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Lindeen, Farmers Insurance and Firesafe Montana team up to educate homeowners on wildfire safety

Farmers Insurance to donate $5,000 to FireSafe Montana

HELENA, MT -- Farmers Insurance Group of Companies has partnered with Commissioner of Insurance Monica Lindeen and FireSafe Montana to designate the week of July 17 through 24 as Wildfire Awareness Week. Farmers will commemorate the week designed to educate Montana homeowners about wildfire safety with a $5,000 donation to FireSafe Montana at a press conference on Thursday, July 21, at 2:15 pm at Lindeen’s office.

“Farmers will present a check for $5,000 to FireSafe Montana at the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance on July 21, 2011 to help FireSafe with its fire prevention activities and recognize the Commissioner’s support for wildfire awareness programs,” stated Farmers Montana State Executive Director Jeff Robinson. Since July 17, Farmers representatives across the state have been distributing information about how to prepare for wildfires.

“With all of the flooding we’ve seen in Montana this year, it’s tempting to think we’ll catch a break when it comes to fire season,” said Lindeen. “But Montanans need to be just as cautious and prepared as ever for wildfires. Weather in Montana can turn on a dime, and spring’s new growth from could easily turn to tinder this summer and fall. I’m happy to join Farmers Insurance Group and FireSafe Montana in spreading the word and helping Montanans protect themselves from wildfires.”

“Fire Prevention week is all about saving lives and property,” noted Robinson. “We are proud to partner with FireSafe Montana to bring important information on fire prevention and safety to every homeowner and property owner in the wildfire areas of our great state. We also want to thank all of the fire services in Montana who work so diligently to educate homeowners as well about how to protect their properties from the ravages of fires.”

Jennifer Mayberry, Executive Director of FireSafe Montana, a non-profit, statewide public/private organization designed to educate the public about wildfire safety and fuel reduction programs that prevent and mitigate wildfires, noted that FireSafe Montana assists Montana communities to develop local FireSafe Councils who work on fire prevention programs in their local communities.

“We are pleased to partner with Farmers,” Mayberry explained. “It is an excellent way to get important fire prevention information out to every homeowner in Montana.”

WHO: Monica Lindeen, Commissioner of Securities and Insurance
Jeff Robinson, Farmers State Executive
Jennifer Mayberry, FireSafe Montana Executive Director
WHAT: Check presentation press conference and photo opportunity
WHEN: Thursday, July 21 at 2:15 pm
WHERE: Office of the Commissioner of Securities and Insurance, 840 Helena Ave., Helena, MT
VISUALS: Farmers Executives will present a $5,000 check to FireSafe Montana

About Farmers
Farmers Insurance Group of Companies is the country's 3rd largest insurer of both personal lines passenger automobile and homeowners insurance, and also provides a wide range of other insurance and financial services products.  Farmers Insurance is proud to serve more than 10 million households with more than 20 million individual policies across all 50 states through the efforts of over 50,000 exclusive and independent agents and nearly 24,000 employees.

Farmers is a trade name and may refer to Farmers Group, Inc. or the Farmers Exchanges, as the case may be.  Farmers Group, Inc., a management and holding company, along with its subsidiaries, is wholly owned by the Zurich Financial Services Group. The Farmers Exchanges are three reciprocal insurers (Farmers Insurance Exchange, Fire Insurance Exchange and Truck Insurance Exchange), including their subsidiaries and affiliates, owned by their policyholders, and managed by Farmers Group, Inc. and its subsidiaries. For more information about Farmers, visit its Web site at www.farmers.com or at www.Facebook.com/FarmersInsurance.

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Monica Lindeen, Commissioner of Securities and Insurance, Montana State Auditor
1-800-332-6148 – www.csi.mt.gov

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