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Los Angeles residents urged to prepare for wildfire season

News: 2014 Press Release

For Release: May 13, 2014
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Los Angeles residents urged to prepare for wildfire season
Red Flag warning in effect reminds consumers to be vigilant and get prepared

LOS ANGELES, Calif.– Fire officials joined Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones and insurance industry professionals at a joint press conference today to urge residents to prepare for wildfire season. This event came just in time as a red flag warning went into effect Monday evening and is expected to stay in effect through Wednesday at 8pm due to hot temperatures and high winds.

"Preparing for a wildfire and doing all you can to protect your property is an essential responsibility," said Commissioner Jones. "Sometimes, no matter what we do to prevent fire damage, the fire is too big, too destructive and even the valiant efforts of firefighters cannot save our homes. For those reasons, it is essential that residents prepare by also ensuring they have enough insurance to rebuild and know how to navigate the claims process."

With the red flag warning in effect, officials reminded consumers to be vigilant in these conditions, to ensure they have enough coverage to rebuild, update their home inventory—easily done with a smart phone, and have an evacuation kit ready to go in the event of mandatory evacuations. Residents were reminded not to let their guard down as California enters its third year of drought and the wildfire season for 2014 is proving to be potentially devastating.


Visit our Flickr page to view photos from this morning's joint press conference.


The California Department of Insurance, established in 1868, is the largest consumer protection agency in California. Insurers collect $310 billion in premiums annually in California. Since 2011 the California Department of Insurance received more than 1,000,000 calls from consumers and helped recover over $469 million in claims and premiums. Please visit the Department of Insurance website at Non-media inquiries should be directed to the Consumer Hotline at 800.927.4357. Telecommunications Devices for the Deaf (TDD), please dial 800.482.4833.

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