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State Farm offers fire preparedness advice

Fri, 06 Jul 2012 17:12:29 CDT
By: Charlie Schlenker

As western wildfires continue to burn homes and dislocate tens of thousands of people, State Farm Insurance is urging people to prepare for adversity. Spokesman Brad Hilliard says home inventories need to happen before a disaster, not after a house is ashes.

"It's a daunting task to take a sheet of paper and start listing out everything you've owned. You know every picture that was hanging, everything that was stored away in drawyers or in closets. It becomes very daunting to try to figure that out."

More than 500 Colorado homeowners have filed claims with State Farm for fires and more than a quarter of those involve complete home losses. Hilliard says pictures of every room and contents of cabinets and drawers should be kept outside the home, on a flash drive, at work, or in a safety deposit box.

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