LOVELAND, CO - March 18, 2013 – Linda Masterson’s Colorado home burned to the ground in 2011. “My husband and I lost everything but each other. On the road to recovery we had to come to terms with all the things we should have done that would’ve made starting over much easier,” says Masterson, a professional writer and researcher. “I wrote Surviving Wildfire so no one else will have to learn those lessons the hard way.”
No one thinks their home will burn down in a wildfire. And yet just last year in Colorado more than 4,000 wildland fires destroyed 648 structures, burned more than 384,000 acres and claimed the lives of six homeowners . Research shows that at least half of the people who stand in the ashes of their dreams must face the fact that they don’t have the right kind of coverage or enough insurance to rebuild and replace what they owned.
“Surviving Wildfire is a great, comprehensive resource. Masterson explains everything in understandable, objective language that is anchored in her personal experience,” said Carole Walker, Executive Director of the Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association.
Few people know what their homeowners’ insurance actually covers or how it works in a major loss. Or understand the high price they’ll pay for being underinsured and unprepared. Masterson’s newly released book, Surviving Wildfire, is a blueprint for homeowners living with wildfire risk.
The book begins with a sobering look at why wildfire is a growing problem, and what homeowners can do to give their home a better chance of surviving. In easy-to-understand language, Masterson explains how insurance really works and how to calculate replacement costs for home and belongings. You’ll also learn how to prepare your family so if wildfire threatens, you’ll know what to do, what to take, and how and when to safely evacuate. There’s even a sobering look at how to survive if you are trapped at home, in your car or out in the open. And if your home is damaged or destroyed, insider tips on how to collect everything you are due under the terms of your insurance policy will prove most helpful. The appendix also includes numerous resources for homeowners.
“Solidly researched, easy to read and reference, and full of information that could save home and lives,” says Dave Zader, Fire Manager for Boulder, Colorado.
Surviving Wildfire: Get Prepared, Stay Alive, Rebuild Your Life (A Handbook for Homeowners, $16.95; Handbook and Pocket Guide $19.95) by Linda Masterson is published by PixyJack Press. Wholesale discounts begin with five books. Details at www.SurvivingWildfire.com.