‘Never like this’: B.C. money expert describes planning for climate disaster as wildfires rage

‘Never like this’: B.C. money expert describes planning for climate disaster as wildfires rage

Kerry K. Taylor, a financial writer based in B.C.’s Interior, is not new to the threat of wildfires. Living on a farm about a 40-minute drive from Vernon, she says she’s drawn up evacuation plans a few times before. This time, though, is different, she says. This is the year Taylor, the writer behind the popular personal finance site Squawkfox.com, actually rented a storage locker in town and filled it up with her business equipment, a few fancy articles of clothing, some photos, pictures and other items it of sentimental value that would be hard to replace. It’s “stuff that I’d like to keep and stuff that’s not important enough to evacuate with in a car,” she says. As wildfires in British Columbia become more frequent and more destructive, Taylor, who has for years been educating Canadians on topics like managing cash flow or saving for retirement, is now focusing on a new, far more dire aspect of personal finance: how to limit the financial fallout of a climate disaster. Whether it’s wildfires, flooding or another natural catastrophe, having a …
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