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After the Fire

Recovering from a fire is a gradual process that can be both physically and emotionally draining. Safety is a primary issue, as are your mental and physical well-being.

The following checklist services as a quick reference guide for you to follow after a fire:

  • Contact your local disaster relief service, such as the Red Cross, if you need temporary housing, food and medicines.
  • If you are insured, contact your insurance company for detailed instructions on protecting the property, conducting inventory and contacting fire damage restoration companies. If you are not insured, try contacting private organizations for aid and assistance.
  • Check with Jeffersontown Fire Protection District’s (JFPD) incident commander or the building inspector to make sure your residence is safe to enter. Be watchful of any structural damage caused by the fire.
  • JFPD should see that utilities are either safe to use or are disconnected before they leave the site. Do not attempt to reconnect utilities yourself. Contact your utility provider.
  • Conduct an inventory of damaged property and items. Do not throw away any damaged goods until after an inventory is made. Try to locate valuable documents and records.
  • If you leave your home, contact your local police department to let them know the site will be unoccupied.
  • Begin saving receipts for any money you spend related to fire loss. The receipts may be needed later by the insurance company and for verifying losses claimed on income tax.
  • Notify your mortgage company of the fire.
  • Check with an accountant or the Internal Revenue Service about special benefits for people recovering from fire loss.

For a more in depth review of what to do after a fire, download FEMA’s free brochure, “After the Fire! Returning to Normal.”

The key to surviving an emergency, be it fire, severe weather or earthquake, is being prepared. The Federal Emergency Management Administration’s “Ready Check” program, is a great place to start! FEMA’s website provides information to help you prepare, plan and stay informed for a wide variety of emergency situations, including: floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, thunderstorms and lightning, winter storms and extreme cold, extreme heat, earthquakes and wildland fires.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Administration, www.fema.gov
United States Fire Administration, www.usfa.fema.gov

10416 Watterson Trail   |   Jeffersontown, KY 40299   |   Ph: (502) 267-8333   |   Fx: (502) 267-0547
10416 Watterson Trail   |   Jeffersontown, KY 40299   |   Ph: (502) 267-8333   |   Fx: (502) 267-0547