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Publications Settling insurance claims after a disaster

If you have been affected by a recent disaster such as the wildfires in California, you might have some questions about how the insurance claims process works. This article details what you need to know about how to file a claim, how the claim process works, what's covered and what's not. See also: What is covered by standard homeowners insurance?

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Wildfire recovery and response for businesses and consumers

This presentation discusses the steps that consumers and businesses are recommended to take in preparation for wildfire, and the process around recovery.

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Catastrophes Facts + Statistics: Wildfires

From January 1, 2018, to October 26, 2018, there were 50,546 wildfires, compared to 52,572 wildfires in the same period in 2017, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. The Camp wildfire broke out in Butte County, California, on November 8 and became the deadliest and most destructive fire on record. Further south two other major fires, Hill and Woolsey are still burning. Learn more here. See also: California State Fact Sheet

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I.I.I. Glossary

SALVAGE- Damaged property an insurer takes over to reduce its loss after paying a claim. Insurers receive salvage rights over property on which they have paid claims, such as badly-damaged cars. Insurers that paid claims on cargoes lost at sea now have the right to recover sunken treasures. Salvage charges are the costs associated with recovering that property.

FINANCIAL GUARANTEE INSURANCE- Covers losses from specific financial transactions and guarantees that investors in debt instruments, such as municipal bonds, receive timely payment of principal and interest if there is a default. Raises the credit rating of debt to which the guarantee is attached. Investment bankers who sell asset-backed securities, securities backed by loan portfolios, use this insurance to enhance marketability. (See Municipal bond insurance )

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I.I.I. News Wire

Insurers to Play Key Role in California's Recovery from Deadly Wildfires

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Kim Kirchner, Coburn Communication: (212)-536-9837; Kim.Kirchner@coburnww.com California Press Office: (707) 490-9365; janetr@iii.org New York Press Office: (212) 346-5500; media@iii.org ROHNERT PARK, CA, Nov. Read More

Stand-alone Cyber Insurance Can Save Unprepared Small Businesses, Survey Finds

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sheena Bermingham, Coburn Communication: (212) 730-7045; sheena.bermingham@coburnww.com    Insurance Information Institute New York Press Office: (212) 346-5500; media@iii.org NEW YORK (October 18, 2018)— Cyber incidents hit one of every 10 U.S. Read More

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