Insurance reminders for victims of the Trailhead Fire
News: 2016 Consumer Bulletin
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Thousands of Placer and El Dorado County residents ordered to evacuate due to the Trailhead Fire may have insurance coverage under their homeowner and renter policies to help them with evacuation and recovery expenses under additional living expense coverage, or ALE.
"Disaster situations can be emotionally and financially draining on evacuees," said Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. "It is imperative residents get the help they need to recover and get their lives back on track. Many evacuees may be unaware if their insurance policy covers additional living expenses associated with a mandatory evacuation and recovery. I encourage evacuees to contact their insurance agent or the Department of Insurance for assistance."
Here are some tips for consumers:
- Residents should review their policies to see if they have coverage for additional living expenses. Most renters' policies also typically include ALE coverage.
- ALE coverage typically includes food and housing costs, furniture rental, relocation and storage, and extra transportation expenses. Make sure any insurance agent or public adjuster offering their services to you has a valid license by checking online with the Department of Insurance: https://www.insurance.ca.gov/0200-industry/0070-check-license-status/.
- Public adjusters cannot solicit your business for seven calendar days after the disaster.
Department of Insurance Consumer Service team members will be at the local assistance center to provide information and answer questions to help those affected by the fire.
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- If you 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.
- Additional contact information:
The California Department of Insurance, established in 1868, is the largest consumer protection agency in California. Insurers collect $289 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 web site at www.insurance.ca.gov. Non-media inquiries should be directed to the Consumer Hotline at 800.927.HELP or 213.897.8921. Telecommunications Devices for the Deaf (TDD), please dial 800.482.4833.