Insurance Commissioner Matt Rosendale advises Montanans to prepare for this year’s fire season by creating a home inventory and knowing their insurance policy ahead of time.
“Don’t wait until there’s a fire approaching your property to get prepared,” Rosendale said. “People living in the wildland-urban interface or with property in fire-prone areas especially need to take steps ahead of time to be ready for fire season.”
Despite Montana having a strong winter and a wet spring, DRNC is still predicting this year’s fire season could be worse than average.
Rosendale advises Montanans to create a home inventory of possessions that could be damaged or destroyed in a fire. The insurance commissioner’s website has a sample checklist available at http://csimt.gov/wp-content/uploads/InventoryChecklist-6-26-08.pdf. Thorough inventories should include photos and/or video of the property and possessions. Paper inventory lists should be stored in a fireproof safe or at a secondary location, and Rosendale recommends that Montanans keep a digital copy of their inventory online.
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