With Northern California still ablaze after a deadly and devastating week, many homeowners are wondering how to stay safe, while many of our listeners and members of RWN are wondering how they can help.
CA Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for Napa and surrounding areas, and announced on Friday that the state has secured federal aid to assist residents who suffered losses, along with additional funding to remove debris and take more emergency protective measures.
He said, “This is truly one of the greatest, if not the greatest tragedy that California has ever faced,” he added, “The devastation is just unbelievable, it is a horror that no one could have imagined.”
Over 217,000 acres have burned and an estimated 5,700 structures destroyed. More than 100,000 people have been evacuated according to Cal Fire. 42 people have died and still hundreds remain missing.
Unfortunately, this may not be the end of fire season. The extremely wet winter led to new brush growth, which dried out during the extremely hot summer. And now that we entering what has been historically a high fire season due to so much dried brush and high winds, there could be more.
On today’s show, I’ve invited Emily Rogan, the Chief Operating Officer for the non-profit United Policyholders, to give us some insight on how those who lost their homes can collect on their insurance, and how homeowners in general can make sure they have the right policies in place.