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The trial for the Los Gatos contractor accused of starting the May 22, 2008 Summit fire could take several months to begin due to the appointment of a public defender who's unfamiliar with the complicated case and is asking for extra time to prepare.
Channing Parker Verden's trial setting hearing on May 9 got postponed one more week until May 16 since Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney David Boyd could not appear at that time.
Some parts of the United States, particularly in the West, could face an active wildfire season this year, federal officials warn, adding that they're prepared to deal with the challenge.
In a telephone conference call this week, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said their agencies are braced for the expected wildfires. The season is likely to be as active as that of the past year, they say, when the Southwest was especially hard hit. Joining the Cabinet secretaries on the call were FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell and National Predictive Services program manager of the National Interagency Fire Center Ed Delgado.
A year ago, an EF-5 tornado ripped Amanda Johns' husband and mother from her arms. Her mother was killed. Her husband was critically injured. And a stick punctured Johns' placenta, threatening to end her pregnancy.
Today, Johns and her husband are still recovering from their injuries suffered when 62 tornadoes killed 253 Alabama residents. The state was the hardest hit by an outbreak of tornadoes that raked the South, killing hundreds and leaving thousands homeless.
With fire season coming up, California will declare May 6-12, 2012 "Wildfire Awareness Week". During that week, CAL FIRE will urge homeowners to take the necessary steps to prepare their family and their homes from potential wildfires. Wildfire Awareness Week is designed to not only remind Californians of the dangers that wildfires pose, but also to educate them on how to prepare for California's wildfires.
This year, California has experienced below-average rainfall across the State. This lack of rain has caused California's green grass and vegetation to dry out earlier than expected. When combined with this summer's high temperatures, the dry vegetation will pose an increasing threat for fire danger. It only takes one little spark to ignite a wildfire.
The city must pay monetary damages to three victims of 2008’s Tea Fire who lost their homes and were prevented by the city from rebuilding because of the Conejo Slide Ordinance. After a trial in January, Judge Thomas Anderle found the ordinance unconstitutional. A further trial will determine the amount of damages the city must pay.
Lance and Carla Hoffman, the young couple severely burned in the 2008 Tea Fire, have formally agreed to a settlement of $6 million with the owner of the Tea Garden property, where the fire is believed to have originated. The Hoffmans have combined medical bills in excess of $4.6 million, according to their attorney. The settlement was finalized after the property’s owner, Mary Robinson and the Mary K. Robinson Living Trust, conducted her own investigation and agreed to pay the full amount the Hoffmans were asking. The couple will split the sum with a homeowner who lost a house in the Tea Fire, as well as an insurance company that had to pay for property damage. But it is likely the bulk of the settlement will go to the couple. The Hoffmans previously settled with the owner of their rental property for $1 million.
New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez and state forestry officials on Monday unveiled a new statewide email notification system for alerting residents of potential dangers from wildfire.
Martinez said the effort is aimed at raising awareness about the high fire danger around the state. With last year being the worst fire season in New Mexico's recorded history with hundreds of square miles charred, she said access to timely and accurate information will be key for limiting the risk this year.
John and Sue Chopcinski hadn't been planning a housewarming party, but the City of Bastrop had other ideas.
The couple, who lost their home and virtually everything they owned in the September fires that swept through Bastrop County, moved into their new house on Mauna Kea Lane on March 30. On Friday, they were part of a celebration as a flock of local dignitaries, including Mayor Terry Orr, held a ceremonial ribbon cutting for the first home rebuilt within the city limits since the fires.
As weather disasters strike with more frequency, homeowners first get hit with the destruction or total loss of property. Many are then hit with the unexpected loss of homeowners insurance policies as insurance companies re-evaluate their financial liabilities.
After a tornado ripped through Springfield, Massachusetts, last year, R. Paula Lazzari's home was badly damaged. The retired teacher found broken windows, missing siding and a damaged roof. Her insurer offered to fund repairs for one broken window and some of the siding. It took nine months -- and mediation services from an independent adjuster and the Massachusetts Division of Insurance -- to get her bills paid, according to the parties involved.
For a while now, I've been wondering why State Farm seems immune to the troubles plaguing Allstate.
After all, the nation's two biggest property-casualty insurers have a lot in common. Both were founded in the Midwest early in the last century. Both sell auto and homeowners' insurance to middle-class Americans through thousands of agents around the country. Both were slow to embrace direct sales over the telephone and Internet, the method favored by fast-growing competitors Geico and Progressive Corp.
Yet State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. holds its own against the direct sellers, while Allstate Corp. loses ground. State Farm expands—it's adding 900 agents—while Allstate's agent count dropped 13 percent last year.
Home improvement activity is expected to pick up in 2012, and if you are one of the many Americans planning to remodel your home this year, it is important to have the right amount and type of insurance both during and after the renovation, according to the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.).
A study by the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University predicts that there will be a 5.9 increase in spending on remodeling projects in 2012.
Senators Jon Tester, D-Mont., and David Vitter, R-La., held a hearing today examining the need for long-term reauthorization and reform of the National Flood Insurance Program. The flood program program is set to expire at the end of the month.
Sen. Tester called on his colleagues to reauthorize the program for the long-term.
“We’ve been down this road before, and we’ve seen how unproductive and destructive lapses of the program can be,” Tester said. “The unprecedented flooding in the Missouri River basin at this time last year further reminds us of the urgency of passing a long-term reauthorization that offers Americans – and Montanans – certainty in the face of risk.”
A compromise proposal to allow Colorado wildfire victims to seek state compensation in excess of liability limits remains on track for approval in the Legislature.
A Senate committee voted 5-0 Monday in favor of a bill to retroactively add state-set wildfires to the list of state immunity exemptions. The change would give victims of the recent Lower North Fork Fire the chance to seek state compensation beyond a $600,000 liability cap.
Waffle House serves hungry customers bacon, eggs and hash browns, but when disaster strikes, the iconic chain serves up valuable intel to the government.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has developed an unofficial, color-coded "Waffle House Index" to help make assessments before sending response teams to areas hit by such natural disasters as tornadoes, floods or hurricanes.
“When business like that are closed, that’s a good indication that resources are probably going to be needed for the survivors there in that area,” explained Will Booher of Florida’s Division of Emergency Management.
After a disaster, officials call a restaurant in the affected area, and ask what's on the menu. If the restaurant is serving everything, it means there is water and electricity and that the index is green. If the menu has been scaled back, the index is yellow, which means there's water but no power. In the rare event a Waffle House is completely shut down, the index is red and that usually means there's big trouble.
If there were a major earthquake in Los Angeles, with bridges and highways and railroads and airports all shut down and huge buildings collapsing, I don't care how much planning you do, the first 72 hours is going to be chaotic.