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March 26, 2024
McLaurin Law

Preparing for Texas Wildfire Season Damages to Homes and Land

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As wildfire season approaches, residents across Texas face the increasing risk of damage to their homes and properties. At McLaurin Law, we understand the devastating impact wildfires can have on communities and the complexities involved in navigating insurance claims post-disaster. Drawing on guidelines from renowned wildfire preparedness resources, we offer tailored advice to help you protect your family, home, and financial future.

Understanding Wildfire Risk in Texas

Texas, with its vast landscapes and often dry climate, is no stranger to wildfires. Regions such as the Texas Panhandle, Central Texas, and East Texas have been particularly vulnerable. Knowing your area's risk and the specifics of your insurance policy are the first steps in preparing for wildfire season.

Evacuation Planning: A Must for Every Texan

Preparation can significantly mitigate the risks to your safety and property. An effective evacuation plan is a cornerstone of wildfire preparedness. We advise you to:

Create a Wildfire Action Plan: This plan should include evacuation routes, emergency meeting locations, and a communication strategy for your family. Given Texas' size and the variability in its geography, consider multiple evacuation routes.

Maintain an Emergency Supply Kit: Essential supplies should include water, food, medications, and critical documents. For Texans, this kit might also include items specific to our climate and potential for other natural disasters, like flash floods during wildfire season. This is often described as a “Go Bag” or “Survival Kit.”  

Stay Informed: Utilize local resources to stay updated on wildfire threats and follow evacuation orders diligently. Texas has numerous local and state resources that provide real-time information on wildfires.

Protecting Your Home and Property

Defensible space and home hardening are concepts we emphasize to our clients. These practices not only increase your home's chance of surviving a wildfire but can also affect your insurance claims positively:

Create Defensible Space: Clearing brush and flammable materials within 30 feet of your home can create a buffer zone. In Texas, consider the specific vegetation and terrain around your property.

Home Hardening: Use fire-resistant materials for roofing and siding. Given Texas' varied architecture, consult with a professional to choose the best materials for your home's style and location.

Navigating Insurance Before and After a Wildfire

Understanding your insurance policy's specifics is crucial. We recommend:

Reviewing Your Coverage Annually: Ensure your policy covers the current value of your home and possessions. Texans should be aware of the increased valuation in some real estate markets and adjust their coverage accordingly.

Documenting Property and Belongings: Keep a current inventory of your home's contents and any improvements to the property. Photographic or video evidence can be incredibly helpful in the aftermath of a wildfire.

Knowing Your Rights: Post-wildfire, the process of filing a claim can be overwhelming. Remember, you have the right to fair handling of your claim by your insurance company. If you encounter issues, consider seeking legal assistance from McLaurin Law, a firm specializing in insurance law.

McLaurin Law Serves Texans During Wildfire Season and Beyond

At McLaurin Law, our commitment is to help Texas residents navigate the challenges posed by wildfires, from preparation to insurance claims. If you have questions about your policy or need assistance in the aftermath of a wildfire, our team of experienced insurance law attorneys is here to support you. Stay safe, and let's prepare together for the wildfire season. Give us a call at (713) 322-5523. At McLaurin Law we are committed to supporting our clients through their recovery journey, offering expert legal counsel every step of the way.

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