ENGLEWOOD, CO (March 27, 2011) – With wildfires burning in Jefferson County, Allstate (NYSE: ALL) is already responding and bringing resources to the evacuation center at Conifer High School to help policyholders. But right now, safety must take precedence.

It’s vital to listen to instructions from local authorities. If nearby residents have been evacuated, or if evacuations may soon be a possibility, homeowners should prepare immediately for a quick departure. If it is safe to do so, Allstate encourages homeowners to consider the following steps when preparing to evacuate.

Before leaving the home…

  • Collect all important papers and documents. This includes banking, insurance, and financial information, as well as bills and checkbooks.
  • Think carefully about what items are easily replaceable by insurance and what items are not, like family heirlooms, keepsakes, and pictures.
  • If you don’t have an up-to-date home inventory, walk through your home with a video or still camera. At the same time, make a list of what items you want to take during an evacuation. An inventory can help facilitate the claim process.
  • Contact your Allstate agent to determine whether your homeowners policy provides for additional living expenses if you’ve been evacuated from your home under mandatory orders.

If leaving the home…

  • Respect local authorities and law enforcement decisions on when to evacuate and when it is safe to return home.
  • Notify neighbors and friends of your intended destination, and exchange contact information.