California Recent Storms

The Governor of California has issued a Disaster Declaration for the following counties in California: Alameda, Butte, Glenn, Lake, Mendocino, Monterey, Sacramento, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Sonoma, and Sutter

For members of the Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield health plan (Discount Tire Michigan and Tire Rack) who reside in California, the following waivers will be put in place:

  • Paying Out-of-Network Claims as In-Network
  • Medical Authorization Requirements Waived


The time frame for this waiver is February 4, 2024 through May 3, 2024. This applies only to Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield members.  

Safety Tips:
  • Follow the advice of your local officials, including evacuation instructions.
  • Do not return to your home until authorities state it is safe.
  • Check in with your family and friends regularly.
  • If you suffer property damage/loss, be sure to take photos to help with insurance claims.
  • Prepare for future disasters by creating a disaster plan and emergency kit.
Employee Assistance Program 

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP), provided through SupportLinc, is a confidential, FREE, 24/7 support resource. You are automatically enrolled in the Company’s EAP, with no premium contributions deducted from your weekly paycheck.

SupportLinc offers convenient, on-the-go support for you and your household members through the web portal or mobile app. Visit our Employee Assistance Program page for more information about this benefit. 

Bruce T. Halle Assistance Fund

The Bruce T. Halle Assistance Fund provides basic assistance to employees who incur extraordinary expenses, damages, or losses as a result of disasters or other emergency hardship situations. If you have been affected by the recent severe weather and would like to apply to the fund, please fill out this Natural Disaster Relief application.

Additional National Resources