Last November’s California wildfires caused $11.4 billion in insured damage

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Residents of the state have filed many thousands of insurance claims from the Camp Fire. Last year’s record-breaking California wildfires have now generated $11.4 billion in insurance claims. This has made the fires in that month, which ripped their way through Butte County and Southern California, some of the most expensive the state has ever experienced. The Camp Fire killed 86 people and essentially burned the town of Paradise right off the map. Three quarters of the losses from California wildfires in November 2018 were the result of the Camp…

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Camp Fire in Northern California becomes states most destructive wildfire

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The wildfire has taken at least 23 lives and has left a massive trail of destroyed homes, cars and businesses. Northern California’s Camp Fire has officially become the most destructive wildfire in the state’s history. The catastrophic blaze is leaving only charred remains of homes, businesses and vehicles. Even more devastating is the tragic loss of life, as at least 23 people have been killed. California has been plagued by wildfires in recent years, with this blaze already seeing the most destruction. The death toll rose over the weekend as…

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California lawmakers are attempting to improve natural disaster preparedness and response

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The state has been plagued by different types of catastrophe over the last few months. The catastrophes in California over the last few months have been fatal to dozens of people, spurring natural disaster preparedness efforts among state lawmakers. Emergencies have been widespread and frequent, revealing a need to improve readiness and response strategies. Governor Jerry Brown and state lawmakers are seeking to change state regulations to improve disaster response. The various factors to be included in the state national disaster preparedness changes will include the emergency alert systems, insurance…

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AIG unit faces potential fines in California over management of fire claims

American International Group Inc. (AIG) subsidiary, New Hampshire Insurance Co., along with York Risk Services, its claims processing agent, are now facing citations for 125 violations connected with alleged improper handling of California wildfire related claims from 2008. According to California Department of Insurance (CDI) general counsel, Adam M. Cole, “The allegations in this case reflect a troubling lack of attention to consumer needs by New Hampshire Insurance Company.” CDI has stated that each of the various violations for which the insurer has been sited have to do with “an…

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