Insurance tips, tax aid offered by state for fire victims

Kyle Schmauch In The News

By: Tribune Capitol Bureau

Montanans who have been affected by or are at risk of wildfires should be aware of insurance’s best practices during disasters, Commissioner of Securities and Insurance Matt Rosendale said Monday.

Rosendale, as well as officials from the Montana Department of Revenue, reached out to residents Monday to offer advice and assistance.

“The Lodgepole Fire Complex is devastating people in Eastern Montana and other fires continue to grow around the state,” Rosendale said via email. “For those who have lost homes or property, our agency is ready to assist with any insurance issues once the immediate danger has passed and it’s time to begin the rebuilding process. Make sure to take photos of damage before it’s cleaned up, and keep receipts of all costs associated with any evacuations.”

A free checklist is available at bit.ly/19044rK to take inventory of possessions that could be damaged or lost during a fire.

Paper inventories should be stored in a fireproof safe and Rosendale recommends keeping a digital backup in the cloud in case physical records are destroyed. Keeping an inventory of assets will make the process of accounting for potential fire losses faster and easier.

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