Updated March 20, 2017
Four years ago, when a wildfire overtook a neighborhood near Austin, my sister-in-law had to be rescued from a smoke-engulfed home, and my in-laws, who had spent the day at the lake, were left shopping for a change of clothes in their bathing suits at 8 p.m. As my in-laws replaced their clothing, they anxiously hoped a lifetime of family pictures weren’t about to go up in flames.
Fortunately, their home sustained only minor smoke damage. But a few of their neighbors suffered both property damages and severe financial losses.
Wildfires and other disasters can be challenging because you rarely get enough warning to develop a plan to protect your family and minimize property damage, much less execute that plan. Thinking ahead can make all the difference — increasing your family’s personal protection and minimizing property damage and financial impact.
Four steps that can help:
Visit USAA’s Disaster Recovery page for help after a crisis.
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