Fire Recovery Easier for Those with Savings According to Gregory Simon

Published: Jan. 20, 2022

Gregory Simon, an Associate Professor of Geography and Environmental Sciences, has tracked several fire recoveries. It’s an interest rooted in his own family’s weathering of the Oakland firestorm of 1991, when he was a teenager and many homes on their block burned down, though theirs was spared. “The households that have (robust savings) will probably be OK,” Simon said, “but it’s the people who don’t have a savings account of sufficient amount that will be finding this to be more difficult. They most likely will be compensated later, but it’ll be really difficult.”

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