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  • El Paso County Long Range Recovery meeting tonight

    Wed, July 31, 2013 by Ryan Handy with no comments

    The El Paso County Commissioners have their monthly Black Fores Fire Long Range Recovery meeting tonight, July 31. The county has divided the tasks of recovery into subcommittees, which will report their findings on Wednesday night.

    Residents are encouraged to attend the meeting to get the latest updates on fire recovery,  as well as ask questions. Read more about the meeting, as well as the latest updates on the FEMA grants.

    The meeting will be from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at The Tent at New Life Church, 11035 Voyager Parkway 80921.

    Also, on Thursday night, the insurance  non-profit United Policyholders will host another workshop on insurance. The workshop will be from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at The Pinery, 12375 Black Forest Road.




  • Free insurance workshop next week for Black Forest residents

    Wed, July 3, 2013 by Ryan Handy with 2 comments

    El Paso County will host free insurance help workshop next week lead by United Policyholders, a non-profit insurance advocacy group that has given workshops to victims of the Waldo Canyon, High Park and Four Mile Canyon fires.

    The workshop will be on July 8, and starts at 6 p.m. at Woodmen Valley Chapel, 8292 Woodmen Valley View in Colorado Springs. The workshop is titled “Roadmap to Recovery,” and no commercial solicitations will be allowed, according to a news release from El Paso County. Those who attend the workshop will get free organizers, handbooks and flash drives to help them organize their insurance documents.

    Steve Price, a Mountain Shadows resident who lost his home in the Waldo Canyon fire, will also share tips for putting together an inventory of lost contents as well as tips for rebuilding decisions. Amy Bach, co-founder of United Policyholders, will go over some insurance basics, including what to expect during the claims process, common problems and how to avoid them, and where to look for advice and help. For more information about United Policyholders, visit www.uphelp.org/BlackForestFire.

  • Two separate insurance meetings for Black Forest fire victims

    Mon, July 1, 2013 by Ryan Handy with no comments

    As many residents saw during the Waldo Canyon fire, the weeks following a disaster can be tricky, especially when it comes to insurance. When residents are choosing public adjusters to help guide them through the insurance process, they need to be particularly vigilant, said El Paso County Commissioner Sallie Clark.

    Before you choose an adjuster, make sure you vet him or her properly. United Policyholders, a non-profit insurance advocacy group that has helped Waldo Canyon fire victims, has a list of tips for picking a public adjuster. Read the tips here.

    Read this story by The Denver Post that profiles adjusters and also links to some good resources for checking adjusters’ backgrounds.

    There are two insurance meetings for Black Forest fire victims on Monday night, and both could also offer advice on how to choose adjusters. Both meetings are sponsored by different groups.

    • El Paso County Commissioners are sponsoring a insurance information meeting at the New Life Church Monday night. A representative from the office of the Commissioner of Insurance for the State of Colorado will talk about how to file a claim as well as pick a public adjuster, if you want one. Some Waldo Canyon fire victims who successfully completed their insurance claim will be on-hand to answer questions as well. The meeting is from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  at The Tent, New Life Church, 11035 Voyager Parkway.
    • Loss Analytics, a private public adjuster company, will be hosting meetings at La Forest on Monday and Wednesday night. The company is for profit, run by CEO Troy Payne, who also worked with some Waldo Canyon fire victims for a period of time. This meeting is not sponsored by El Paso County. Signs posted around Black Forest state that the meeting is for those who lost homes, whose homes were damaged, or for those looking to sell homes. The meetings are at 6:30 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday, La Foret, 6145 Shoup Road.