Tips for Disaster Survivors

After a disaster many friends and family offer their support and say, "is there anything I can do to help?" Their offers are usually brushed aside with a simple thank you, but take advantage of their generosity! With the advent of social media you have a wealth of friends who can help!

I got this idea a couple of months back when a fire survivor from the Waldo Canyon Fire in Colorado Springs asked if we could update our inventory with holiday items. I typed a few items I could think of then went on Facebook and asked people to help with an inventory for a fire survivor by listing every Halloween item they can think of in their house. People came out of the woodwork to provide their thoughts. In the next few days I asked about Thanksgiving and Christmas too and now our inventory includes these items.

You can do the same thing with other parts of your house. Ask people to list kitchen appliances, or gadgets. Ask friends to take pictures of their junk drawers or inside of their cabinets. Have people with kids your age take pictures of their toy chests or closets. This time of year can be especially hard, but maybe as your friends are unpacking their holiday items they can take pictures of the insides of their boxes and send them to you to help jog your memory of things you had.

Social media can be powerful. Use it in your favor! 

(PS: We also just posted a Power Point Presentation regarding personal property that you can access HERE.) 

This document was not prepared by CARe, but a Waldo Canyon fire survivor compiled what they found regarding insurance consumer protection laws and regulations in Colorado and we thought you might find it helpful.
What the homeowner had to say, "I read the Colorado Statues and put together this simple 10 page summary of the relevant stuff. Bottom line: Colorado offers some consumer protection however, the homeowner is largely on their own unless the Insurance Company commits a truly egregious act."
You can find the document HERE:
If you live in a state that suffers from severe weather such as tornadoes or hurricanes, finding good homeowners insurance is getting more difficult as weather patterns grow more extreme.
In the aftermath of weather-related catastrophes, insurers can face a flood of insurance claims and as a result of the expense eventually drop thousands of policies. For example, Alabama-based insurance company Alfa announced in June that it wouldn't renew 73,000 home policies after tornadoes battered the state in April. After Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005, insurance giant State Farm stopped writing new policies in Mississippi. And following more recent hurricanes, 20 percent of homes on the Alabama coast are going without any wind insurance due to staggering rate increases. The state's four largest insurance companies have canceled 50,000 policies in coastal Alabama, according to Carl Schneider, partner at Schneider Insurance and member of the Coastal Alabama Leadership Council, or CALC.
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Inspirational Quotes

Let me embrace thee, sour adversity, for wise men say it is the wisest course

William Shakespeare, King Henry the Sixth, Part III


You both have done marvels for our mountain community. You were a blessing for us in 2003 and continuing to 2007.

Old Fire Survivor, 2003