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Knowing What's in Your Home Before a Natural Disaster

Teresa Vidger - Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Our hotel team and temporary housing consultants work with clients all over the United States that have been displaced from their home due to natural disasters.  When you think about a natural disaster, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Through experience we have found that what comes to mind for so many would be the type of Policy coverage for your home, including personal property and additional living expense coverage.  It is always better to have too much coverage than not enough. 

Do you have photos or a list of contents for each room in your home?  

Most insurance companies require a line by line, detailed list of your personal property items.  Several companies have content adjusters who will come to your home to help you write out a list, but wouldn’t it be so much easier if you were prepared before they arrive.  In order to prepare your home in the event of a natural disaster you should take photos as well as log the contents of what is in your home.  Keep this information in a safe place so that you can easily access it.

What would be your main concern if your home was uninhabitable?  

For most people, it would be the safety of my family and pets.  Next, would be replacing content items and locating a temporary residence to call home.  Displaced families are determined to put a sense of normalcy back into their lives as quickly as possible.  THD has a highly trained staff that is able to locate a hotel or temporary housing until you are able to move home.  Depending on the lease terms provided by the adjuster, we also have furniture vendors that deliver and set up at the temporary rental property.  We want to make the transition as easy as possible for you and your family.

Tips to Submitting a Property

Teresa Vidger - Wednesday, August 13, 2014

THD provides temporary housing to our customers who have been displaced from their homes, relocating from one city to another or are on a temporary assignment.  In order to help our customers find the perfect accommodations, we work with hotels, landlords and property management companies across the United States and Canada. THD utilizes all types of housing accommodations such as suite-hotels, apartments and single- family homes all throughout the country.  Often times we have landlords, hoteliers and property management companies ask THD what it takes for their property to be added to our extensive database of quality accommodations.

Finding the best housing for our guests to call home is THD’s number one priority.  In order to be considered, THD requires all properties to be clean and well maintained with fair pricing and flexible lease terms.   We will also conduct public searches on our properties prior to entering them into our database.  At THD we always make sure that the properties we are offering our customers meet our quality standards prior to offering any housing options to our customers.

We would welcome an opportunity to provide your property to our customers! If you would like to submit your property for THD’s consideration, please click on our Property Submit link on THD’s Home Page (www.temporaryhousingdirectory.com ).  From there please complete the information requested about your property.  This information includes:

  • Name
  • Email
  • Address
  • Phone Number
  • Description of Property (as file attachment, the more detailed the information the better!)
  • Square Feet
  • Pets Acceptance
  • Rate
  • Lease Terms
  • Additional Comments
  • Property Type

For more information regarding THD’s temporary housing services  you may contact us at 800-817-3220 or  request@thdmail.net .

In the Spotlight - Meet Brandi

Teresa Vidger - Thursday, June 19, 2014

I have been with THD for a little over 1 year and I couldn’t be happier.  From day one I could tell that I made the right occupation change.  Everyone has been so helpful in every department, which made the transition that much easier.  Before I started working at THD I was an insurance adjuster and THD was always my “go to” vendor.  THD has a great customer service reputation and I am so happy to be a part of the Housing team.  Most of my clients have been displaced due to fire, tornado or water and many times have lost everything they own.  It’s so rewarding to be able to help them get into a temporary rental and put some sort of normalcy back into their life.  Some days it is challenging, but once they are settled and moved in they are very thankful for all of our hard work.  That hard work pays off when we get sincere phone calls or emails stating how happy they are.  It’s a great feeling!!


I have two kids, Landon who will be 9 at the end of June and Cohen who will be 2 at the end of July.  Being a Mother is hard work, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything.  Landon is very involved in baseball, so my weekends are spent at the ballpark.  I grew up in Pineville, LA, but I have been in Alabama for about 10 years.  In my spare time I enjoy running, reading, scrapbooking, cooking and anything that involves the kids.  I also love going to the beach.  It’s so relaxing!



Wildfires of 2013 - Top States Affected

Teresa Vidger - Thursday, June 19, 2014

According to one of the top insurance carriers in 2013 California was the state with the most fires.  The California Rim Fire was a wildfire located in the central Sierra Nevada region that was the most expensive fire in California for the year costing $127,350,000. The fire was not only the most expensive fire in the west, it was also the third largest fire in California history.   The following are the Top 5 states for the most wildfires in 2013:

  • CA (9,907)
  • NC (3,514)
  • GA (2,992)
  • OR (2,848)
  • AZ (1,756)

THD wants you to be prepared in the event of a wildfire.  In order to protect your property from wildfire prone areas the following are just a few suggestions that will help prepare you prior to a fire:

  • Plant fire resistant shrubs and trees.
  • Regularly clean your roof and gutters.
  • Remove dead branches that hang over your roof or are too close to your house.
  • Use fire-resistant roofing materials such as tile, composition shingles, metal or copper.
  • Use 1/8to 1/4 inch mesh screen beneath porches, decks, floor areas, and the home itself. Also, screen openings to floors, roof and attic.
  • Consider having multiple garden hoses that are long enough to reach all areas of your home and other structures on your property. If you have a pool or well, consider getting a pump.
  • Inspect chimneys twice a year and clean them once a year.
  • Install smoke detectors and fire extinguishers throughout your house.
  • Have a tools such as a shovel, rake, bucket, and hoe available for fire emergencies.
  • Make sure your address is clearly visible from the road, it’s best to have your street number on the curb and on your house.

As a provider of temporary housing for individuals that are displaced from disasters THD wants you to be prepared for a wildfire. For more information on what you can do to prepare for a wildfire go to http://www.ready.gov/wildfires. THD may be reached at 800-817-3220 or email us at request@thdmail.net

Meet Stef….

Teresa Vidger - Thursday, March 06, 2014

I have been working at Temporary Housing Directory as a relocation consultant for the last 5 ½ years and also for the OP team for the past few years working directly with Farmers Insurance. Before coming to THD, I worked as an adjuster at Allstate Insurance for 6  years  in the Northern California office. THD was one of my favorite vendors to work with while I was an adjuster.  After I moved to Vegas I found out that THD had an opening.   Being an adjuster definitely helped out with this job because I was able to understand how both aspects of the claim work. I have enjoyed getting to know all the fabulous ladies I work with and also being able to help our customers in their time of need.

When I am not working, I enjoy going to sporting events, fishing and running along the Greenbelt in Boise. The one thing I miss about living in California is going to all the different sporting events. When I lived in Sacramento, I would often go to Oakland Coliseum to see the Oakland A’s play baseball and even saw my idol Peyton Manning play against the Raiders there when he still played for the Indianapolis Colts .  My favorite sporting event by far was when I went to North Carolina to see a Duke Blue Devils basketball game. I have been a Duke fan for about 20 years. I had to buy an extra suitcase to come home on that trip because I pretty much bought everything the student store had to offer. The walls of my office are covered with Duke memorabilia from that trip. My dream is to go to a Duke/ UNC game and sit in the student section with the “ Cameron Crazies”. My other great passion besides sport is writing. I have a degree in English with an emphasis in technical writing. I mostly write poems and short stories, but most recently have gotten into songwriting. Someday I hope to be a published author.

2014 is going to be an exciting year for me since I am getting married in August. Chris and I have been together for almost 2 years and got engaged in September. We are getting married on a rooftop in downtown Boise, which will be very interesting because I am afraid of heights!

Meet Susan Jackson…

Teresa Vidger - Friday, January 31, 2014
Susan Temporary Housing Directory

I’ve had the extreme pleasure of working with Temporary Housing Directory for over 8 years, and I feel so fortunate to be on-board with such an amazingly remarkable and caring group of people.  Your passion for what you do, and more importantly, how you do it,  shines throughout every department and is evident in the tone of the clients’ voices when they say thank you for really caring.  And that caring extends out beyond the clients and reaches towards every member of the company, just like a family.  And I hope to be on-board for many more years to come.

I hail from Connecticut, which was once known as the insurance capital of the world, so it was not surprising when I was transferred 30 years ago to delightful Denver, as a property claims adjuster.  I have two beyond wonderful kids, Brynelle who is a freshman at CU in Boulder, and Colin who is  a junior at Cherry Creek High School in Greenwood Village.   I also have two 4-legged kids, an orange tabby cat and a yellow lab, who grew up together and are buddies. Varied and sundry 4-legged children come to visit when their parents go out of town, but before they can stay with us, they have to pass the “cat-scan” and the “lab report” (get it?).  

In my spare time, I like to hike, bike, and make people smile, swim, cook, write, and am currently looking for someone with a boat so I can get back into water-skiing!  Does anyone know of anyone?  It never hurts to ask!  I’ve also gotten to be pretty good at “fixing things” (though I wouldn’t necessarily call it a “hobby”) like dishwashers, garage overhead doors, washers, dryers, doors, trash disposals, etc; and although I can’t guarantee they are fixed in any sort of a customary manner whatsoever, I will make ‘em work!  I’m a big believer in gorilla glue, duct tape, electrical tape, pliers, a jar full of various nuts, screws, bolts, and hinges, a hammer, and a bigger hammer!   

It’s not too late to Winterize your Home

Teresa Vidger - Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Over the years Temporary Housing Directory (www.temporaryhosuingdirectory.com) has spoken to many customers that have not protected their homes from the harshness of the winter.  Since the winter months are already upon us we wanted to share with you a few necessary steps that you should take to winterize your home.

  • Clean you gutter by removing fallen leaves and other debris.  According to the Insurance Institute, drains can form ice dams, in which water backs up, freezes and causes water to seep into the house.
  • Adding more insulation to your attic is a necessity since heat rises and can escape through your attic.
  • To eliminate drafts, make sure you caulk cracks around windows. It is best to use water resistant caulk.
  • Add weather stripping to doors and windows when winterizing buildings.
  • Clean your furnace replaces the air filter. Dirty air filters clog the flow of air and could start a fire.
  • Make sure you service your fireplace or wood burning stove. It is a good idea to have professional chimney sweep come out to clean to inspect whichever one you have.
  • Make sure all fire alarms are in good working order and have new batteries.

These are just a few steps to get you to help you prepare for the cold winter.  For more information it is always a good idea to check with your insurance agent.

THD Glitz and Glam 2013

Teresa Vidger - Thursday, December 19, 2013

On November 8, 2013 – Temporary Housing Directory Associates traveled to the majestic mountains of Boulder, CO to celebrate in style at the breathtaking St. Julien hotel.  The theme was “Glitz and Glam” and the evening was magical!  Everyone along with everything was very glamorous and glittery!!  There was an electrifying energy in the room with everyone coming together and celebrating another fantastic year with an amazing group of people!

The ALL IN contest winner was announced – and the Leasing Team won the honors with their amazing THD cookbook that is also being used by our adjusters and clients!!  Congrats to their amazing idea and reaping the top honors for our contest!!  They are truly ALL IN!!!

Other honors and recognition were given as well to some outstanding individuals to help make THD exceptional each and every day;

  • New Employee of the Year – Lori Radean
  • Employee of the Year – Christine Carroll
  • Volunteer of the Year – Lila Yudin
  • Healthy Side winner – Robin Wheeler
  • Manager of the Year – Amanda Penn
  • STAR winner of the Year – Amy Robertson
  • Awesome awards – Maile Brown, Nancy Massengale, Mary Katherine Thrash
  • Innovators of the Year – Leah Ryan and Tony Larocca

The entire staff presented our President and founder Teresa Vidger with a handmade quilt with each employee’s personal message sewed into the quilt – it was a wonderful and special moment to witness her joy and excitement!  The magic just kept continuing throughout the night when the smiles and laughs and cheers for not only each other – but the excitement of what to expect in 2014!!  With a group of amazing people dedicated to THD – the possibilities are endless – together we are THDStrong!!!

Happy Holidays to you all from THD!!!

Meet Jennifer Perry…..

Teresa Vidger - Monday, December 16, 2013

I have been with Temporary Housing Directory for 2 years.  I love working for this company!!!   I feel so honored and blessed to work from home and be a part of THD and to be surrounded by such an amazing group of people who work diligently to help others in sometimes the hardest moments of their lives.  Everyone works together and is willing to give support to whoever needs it and has such a caring disposition and wonderful sense of humor!  THD has camaraderie like no other company I have ever worked for and I am so glad to be part of it.

I have a customer service background that spans to the beginning of my career.  I have always worked in a position where I have served the public or consumers.  I love helping others and making their day a little brighter. J

I’m from Dallas, TX and have been married for 17 years and have 4 children.  I enjoy spending time with my family, reading and supporting my children’s sporting activities. 

I look forward to working with everyone in the future and enjoying the years to come with THD!

Temporary Housing Directory's Conference Blitz

Teresa Vidger - Thursday, December 12, 2013

The Fall is always is a busy time for networking with our clients at insurance industry conference and tradeshows.  This year is was no different as our associates at Temporary Housing Directory flew across the country to attend these educational events.

The PLRB Central Regional Conference was held in Des Moines, IA September 10-11.  This event was well attended by insurance carriers throughout the Mid-West including companies such as Auto Club, State Auto, MEEMIC, Motorists and Auto-Owners. Some people drove as far as Michigan to attend this educational two day conference and exhibits. 

The following week our team at THD flew to Sacramento, CA to attend the 20th annual California Claims Conference of Northern California (CCNC).  This event focuses on continuing education for P&C Insurance Claims Professionals.  THD had an exhibit and had a chance to reacquaint with many customers and service providers in the industry as well as meet many new people as well.  The last day of the show was fun as the attendees made their way from trade booth to trade booth to get their “Passport” cards stamp for great raffle prizes.

October 29-30, THD attended the PLRB Eastern Regional Conference that was located next to the Charlotte Speedway.  Of course being so close to the raceway, Toni and Charla with THD went with a few other attendees to check out the track.  Just like racing, the conference was fast moving with all the attendees coming through the halls so say hello to Temporary Housing Directory and the other service providers. 

To round-up the year, PLRB had their Large Loss Conference in Jacksonville, FL November 19-20.  It was a beautiful setting for this educational conference.  The conference had many classes that catered to the P&C insurers.

THD enjoys attending conferences throughout the year so that we can visit with our customers as well as stay educated on the challenges and processes our customers go through to delivery outstanding service to their policyholders.  We have already begun our planning for 2014 and our first two conferences will be the 2014 National Tornado Summit (www.tornadosummit.org ) being held in Oklahoma City on February 10-11 and the PLRB 2014 National Claims Conference (www.plrb.org) being held in Indianapolis, IN on March 16-19.   

For more information please contact THD at 800-817-3220

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