Crisis Management Services Since
After A Fire
In order to assist you in this time of need, Disaster Masters have
prepared a partial list of important steps and decisions you need to make in order to
protect your property and make your recovery easier and faster. It Is important to realize
that your property needs to be protected from further damage, weather, vandalism and
With every decision, always use common sense
and stress safety.
| Contact your insurance
company immediately to report your loss.
Secure your property by boarding up doors and windows
(lock them or nail them shut), cover any holes to prevent later damage from rain and the
elements and take thought on how to prevent entry by intruders.
Make sure all utilities are shut off (water, gas and
electricity). Once these have been shut off, contact the utility companies so they can
inspect the service for possible unseen damage. IMPORTANT:
If you smell gas, open all windows, DO NOT turn on or
off lights. Evacuate the house and call the utility company from your neighbor's house
immediately. DO NOT use the phone in the house.
It is a good idea to contact your local disaster
relief services such as The American Red Cross or The Salvation Army. They can assist you
in making arrangements for temporary housing, food, medical or any other needs you may
You will need to move Your pets to a cleaner and safer
If you need to leave your property, It
is important to remove any valuables, identification, vital medications (if the medication
was exposed to heat or smoke it should be replaced), important documents such as your
insurance policies, check books, savings account books and any monies and jewelry.
| Contact your local police
department to notify them of your loss and your plans for lodging and phone numbers where
they can reach you.
You will need to give your relocation address and phone number to your insurance company,
family and friends, your mortgage company, your employer, your children's school, The Post
Office (they will hold for pick up or forward your mail), the newspaper, the DMV, your
bank and all your credit card numbers.
Save all receipts for any money you spend. Your
receipts are important for showing the insurance company expenses relating to your loss
and for verifying any losses claimed on your federal income tax filing.
Do not use your household vacuum cleaner to remove
water. Do not use TV's or other appliances while standing on wet carpet or floors. And do
not turn on light fixtures or ceiling tans it the ceiling is wet. You will want to stay
out of rooms where the ceiling is sagging until the water causing this condition has been
Do not throw away any burned household items. These
items should be inventoried and kept as proof. Do not throw away any burned household
items until you have negotiated a settlement amount with your insurance company for the
Do not try to clean salvageable furnishings, clothes,
walls, ceilings, floors, etc... until a Certified Restoration Professional can evaluate
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