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Tips to help with insurance in case of evacuation

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DENVER -- Insurance companies are responding to the Lower North Fork Wildfire to help policyholders. Some are already setting up services at the evacuation center at Conifer High School.

They stress that for people who live in the affected area of Jefferson County, it's vital people listen to instructions from authorities.

If you are ever faced with a situation where you must evacuate, here are some things you should already have ready:
-- Collect all important documents. This includes banking, insurance and other financial information as well as bills and checkbooks.
-- Think 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 to record the contents. Make a list of what you want to take with you. An inventory will help facilitate the claim process.
-- Contact your insurance company to see if your homeowners policy provides for additional living expenses if you've been evacuated from your home under mandatory orders.

When leaving your home:
-- Respect authorities' decisions about when to evacuate and when it is safe to return home.
-- Notify neighbors and friends of your intended destination, and exchange contact information.

Colorado Wildfire and Insurance Information