Monday, April 21, 2008
Maureen Cavanaugh: Six months ago today, San Diego County was ravaged by catastrophic wildfires. High Santa Ana winds whipped firestorms through entire neighborhoods, destroying 1,600 homes, and resulting in the deaths of 10 people. Since then, thousands of homeowners have spent countless hours putting their lives and homes back together. Today, we'll explore how the rebuilding effort has gone so far, and what challenges San Diegans still face.
For questions or comments, contact the California Department of Insurance Consumer Hotline at 1-800-927-HELP (4357).
- Steve Poizner , insurance commissioner for the State of California.
- Mary Cader, lost her home in Rancho Bernardo during the October 2007 wildfires. Mary was originally a guest on These Days last November and we have asked her back to tell us how her family is doing.
- Karen Reimus, consumer insurance advocate who works in Disaster Recovery Aid, Outreach and Education for United Policyholders , a nonprofit organization who has been working with people who lost their homes in the wildfires. Karen also lost her home in the 2003 Cedar fire.
- Deena Raver, Fire Rebuild liaison for the County of San Diego.