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NEW YORK--June 6, 2007--AIG Private Client Group, a division of the personal lines property and casualty insurance subsidiaries of American International Group, Inc. (AIG), today announced the expansion of its Wildfire Protection Unit(R) to parts of Orange Country, California, as well as additional areas within Los Angeles, San Diego and Northern California.

The Wildfire Protection Unit is a complimentary mobile service designed to mitigate wildfire exposure for AIG Private Client Group policyholders residing in predefined response zones. It was first introduced in 2005 and available in only 14 California zip codes. Now the service has expanded to reach properties in 150 zip codes, including select areas of Colorado.

Wildfire Protection Unit services* include:

  • On-site consultation -- wildfire mitigation specialists visit the policyholder's property to assess exposure levels and provide guidance on brush control.
  • Pre-treatment -- if necessary, perimeter brush on the property is sprayed with Phos-Chek(R), the same environmentally friendly fire retardant used by the U.S. Forest Service but modified for residential use. Phos-Chek is colorless; safe around plants, animals and people; and it will not stain or damage the home.
  • Emergency response -- enrolled properties are mapped using GPS technology. If a wildfire threatens the home, an emergency response truck will be dispatched automatically to apply fire retardant to all combustible areas on the property, including landscaping.

"The severity of wildfires continues to increase, as do the geographic areas affected by them," said Dorothy Sarna, Vice President of Loss Prevention, AIG Private Client Group. "By expanding the reach of our Wildfire Protection Unit, AIG Private Client Group can continue to proactively address the threat faced by many of our policyholders."

Currently the Wildfire Protection Unit reaches AIG Private Client Group policyholders who reside in the following areas and enroll to participate:

  • Colorado: Aspen (81611, 81612); Avon (81620); Basalt (81621); Carbondale (81623); Eagle (81631); Edwards (81632); Glenwood Springs (81601); Minturn (81645); Snowmass (81654); Snowmass Village (81615); Vail (81657, 81658); Wolcott (81655); and Woody Creek (81656).
  • Northern California - East Bay: Alamo (94507); Berkeley (94708); Danville (94506, 94526); Diablo (94528); Lafayette (94549); Moraga (94556); Oakland (94611, 94619); Orinda (94563); Piedmont (94611); San Ramon (94583); and Walnut Creek (94595, 94596).
  • Northern California - North Bay: Belvedere (94920); Corte Madera (94925); Fairfax (94930); Kentfield (94904); Larkspur (94939); Mill Valley (94941); Novato (94945, 94947, 94949); Ross (94957); San Anselmo (94960); San Rafael (94901, 94903); Sausalito (94965); and Tiburon (94920).
  • Northern California - South Bay: Atherton (94027); Burlingame (94010); Cupertino (95014); Hillsborough (94010); Los Altos (94024); Los Altos Hills (94022); Los Gatos (95032, 95033); Menlo Park (94025); Monte Sereno (95030); Palo Alto (94301, 94304); Portola Valley (94028); San Mateo (94402); Saratoga (95070); and Woodside (94025, 94062).
  • Orange County: Aliso Viejo (92625) Anaheim (92807, 92808); Brea (92821); Capistrano (92675); Corono Del Mar (92625); Dana Point (92629); Irvine (92603,92612); Ladera Ranch (92694); La Habra (90631); Laguna Beach (92651, 92652); Laguna Hills (92637, 92653); Laguna Niguel (92677); Margarita (92688); Mission Viejo (92691, 92692); Newport Beach (92660, 92663); Newport Coast (92657); Orange (92869); Rancho Santo (92688); San Clemente (92672, 92673); San Juan (92675); Santa Ana (92705); Silverado (92676) Trabuco Canyon (92679) Yorba Linda (92887)
  • Los Angeles: Agoura Hills (91301); Beverly Hills (90210, 90211, 90212, 90213); Calabasas (91302); Camarillo (93012); Carpinteria (93013); Encino (91316, 91436); Glendale (91206, 91207, 91208); Hope Ranch (93110); Los Angeles (90049, 90077, 90068); Malibu (90263, 90265); Montecito (93108); Moor Park (93021); Newbury Park (91320); Oak Park (91377) Pacific Palisades (90272); Pasadena (91103, 91105); Santa Barbara (93105); Sherman Oaks (91403, 91423); Simi Valley (93063, 93065); Studio City (91604); Tarzana (91356); Thousand Oaks (91362, 91360); Topanga (90290); West Hills (91370); West Hollywood (90046, 90069); Westlake Village (91361); and Woodland Hills (91364).
  • San Diego: Alpine (91901, 91903); Chula Vista (91910, 91914, 91915); Del Mar (92014); El Cajon (92019, 92020, 92021); Encinitas (92024); Escondido (92025, 92026, 92029); La Jolla (92037); Olivenhain (92024); Poway (92064); Rancho Santa Fe (92067, 92091); and San Diego (92128, 92106, 92127, 92130, 92131).

AIG Private Client Group provides comprehensive insurance products and services to help meet the unique risk management needs of high net worth individuals and their families. Its innovative products are underwritten by the member companies of American International Group, Inc., and are designed to enhance protection of, and minimize threats to, personal wealth and safety. AIG Private Client Group's portfolio of insurance products includes excess liability, homeowners, automobile, private collections, excess flood, yacht, aviation, and kidnap and ransom. In addition to its products, AIG Private Client Group offers an extensive range of risk management services that includes loss-prevention expertise for owners of fine homes, management of art collections and personal security consultation.

American International Group, Inc. (AIG), world leaders in insurance and financial services, is the leading international insurance organization with operations in more than 130 countries and jurisdictions. AIG companies serve commercial, institutional and individual customers through the most extensive worldwide property-casualty and life insurance networks of any insurer. In addition, AIG companies are leading providers of retirement services, financial services and asset management around the world. AIG's common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange, as well as the stock exchanges in London, Paris, Switzerland and Tokyo.

*Please note that the program described above is only one element of a responsible brush fire mitigation strategy and does not satisfy legal requirements under SB 1369 in the State of California. Brush should continue to be managed seasonally and thinned up to 100 feet from the home as required by SB 1369. The AIG Private Client Group Wildfire Protection Unit should not substitute for the utilization of local fire departments or other traditional fire suppression authorities. Issuance of coverage is subject to underwriting review and approval. The description herein is a summary only and does not include all terms, conditions and exclusions of the policies described. Please refer to the actual policies for complete details of coverage and exclusions. Non-insurance services may be provided through independent third parties. Coverage may not be available in all jurisdictions.

Joe Norton
Director of Public Relations