance Commission and the
Los Angeles County Fire Department to educate and encourage Southern California residents to remain vigilant and prepare for the Santa Ana wind season. Residents are advised to prepare for wildfires and other potential disasters by conducting a home inventory and updating their insurance policies to ensure they have sufficient replacement value coverage.

"Some of the state's most damaging wildfires have occurred in the fall, during the Santa Ana wind season. Everyone should review their homeowner and renter policies, conduct a home inventory, and have an escape plan," said Commissioner Jones. "With today's mobile technology, doing a home inventory is easy using a smart phone to record your belongings and store them in the Cloud so you can retrieve them later when filing a claim with your insurance company."

Californians are encouraged to prepare for wildfires today. Learn quick and easy tips to prepare a home inventory and make recovery easier.

"We must always be prepared in Los Angeles County for emergencies and natural disasters such as wildfires, landslides, earthquakes and floods," said Scott Svonkin with the LA County insurance commission. "September is national disaster preparedness month-take time to prepare today."

"One of the most important things a resident can do is to protect their home from a brush fire. Non-combustible building materials, fuel modification, and a defensible space are key to whether your home survives a brush fire," said Chief Ron Larriva.

Additional tips and information for consumers for before, during, and after a wildfire are available from CDI. Download a free home inventory guide from the department Web site, or receive a hard copy by calling the California Department of Insurance Consumer Hotline at 800-927-HELP (800-927-4357).

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Media Notes: News conference is at the site of the arson-caused Station Fire that is one of the top 20 wildfires in CA fire history.

Cause:                 Arson (homicide investigation due to arson)
Date of origin:      August 26, 2009
Containment:       October 16, 2009
Size:                   160,577 acres or over 250 square miles
Buildings destroyed: 209
Injuries/fatalities: Fire resulted in the death of two firefighters and 
                           22 injured residents

Photos of the event will be available after 1 p.m.

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The California Department of Insurance, established in 1868, is the largest consumer protection agency in California, regulating the $123 billion insurance marketplace. In 2012 the California Department of Insurance received more than 160,000 calls from consumers and helped recover over $64 million in claims and premiums. Please visit the Department of Insurance web site at www.insurance.ca.gov. Non-media inquiries should be directed to the Consumer Hotline at 800.927.HELP. Out-of-state callers, please dial 213.897.8921. Telecommunications Devices for the Deaf (TDD), please dial 800.482.4833.

If you are a member of the public wishing information, please visit our Consumer Services.

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