Tips for wildfire evacuees

Date: Jan. 7th, 2009
Contact: Denver Post
Allstate Insurance suggests the following preparation tips for residents of wildfire-prone areas, in the wake of the Boulder wildfires that have led to the evacuation of 11,000 homes.

Before you leave

Collect all your important papers and documents. This includes banking, insurance, and financial information, as well as your bills and checkbook.

Think carefully about what items are easily replaceable by insurance and what items are not, like family heirlooms, keepsakes, and pictures.

If you don't have an up-to-date home inventory, walk through your home with a video or still camera. At the same time, make a list of what items you want to take, and have room to take, during an evacuation.

Contact your agent to see if your homeowners policy will pay for living expenses while you're evacuated and to answer any questions you may have about your insurance policies.

If you leave

Always listen to and obey authorities if they advise you and your family to leave your home.

Tell your neighbors where you will be going and exchange contact information.

Inform your insurance agent you have been evacuated.

Respect law enforcement decisions on when you are allowed to return home.