Media Alert – Bluebell Fire
State Farm® Customers Impacted by the Bluebell Fire Should Contact Their Agent, Save Receipts for Temporary Living Expenses
Evergreen, Colo., June 3, 2013 – Evacuated Bluebell Fire residents insured with State Farm are encouraged to contact their agent right away – even if they don’t know whether their property is impacted by the fire. Claims representatives are on-site at the Conifer High School evacuation center to help customers.
If you are a part of the mandatory evacuations State Farm recommends the following:
- Save receipts for expenses you incur as a result of the fire: coverage is available (subject to the deductible) for hotel, food even pet boarding regardless of damage sustained to your home.
- Listen to news reports and follow the instructions of emergency workers and local fire officials.
- ONLY when it is safe to return to your home take the time to inspect your property for damage and make any necessary temporary repairs to protect your property from further damage
- Contact your insurance agent right away so they can advise you on the appropriate action to take regarding your claim.
If you have not been evacuated but your home could become threatened: Time is of the essence.
Three simple steps take just a little time to complete and provide valuable time for fire fighters to do all they can to protect your property.
- Create an action plan and identify what items to take with you in case you only have a few minutes to leave your home, prescriptions, legal documents, and don’t forget the pets.
- Take photos or digitally record your possessions in each room of your home and start preparing a home inventory list.
- If it is safe to do so, create a fire safety zone around your home:
- Keep your roof, gutters, and chimneys clear of debris.
- Move combustible items away from your home.
- Turn off all gas valves before leaving your home once evacuation orders are issued.
- Move furniture away from windows and take down any flammable window treatments.
- Keep stacked wood at least 30 feet from your home or other buildings, and keep vegetation cleared away from the your home and woodpiles.
“Safety is top priority right now,” said State Farm Spokeswoman Angela Thorpe. “Make sure your family is safe, use the community resources that are available and call us so we can help you get the claim process started.”