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SERVPRO Trivia!

1/3/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO National Headquarters Circa 1970

Did you know?!

  • SERVPRO was founded in 1967, as a painting business in Sacramento, Ca in 1967 by Ted and Doris Isaacson
  • SERVPRO has been family owned and operated for more than 50 years!
  • We are INTERNATIONAL, with locations throughout the U.S. and Canada
  • SERVPRO has been ranked #1 in the Restorations Services Category by Entrepreneur Magazine from 2004 to present
  • There are more than 1,700 SERVPRO locations, all independently owned and locally operated

We will continue to strive to be the premier cleaning and restoration company in the world!

Insurance Non-Renewal Moratorium Expanded!

1/2/2020 (Permalink)

Wild Fires Can Affect Us All

December 18, 2019:

Protection from cancellation and non-renewal has been expanded to many zip codes in southern California. 

Threr are numerous zip codes that have been added in the areas of the following fires:

  • Sandalwood Fire
  • Reche Fire
  • Wolf Fire
  • (Old) Water Fire
  • 46 Fire
  • Hillside Fire
  • Easy Fire
  • Sky Fire
  • Glen Cove Fire

This may affect YOU! Follow the link below to see if your zip code is included. 

More information is available at insurance.ca.gov

Amended Insurance Cancellation and Non-Renewal Moratorium

Has Your Insurance Been Wrongly Terminated or Non-Renewed?

1/2/2020 (Permalink)

Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara

If you suspect that your insurance company cancelled or non-renewed your homeowners policy because of wildfire risk, after the declared state of emergency date for your zip code, you have the right to have your policy reinstated. 

  • Check the state of emergency date against the date on your cancellation/non-renewal letter
  • if the cancellation is dated after the state of emergency date, contact your insurance company and request reinstatement of the policy

If your carrier refuses, you DO have options. 

Contact the California Department of Insurance at 800-927-4357 or follow this link to their site, which lists more resources to help you!

Help from Califormia Department of Insurance

Homeowner's Insurance, What Do I Need?

12/12/2019 (Permalink)

We hope this never happens to you, but be prepared for the unknown!

Buying homeowners insurance can be overwhelming, here are a few shopping tips!

Standard homeowner's insurance includes coverage for damage from lightning, hail, fire and explosions.

  • Make sure you have enough coverage to rebuild your home completely, in today's market
  • Most policies have $100,000 in liability insurance, but experts recommend $300,000 so you would be covered in case of litigation
  • Shop around! When requesting quotes, make sure you ask for and receive pricing for the same coverage. This will make it easier to compare different companies.
  • Confirm that you are covered in the event of a wild fire
  • Know that the only earthquake damage covered under standard policies is for a fire resulting from an earthquake. Consider adding this to your plan. Know that there are improvements you can make to your home which will reduce the cost of this insurance
  • If you live in an area prone to flooding, be sure to purchase flood insurance
  • If you are not able to find a company who will insure your home, contact the California Fair Plan. Though their coverage is not as good as others, it is certainly better than no coverage at all

Relief for Insurance Cancellations and Non-Renewals

12/9/2019 (Permalink)

A recent fire near Big Bear Lake, Ca

The California Insurance Commissioner has placed a one year hold on cancellations and non-renewals of home fire insurance. This measure is expected to help 800,000 homes in or beside areas struck by recent fires. The hope is to allow the industry to stabilize and have time to work on long term solutions.

Thanksgiving Storm 2019

12/3/2019 (Permalink)

Winter Storms Can Leave You without Power, Be Prepared!

This Thanksgiving week Big Bear received the largest storm in more than 50 years. The snow caused gridlock on all roads leading to the mountain communities and eventually closure of all roads on the holiday. More than 8,000 people were still without power as of Saturday. Many gas stations ran out of fuel and grocery stores out of supplies, as delivery trucks were not able to reach them.

This serves as a reminder of how important it is to be prepared for these situations.

  • In your car, carry chains/cables, water, blankets and warm clothing, jumper cables, ice scrapers and flashlights. Make sure you have plenty of fuel before embarking.
  • For your home be prepared with non-perishable groceries, water, shovels, extra medication, baby supplies, heat and light sources (propane camping items are suggested).

Remember that SERVPRO of Big Bear is here to help with disasters, including trees that have fallen on your home, tarping of roofs, emergency generators, water leak repairs and more. 

Lake Arrowhead Chamber of Commerce Member!

9/10/2018 (Permalink)

We just joined the Lake Arrowhead Chamber of Commerce and are looking forward to participating in their events! ME NEW MEMBERS! SERVPRO of Big Bear/ Lake Arrowhead/ NE Rancho Cucamonga Inland Empire 66ers Baseball Team Porsche Club of AmericaRiverside Region Mindy JagtLoan OfficerParamount ResidentialMortgage Group Kat DelongRealtor - Wheeler Steffen Sotheby's International Woodlands Church Positive HealthMassage N Body Works Michelle Calkins & Associates Real Estate The Lakefront Tap RoomBar & Kitchen Derek BobadillaAmerican Pacific Mortgage Dogwood Tavern Church of St. Francis Xavier Cabrini Elite Solar Network

Octoberfests on the mountain

9/5/2018 (Permalink)

It seems that all the mountain communities are having October fests! Yeah.

Lake Arrowhead Village has one September 15 through October 28 on Saturday noon to 8 and Sundays noon to 6. Their website is: www.lakearrowheadoktoberfest.com    There will lots of live entertainment on the stagw.

Big Bear is having a their Octoberfest every Saturday and Sunday starting September 8 and running until November 3 (a Saturday). The fest will be held at the Convention Center.  Go to their website for more details: https://bigbearevents.com/oktoberfest/tickets   There will be events just for kids during the day.

Stroll through Crestline and enjoy Corks and Hops on October 6 from 3:00 to 8:00. This event is a chance to taste local wines and beers as you wander through the Lake Gregory town.

Ah, the roads will be getting crowded!

11/16/2017 (Permalink)

More cars are coming!

As we get closer to "The Season" there will be more and more cars on our local streets and there will be snow and ice on them, too.

Be patient. Lots of the drivers are not use to these conditions and will be going very slowly or they just might get out of control.  Slow down and enjoy the view.

Slow Down.  The ice and snow mean that there will be less traction for our tires so we need to slow down. Relax and enjoy the drive.

Plan extra time. More cars and more people means that you will need a bit more time to get to your destination and to do what you want to do when you get there. Smile and enjoy the moment.

Be Gracious.  It will not waste your time to let the other car go first or enter into your lane of traffic.  Smile and enjoy the season.

Happy Season!

Blue Jay Christmas Parade

11/16/2017 (Permalink)

Blue Jay Parade

The 38th Annual Blue Jay Christmas Parade is coming! December 2, 2017.

I just love this parade. It is so small town and so moving.  The community really struts is stuff in this parade.

This year's theme is "Miracle on Highway 189" and it will be amazing. There will be candy thrown by the folks on floats. There will be little kids marching and dancing. And of course, there will Be Santa Claus! Yeah!

The road through town closes at 1:00 and then the fun begins.  Get there early and find your best seat for the show.

Be sure to wave to the kids who are in the parade. They are creating life time memories.

Please come out and begin your Mountain Christmas Celebration with this wonderful tradition.

Big Bear Village Christmas Tree Lighting

11/16/2017 (Permalink)

Big Bear Tree Lighting 2016

Nov 25, 2017 | 05:00PM - 06:00PM

The Big Bear City Fire Department will be hosting the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Saturday, November 25, 2017. Everyone is invited to join the festivities starting at 5:00 p.m. The switch will be flipped to the tree lights promptly at 5:30 p.m.

Following the official tree lighting, Santa Claus will be making a special visit to the Fire Station. Children are encouraged to bring their wish list to give to Santa! Families are asked to bring a plate of cookies to share; hot coffee and cider will be provided.

This is one of those memory making moments for the children, as well as the adults!  Dress warmly and plan to stay for the whole evening. The Village is beautiful this time of year!

Hwy 18 Artic Circle CLOSED in October

9/13/2017 (Permalink)

View of fog in the Big Bear Valley from the Artic Circle

Caltrans has been getting the word out that they will be closing the Artic Circle portion of Hwy 18 to be cleaned and prepared for the winter months.

The road will be CLOSED from Snow Valley to the Big Bear Dam, Monday - Thursday, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM from October 2 - 26.

Be sure to add extra time to get down the hill if you are in the Big Bear area.  You will need to go north through Lucerne Valley or south through Redlands.

We all realize that this will mean extra planning and time on the road, but we also know how necessary the cleaning up of this portion of our road is.

Blessings to the CalTrans workers that keep our roads in good condition.