Butte Camp Fire Practical Advice & Emergency Tips

In the immediate aftermath, your focus should be on:


  1. Taking care of yourself, your children, spouse & family
  2. Securing housing
  3. Resources, insurance, etc.

It is critical to make sure that step 1 is accomplished and that you and your family are really okay before you move on to steps 2 and 3 or else you won’t be able to get through them. You must lay the “foundation” in order to rebuild your life.

Things To Do While Evacuated

  • Register at shelters, with the Red Cross, FEMA, and other agencies.  They will then have a point of contact for you.
  • Get a P.O. Box and forward all mail there.  Use this as the mailing address for all the forms you fill.
  • Call your homeowners’ or rental insurance to trigger “loss of use” coverage.  This coverage will get you access to funds for essentials.
  • Save your receipts. You may be able to recover incidental costs from your insurer as well. 
  • Start searching for a long term rental if you will need one.  If you coordinate with your insurer, they may be able to make payments directly.

Things to Do When You Return to Your Home Lot

  • If your home has been damaged or destroyed by fire, please be careful when you return to your lot, as it may have become toxic.  Please protect yourself.
  • Tree holes will continue to burn, and it is possible you could fall through. Be careful.
  • Collect contact information from your neighbors.  Often, neighbors will help share information.
  • If your home has been damaged or destroyed by fire, please be sure to wear a protective air mask when you are on your lot, particularly if you are searching for items to recover. 
  •  Create an address sign to post at your property.

You can also download a printable copy of the Butte Camp Fire Practical Advice & Emergency Tips.

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