Carr Fire victims may have insurance for evacuation cost reimbursement
News: 2018 Press Release
SHASTA, Calif. – With over 500 structures destroyed, including many homes, thousands of residents forced to evacuate may have homeowner or renter insurance coverage to help with evacuation and relocation costs, even if their homes are not damaged or destroyed, and in many cases no deductible is required.
Many homeowner and renter polices cover additional living expenses during natural disasters, which allows homeowners to maintain their standard of living by covering increased living expenses incurred as a result of damage caused by fire or mandatory evacuation. The coverage typically includes extra food and housing costs, furniture rental, relocation and storage, telephone installation and extra transportation expenses.
"These fires are exacting a devastating monetary and emotional toll on residents across the state and it is imperative that they are aware of every resource available to them to repair and rebuild," said Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. "Insurance coverage is meant to protect consumers from the devastating financial effects of wildfires and other disasters. I encourage evacuees to contact their insurance agent or the Department of Insurance for assistance."
If any affected residents have any questions or need assistance, the California Department of Insurance is here to help. Please call: 1-800-927-4357 or visit www.insurance.ca.gov.
Here are some tips for consumers:
- Policy provisions, including deductibles, vary by company, residents should check with their insurer as soon as possible to confirm coverage, limits, and any other limitations and documentation requirements. Most renters' policies also typically include ALE coverage.
- Consumer should make sure any insurance agent or public adjuster offering their services has a valid license by checking online with the Department of Insurance.
- Public adjusters cannot solicit business for seven calendar days after the disaster.
- Don't forget copies of insurance policies, important papers and a photo or video inventory of your possessions. An inventory can be completed quickly and easily on your smart phone and safely stored in the Cloud.
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- Top 10 Tips for Wildfire Claimants
- Additional resources and information for consumers on wildfires are available from the California Department of Insurance. Download a free home inventory guide from the department website at http://www.insurance.ca.gov, or receive a hardcopy by calling the California Department of Insurance Consumer Hotline at 800-927-4357.
- Additional contact information:
- Federal Emergency Management Agency: 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or www.fema.gov
- Contractors State License Board: 1-800-321-CSLB (2752) or www.cslb.ca.gov
- National Insurance Crime Bureau 1-888-815-9064 or www.nicb.org
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 www.insurance.ca.gov. Non-media inquiries should be directed to the Consumer Hotline at 800-927-4357. Teletypewriter (TTY), please dial 800-482-4833.