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Wildfire Evacuation Checklist & Insurance Preparedness


Colorado has experienced an average of 4,500 wildfires per year over the last decade, burning over 200,000 acres annually. With wildfire season quickly approaching, it's more important than ever to ensure that you and your family are prepared. In this email, we'll provide you with essential tips and strategies for staying safe in the event of a wildfire, as well as valuable insights into how to navigate the insurance claims process.
Wildfire Preparedness Checklist
Be Ready to Evacuate Quickly
  • Know where you will go & how you will get there in case of evacuation
  • Plan different escape routes from your home & practice them
  • Have a plan for pets & livestock
  • Ensure that your gas tank is full
  • Know where your utility shut-off controls are located
Plan to Stay Connected
  • Sign up for free emergency alerts from your local government
  • Make a list of emergency contacts including phone numbers
  • Have a portable charger or backup battery for your cell phone
  • Purchase a battery-powered radio
Gather Emergency
Supplies & Documents
  • Organize a Go-Kit with 3 days of essential supplies that you can easily carry (food, water, medicine, etc.)
  • Ensure that all important personal, financial & medical records are safe
  • Consider purchasing an emergency medication supply, if applicable
Help Your Community
  • Be a good neighbor...practice wildfire prevention every day
  • Work together to manage vegetation & support fire-resistant construction
  • Check with your neighbors before a fire to see if they need evacuation help

Insurance Preparedness Tips
  1. Know what your policy covers & review coverage limits: Make sure you understand your insurance policy and what it covers. Check for exclusions and limitations that may affect your coverage in case of a wildfire. Make sure your insurance policy provides enough coverage to rebuild your home and replace your belongings in case of a total loss. Consider adding additional coverage as well.
  2. Understand your deductibles: Know how much you'll be responsible for paying out of pocket before your insurance coverage kicks in. Make sure you have enough savings to cover your deductible if necessary.
  3. Keep your insurance documents handy: Keep your insurance policy, contact information for your insurance company, and any other relevant documents in a go-bag or a safe location that you can easily access if you need to evacuate.
  4. Document your belongings: Take photos or videos of your home and belongings to document what you own in case of a total loss. Remember to note any important or expensive items. Store this documentation in a safe place, such as a fireproof safe or a cloud-based storage service.
  5. Contact your insurance company as soon as possible: If your home has been damaged by a wildfire, contact your insurance company as soon as possible to start the claims process. Keep detailed records of all communication with your insurance company and any expenses related to your claim.
Remember, being prepared and informed is key to protecting yourself and your property from the devastating effects of a wildfire. By following these tips, you can help ensure that you have the coverage you need to recover in case of a wildfire.

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