After A Fire

If your home is damaged by fire it disrupts your entire life. The loss of a home can bewilder anyone, but there are many things that need to be taken care of immediately. The following items, although not complete, can help get your life back to normal.

Secure Yourself & the Fire Site

Contact your local disaster relief services. The Reference Directory lists many of the local organizations available to help with many of your immediate needs, such as:

  • Contacting your insurance agent/company
  • Eyeglasses
  • Food
  • Medicine
  • Other Essential Items
  • Temporary Housing


  • Any foods, beverages or medications that were exposed to heat, smoke, soot, or water may be contaminated and should not be consumed.
  • Do not attempt to turn off the utilities yourself. Normally, the fire department will see that the utilities are safe to use or are disconnected before they leave the site.
  • Do not enter the damaged site. There is always the danger that the fire may rekindle from the smoldering embers.
  • Watch for structural damage caused by the fire. Roofs and floors may be damaged and collapse.

Securing Your Home

  • Contact the Lynn Haven Police Department at 850-265-4111, and let them know that the property will be unoccupied.
  • Board up opening if necessary. This will discourage trespassers and vandals.
  • Save all of your receipts. You will need them for your insurance company to verify what you have spent. You will also need them if you claim a loss on your income tax.
  • If it is safe, locate the following items:
    • Eyeglasses, hearing aids, any other prosthetic devices
    • Insurance information
    • Medication Information
    • Personal Identification (Driver's License, Social Security Card, etc.)
    • Valuables - Credit Cards, Bank Books, Cash, Jewelry
  • There are many people and organizations that need to be notified of your relocation, including:

    • Any Delivery Services
    • Family and Friends
    • The Fire and Police Departments
    • The Mortgage Company (also notify them of the fire)
    • The Post Office
    • Your Children's School
    • Your Employer
    • Your insurance agent/ company
    • Your Utility Companies
  • Do not throw away any damaged goods until after an inventory is made. All damages will be taken into consideration with your insurance claim. If you are considering hiring an inventory or repair service, discuss your plans with your insurance company first.