Farmers Insurance Launches Fire Prevention Campaign

July 21, 2009

Farmers Insurance Group of Companies is joining with San Diego County Fire Chiefs Association, Office of Emergency Services and Volunteer San Diego to sponsor a public/private partnership to launch a wildfire prevention and preparedness effort called “Before the Threat 2009.”

At 10 a.m. on July 25, 2009, at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, more than 260 Farmers employees, district managers and agents will join fire chiefs and firefighters from San Diego County’s 65 fire districts, San Diego County Office of Emergency Services, County and city government officials and volunteers from Volunteer San Diego to begin delivery of a fire prevention packet of information including a DVD to 400,000 residents in San Diego.

“Teams of First Responders from 65 fire agencies will be joined by an army of at least 3,000 volunteers from all walks of San Diego County to distribute the information,” explained Augie Ghio, Fire Chief of the San Miguel Fire District and President of the San Diego County Fire Chiefs Association. “A continued drought, thousands of acres of aged unburned brush throughout the County, and Santa Ana winds should put all San Diego County residents on high alert. These unprecedented conditions demand an unprecedented effort,” he said.

The DVD is in English with Spanish sub-titles and shows homeowners how to clear brush, explains proper building and landscaping, explains insurance coverage, how to inventory ahome, and how to prepare an evacuation route.

Ron Lane, Director of the San Diego County Office of Emergency Services, said, “Prepared individual residents will make a difference in the safety of their families and could mitigate potential damages to their property.”

Source: Farmers

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