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California wildfire survivor helps residents impacted by Marshall Fire navigate insurance

A firefighter puts water on a hot spot in Louisville, Colorado on Friday, Dec. 31, 2021.
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A firefighter puts water on a hot spot in Louisville, Colorado on Dec. 31, 2021.

The process of recovering from the Marshall Fire looks different for each person affected. For those who were insured, working with their provider to file claims and compile detailed inventories of belongings has become part of day-to-day life. But not all insured residents have enough coverage to make up for the costs of losing a home.

That was the case for Karen Reimus, who lost her home in the 2003 Cedar Fire in San Diego. She discovered her home was severely underinsured after it burned. Two years later, she began volunteering for United Policyholders, a national nonprofit that helps people navigate all kinds of insurance, including after natural disasters.

Reimus joins us to talk about her work with survivors of the Marshall Fire.

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