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Executive Director

Phone: (818) ***-****  
Local Address:  Los Angeles , California , United States
Community Assisting Recovery Inc
19360 Rinaldi Street
Northridge , California 91326
United States

Company Description: Community Assisting Recovery, Inc., CARe, is a non-profit Southern California based corporation established in 1994 working in disaster areas to provide education...   more

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About Us, 15 Dec 2013 [cached]
After CARe's executive director, George Kehrer, lost his home in the 1991 Oakland Hills Fire, he joined an ad hoc group appropriately named the "Unexpectedly Underinsured Allstate Policyholders" or UUAP. The media had another name for those affected by the fire - "Disaster Victims." Although the fire had initially victimized them and their neighborhood, this group soon found themselves pulling out of "victim" mode and into a new "survivor" mentality. Since then we've seen "disaster victims" from around the United States become "disaster survivors." These newly branded "survivors" soon learned that for those covered by insurance, getting their claim paid was by far the biggest immediate hurtle they had to clear to move on. Through an extreme stroke of fate, shortly after the Oakland Hills fire, George ran into an ex-adjuster of 20 years named Ina DeLong who was fed up with the tactics used by State Farm against policyholders following the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake.
Almost overnight, Community Assisting Recovery, Inc. or CARe, was formed and George was asked to serve as its first executive director.
"This is the fastest ever - ..., 26 Jan 2008 [cached]
"This is the fastest ever - they're writing the check and getting out of Dodge," said George Kehrer, a lawyer at Community Assisting Recovery, a nonprofit group that counsels wildfire victims.
The state insurance commissioner has received only 138 complaints about wildfire coverage.
North County Times - North San Diego and Southwest Riverside County columnists, 23 July 2003 [cached]
That's where George Kehrer stepped in.
Kehrer, the executive director of a nonprofit group called CARe ---- Community Assisting Recovery ---- knew all too well what the victims were facing.He and his wife, Patricia Pricer, lost their home in the 1991 Oakland fire.Even as the couple faced their own troubles, Kehrer, a lawyer and general contractor, began conducting seminars for other fire victims to help decipher confusing insurance paperwork.
He continued the work in 1993, traveling south to Malibu and Laguna Beach to help after wildfires there, and he showed up to aid survivors of the Northridge earthquake in 1994.
Shortly after the quake, Kehrer and a group of volunteers formed CARe, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping victims recover from disasters.
"Disasters really do take a long time to recover from, contrary to what a lot of people think," Kehrer said."First of all, the insurance paperwork takes a long time."
Kehrer came to San Diego right after the October wildfires, leaving Arizona fire victims who were still in the process of recovering from the deadly fires that ravaged that state last June.Since Kehrer arrived, he said he has offered free assistance to at least 500 people in the San Diego area filling out their insurance claims and understanding their rights.
This month, Kehrer has 10 free workshops scheduled around the county.
"The issues that crop up are amazing," Kehrer said.
Kehrer said many fire victims that were insured are just beginning to realize they didn't have enough insurance.He said insurance companies convince people they have enough coverage because the company doesn't want to provide more protection.
He said victims also do not fully understand their rights.As an example, Kehrer said insurance carriers will pay for pets to stay in kennels, if a family is forced to stay in a rental that doesn't allow pets.
CARe has been conducting meetings in the area since the fires.Kehrer gives a power point presentation that he calls "Insurance 101."He said the class helps people understand their policy.He then provides one-hour consultations to victims and personally evaluates their situations.All services are free of charge.
"We review their situation, where they are in the process, answer their questions and go through the documentation if necessary," Kehrer said.
Perlingieri said Kehrer was one of the only people to provide concrete help in dealing with insurance companies.
"George is an asset to the county," said Perlingieri, a retired San Diego State University professor and author.
Unfortunately, everything (George) has said has come true."
Kehrer said he would be in San Diego County for at least two years.He said the rebuilding process is lengthy ---- within two years after the Oakland fire only 25 percent of the homes destroyed were rebuilt or in the process of being rebuilt.
Being a fire survivor, Kehrer has a unique understanding of what so many county residents are facing.He said his past becomes very significant when working with disaster victims.
"I always thought that anyone could help anyone and that's true, but there is a certain understanding between fire survivors," Kehrer said."Unless you have experienced the complete destruction of your home it's hard to have the empathy available to understand the incredible vacuum that is left after everything one has turns into ash."
For information on CARe, call Kehrer at (858) 527-0210 or toll free at (800) 748-9791.
Kai speaks to George Kehrer, ..., 10 Nov 2005 [cached]
Kai speaks to George Kehrer, the Executive Director of Community Assisting Recovery, Inc., on ways homeowners can protect their properties. Listen to the report here:
George Kehrer, Executive ..., 21 May 2011 [cached]
George Kehrer, Executive Director, CARe
A man charged with setting 2003's massive, deadly Old Fire in San Bernardino County has been ordered to receive a mental health evaluation after his attorney stated in court this week that he is on suicide watch.
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