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5 Things You Should Do After a Wildfire

The aftermath of a disaster like a wildfire is devastating. At Haslerud Law Office, we want to help in any and every way we can. If your home, business, or other personal belongings were lost or seriously damaged in a fire, review the following checklist for next steps and do not hesitate to reach out to our legal team for support.

  1. Contact disaster relief agencies like the Red Cross for help with immediate needs like food, clothing, and a place to stay.
  2. Contact your insurance company to alert them about the fire and any damage to your home. Make sure to keep all your receipts! Most insurance policies cover the costs you will incur while you are evacuated, and while you figure out where you will be living next.
  3. Contact your landlord or mortgage company to report your losses.
  4. Begin recovery of important documents. Here is a partial list:
  • Driver license
  • Auto registration
  • Titles and deeds
  • Insurance policies
  • Military discharge papers
  • Passports
  • Birth, death, and marriage certificates
  • Divorce papers
  • Social Security and/or Medicare cards
  • Credit cards
  • Stocks and bonds
  • Wills/trusts
  • Medical records
  • Warranties
  • Income tax records

If you can recover these documents from your home, but they are damaged, try to preserve them in plastic wrap. If you have cash that is partially burnt, you can get it replaced as long as half or more is still there.

  1. Follow directions from local authorities regarding when you can return to your home, or to your property. Your safety is the top priority.

Legal Help for Survivors of the Mill Fire

Attorneys at Haslerud Law Office know what it is like to flee for your life from a wildfire, and how difficult it can be to pick up the pieces afterward. We stand ready to help our north state community recover from this terrible disaster.

Here is a partial list of damages that you may be able to recover from those responsible for sparking the blaze:

  • Injuries/death
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Wage loss
  • Income loss from your business
  • Medical bills
  • Disability
  • Property damage, including smoke damage
  • Loss of trees/livestock
  • Loss of pets

Call us at (530) 968-4300 for a FREE case evaluation or submit an online form here.